What were some of the most idyllic communities to have ever existed? I’m not looking for opinions, I’m looking for hard anthropological examples or studies that have been carried out on such cultures.
In terms of health, happiness, harmony with one another and with their environment, at what time and where have some of the most ideal communities ever existed. The term ‘community’ can include as many people as you want (from a small hunter-gatherer tribe to a whole nation), but generally I would consider that the more people who are happy, the better. I’m not looking for a veritable utopia: I understand that such a thing is impossible, and that there will always be discord within human society, however, a strong community will encounter discord and then heal it in a sane manner until further issues arise… that’s how I see it, anyway. Whether it has existed or not is another thing. ANYWAY: I used to think that the community described in this essay, “Dream Theory in Malaya”
, were a fantastic example of what I’m after, however I recently discovered that a lot of the details concerning this tribe had been embellished
. Nonetheless, they serve as a good example. Anyway, I’m sure there must have been some fairly idyllic places to live in ancient Asia, or Africa… perhaps the Red Indians? Maybe somewhere more modern (but remember that in most modern societies only a certain contingent of people live well, and at the expense of others, which for me does not define a healthy community) – Anyway, fire away!