Sons and brothers are in the next circle outside the mother's female kin.
Fathers and adult males reside in the outer-most circle removed from mothers and their retinue. The peripheral males provide support and protection in return for mating privileges.
This family geometry persists into the 21st Century. The central family core remains a matriarchy.
The male patriarch, providing support and protection in exchange for mating rights, is usually separated from the core family.
Over the last 2,500 years, patriarchs treated families as commodities.
Families are consumers, houseworkers, wageworkers, people-producers, nurturers, and sex-workers.
Economic need forces people to choose life as a commodity, to be bought and sold like sacks of potatoes. It amounts to coerced servitude in an increasingly sociopath global profit-economy.
Radical contradictions in society are a prelude to upheaval. Consider the vast global imbalance of wealth. Super-wealthy Haves are 0.2% of all families; yet take possession of the world.
Have-nots comprise 99.8% of all families. Have-nots, by their work, shopping, and consumption, create the wealth of the Haves.
The super-wealthy are Takers, taking what they want. Takers devour and trash the Earth as they control it. Takers possess 99.8% of global wealth. Leavers are Have-nots who are left with the remains.
How to boil a FROG (Inspired by the Story of B, by Daniel Quinn)
Put a frog in a cauldron of warm water.
As the water slowly heats, the frog remains still.
The frog goes into a stupor, as we might in a warm bath.
The frog will boil to death, while remaining in a stupor.
This is a metaphor of the human condition.
For 3-million years our ancestors were hunter-gatherers.
Modern humans were around for 200,000 years.
For 190,000 years we were hunter-gatherers, Leavers.
Leavers satisfy daily needs and leave the rest.
Leavers left Africa for the Middle East 50,000 years ago.
The agricultural revolution began 10,000 years ago.
The cauldron of humanity was comfortably warm.
The last die-off was the great flood 13,000 years ago.
Genesis tells of Cain the farmer and Abel the herder.
Takers are farmers and herders, as in the 1800s American West.
Takers grab land and eliminate competitors.
The cauldron was slowly warming.
Farmers need field labor and soldiers to secure their crops.
More food leads to more people and more land grabbing.
Takers expand without limit, overcoming all opposition.
Amazon deforestation grazes cattle for cheap burgers.
The cauldron was heating.
Taker population grows faster than food availability.
Takers believe in a God-given right to consume the world.
They take what they want and leave their garbage.
Cain and Abel warfare continues where it began.
The cauldron is near boiling.
Are we frogs too stupefied to save ourselves?