job hunting — back to nomadism

Some time ago — to be specific around 12000 BC — the Natufians in the Middle East was the first culture to become sedentary when started to cultivate plants. Sedentism simply refers to the practice of living in one place for a long time. The first sedentary sites appeared during the Upper Paleolithic in Europe around 25000 BC.

In a nutshell we can say that the Natufians got tired of being Nomads and decided that hunting and following seasonally available wild plants — by far the oldest human subsistence method — was no longer cool. They sat down which led to the adoption of new subsistence strategies, specifically from hunter-gatherer to agricultural and animal domestication. As we know the development of sedentism led to the rise of population aggregation and formation of villages, cities and other communities types.

Enough with the history class and lets cut to the chase; thousands of years ago humans adopted sedentism as their new lifestyle when managed to create around them all the basic goods to survive. What have happened since then?


According to Giddens “globalization can be defined as the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa.

Can you imagine the Natufians confronted with the XXI century scenario? The goods they would need to survive are now traded with currency that is earned by working on a job. No job means no currency that means no goods that means… Back on the road moving from place to place as a way of obtaining food, finding pasture for livestock, or otherwise making a living.

The word nomad comes from a Greek word that means one who wanders for pasture. If nowadays pasture means jobs and if such jobs are no longer around us because of the globalization effects then isn’t it time for society gradually adjust to the new world of work and embrace (again) a nomad lifestyle?

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