Paleo enthusiasts can copy ancient hunting weapons and styles, they can encourage their children to weave dream catchers to hang above their beds, they can imitate the leather footwear, or attempt to duplicate traditional diets, or mimic the physical activities our ancient ancestors followed as a matter of necessity, or participate in the ritual sacrifice of a rabbit or a quail or a squirrel–to honor the sacred customs handed down father to son, or Paleo believers can attempt to live as closely to *nature* as humanly possible in our modern world.
And they will be missing the point entirely. They will not sense the shared heart beat of the clan’s lived experience–as a clan. They will overlook completely the dense core of solid security within the day to day, and year to year, and decade after decade of inextricable bonds, unimaginably powerful social relationships and meaningful life moments, shared between all group members. And they will be blind to the irreplaceable social and material conditions so profoundly fundamental–so critical–for the development and maintenance of a healthy social structure–for the nurturing and growth of a true community.
I find this very intriguing in light of yesterday’s post. Be sure to read the whole post.