(chronosomatically) Contemplating the Navel
Humanity's reliance on walking as its primary means of migration came to an end as the dominance of the hip bones receded, and as the plane of the present rose above the hip bones it entered the abdominal section of the body created by the skeletal gap between the hip bones and the rib cage, the section of the body that most readily expands. Portugal's yearning for expansion was the very reason it searched for a new east/west trade route, and, since their quest proved successful, they gained a leading role in world trade. The heightened status of Portugal, however, was not the only effect of the new east/west shipping path. The new trade route also initiated the dissemination of Western (that is, European) influence over other parts of the globe, specifically the coasts of Africa and southern Asia.
Stephen Lauf © 2017.02.12