The Stone Age is a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely usfed to make implements with a sharp edge, a point, or a percussion surface. They were learning to knit together a civil existence. Stone Age artifacts include tools used by modern humans and by their predecessors. Bone tools were used during this period as well but are rarely preserved in the archaeological record. Let’s be more appreciative of our Stone Age ancestors. They were some of the most industrious and innovative people ever to walk the planet. They learned to fashion tools, to hunt and share food, to build the first dwellings, and to develop the first cultures. They were the original pioneers, populating whole continents and spreading the human species worldwide while still hunters and food-gatherers. They came to the realization that civility was better than their hostile environment. Our ancestors achieved a number of major developments during the Stone Age, key innovations that not only assured our survival in a harsh world, but laid the foundation for the more dramatic innovations that have shaped our world today. The Stone Age men also started building roads and other modes of transportation. They also were the first individuals to start painting and writing on caves. Pottery too was discovered at this stage. This is why I call this essay “The Stoneage: An Era of Realization and Knitters.” When was the wheel invented? It turns out it was relatively recently. Our Stone Age friends did not have the wheel. Because it is suggested by some that the Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens lived in the same place and at the same time I will engraft this into this essay. The Homo Sapiens were considered to be more civil than the Neanderthal and as the Neanderthal faded out the Homo Sapiens continued to progress. Their inventions are still used in our era and their ingenuity was pivotal in launching civilization as we know it today.
For the purpose of revealing the spirit working through the inner life of those living during the stone age let’s look at the ten top inventions, beginning with #10. Those inventions can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page. From here, this article will continue to expound on the deity of the inner life which was guiding stone age humanity through the spiritual fruit even as we are guided in our endeavors today.
The divine presence which inhabits the soul of living creatures is the source of our inspiration to knit together a progressively civil existence. All the inventions coming from the stone-agers began from their inner life in the effort to tame their external world and to make life more bearable within their primitive state. There was definitely a divine presence working within them to give them the desire to change their present conditions by knitting together a more desirable environment bit by bit. Their spiritual fruitfulness was evident by the inventions of sewing needles, creative art, tools to fend off hostile attacks, as well as to hunt for food. Their inward life was pleading for tranquility and protection from the hostilities that surrounded them. Thus came spears, bow and arrows, axes etc. to not only secure their safety but to bring in food. They began to communicate with others in a way as to imaprt life as was the purpose of their cave drawings to communicate stories in a colorful, organized, and social manner. As dim as what the light of their divine worth might of been, it was so bright as to guide them in the direction of mutual respect for one another during a primitive age. They began to identify with the positiive energy which was evident through their self-expression. Not all of this could of been said about their Neanderthals counterparts. They were not as fruitful in their development and that inner barrenness brought about their demise. They were more aggressive and not as in touch with the divine nature of their inner life as were the neighboring homo sapiens. In essence, a face to face meeting would probably cause the homo sapiens to pick up their spears in anticipation of an attack an to protect their civil existence. The likelyhood of the Neanderthals developing social skills to respect the life and even join the homo sapiens were slim and amounted to as much as what Cain did to Able. Where the homo sapiens were learning to live by the light of divine existence the Neanderthals continued in darkness and placed no value on the supreme worth of inspiration, invention, or goodness. A dark cloud followed the path of the Neanderthals within the negativity of their primal behaviors. In this light, we can comprehend how being in touch with the beauty of our inner life will thrust us forward into a meeker and gentler world by the creative presence of the deity that permeates our soul and universe.
