In this part, the post-apocalyptic reality of "here and now" collides with a somewhat deafened consciousness of Lucy who has just made a short journey through time.
Lucy is fading across the endless savannah calculating the probability of a lethal threat.
Perhaps she’s searching for a potential source of food or finding temporary shelter for her offspring.
What does "safe", "potential" or "lethal" mean to Lucy?
How does she "calculate"?
Oh, wait! There is “a group”!
Was she lonely?
Was she afraid all the time?
Was she crying, screaming, attacking, hiding or running away?
Was she unpleasant sometimes?
Was her life full of compassion and friendship?
How can we wave Lucy's story and our present uncertainty in a one plot?
The more often Lucy was falling from the tree, the older our memories grew. When it couldn't go back any further, the violence began.
Everything is ongoing
Long before the emergence of the concept of 'crowd', Earth was inhabited by other species, classified as either ancestral or closely related to modern humans. It is very likely that the extinction of at least a few of them was another infamous achievement of our smug kind. It gets even more interesting if we go back into the jungle.
A brutal act of violence has long been considered as an unique human feature.... However, on January 7, 1974 Hillali Matama, a researcher at Jane Goodall's Centre, observed a group of chimpanzees in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania who surreptitiously entered the territory of another group and killed a calmly feeding male. Over the next three years, a warlike band systematically murdered remaining males from the competitive group. And what about females? Two young females moved with an aggressive group, even before one of them saw her mother beaten to death by the new companion. The other four females disappeared.
According to Richard Wrangham, prof of biological anthropology at Harvard, the sources of human violence lie in the evolutionary heritage that we share with chimpanzees. Through research and analysis of ethnographic data and archeological findings, he could also prove that human communities are, and always have been, patriarchal. Patriarchy is therefore an element of human biology, not a cultural invention, as it is usually considered. Fragment from Michael Gazzaniga "Human: What Make Us Unique"
Social grooming was the beginning of the rumor, and the rumor was the beginning.
"Trees in a natural forest can communicate by ultrasounds or fragrance. The struggle for local resources occurs between trees of various species. However, there is such a thing as compensatory justice - trees adapt to each other. They equalize their weakness and this process takes place underground, between their roots. And so the measure of the well - being of the tree is the well - being of the surrounding forest."
"The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World" a book by Peter Wohlleben