When I was younger, I used to wonder how ancient people knew which plants were poisonous and all the other amazing communal knowledge they had. But now I'm past my mid 20s and my brain has finally matured completely and I feel I've got quite a new look on that.
The reason I'm thinking of this crap to begin with is that I've learned a lot of pleasant and unpleasant things about myself and the world in the past few years that didn't really hit my brain until recently. Now I look at some of the stupid-ass decisions I made and think:
- I wish I had had parents I could ask counsel from
- I did a lot of stupid shit because I didn't know better
- I was way to optimistic about people
And then I think about those ancestors of ours and wonder how many of them died gaining knowledge for the tribe... because the only way they could have learned about not eating poisonous food or anything else is trial and error. Trial and error is still the only way we "know" anything as a society, we just call it the scientific method. But life sure is a lot messier than a laboratory.
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