What it’s Been Like Before
… let’s return to our Kenyan authors’ recounting of day-to-day life prior to “civilization’s” arrival on their scene.
These writers report true psychosis to have been so extremely rare as to be practically unknown. In the entire, vastly widespread Kikuyu nation, the necessity to place a true evildoer under control had, for as long as anyone could remember hearing it discussed, occurred but once in several generations.
Theft was so unusual that a culture-wide aversion to the magical effects of counting anything exactly, possessions included, had continued as a realistic and workable way to conduct the business of life within these authors’ own lifetimes.
Nor can these realities have been isolated to this single civilization, for until the advent of the box-shaped wooden home now almost universal to our species, all citizens, high and low, of every culture on earth slept and stored their belongings, both in their presence and in their sometimes prolonged absences, in tents, tepees, grass and mud huts, yurts, igloos ~ all structures which are impossible (in the sense we conceive of it) to make secure
In fact …
… continuous among an overwhelming majority of earth-centered societies throughout the tens of thousands of years of their historical and prehistorical planetary heyday was the virtually total abandonment by every able-bodied man, woman and child of every village, each two to five years, to spend up to a week traveling to, at least a week participating in, and a further week returning home from massive intertribal gatherings.
These gatherings provided for, along with many other eagerly anticipated exchanges of presents, news, and goods, nothing less than the perpetuation of the species by allowing an avoidance of the pitfalls of inbreeding, for this was where the young adults customarily found and courted their mates.
Objects of practical and preferential value
… required significant investments of time, energy and skill to create or acquire.
You can bet that with provisions, gifts and trade goods to take along there wasn’t enough manpower left to carry every treasured tool and possession. And you can bet as well that the practice would never have persisted if it had proven with any kind of frequency to involve finding ones home site ransacked upon returning to it
When the women of these villages went for water, to bathe or gather food
… it was hungry animals and foreign warriors for whom they watched, not men from their own village.
In our own much more barbaric place and time, the rampant rape statistics are composed mostly of attackers familiar to their victims.
These women were allowed to say “no.”
From first to last, marriage negotiations ~ though involving significant investments from, and lasting responsibilities taken on by, both families on behalf of one another ~ were conducted with periodical ceremonial checkpoints to ensure the bride’s continuing participation was indeed wholehearted. The last of these opportunities was built into the marriage ceremony itself.
After marriage, whenever she preferred solitude for any reason, she had the right to close the door of her hut to everyone, her husband included, without judgment, censure or hurt, felt or received.
As any psychologist will attest
That which we become as eventual adults is overwhelmingly influenced by two factors; one being our individual biological heritage and the other the surrounding circumstances in which each of us spends his or her childhood.
Thus, in the next few pages’ brief comparative overview of potential psychosis-inducing elements in the day-to-day realities of two historically verifiable yet highly contrasting cultures, we will begin with those which come into play in childhood, continuing with those which enter consideration with the gradual acquisition of maturity.