Our perceptions of ourselves get in the way of our perception of ourselves. All studies of historical “cause and effect” that involve political motivations are instantly flawed because in the realm of science politics is synonymous with opinion. All study should be relegated to concepts that precede ideas, and, in fact, human decision.
Much of history amounts to what can only be considered conspiracy theory. The colloquial definition, not the literal definition of those two words in tandem. There are plenty of evidentiary reasons to believe people have conspired — but the fallacious or delusional conspiracy theory emanates from the superimposition of will in hindsight upon perceived patterns. The assumption of motive, intent, and will on the part of those involved in events and the ignoring of precipitous factors from the a priori sciences: geology, climate, and neuroscience.
The monotheistic, predominantly Abrahamic conceptualization of God and conspiracy theories about the government, Jews, Masons, Aliens, etc. spring forth from the same font: the human tendency to superimpose will onto a series of events as causes to a current event. I suppose to you that history encourages this viewpoint by doing much the same when it talks only of human intent and not of the factors that influence human behavior.
- Much of the world’s history is the story of the dominant environmental, neurological poisons of the era, not of human accomplishment. The Industrial Age could just as well be called the Lead Age. The Victorian Age could be called the Age of Beer, since its relative safety to water made it ubiquitous in the West.
- Incidents millions of years in our past directly influence the location of future events. A meteorite in the Precambrian** struck North America creating a crescent of fertile soil on which the American Slave Trade was built. It would not have occurred otherwise and would have occurred elsewhere if possible. It wasn’t: Civil War.
- Terrain influences vocation and occupation, which in turn influence culture, which in turn cascades effects down the generations until well after the peoples have moved to different locations. The Kurgans of the Caucus Steppes and the Pre-Abrahamic Hebrew hordes that invaded the peaceful, agrarian cultures of 2000 BCE and transformed the psychology and sexuality of the entire planet are mountain shepherding cultures, cultures that breed feuding and paranoia and hierarchical mindsets, as well as horse riding which gave them an edge in combat. Their invasion is precipitated by a major climate change event that pushed them southwest and northwest, respectively.
These three factors are the constant, unspoken context of all history, anthropology, archaeology. So to speak of the Kurgans and Hebrews politically is to use the reality model of male oppression, or white oppression, or monotheistic oppression, etc. To speak of it without bias is impossible and is to chase windmills. However, to bias ourselves toward those models of reality that come the earliest while still being relevantly close to the human experience. While geology should be mentioned whenever directly relevant (as in the case of the fertile black soil of the American South, and its geological historical causes), the other two are more expedient to actually solving issues such as why culture turns violent in a particular area, why waves of war or peace happen, and most importantly, what we can do to alter a destructive path once embarked upon or before it begins.
Climate changes precipitate mass migrations, which trigger, whether true or not, a neurological modality designed for resource shortage and survivalism. That modality is either programmed toward male dominance — that we all get behind the strongest hunter in times of danger when dark deeds become necessary to secure for the clan a new home where others may already reside — or males are predisposed to the physical strength to which we are triggered into submitting.