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The story of humanity in 309 words

Updated on May 11, 2011

I've been thinking about this subject for a while. How to condense the history and human perspectives of humanity into as few words as possible, with a directional follow-up. This is what I came up with.

First came the survivors; quick witted and careful

Then came the tool users; they started with a stick

Then came the fire users to add value to the food

Then came the hunters and gatherers; roaming the world

Then the growers of food; creators of homes

Then came the townspeople, merchants and traders

Then came the Warriors to pillage the towns

Then came the soldiers and builders to protect the towns

Then came the Kings and rulers by force

Then came the aristocracy to manipulate the Kings

Then came the cities which were safer than towns

With complexity came thinkers, writers, musicians and artists

Then came the sciences to make it all work

Then came the religions to give it all meaning

Then came the laws whether anyone liked it or not

Then came the money lovers, politicians and liars

Then came poverty, serfdom and slavery

Then came the plagues and wars of 5000 years

Then came the middle class paid for its work

Then came the Enlightenment despite the middle class

Then came the big visionaries and the builders of nations

Then came the builders of empires around the world

Next came the egalitarians, the social believers

Then came bigger wars, better wars and many more of them

Then came the great words of freedom and hope

Then came the great gashes in reality called greed, crime and corruption

Then came the tiny thinkers with ever decreasing visions

Then came the pedants and sophists, unable to think at all

Then came the denialists to whom only preferred illusion was real

Then the incompetents, the placemen and pedagogues

Then came stagnation, blindly walking through the years

Looking backwards and sideways, but never ahead

Then came the cities full of the living and endlessly talking dead

Then came silence, unexpected but just

Then came the survivors, quick witted and careful


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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Paul that was greatan brilliant. To put thi together in sujch a short hub. Congratulation.

    • Paul Wallis profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Wallis 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      No, I suppose not, whether it's up or in...

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      7 years ago

      No one will ever accuse you of keeping anything caged up, or is it "in?"

    • Paul Wallis profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Wallis 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank you, I really wanted to do this one. It's like letting out a wild horse- Better for everyone if you do, and a real problem if you don't.

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      7 years ago

      Love it! Silence has a way and is the only way to sneak up on someone or in this case - humanity.


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