The spiritual fruit blossoms within the spirit of creation to knit together a progressively tranquil state of living. It’s easy for people to have discussions in a Church or some Bible study and just know that the spiritual fruit has been around since the beginning of time. That’s because they say that the fruits of the spirit are a sign of God’s presence, and God has been around since the beginning of time. But, what are the signs that there was fruitfulness within the souls of those living during the stone age? Their creativity and desire for a more civil way of life can attest to how the divinity of inner life was working within them even during a most primal era. In our more civilized age today we associate the qualities of goodwill, kindness, and love with a harmonic society. These enable us to relate to others in a helping and compassionate manner. Just the fact that these stone agers were sewing materials together to benefit not only themselves but also those close to them reveals that these fruit were within them. This separated them from the Neanderthals and propelled them into a constructive social order. Today it’s easy to associate the spirit of meekness, gentleness, and peace not only with newborn infants but also with peace officers and military forces. Without question the stone-agers were giving birth to infants. These primal creatures had to learn to relate to their babes in a meek and gentle way and even to feed them in smaller and easier to eat portions. They had to be attentive to these newborn and tender children. Neglect alone, or rough treatment of newborn babies would cause such people as the Neanderthals to go extinct. Furthermore, to keep the peace and to protect themselves from hostile influences, and especially to protect their babes, they developed peacekeeping forces with spears, axes, bows and arrows etc. Today, we enjoy activity that brings us joy within an environment of goodness which gives us faith for the beauty of life. The stone-agers exhibited those fruit of the spirit through their music and artwork which would be evidence of their optimism within their primitive state and in the face of Neanderthal encounters. They did have a smile within them and were even able to express hope to their family as it was. With such a dynamic deity within them it would have required a great deal of perseverance, patience, and self-control to endure their age of stone. And yet we see this endurance, patience, and self-control in their literal sewing and in the knitting together of a more civil existence. Indeed, the fruit of the spirit was working in the souls of the stone-agers to enable us to inherit a meeker and kinder world.
The stoneragers came to the realization that they could knit together a healthier existence by.discovering ways to soothe themselves mentally, emotionally, and physically. One behavior from the stone agers clearly reveals their desire for healthy surroundings. They covered corpses. Even though they didn’t use words like sanitation, pollution, or nutrition it was through their own five senses in combination with divine realization that they were able to knit together a healthier existence. That realization would come by the powerful stench of rotting flesh. This is the type of stench causing a person to gag and to cover the mouth and nose to prevent breathing contaminated air. They were beginning to learn the benefits of the healthier smell of fresh air. With the rotting flesh would come various insects and wild animals, which is a problem solved by burying the dead. And bury they did. This would give more comfort and pleasure to enhance emotional, mental, and even physical health. That simple act of covering the corpse would spare the stone agers from various diseases and sicknesses. From the inner compulsion for pleasant feelings came divine realization for the need of fresh air, sanitation, what good nutrition smells like, what healthy fluids taste like, and the importance of peaceful sleep. That sleep comes by keeping predators and foul smells away. They certainly had divine guidance leading them progressively on the path to health through pleasant emotional experiences, comforting mental processes, and physical health. The divine realization in health concerns enabled them to knit together a better life for themselves, but it didn’t happen in a day or two. Through the spirit, the fruit of patience, self-control, and perseverance enabled them to discover, learn, and progress. Trial and error requires endurance to move forward constuctively. Cutting a toe on a sharp rock becomes a lesson to turn the rock into a useful tool. Instead of becoming angry, out of control, or succumbing to fatal attitudes they turned pain, suffering, and hurt into an opportunity to make something positive to ensure their survival. Likewise, we did not go from the age of stone to the technological age in a day. By persevering through divine inspiration we were able to knit together a health industry involving mental, emotional, and physical health. From our present era we have more progression to experience. In this light, we need to persevere in things of the spirit by the spiritual fruit. This includes self-control to keep us in the destiny of the inward deity, and patience to wait for the blossoms of what we are to become. Endurance will carry us forward as we mature in divine inspiration to benefit our health.
The stone agers came to the divine realization that it was necessary to knit together a safe and secure environment. As the top ten inventions of the stone age reveal, there were the creation of tools to separate the inhabitants of earth from an unsafe and insecure environment. The divine goodness of their inner life was moving them progressively towards a more tranquil place. That momentum is possible through the spirit by the fruit of meekness, gentleness, and peace. From the divine realization coming by fruitful qualities we are able to knit together a society that can progress forward with tranquility. In fact, owning weapons in our technological age is optional and by no means compulsory. Personalized weapons are even shunned by the majority of the world’s population. The fruit of the spirit progressively shapes our civilization into a kinder and gentler existence. We have specialized sectors to protect us from hostilities. Those sectors include peace keeping entities such as the military and law enforcement. We will always progress by the fruit of the spirit to fend off uncivil attitudes to secure global serenity one knit at a time. Divine realization is knitting together a safe and secure environment for our existence.
