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Old 05-29-2017, 07:19 AM
Kobal2 Kobal2 is offline
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Finally (and that's also something that's evident from early artwork), agriculture brings forth a notion of mastering one's own life and destiny, of controlling nature rather that being subject to its whims. And, yes, obviously you're still a part of nature and are subject to its whims since a late frost can ruin your entire year. But that's something to consider. Consider the art produced by the societies of the Fertile Crescent : their first potteries depict small man figures surrounded by huge beasts, floods etc... but flash forward a few thousand years and instead on pots and seals you'll see the towering figure of the god-king trampling over snakes and lions (and other men) - a bushel of wheat or sickle in one hand and the Law in the other.
It's a whole different mental paradigm, that might even have been self-realized/self-aware.