|My dad and Miss B.|
A student asked anthropologist Margaret Mead for the earliest sign of civilization in a given culture. He expected the answer to be a clay pot, or perhaps a fishhook or grinding stone.
Her answer: "A healed femur."
Mead explained that no mended bones are found where the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest, reigns. A healed femur shows that someone cared. Someone had to do that injured person's hunting and gathering until the leg healed.
The evidence of compassion is the first sign of civilization.
~R Wayne Willis