We tend to idealize the ancients.
I say “we.” I mean the left, to which I lean. This idealization of our ancestors is the hippie’s creationism—a Utopian realm unsubstantiated by evidence.
We look at everyone from hunter-gatherers to Native Americans as spiritual giants, but we are quick to depreciate modern man. Citing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iraq part-deux we make the case that modern man has forgotten his Utopian origins and drifted off into unparalleled levels of violence and chaos devoid of any redeeming qualities.
But the truth is far different.
In the Atlantean garden of hunter-gatherer society, up to 30% of male deaths were attributed to murder, which is far greater than war and murder combined as of 2002. This is interesting, not only because it refutes the unfounded belief in a lost Utopian society free of violence, but also because it warrants optimism about what lies just beyond the horizon. This is not a dark age, but the dawn of a new era. We live on a more peaceful planet than our ancestors did, despite what your apocalyptic preachers, news anchors, or New Age gurus would have you believe. This is Atlantis.