The stone agers came to the realization that it was necessary to knit together their existence by social cohesion. They come to learn that they could be more successful by the efforts of numerous people together than individual effort. Evidence of this involves teamwork during a hunt and with the same communication that enabled them to care for infants, play a flute, or do art. They were relating to one another from the inner qualities we describe as goodwill, kindness, and love. From their inner life they were feeling a need to relate to one another from helpful and socially oriented qualities. In essence, divine realization came to their spirit by the spiritual fruit to inspire them to knit together harmonious functions. The universal deity was putting them in a place of belonging where they would be the instrument of progression for civilization. During the age of stone a communal gathering might involve everyone having a weapon of some sort. This was part of their constructive progression to keep their community safe. There was a yearning from their inner life for civility in their place of belonging. In our technological age, a group band together with weapons is interpreted as violent gang affiliation. We have progressed in our social networking through the spirit by the fruit of kindness, goodwill, and love. Divine realization inspires us to knit together our place of belonging through tolerance, acceptance, sensual intimacy, and love for one another. Otherwise, we are left behind in the sludge of hate, intolerance, sexual abuses, and exclusion from civil functions. In our progressive society we gather in harmony at festivals, shopping centers, schools, the workplace, church, etc. Even as we continue to progress the fruit of the spirit will continue to shape our fellowship into a kinder and gentler experience. Divine realization comes from the qualities of compassion and charity to weave together the progression of social cohesion.
The stone agers came to realize that the divine light coming from within was a positive experience to their worth, and thereby was able to knit together an environment of esteem. Some people might say it’s not the realization of our divine worth that keeps us progressing, but it’s a matter of the survival of the fittest. Even then, the rougher and more aggressive components of creation go extinct as the meeker divine qualities progress. For example, from Tyrannosaurus Rex to ponies, and from the Neanderthal to Homo Sapiens. In this light, the realization of our divine worth, through the fruit of the spirit, enables us to knit together an environment that is respectful to the universal deity. By reverence to that divine presence our inward being yearns for fruitfulness, tranquility, respect for life, and cohesion. As well as the yearning to worship an advanced intelligence imparting to us positively charged energy. The top ten innovations of the stone age reveals the groanings for a life filled with fruitfulness. From a sense of their self-worth through that inner fruit came music, art, and the desire to preserve themselves. They were progressing in the spirit of their divine worth. They wanted to persevere for the love of their own existence. Their life had purpose, was future oriented, and as much as was the measure in them they sensed their divine potential. They relied on divine inspiration to help them survive, and learned the value of respect for one another. There was less esteem given to the primitive nature of the Neanderthal and more esteem for the divine light that was aiding humanity to progress. They wanted an abundant life flowing from positive energy to enhance their existence. There was a sense of self worth from a divine presence lurking within. Absent of a focus on the inspiration coming from the goodness of the soul there would be bad ideas to ascertain their demise. Extinction comes by the desolation of divine realization, being barren of the matter necessary to knit together an existence based on recognition of an individual’s divine worth. Instead of constructive knitting, there would be conflict, strife, and violence. The yearning for civil interaction would abate as selfish disregard for others would manifest. The light leading by granting a sense of divine importance would fade into the darkness of depraved behavior. Negative energy would prevail comparable to hosting an inward Tyrannosaurus Rex. However, the divine realization of our worth enables us to knit together a future with the universal deity.
Divine realization came to the stone agers relating to their identity which shows through their self expression to enable them to knit together “words” and behaviors with positive energy. The people living during the age of stone were gradually establishing an identity which separated them and made them unique from their uncivilized surroundings. The divine inspiration coming from their inner life made their self expression alien to the Neanderthals, and other forms of creation. Their spirit brought forth art as their cave walls served as the canvas. Also, from their blossoming ingenuity came sewing needles, flutes with one note or more, pottery shaping skills, and even body paint. They were experiencing positive energy flowing from the fruit of the spirit. These people of the stone age were reinventing the world around them to reshape materials in such a way as to change their self expression, and even their identity. They had faith in their visions to create something very useful from something that would seem hopelessly useless. For example, from useless fragments of bone they made sewing needles with the goal of knitting pieces together to establish comfort within their humble existence. They had a vision of a blanket when they saw the pieces of bone and made it happen. This also reveals the fruit of goodness working in their spirit with their faith. The things they created were inspirations of goodness that made positive contributions to their fellow survivors, and not just for evilness against threats. And of course the optimism to use raw materials to knit together a comfortable future came by the fruit of joy flowering in the spirit. Truly, divine realization of their inner identity came through the spiritual fruit of faith, goodness, and joy leading them by visions and optimism to knit together a progressive civilization.
We can comprehend how counter productive and self defeating it is when despair, pessimism, and evilness becomes who are. Our existence would be nothing more than throwing stones at the subject of our dismay instead of expressing ourselves constructively. Instead of divine realization there would be stunted thought processes, instead of knitting with optimism we would unravel with negativity, and instead of progression there would be extinction. Our existence would of ended with the Neanderthals.
