45,000 years of caring for the disabled


20 Responses to “45,000 years of caring for the disabled”

  1. Occipitocervical fusion is no joke, especially when it’s congenital.

  2. oasisob1 says:

    But it would be too expensive to take care of them. We just can’t do it.

  3. chgoliz says:

    236 years after the official start of our nation, and the US as a society is still not as civilized as Neanderthals were?

  4. BookGuy says:

    The Neanderthal’s disgusting socialism was their downfall.  SCIENCE FACT.

  5. Wreckrob8 says:

    Maybe they didn’t think abled and disabled butdifferently abled. No-one is simply a recipient of care.

    • Boundegar says:

      I don’t think they had enough activists to teach them to be sensitive to the feelings of the differently abled.  The activist class doesn’t arise until some time after the domestication of wheat.  Also, I think sensitivity training post-dates Lascaux.

      • Wreckrob8 says:

        No. But they might not have thought in terms of able bodied and disabled. If you do not have complete use of your legs you can develop other essential skills such as drumming or storytelling. It could be quite simply a natural economic calculation making full use of all human resources available. This doesn’t stop anyone leaving granny out in the cold to feed the wolves when she can no longer even sew.
        The mediaeval Christian development of the Western sense of compassion requires us first of all to create others who suffer and are deserving of compassion and then to punish them properly (to make absolutely sure that they are truly deserving of compassion). There are infinite ways of making the suffering of The Son of Man real.

  6. GawainLavers says:

    Discovered in 2009, he is only one of a collection of prehistoric burials demonstrating that, even while living under harsh conditions, our ancestors went out of their way to care for people who couldn’t care for themselves and make space in the community for people who had to live differently than the norm.

    Not directly relevant to the topic at hand, but I’m always a little bothered at the Discovery Channel Cave-man vision of prehistoric human life: nasty brutish and short with dumbfuck hominids bumbling around: falling off of rocks, being hunted by ferrets and constantly living on the brink of starvation.

    So far as we can tell (and most modern stone age cultures suggest) prehistoric people lived pretty comfortably.  They ate well, and while they probably had to be substantially more active than us, but were not subject to the constant toil of later agrarian living.

    You have to remember that this is genus that began a wave of extinctions from pretty much the moment it figured out how to use sticks and sharp rocks, and had the time to figure out things like dentistry about 9000 years ago.

  7. Thomas Shellock says:

    None of these people would have survived an American High School

  8. BunnyShank says:

    Is it only me that read it and thought “Cared for them for what?” People can give care to those who need “accommodations” but it doesn’t mean it was with altruistic intent or any intent that we would recognize as compassionate. Maybe I have worked in too many nursing homes.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      What other motive would you propose?

      • BunnyShank says:

        Any one and more of the following, status, money, power, things that objectify, rather than empathize, or combination of these and the above. Its that we can’t know from the evidence what the subjective purpose was for the care, its just evidence that they were cared for.

      • niktemadur says:

        A plausible thing that occurs to me is that people with certain physical abnormalities could have been seen as having spiritual powers.  Born with them to boot, as opposed to acquiring them via a “traditional” shaman route.

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