I tend to agree here. I too see history as being a running battle between a powerful oppressive elite and an exploited majority.
I blame kings, politicians and religion. Power-seeking and wealth-seeking seem to be inherent human traits. Those in power are paranoid, want to hold on to power and suppress opposition.
Whenever we have seen movement from the masses in the form of revolutions they have only succeeded in replacing one elite with another and ended up with an even more repressive tyranny.
When we took up agriculture we lost it. We lost our closeness with nature and we traded a life of ease for a life of toil. That’s when we invented kings and religions and found ourselves enslaved.
Neil – you view of Greece and the Renaissance is far too western-centric. The biggest developments in civilisation were happening in India, China, Persia, Egypt and South America. We were a backwater of barbarians.
The enlightenment hasn’t happened for most of the world. We still need to free ourselves of religion and tyranny.