In the middle of a week long attempt to discover the beginnings of Europeans I was ready to accept the quote: "The more you don't know about us, the better off we are" (Bingaman). At the end of that week there was the pervading idea that much of Europe and western Asia, from as far back as 130,000 BC, was inhabited by Neanderthals or Neandertals who existed in Europe as late as 30,000 BC. They were replaced by anatomically modern humans, Cro-Magnoid Homo Sapiens, who began to appear in Europe c45,000 years ago. Given that the two hominid species likely co-existed in Europe, anthropologists wondered whether the two interacted. Nevertheless, though concepts about the following are undergoing steady change, the best information available to me is that the earliest known migrations out of Africa were to the North and East into India, the Far East, the Near East, and South Pacific. Around 125,000 BC a group of Africans moved northward towards the Nile and into the Levant (bordering the Mediterranean between Egypt and Turkey); another, c90,000 BC, across short sketches (major points) of sea along Asia's southern coast, then migrated into East Asia; then the Dravidians of South India, Pakistan and Iran; then c85,000 BC a group crossed the entrance of the Red Sea in the south and into the Arabian Peninsula to reach the Indian sub-continent, spreading to Indonesia and reaching southern China by 75,000 BC; then by 65,000 BC they had spread to Borneo, Australia, India, throughout Asia, Scandinavia, and close to the North Pole; then 45,000 BC into Europe; then 30,000 BC three separate migrations crossed the Bearing land bridge into Alaska and on into North America by 25,000 BC. Some of these migrations were by land, sea, and settlements gradually moving outward (Bailey, African Bible Messages).
Europeans' beginnings were a complicated demographic which included many successive periods of population growth--but initially and mainly Africans. These Paleolithic populations created sophisticated inventions and left evidence of their advanced culture in the cave paintings of southern France, dating to at least 30,000 BC. Geneticists say northern Europe was populated by the migration of a very small number of modern humans who left the center of the Great Lakes of eastern Africa about 50,000 years ago. These Grimaldi Negroids moved up through northern Africa into Europe to become, many believe, the Aurignacian foundations (c45,000 BC) of the various European "races." Of greater importance is they brought with them their more advanced and inventive culture--things which ensured their survival—rafts, crude clothing, stone tools, weapons and traps, the wheel, pottery, the marked stick for measuring, and ways of making fire. Over the next 20,000 years they transformed into White people--e.g. Aryan, Alpine, and Slavic (Diop, African Origins p260; King, Africa p57; Bynum African Unconscious). During this Ice Age, the “Ice People” (e.g. Scandinavians, Germans, and Southern Russians) who lived in the region of the Baltic Sea encountered fierce weather in the Eurasian Steppes (vast treeless grasslands from the icy cold in winter). The barrenness of those regions and the lack of riches within the soil all fashioned a setting of the necessity for basic survival (Asante, “Afrocentricity,” p. 81) and striving for security.
At that time, the Ice Age environment ensured the land was minimally productive of food and other such essentials required for survival. The resultant “Scarcity” of essentials dictated that individuals and their nomadic tribes rob and kill neighbors to acquire what they needed to live. Scarcity implies insufficient resources to supply everyone’s needs and wants and the reaction to that is first: Rapacious--the robber instinct of “I’ll get there first and take it all”; second, "Covetous": “I’ll want yours so I’ll have some extra”; third, "Defensive"--using any means necessary to keep what one has and prevent others from having any. By these Eurasians also lacking other environmental advantages of necessities for life made it easy to develop a 'second nature' mindset of Scarcity. This means those 'second nature' experiences produced imprints or impressions, said Plato, on the mind's “wax”--called “Memory Traces” or Engrams--i.e. the "Seed" of the Scarcity Tree Concept. Realistic Scarcity initially led to survival by "any means necessary" because the world was viewed as hostile to them.
[This series is from Bailey: Post-Traumatic Distress Syndrome in Black Americans]
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