Change from old stone age to new stone age does not indicate progress

Essay by rippefectJunior High, 9th grade May 2004

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In the old and new stone ages people were self-sufficient. The only necessities were food and shelter. Thus the only skills that were needed were in regard to gathering, hunting, farming and finding a cave. Life was simple. Then came civilizations. Civilizations brought new necessities for people. Jobs, complex governments etc... This broadened people's horizons. It also made life more complicated. The change from the Old and New Stone Ages to Civilization does not indicate progress. People were concerned about how much power and land they had. This laid the foundation for war. This is not progress. Progress is when everyone benefits from a certain discovery or change.

In the old and new stone ages there was not enough technology that one person could not master all of them. Stones used for throwing, sharp bones for hitting and stabbing, and seeds for planting. People did not need other people's assistance.

With the rise of civilizations they had the same technologies just more complex versions. Instead of hunting using raw materials, metals were utilized. Blacksmiths crafted sharper weapons for killing people and animals with greater ease and efficiency. People did not only have to concentrate on supporting their families anymore. Governments forced men to build roads bridges and canals. Roads and bridges assisted armies in moving faster. And canals replaced private farms into public ones. This is not progress. During the old and new stone ages people were nomadic, following game and ripening fruit. Even in farming villages. When soil minerals were used up everyone had to get up and go. This balanced societies. Everyone played by the same rules. No one group could become more powerful. In civilizations one society could have a river and another would be living in steppes. The river society had food surplus...