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1) 3 July 2001 : How they grew rich: Contrary to what many believe, the economic lives of our
ancestors is a story of almost unrelieved wretchedness.
Everywhere, a small number lived humanely while the great
majority lived in abysmal squalor. We forget their misery,
in part, by the grace of literature, poetry, and legend,
which celebrate those who lived well and forget those who
lived in the silence of poverty.
The eras of misery have been mythologised and are
remembered as golden ages of pastoral simplicity. They were
not. In truth, survival was the only order of business.