The world until yesterday (Jared Diamond)

I’m not a tourist but a traveller and an adventurer. This sentence is taken from my latest poem entitled: This is me.

Often travelers travel using its own references (from the west) and without realizing it, does more harm than good in under develop countries. I’m Canadian and I love to live in Canada. But, I don’t pretend that we are the ultimate and that we should be taken into model. When I travel, I’m an observer. Today, I went shopping in Bangkok, and I have found a book entitled: The world until yesterday: what can we learn from traditional societies (written by Jared Diamond). My attention got caught from the title by also what was written at the back cover : Over the past 500 years, the west achieved global dominance, but do westerner necessarily have better ideas about ho to raise children, care for the eldery, or siply live well !

This book I believe is a must read….we are all human being and we have much to learn from each other.

Book title: The world from yesterday: what can we learn from traditional    societies.

Autor: Jared Diamond

Description took from amazon :

Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday – in evolutionary time—when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions. The World Until Yesterday provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years—a past that has mostly vanished—and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today. This is Jared Diamond’s most personal book to date, as he draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. Diamond doesn’t romanticize traditional societies—after all, we are shocked by some of their practices—but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us. A characteristically provocative, enlightening, and entertaining book, The World Until Yesterday will be essential and delightful reading.

 

 

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