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Lessons For The Modern World From The Societies Of 'Yesterday'

In The World Until Yesterday, geography professor Jared Diamond asks: What can we learn from traditional societies?
Penguin Group

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 11:27 am

In his new book, The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond tells the story of a young schoolboy named Billy who was killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school in Papua New Guinea.

The driver was alert but simply couldn't stop the car when Billy ran across the road. In an outcome that may surprise people in many parts of the world, the incident was peacefully resolved within days.

Five days after the accident, Diamond explains, the employer and friends of the killer sat down for a meal with the relatives of the dead boy.

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