I am currently reading an epic book called,
Gun, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.
As Bill Gates says on the dust cover, it:
“Lays a foundation for understanding human
Today there are some massive question to
answer about the world the answers to which
have often been ‘explained’ by ‘racial traits’.
How did we end up here?
This group are harder working,
This group more intelligent,
This group more resourceful,
This group more co-operative.
… is what we often hear.
As this book helps us to see, we are all of
us hardworking, intelligent, resourceful,
co-operative, the fact that we are human
and our genetic line survived this far against
all odds places us here.
There is only one factor that determines our
This factor allows one group of humans to
progress so far beyond another that they
can appear to be an entirely different species.
Horses, domestication of animals, steel, germs,
writing, language- the arrival of these
resources and the groups to whom they arrived
rather than individual traits can be tracked back
through history and explain our current reality.
Our environment determines our behaviour
and so our advancement.
Yes our interpretation of our environment has
a huge factor but history demonstrates over
and over that ‘success’ follows from
Thousands of years ago resources were simply
those that were in our current environment.
If we lived in a place that had metals or horses
we would advance in the way that those
Today we can choose our own advancements.
What we watch
What we read
Who we spend time with
Who we don’t
The places we spend time
The things we eat
The hobbies we choose
The problems we choose to focus on
The things we learn.
Success as we choose to define it,
for ourselves rather than measured against
others, is a product of the environment we