Correct me if i am wrong, but, when Cortez landed in Tobasco, which was the heart of the Olmec land, he found a flourishing town, a hierarchical social structure, and agriculture.
Indeed, wherever Cortez went, including a few years later when he attacked the Mayans, he found towns, hierarchical military organizations and the agriculture to support them.
From my understanding, once the Olmecs destablized the region with an civilized organization of violence through a hierarchical military structure, that Meso-American region remained destablized with a chain-reaction of continuous civilizing pressure.
I agree, and from a behaviorist perspective you're right.
However, to pattern a new behavioral response, a neutral stimulus, such as foraging, needs to be associated with a conditioned stimulus, such as pain or pleasure, in order to turn foraging into a new patterned behavioral response.
Unfortunately Civilization, because of fear, aggression and it's psycho-sexual associations, has that kind of powerful positive feed-back loop.
Foraging on the other hand, only becomes associated to a positive feed-back loop for those who can connect with the living energy of our environment through a positive association with say,,, the psycho-physical Kundalini.
Most forager want-a-bees that i have known have failed to connect to that possitive association, while at the same time, nearly all failed to break the Civilized positive feed-back loop.
They experience frustration and disillusionment.