Review: Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and spawn new obligations.

Sapiens is a series of well-thought out arguments on why we are what we are. It explores the beliefs, revolutions, choices, and sheer luck that has brought us to this point in time. Why are we a patriarchal society? What have we lost as civilizations grew and our hunting and gathering skills eroded? What does our money cost us in health?

From the observation that we live in a dual reality caught between ‘the objective reality of rivers, trees, and lions’ and ‘the imagined reality of gods, nations, and corporations’ to the spine-chilling realization that capitalism/consumerism is ‘the first religion in history whose followers actually do what they are asked to do’, it’s obvious Harari has spent the best part of his lifetime thinking and researching this epic work.

Sapiens certainly gave me a new perspective on life and most of its players.

History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets.

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