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3. Who made his pants? Or his razor blades?
Sun Sep 6, 2015, 09:59 PM
Sep 2015

Hell, why shave? I don't. One day you cut your face (or maybe some other much less visible parts) then some antibiotic resistant bacteria gets in there, and if your culture doesn't have some kind of sophisticated medical knowledge, you die.

Die for shaving? No thanks. Stupid Darwin Award winner, right up there with kissing a rattlesnakes for a selfie, or stuffing a handgun into your pants to look gangster cool... Ow My Balls!

This sort of "primitive" hobby plays into the myth of the "rugged individual." So many U.S. Americans believe that crap, that they will be fighting off zombies.

Nope, they won't. They already are or soon will be the zombies.

If you are surviving by building a hut and gathering food... things rapidly get very complicated. There are simply not enough hours in a day.

Humans are 100% social animals. Drop 100 naked culturally related humans, and 100 naked culturally related chimpanzees into an environment hospitable to both humans and chimpanzees, and all the humans will eventually die, looking a lot worse for wear than the chimpanzees who may be flourishing. It probably takes several thousand humans to simply survive in an environment where a hundred chimpanzees would be comfortable. And in a few hundred thousand years, in separate but equal equal environments, the humans and chimpanzees might end up looking much the same upon the inspection of any alien intelligence.

I'm a modern human and I enjoy stuff like this YouTube. I never use a hammer when a rock at hand will do. I am some kind of Luddite at heart too, patiently waiting for the end of the automobile age, looking forward to a world of walkable cities where most people don't need or want automobiles and homes have no utility bills.

But I also like the modern communications infrastructure. Until we can grow an internet on literal trees, and plant smart phone seeds in our garden and share the produce with our neighbors, then we will need to maintain a certain level of technology.

There have long been too many humans on this planet. We can't all use trees to bake roofing tiles. There are simply not enough trees.

My own hobby is making things out of garbage. There's plenty of that in the affluent world I inhabit.

Building a tiled roof hut [View all] Major Nikon Sep 2015 OP
This guy is amazing. trof Sep 2015 #1
Very cool. amerikat Sep 2015 #2
Who made his pants? Or his razor blades? hunter Sep 2015 #3
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