The state and market became the central aspect of human culture “by the most momentous social revolution that ever befell humankind: the collapse of the family and the local community” (Harari, p.355). Family and community used to provide all the social services that our government provides people today. Once the industrial revolution took hold, governments had new powers that involved new means of communication and transportation over vast distances. Imagined communities evolved into Nations and that opened the door for consumerism. Instead of looking to your local community or family for goods and services, now they could all be found in the market, or being provided by the state. Now we have been in this “state and market” culture for quite some time I think it would be difficult to ever transition back to a family and community-based culture.
Historians play an important role in reminding us of everything we’ve done great and everything that we’ve done wrong in the past. Historians are the record holders for homo sapiens past and we rely on them for information to help make informed decisions about our future. I think historians should be involved in every field of science. There is always a history to a study subject and knowing the history of the subject you’re studying can only provide you will more information to help make educated decisions. We are on the brink of changing the evolution of humankind, we need to involve all fields of study in the conversation. Hopefully historians will be able to write about this time period as a new revolution that changed the path homo sapiens are travelling on.