6 september 2010
The Origin of Present-Day Inequality - Part 1
This narrative is mostly based on the Historical research done by Jared Diamond - 'Guns, Germs & Steel' (1997)
"When looking at the world of today and looking at the differences that
exist between Human beings on earth, one could ask if there is a
particular reason as to why a specific 'race' or 'country' or
'continent' ended up holding a more favorable position of 'power' in
comparison to other 'races', 'countries', or 'continents'.
Where through economic principles of debt, entire Nations have ended up being
enslaved to western creditors with no way out.
Where entire populations are left to starve without regard from the Western countries.
Where one half of the world is actually working to feed the other half
that live in better conditions and enjoy more wealth, health and better
Was there a pre-programmed advantage involved? And if so -- did it have anything
to do with the Human?
Since the times when 'modern civilization' came into contact with the
'forgotten parts' of the world, the west was faced with a peculiar
question: how come populations such as the Aboriginals in Australia had
virtually made 'no progress' since the Stone-Age?
People of 'Modern civilization' saw themselves as superior in
knowledge, science and culture -- giving them a 'Divine Right' to either
exterminate, convert or enslave the indigenous populations. Ultimately
the reason as to why one part of the world came to hold the more
fortunate position is then attributed to the particular evolution of
knowledge, science and technology within that society."