In these first weeks of Human Survival, I have learned many things about how life must have been like thousands of years ago.  Thinking about the grueling process of spinning thread to make any sort of clothing or cloth for everyday use seems like it would have taken eternity.  The dying process probably took many hundreds of years to perfect and find the right mixture of natural dyes in the resources early humans had available to them.  We take so many of these objects for granted.  In modern day, no one has even a moment to consider where their clothes come from or how any of their food was prepared.  We have machines to do most of our work for us and electricity waiting to be used at the touch of a button or flip of a switch.

It is hard to even comprehend how early humans were able to survive on the raw resources they had available to them.  Every fire needed to keep warm or cook food required so much effort.  Although many of the tasks we try to simulate seem so easy and mindless, it must have taken a lot  of innovation and creativity to think one day, “Oh, I am going to gather this hard mud in the river and mold it into a bowl! Then I’ll burn it to set it and it will become ceramic!” It is simply incredible what people thousands of years ago were able to survive off of. 

 

Elizabeth Lee

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