Semester 2 Project
Diamond, Jared M. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. Print.
Americans, today, often criticize the government, society, and the increasing dependence people have on technology. National and international events have caused global controversies on the way that a country and society should be run, each side of which insisting it has the logical, moral, or practical solution to the prevalent problems. Personally, I have found it difficult to sort through the invalid arguments and pink slime in the media to find accurate information of current events that will help me form my own opinions on the issues. I also find myself reluctant to contribute my personal views due to the fear of not being well enough read on the topics to construct a valid judgement. Since no one can directly tell me what to believe or how to look at an issue, the only way to for me to take an accurate assessment of current situations is to use knowledge of the past to predict possible outcomes in the future. The book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies by Jared Diamond discusses the foundations and developments of societies and what made different regions progress at different rates and in different rates. I plan to look at the actions certain populations took that led them to success or failure and how those concepts can be applied today. However, the most unique and beneficial concept that I found in the book so far is that success and failure do not exist separately and that the popular definition of “civilization” is not necessarily urban development and technological advancements. Because the present world is a result of past decisions and human ingenuity, it seems impossible to understand our surroundings without first knowing the origins of the first formal communities, making Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies the perfect starting point for my project.