3 days ago
Monday, February 23, 2015
Hang on, I am having strange thoughts again. I really need to get more sleep.
Suppose you could go back in time to the primitive caveman era. What would you take with you that when shown to the cavemen, would astound them into making you their leader and improve their lives?
Our current technology would be useless. Maybe a hand tool, perhaps some seed or maybe just our knowledge. Still, I would want something rather flashy to get their attention quickly before they clubbed me and hauled me into a cave to become entertainment for the guys. Hey, don't scoff. With their short life expectancy, they have never seen an old lady. A wrinkled, white haired old bat like me would be a novelty between the bear hides.
Maybe a huge supply of antibiotics? That would only make the germs resistant long before we even get started as a species. Besides that is not flashy unless the current leader had a huge, festering sore on his leg you could heal.
A well trained female (so you can keep the species going) hunting/guard dog? A horse? A cooking pot? Soap or maybe shoes? A harmonica? A whistle? The wheel? A fiberglass kayak providing you are near a water source??
While it wouldn't be immediately attention getting-- agrarian, herbal or husbandry knowledge could be a useful tool. However I'm pretty sure you would need something flashy first to make them listen to better ways to produce food and medicine. Maybe the harmonica to get their attention, then some serious seed hunting and animal taming?
A compound bow and goodly supply of arrows? Arrows would make hunting easier but it would also make murder a lot more convenient. I would refrain from taking any sort of weapon. Sticks and rocks are all ready too available to do some one in that you don't like or envy. Just ask Cain. I would like to take something that might send us on a kinder, gentler path.
Maybe a skilled mediator fluent in Neanderthal? If he looked like Sam Elliot, that would be a big plus--for me--not all that much for them. Then perhaps violence could be bred out of mankind if we started early enough and they were taught compromise was more successful in the long run than an blow to the head.
Sadly I feel the thirst for violence as a means to satisfy greed or dominance is hard to quench. Watching the nightly news makes me wish we had a do over as a species.
By the way, this could be an interesting time travel novel. You are welcome to take the premise and run with it. A one sentence mention in the acknowledgments would be sufficient. I'm a thinker not a doer.
What would you take with you that would impress and perhaps make a difference??
at 5:10 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti