Via Damian Thompson:
“The love between husband and wife or parent and child is natural, bred into us over millions of years,” writes Morris. But friends were late on the scene. Homo sapiens, humans like us, arrived 150,000 years ago. For the first 100,000 years, however, they stubbornly refused to talk to each other. Ted Heath would have been proud of them.
Networks of friends weren’t possible until about 9000 BC, when humans in the Middle East – actually the birthplace of the West, says Morris – started farming and the first villages appeared.
So members of hunter-gatherer groups were not friends with one another? Or is he claiming, rather, that friendships between those not related by blood (or significantly related by blood) did not come into existence until large population settlements came into being? Isn't that rather obvious, if you are familiar with the patterns of human civilization?
Or is the problem with Mr. Thompson's representation of the claim?
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