Chris Ryan on Sex at Dawn and how civilisation is the heart of what's wrong with everything


Jun 14 2021 • 1 hr 9 mins

Christopher Ryan is an American author best known for co-authoring the book Sex at Dawn. He received a B.A. in English and American literature in 1984, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University, an accredited hybrid low-residency/online learning program based in San Francisco, twenty years later. His master's thesis examined differences in specific personality measures between working fashion models and the general public. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the prehistoric roots of human sexuality, and was guided by the psychologist Stanley Krippner, a humanistic psychologist, with additional committee members Sabrina Zirkel and Jürgen W. Kremer.


You've got emergency surgery and antibiotics
Half your work done by a team of robotics
Still you've confessed
You're depressed
And distressed
and oppressed
What's the matter with you?

You can travel through the sky sitting down in a chair
Get a drink, eat a meal and there's wifi up there
But at the slightest delay
You complain
Like it's the end of the world

So why aren't you happy now?
Why aren't you in awe
You've been civilised to death

You've got your mother in a home, kids at childcare
You're working 7 days a week just to keep them there
You've been promised all your free time
When you're retired

You're the pyre for the fire of incessant growth
Where any movement's advancement or progress or both
Youe’re like a falling man
Who insists he’s flying

So why aren't you happy now?
Why aren't you in awe
You've been civilised to death

How much time still to put in?
Can't be long 'til you're retiring
Scratching on the walls until your time is up
One last sup at the poisoned cup

Take me back
To the simple life
When we surrendered
To being alive

We lived by the ocean
And drank from the stream
In a world of abundance
Our lives were a dream

We had all we needed
Happy in our tribe
Surrounded by beauty
That you can't describe

The trees gave us everything
We worshipped the sun
Nature was all
And we were as one

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