Connection Over Self-Centeredness

Anthropologist Margaret Mead‘s response about the beginning of civilization is not about some innovation (in industrial/tech sense), but all about cooperation and collaboration:

“But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.”

“A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts”

Source: Amitabh Bachchan

Even in this day and age with all the technological progress — in some sense, it’s still a dog-eat-dog world. Some days we sense it more so than the others. If it takes a pandemic for us to realize the need for helping each other, so be it. The spirit of reaching out, albeit virtually, to our family and friends, and if the newfound connectedness can sustain even when the dust settles, we are on to something.

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