The needs of the few outweigh the many

The needs of the few outweigh the many


How do we summarize the progress of humankind through all the ages to now? How was progress initiated? Who were the people behind the discoveries and inventions of thought & practice creating revolutions? This article traces how few people transformed the history of mankind right from the beginning of the world to the present times. They created the entire environment for the people around them for sustained development of humankind.

1. Ideological Revolution (Instinct)-1 (60th -10th BC Century-5000 Years)

This was the first step towards evolution of a person. He relied solely on his instinct to survive. This helped him survive when the odds were stacked against his survival as his sphere of knowledge was limited and dangers were plenty both on land and water. He developed the basic skills for survival by food gathering & hunting. He then went on to organize the way in which hunting and fruit gathering was done by introducing tools. Agriculture Revolution was then introduced to amplify the quality as well as the quantity of the food generated.

a. Fruit Gathering & Hunting (60th -20th BC Century)

Fruit Gathering & Hunting evolved from basic ways to organized techniques using tools. As man evolved, he developed tools for fruit gathering and hunting. The tools helped him increase the quantity of food acquired by him for himself and his community, when he went out for fruit Gathering & Hunting.

b. Agricultural Revolution (20th -10th BC Century)

The Agricultural Revolution brought about great improvements in the production of food like vegetables and fruits. As the population of the world increased from a few to thousand, millions, there was a need in the improvement of how food is produced. From random food picking (vegetables and fruits), farming was introduced and then the process was improved further by introduction of high quality and efficient products and tools. This improved the quality as well as the quantity of the food produced.

*** Sorry for the poor quality of information for this period. Very less is known about the outstanding people during this time.

2. Ideological Revolution (Spirit)-2 (5th Century BC)

During this period, man dwelled into his spirit to find out more about his quest about life. People like Buddha, Aristotle, Confucius meditated about the eternal truths & came out with ways one has to lead one’s life.

Aristotle gives us philosophy in terms of science, technical, abstract, concentrated. We can hardly speak of any science today without employing terms which he invented; they lie like fossils in the strata of our speech: faculty, mean, maxim, category, energy, actuality, motive, end, principle, form.

a. Zen Revolution(India-3rd 5th Century BC – 15th Century AD – 2000 Years)

Siddhartha Buddha was a prince, who decided to lead an ascetic life and meditated in search of truth. After a lot of meditation, he came out with the truths of life. If one follows them, one attains peace in himself. His thoughts went all the way. Ashoka, was the the only King ever to give up War in favor of peace. He spread the teachings of Buddha in his kingdom and beyond. His message of Buddhism spread across India, China & Japan. He set an example which is unparalleled to-date.

3. Ideological Revolution (Body)-3 (England-17th-18th Century – 200 Years)

Issac Newton came out with the basic laws of motion of physical bodies. He laid down the foundations which would herald the industrial revolution in England and around the World. England became the sole industrial power in the world in the 18th & 19th Century. It was said of England – “The sun never sets on the Empire”.

a. Industrial Revolution (England -18th century)

James Watt discovered “The Steam Engine” which revolutionized the way physical bodies move from one place to another. It got people closer across the continents and shrunk the world fostering travel and exchange of goods and materials like never before.

4. Ideological Revolution (Mind)-4 (Germany-18th, 19th Century-150 Years)

People like Immanuel Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche found out of the ways the mind works. There were other philosophers like Spinoza (Israel),  Voltaire (France) who changed the shape of philosophy.

a. Nuclear Revolution (Germany-19th, 20th Century)

Scientist like Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Erwin Schrondinger studied the basic laws of small particles and came  out with laws which govern them. This helped in heralding the nuclear revolution & technology which brought about changes in which energy is created. They changed our preconceived notion about how particles and bodies behave when they are extremely small. They become waves. And hence their properties are very different from what we commonly expect the world around us to behave.

5. Ideological Revolution (Rebel)-5 (America– 20th century-100 Years)

America bought a sense of individualism and respect in the common man. This made the person think what she or he should do, instead of people wearing dog tags. This made the common man rise above the mechanized routine, which is followed by most of the people in the world. It made the common man to question and rise against the superstitions and outdated traditions fostering innovation. It also created a society which can withstand a lot of rebels and hence change & pressure. Abraham LincolnMartin Luther KingJFK contributed in bringing about this revolution. This still happens only in America. Che Guevara was another product of the American Continent.

a. The Electronic Revolution (America- 20th century)

Electronics automated all the menial task of the human mind. Devices like Computers, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, Microwave Owens and much more revolutionized home and work place. This increased the quality of life of the common man. Hewlett & Packard , Bill Gates, Steve Jobs brought about the electronic revolution in America and the world.

b. The Internet Revolution (America- 20th century)

The Internet is the most important discovery after the telephone. It has shrunk the size of the world and has taken communication to a whole new level. People can communicate, automate tasks, exchange information, entertain themselves and much more through computers and other devices connected by the internet. Leaders like Vint Cerf, Steve Case, Jeff Bezos & Meg Whitmann brought Internet and its applications to the common man.


Voltaire had said “It takes about 30 centuries to know the structure of a man and an eternity to know his Soul”. He has evolved from contemplating about the Spirit, Body, Mind and then the Soul. So what is the next revolution which awaits to dawn on the world? Who would be the people to carry the torch of this revolution? What would be some of the things which would be carried out in this next revolution?

1. English should be radically implemented as the main language across the world (From the year 2010 to 2100)
2. Immigrant laws should be relaxed. People should be allowed to travel anywhere around the world. Ultimately the borders should disappear (From the year 2100 to 2150)
3. Religion, Caste and Color Distinction should be abolished (From the year 2150 to 2200)
4. Common World Currency (From the year 2150 to 2200)
5. Business & Economy: Increasing Globalization (From the year 2200 to 2300)
6. All the countries in the erstwhile U.S.S.R should unite again
7. Muslim women should throw away the Burkha once and for all
8. Muslim men should give up radicalism
9. India should implement strict population control measures
10. Every country (now U.S.A) at its pinnacle is on a peak. Would it have the will to come down from the current peak and climb a higher peak? Or would it just stick to its past glory and stay complacent on the same peak?
11. Should South America have a common currency like Euro?
12. Can the people, countries in Africa unite and get organized? Something like Europe. Can they have a common currency?
13. Japan is also in a similar state as that of U.S.A. Looking out for the next peak for their country? Will they wait for U.S.A to show them the way?

Some other questions & thoughts to ponder on:

1. Is man going against the basic instinct of survival as a man evolves?

2. When a person sees great disparities around him in the environment, there is a higher probability of a person becoming a  rebel.

3. Twenty years are required to bring man from the state of a plant, in which he exists in the womb of his mother, and from the state of an animal, which is his condition in infancy, to a state in which the maturity of reason begins to make itself felt. Thirty centuries are necessary in which to discover even a little of his structure. An eternity would be required to know anything of his soul. But one moment suffices to kill him. – Voltaire

4. The Dark Ages (World – 5th to 15th Century)
Dark Ages was the period in the man’s history when man slept. Progress in thought as well as technology remained stagnant.

*** A lot of text in this blog is borrowed from the book “The Story of Philosophy” by Will Durant, Wikipedia and Google

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