According to Harari, the state and the market allowed people to become individuals in the world and have freedoms beyond their family structure, tradition and community. Harari says that with the state and the market that people could rely more heavily on the system to continue to have their basic needs met; Harari writes, “A person who lost her family and community around 1750 was as good as dead” (Harari 358). State and market created the possibilities for alternative ways of life that were previously inconceivable and inspired people to create paths away from their families, home and communities in unprecedented ways. Whereas since the beginning of human history it has been the role of the youth to care for the elders once they have received the support they need to grow, modern culture leaves the elderly to be cared for by strangers in strange places- if they are lucky. We can see clearly a difference in parts of the world that are still developing and how the idea of family and culture have shifted less dramatically though security and freedom are less available to all.
It seems very likely that humans will move further and further from our roots of centralized groups of people and generational livelihoods. In my extended family for example, we are spread out across the country on all sides, have chosen largely different life paths, have had incredibly different experiences and hold a range of varying beliefs. It is my hypothesis that we will only continue to spread further down the generations and I think historians might estimate the same. I think historians should play the role of looking at how and when these changes occurred, such as state and market, and what new systems might bring in terms of change in human culture.