Piter's got a bit of a harsh negative view on society today. When looked at from an anthropological perspective
, the sense of 'magic
' people have concerning everyday events makes a lot of sense.
According to post-modern anthropological theory
, there are three types of culture, defined by levels of complexity. Briefly, the first, small-scale culture
consists of people living in small 'bands', with their primary concerns being nourishment and leisure. Moving up, in large-scale culture
' begin to emerge to service the new ruling class. Tax collectors, priests, and the like. These specialists know things that others don't. In effect, they know things so that the rest of society doesn't have to know them and can continue on with their work.
In our current global-scale culture
, things have gotten very complex. There is way too much stuff out there for everyone to know. Basically everyone has become a specialist
in some fashion. In small-scale culture
, you or your mate or parents fetches the food. In large-scale culture
you buy food from the farmer's market. In global-scale culture
you buy the food from a giant chain which handles transporting it from far flung regions of the earth (farmed by people being paid peanuts
). The knowledge of how to obtain food is abstract
ed away from people's lives.
My point is, if everyone knew how to make a cool bagel
or fix computers
and a zillion
different things, their brains would be filled up with this mundane knowledge instead of some cool specailized knowledge.