248,ooo BCE – Homo sapiens sapiens.

10,000 BCE – last ice age.

3,500 BCE – the first cities (used as a marker for ‘civilisation’)

We are approximately 250,000 years old as a species.

If the history of our species were a completed 12-hour clock, we have had farming for half an hour, Christianity for six minutes and fifteen seconds, Buddhism for seven minutes, and Islam for 4 minutes. We have become aware of climate change in the last eight seconds.

We are constantly surprised that the way we live causes stress, and yet civilisation since the industrial revolution is only fifty two seconds young.

We seriously need to chill.


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