Geoff Dawe, Uki
The beginnings of civilisation with the Neolithic revolution can be seen as a vast mistake rather than a sign of Homo sapiens coming into its own.
The signature of the revolution was ploughing and animal husbandry. Science has since found humans are able to eat healthily without animal products and ploughing has been one step forward, two steps back.
Moreover, egalitarianism, or the understanding one human is worth no more than another, was mostly continued by tribal, pre-literate peoples. The civilised instead regressed to hierarchical social structures. ‘Regressed’ because hierarchical structures are part of the hominid world, whereas civilisation was supposed to be an advance from the limitations of human hominid origins.
The growth of narcissism in western society can be seen as children reaching adulthood without successfully negotiating the personal growth stages where the ‘me’ of childhood naturally metamorphoses to ‘us’. Idealistic young adults are one of the symptoms of successful negotiation of childhood where they look outward and attempt to aid the whole rather than particularly themselves.
The political movement of libertarianism, on the other hand, can be seen as narcissism operating as encouragement of a current dysfunctional competitive rather than cooperative (or reciprocal) economic system. Libertarianism can be conceived to be based in ‘me’ rather than ‘us’, in the immature rather than the grown human, in the law of the jungle rather than compassion.
Civilisation has been mostly a process of causing humans to turn their backs on humanness.