Modernizations, Invention, mass migrations, culture
Early men lived in caves, used crude weapons for hunting and relied on gathering wild fruits for food. Today, man has built giant skyscrapers, uses the most-sophisticated technology for food production and lives in comfortable homes (Thomas, 1979). Everything developed in phases, first there was domestication of animals, then irrigation and farming as the need for food security grew, followed by inventions in the renaissance time and the industrial revolution that changed the modes of production.
Humans were also short in other areas such as medicine. A disease outbreak was enough to wipe out entire villages in time's past. Such outbreaks were responsible for mass migrations, particularly in Africa where outbreak of diseases such as smallpox triggered the migration of Bantu-speaking people from Zaire (Nurse, 1980). In the modern world, such diseases are no longer as scary. Modern medicine is so sophisticated that few diseases remain without cure.
In a cultural sense, culture has evolved so much that it is virtually unrecognizable. Bad practices such as female genital mutilations are now outdated. Borrowing of culture enables people to adopt features of other cultures beneficial to them (Nurse, 1980). This enables human culture to be more civilized and acceptable by other people, which promote unity.
[...] The effect of the great voyagers therefore led to the discovery of present day modernization. In conclusion, many early innovations led to the discovery of the current modernization. They range from production to communication and transport. However, they are all innovations aimed at improving human well-being. In my opinion, the greatest contributions of the early modern periods in the invention of the current modernization are the ones that have a bearing on human well-being. Bibliography Columbus, C. (199). Christopher Columbus, invention letter to the king and queen of Spain. [...]
[...] Denying a man of his dignity through slavery was a feature of pre modernization. People like the Dominican bishop de Las Casas in his book apologetic history describes their desire to have all humanity being equal. He resented enslavement of people such as the Indian slave whom he received as a gift. He describes him (the Indian slave) as humble and gentle (Bartolome 1956). The oppression against slaves pushed de Las Casas to call for the abolition of slavery. The abolition of slavery took a long time to implement and left lasting scars, most notably being racism and resentment (slaves burned down plantations and killed their masters in Brazil) (Mannix, 1962). [...]
[...] In this way, introduction of Christianity and Islam contributed to economic and social growth and had a direct effect on the status of the world. Religion also serves as a unifying factor. It brings people closer together, and such people can work together, which fosters growth. Some of the greatest dynasties that contributed to the modernization had a religious bearing. E.g., the great British empire was weaved around Christianity demonstrated in their participation in the great crusades under King George. Freedom is also a major indicator of modernization. A country without freedom violates the human right, and modernity is build around such rights. [...]
[...] Invention of the current modernization by earlier modernizations Early men lived in caves, used crude weapons for hunting and relied on gathering wild fruits for food. Today, man has built giant skyscrapers, uses the most-sophisticated technology for food production and lives in comfortable homes (Thomas, 1979). Everything developed in phases, first there was domestication of animals, then irrigation and farming as the need for food security grew, followed by inventions in the renaissance time and the industrial revolution that changed the modes of production. [...]
[...] Therefore, the modern civilization is an invention of earlier modernization. For this paper, I will examine the evolution of cultural practices. In my opinion, the biggest measure of development or modernity of any society is the well-being of its people. I will look at the development of important human aspects such as trade, religion and freedom that have contributed to the modernization. Trade is a crucial part of modern civilization. It enables balance of goods in the world and drives economies. [...]
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