I wondered how discourse might have begun, and I imagine that the earliest humans only had a few basic questions in their lives:-
- What is safe to eat ?
- How can we get more of it ?
- How can we store it so we never run out of food and go hungry ?
These questions have now evolved into a massively complex system of ideas (especially complex since economics began by trading foodstuffs at the start of history ?).
For example, ‘What is safe to eat’ diverges into two directions
- What is healthy to eat ? - evolving into medicines and treatments
- What tastes good to eat ? – evolving into cookery and gourmet issues
These seem like the roots of separate discourses, though they are clearly connected (for example, some medicines are healthy, but unsafe in excess, and the discourses of health and safety interact in many different ways).
It seems to me that once upon a time, mankind would have had much fewer questions and issues thatn we have now - I wonder what order they arose in ? Probably these were some of the first - maybe even the original questions, perhaps even the original sin ?