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If Mother Culture were to give an account of human history using these terms, it would go something like this: ‘ The Leavers were chapter one of human history — a long and uneventful chapter. Their chapter of human history ended about ten thousand years ago with the birth of agriculture in the Near East. This event marked the beginning of chapter two, the chapter of the Takers. It’s true there are still Leavers living in the world, but these are anachronisms, fossils — people living in the past, people who just don’t realize that their chapter of human history is over. ‘

Daniel Quinn