Gunnar Sevelius MD


The discovery of nine common denominators through 200,000 years of history yields compelling hypotheses for their anthropological scope and present social relevance.

The Nine Pillars of History are:
1) food, water, air, energy, sex 2) shelter 3) cleanliness 4) art 5) communication 6) community support 7) religion 8) medical care 9) trade

-Food transport defines three historical time periods:
- hand food transport for tribal time: 200,000 - 10,000 years.
- animal food transport for agricultural time: 10,000 years - 1826 (steam-engine). - machine food
  transport for industrial time: 1826 - forward.

-The female role in society parallels the periods of food transport:
- in tribal time, she was as important as the male, contributing 70% of calories. - in agricultural time,
  she was essentially politically powerless.
- in industrial time, she is recovering her individual and political identity.

-The Nine Pillars of History recognize only two kinds of social leadership, one leading to conflicts.
- Democratic, based on the also 200,000 year old Golden Rule. (No society is sustainable without the
  Golden Rule) - Dogmatic, based on political or religious dogma, often connected with conflicts

-The Nine Historical Pillars have three inevitable traits:
Nine Pillars of History are 1) eternal 2) must be sustainable and 3) their cost can only be
controlled through free market forces.

-The present social fallout of the Nine Pillars of History:

The Tragedy of the Commons (what many own, nobody owns) from agricultural time may lead to:

  1. 1-  for countries: dogmatism with 10,000 years of war. Democracy is the key to peace.

  2. 2-  for corporations: capital may drift to the top and stockholders lose control.

  3. 3-  for federal, state and local government: tax-waste and the public loses control.

    Medical cost, the 8th Pillar, compared to GDP is presently unsustainable;
    - Medical cost in the US is 17% of the GDP and unsustainable.
    - Medical cost in the in EU is 9% of the GDP but still unsustainable. - Medical cost limits access
       to the remaining eight Pillars of History.

  4. 4
    The Nine Pillars of History propose a solution for run-away medical cost control:
    - Analyzing computerized medical records for medical efficacy.
    - Comparing for-profit and not for-profit medical delivery systems for cost and medical efficiency.
    - Mitigating medical conflicts through peer reviews instead of through litigations. - Single versus
      multi-payer insurance system.

The best way to illustrate the Nine Pillars pertinence is to address different areas of conflict.

  1. 1)Ukraine: Energy domination?

  2. 2)Syria: Royal dogmatism?

  3. 3)Iran: Religious dogmatism?

  4. 4)North Korea: political dogmatism?

  5. 5)China: market forces versus dogmatism?

  6. 6)Market forces and access to medicine


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