Storytelling in Sapiens

sapiens

Late to the party… Still, I thought I’d share this bit from the book that “everyone” was reading last year, seeing as it relates to my work in the world:

How did Homo sapiens manage to cross this critical threshold [150 individuals], eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds of millions? The secret was probably the appearance of fiction. Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myths… There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, and no justice outside..the stories that people invent and tell one another..the common imagination of human beings.

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