We continue to progress by aspiring to visions of a heavenly place to call home. As the fruit of faith, goodness, and joy continues to permeate our spirit we have an optimistic look into the future with visions of a kinder and gentler world. Divine realization of our identity brings optimism in our self expression enabling us to knit together a future with visions of a new and improved civilization.
We can assess that people living during the age of stone were guided by the universal deity, through the spiritual fruit, to make their primitive existence more civil. The diagnosis is that negative attitudes to the divinity of the soul would leave us in the stone age. That opposition would desolate our spiritual fruitfulness and consequently stir up uncivil, unruly, and chaotic behaviors. Even so, we plan to progress forward by faith, hope, and love. We implement that plan from the moist tenderness of our inner life to impart optimism, peace, fruitfulness, tolerance, and divine light. We know we are successful when inspiration lives in us to keep the realization alive that we need to knit together harmonic interactions from the divine fabric of our inner life.
There are some people who are in denial about the living deity who resides in us. (That deity shapes our progression through the spirit by the spiritual fruit.) They are terminally ill with darkness and.destruction because they discourage inspiration, divine realization, and the desire to knit together harmonious unions. They are like Neanderthals that express anger, conflict, debate, and hostilities to fruitful and civilly oriented people. They have no realization of knitting with the fruit of peace. Where civil people might share optimism through the joy of art and music, the Neanderthals come across as pessimistic, sad and depressed at the appearance of a joyful spirit. They have no realization of knitting with the fruit of goodness, joy, or faith. Their idea of bargaining, conversing, or negotiating is to make demands, or “club” you, in exchange for your willingness to relinquish your progression through the fruit of the spirit. They thrive on dominance through aggression, intimidation, and fear. Even so, Neanderthals will fade away even as the internal and eternal deity continues to impart life by faith, peace, love, and perseverance. It’s essential that we accept the divinity of the soul so that we can live a fruitful life as knitters in an age of divine realization.
There are reservoirs, populations, or factions of people who oppose the realization coming by the inspiration of a living deity. They are hostile to knitting a society together through the components of the spirit. (Those components involve the spiritual fruit.) The attitudes exiting those reservoirs include beliefs that endorse violence, intimidation, and prejudice for the purpose of establishing themselves as the conquerors of humanity. This is similar to the Neanderthal existing along side the homo sapiens. However, the Neanderthals fade away but the meeker homo sapiens are granted a continuance.
The attitude of dismissing divine realization impedes the knitting together of a civil existence and transfers directly and indirectly. They transfer directly through those seeking conquest by carnal, manmade, or fleshly means. They are hostile to spiritual qualities because peace, joy, goodwill, and perseverance cannot be imparted by discriminatory methods, but are given by the universal deity as rewards for reverence to that divine goodnes. Indirectly, Neanderthal or carnal attitudes transfer through us because we do not come to the realization of a living deity, and consequently do not knit our lives together with the fabric of the spiritual fruit.
The attitude of the Neanderthal enter us because we place more value on carnal gain and less value on the spirit. In that event, we associate with those who live for physical gratification while neglecting the qualities that knit us together in a civil union. Those susceptible to opposing a spiritual life in favor of a physical one are caged into present and past teachings. They are not able to accept the qualities of the spirit that enables progression. To believe we will never receive the fullness of life through comfort, love, hope, and peace is to be chained into a Neanderthal mentality. However, to accept the smiles, hugs, tenderness, charity, and goodness that blossom in us enables us to progress joyfully from day to day. Instead of unfruitful thought processes there is divine realization, and instead of our life unraveling we are able to knit together a spiritually fruitful existence.
We can interupt the cycle that imprisons us into Neanderthal behaviors. We do that by adopting the same spirit that enabled the stone age homo sapiens to progress. That is to accept the realization given to us by divine inspiration so that we can knit together a progressively civil society. Although we are not certain what transformation we will experience, we can be sure that we will be different then we are today, even as the stone age homo sapiens were different from the Neanderthals. That progression will transpire as we allow the soft, moist, and tender qualities of the spiritual fruit to blossom and flow through us.
10. Stone or Wooden Club: The Stone Club preceded more sophisticated implements like the Stone Axe and, at its most basic was simply a lump of wood that had weight at one end and a good grasp at the other. As simple as this is, it gave man a weapon that extended his striking range, even if only for a few feet, allowed him to tackle dangerous animals, and mortal enemies, more confidently.
