Scientists Unearth the Founder of Personal Development
These days you can throw a stone in practically any direction and hit someone claiming to be a life coach, personal development specialist, or self-help guru.
That wasn’t always the case.
Sure, today’s global personal development market may have an estimated value of $40 Billion USD, but like most things before, it had humble beginnings.
In studying fossil records, cave drawings, and other historical remnants, archeologists have identified the ‘father of self-help’, a Homo sapien who roamed the African Savanna some 300,000 years ago.
They believe he adopted the name Paleolithicus, wore a man-bun, and grew an interesting array of facial hair.
Paleolithicus roamed the land, spreading his wisdom far and wide.
Many didn’t know it then, but Paleolithicus was laying the groundwork for a completely new way of thinking; a philosophy centered in positivity, manifestation, reflection, and most of all, nutrition.
Through rough translations of various historical findings, archeologists attributed the following quotes to Paleolithicus:
Close eyes, imagine long life, never being eaten by Sabertooth.
If chased, do not run; face fear, till fear is gone.
Sabertooth go low, you go high; climb tree, stand tall, use stick, throw stone.
Eat meat, rest, repeat.
No meat? Grasshopper will do; close eyes, and chew.
A bird in hand, is a tasty treat; white and red meat.
Yes to berries and greens; no to bananas and beans.
In my cave, all are welcome
A Stoic before The Stoics, Paleolithicus believed in seeking wisdom; but as, or more importantly, he believed in seeking specific types of food.
During his time, food availability and scarcity governed every aspect of life.
To be wise, is to eat food.
To be rich, is to have food.
To be generous, is to give food.
To be virtuous, is to save food.
But not just any food. Paleolithicus laid the foundations for the diet that bears his name; The Paleo Diet of course.
Paleolithicus also believed in waking up before sunrise, sleeping just after sunset, and always checking for wild animals near his cave.
Live by the rock, die by the rock (not the actor, actual rocks) — Paleolithicus
Historians now believe Paleolithicus may have very well been responsible for Homo sapiens spreading across the earth. One reason for this, his fellow sapiens felt he was too ‘preachy’ and ‘just would not shut up about his diet’.
A translation found in Indonesia, thousands of miles away from the birthplace of Paleolithicus roughly reads: ‘I’ve been eating bananas for weeks, and I’ve yet to gain a pound. Signed — Neolithicus.’
While sabertooths are no longer a threat, Paleolithicus would be happy knowing his diet lives on. And in some regions, so too does his philosophy.