The human mind really hasn’t evolved all that much in thousands of years. It really hasn’t. A lot of people are thinking that you just take a person from a cave somewhere a hundred thousand years, put modern clothes on that person, give that persona great haircut, teach that person a few modern words and you have on your hands a modern individual. This is wishful thinking.
You have to understand that there is such a thing as mythical identities. These mythical identities are locked into a specific time, space and historical context. Simply mixing and matching people from different historical context, feeding them certain things to say and allowing them to acclimate themselves to the different cultural settings is not going to cut it, not by a million years.
If you want a good example of this, pay attention to the concept of epic. An epic can be very different depending on where it comes from. It depends on the setting. It depends on the context. It depends on the people. However, what’s so awesome about the concept of epic is that there are certain objective criteria or features that pretty much runs like a golden thread through all variations.
What I mean is that regardless of the color of your skin, regardless of where you originally came from in the world and regardless of the language that you spoke at home when you were a kid, you still have certain epic elements that you look for in the things that you choose to buy or experience. It seems things are brand new. There are somethings that are unexplored. You can’t get enough of it. The anticipation is killing you. You look forward to it and it’s all you can think of. Sounds awesome, right? After all, this is precisely the kind of mental state that makes Christmas so awesome for most kids. Looking forward to it happening is actually more fun than finding yourself in the middle of the season itself.
If you are looking for epic vacation memories, chances are your definition of an epic experience is not much different from somebody from the Indian subcontinent, somebody from the horn of Africa or somebody from the Straits of Magellan. Human beings are pretty much at a certain level one and the same.
If you need proof of this, look for the best ceiling fans. While there is a lot of subjectivity here, when you strip back the subjectivity and you focus on what objective criteria would account for or define an epic adventure on your vacation or at your home, you keep coming back to the same answers. The best ceiling fans, it turns out, are not really all that different regardless of who you ask. Funny how that works, right?
Well, this is the absolute truth. Look into it. You’d be surprised as to how similar we are despite how many differences we appear to have on the surface. A lot of that stuff is just cosmetic.