9. Cave Painting/Art: There are many examples of quite intricate Stone Age cave paintings across the globe, depicting people, animals, plants, hunting, the stars, gods or spirits and more. In some cases these paintings go beyond merely reproducing what happened in the day to day lives of our ancestors and instead took on the role of a story board, a short film or book that told a tale. Art implies thought beyond what was required for practical survival. If you are interested in cave paintings and haven’t seen Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Hertzog, please take a look. It is an extraordinary documentary. To See Cave Paintings Click This Link. https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVvXvPohVNBkAPS4nnIlQ_ylu=X3oDMTE0NDRuY2hjBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDRkZYVUkzMl8xBHNlYwNzYw–?p=Cave+Paintings&fr=yhs-mozilla-002&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-002
8. Pigment For Body Decoration: Archaeologists have found evidence that Stone Age man used colored pigments for body decorations. Although the range of colors they could produce was very limited, typically in the earthy tones associated with ochre and iron oxides in the earth. The ultimate expression of color and status came much more recently when blues and purples, colors that were difficult to create and therefore expensive, became associated with royalty.
7. Sewing: Flax fibers have been discovered that had been spun to make thread. Our ancestors fashioned needles from animal bones and used the thread to sew animal hide and fur into clothes, shoes and packs and to create string or yarn that had many uses including hefting and being used in making baskets and other domestic pieces. But what was particularly interesting is among black and natural fibers were those colored pink and turquoise. Pink and turquoise! Here is evidence that they made an effort to introduce color into their lives.
6. Flute/Music: Although whistles that only produced a single note have been found, it was the discovery of a bone flute that had four finger holes in it that gives us real proof that our Stone Age ancestors had incorporated music into their lives. Interestingly this flute was found in a cave that had been occupied by Neanderthals, not Homo sapien. Indeed Neanderthals and Homo sapien were known to have existed in the same areas of ancient Europe together up until the Neanderthals disappeared around 35,000 years ago. Music. Art. Body decoration. Life was perhaps a bit more colorful in the Stone Age than we might have thought.
5. Bow & Arrow: The bow and arrow was the ultimate Stone Age weapon although they were a relatively late invention. These sophisticated instruments required a number of technologies to exist in order to be created. Firstly they needed very strong string or twine, a sharp stone tool to shape the bow and the arrow shaft and the ability to split very sharp, fine stone for the arrow head. The ability to injure or kill prey or foe from a distance gave those of the Stone Age an incredible advantage and, along with the following two inventions, ensured his dominance on the planet Earth.
4. Long Hunting Spear: For the purposes of getting food and defending themselves those in the Stone Age had to contend with numerous creatures that had sharp claws and teeth. Long hunting spears as well as thrusting spears meant they didn’t need to get too close to their prey and had a better chance of injuring or killing the animal while minimizing the potential of their own injury or death. When long wooden hunting spears were used by a number of people to corner and engage with prey, the stone-agers became a formidable hunter, increasing their food supply and general safety.
3. Stone Axe: Our Stone Age ancestors made a giant leap when they invented the stone axe. Someone at some point intuitively saw the value in attaching a sharp stone to the end of a stick, and using leverage to increase power at the axe head. This was a ground breaking tool that gave the user the ability to kill prey faster and easier than before, fight aggressors (or be a better aggressor), open nuts or seeds for food, chop wood for fire and shape wood in order to build better shelters. The axe remains a commonly used tool across the globe today making it one of the oldest and most valuable inventions ever.
2. Shelter: Amazingly, the earliest evidence that our ancestors built fixed shelters is from the Stone Age. Naturally the stone-agers sheltered under trees and in caves where possible. Some shelters were made of stone and wood, others used the bones and tusks of mammoths to provide the structure and we assume all would have used animal hide and fur to provide a floor and walls. Other examples of early shelters have been found. These shelters showed evidence of a hearth or fireplace and separate rooms representing a major improvement in living conditions for people using the shelter. Warmth, light, staying dry, cooking, flooring and fur hide bedding. A most luxurious existence.
1. The Controlled Use of Fire: Fire wasn’t discovered as such as it always existed, however the ability to control fire was the greatest step forward in the history of mankind and our ancestors. Fire enabled us to cook food meaning we were better nourished, keep warm which meant we were better rested, migrate into colder climates which saw us diversify across the globe, fight away predators, clear forests for agriculture and bake clay to make utensils. It provided a sign of safe haven at night. Without learning how to harness and control the power of fire it would be a very different world today.