graeber/wengrow back & forth law
what makes us humans in that modern sense.. is not that we are ritual or pragmatic (hierarchical or non).. but that we
move back and forth between the two..
that’s what creates self conscious beings.. aware of diff social possibilities.
25 min – if you accept the idea that a society can morph in political arrangements.. then how can you actually have a scheme like band, tribe, chief, state, .. when the same population/people can take on defining attributes of all these diff categories at diff times of year..t... ie: trying to distinguish complex hunter gatherers from simple ones
on seasonal ness
53 min – it’s only in certain moments that that hierarchy actually appears.. and sometimes exactly the opposite.. so which is it.. is ritual subversive or anti subversive.. you can’t tell
54 min – what makes us humans in that modern sense.. is not that we are ritual or pragmatic.. but that we *move back and forth between the two.. that’s what creates self conscious beings.. aware of diff social possibilities..t.. we still have this idea that at some point humans were just naive/lost in how to be.. couldn’t possibly imagine another way of existence.. nature/society was the same thing.. and gradually we worked our way into this self consciousness or our possibilities.. and what we’re suggesting is no.. actually.. in fact.. people used to be more able to play around w social possibilities.. somehow we got stuck in a hierarchical rut.. they used to set it up and rip it down.. and one day they didn’t rip it down and they forgot they could rip it down and here we are.. so the idea is how we get back to that cycle again..t