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to rely on, and expect, much
more. When cattle died, due to
drought, for example, the agri-
cultural people suffered more
than the Bushmen. The farmers
also had to work a lot harder,
usually 7 days a week, whereas
hunter/gatherers worked maybe
3 days a week."
Struycken cites the Bushmen
and others to illustrate that one
of our "problems" is because we
are so advanced we have lost our
primal paleolithic nature. Today,
systems for gardening, farming,
commerce, building, etc., are all
essentially neolithic and there-
fore unsustainable into the fu-
ture, according to Struycken.
In this sense, Struycken be-
lieves the details of our very
survival can be gleaned by look-
ing to the past at the details of
sustainable societies. He is op-
timistic, idealistic, and believes
the solution to our problems is
to properly understand the living
principles of (so-called) primi-
tive peoples.
Nyerges is the author of Extreme
simplicity, self-sufficient home and
other books. he teaches regular class-
es in self-reliance and can be reached
at www.ChristopherNyerges.com, or
box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041.
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