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Despite what you think about the old adage, "Bread and Circus," you may be surprised that this goes much deeper, and is much older than we realize...

I'm on it... More coming...
2) It's not Roman... It's Babylonian... 4,000 years before the Roman Empire.
3) Circus is easy... It's appeasement to the citizenry and a distraction from the workings of the world. Follow me?

Circus = NFL Football, or American Idol, or whatever other superficial time-suck.

Ah, but bread? Now we are onto something profound!

Stay with me here...
4) You may be inclined to think "bread" simply meant, "Keep them fed, so we don't have rebellion."

Certainly true... The elite don't want popular uprising, especially the French kind.

A starving populace is a dangerous thing...

But this in not my point.
5) Deep dive, shall we?
6) What do you think about when you hear the word, "Civilization?"

Buildings? Commerce? Organized hustle and bustle? Government?

Let me introduce you to this phrase...

Domestication.
7) 12,700 years ago, a large comet struck North America and caused the subsequent events that destroyed all of things we USED to eat.

Nearly all Pleistocene mega-fauna perished around the world.

All of the magnificent creatures you see in this image went extinct.
8) This same event caused havoc to the human inhabitants all around the world as sea level rose significantly, almost overnight.

Some speculate that this was the "Great flood" of the Bible...

Such a remarkable impression / experience to the mind of man.

Everything changed.
9) The mega-fauna were suddenly gone... This was our food.

We even celebrated the hunt, and perhaps gave thanks in our own, primitive way.
10) We evolved to eat meat and organ meats, with a smattering of roots, tubers, leafy greens, fruit, nuts, etc...

Hunter gatherers.

Not farmers.
11) Grain was not meant to be readily eaten by humans... Which is why we have to grind, or soak, or steam, or bake it...

Try eating some raw wheat grain and let me know how that goes...

But!

Unlike meat and other foods, grain does not spoil easily. It can store for decades.
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