My Quest for the Truth About Humanity, Part 3

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If you’ve been following my previous columns, you know I’m working up to something, and that one of the things I’ve been trying to show is that Almost Everything You’ve Ever Been Taught is Wrong. A whole book can be written on that topic, but here I’m focusing specifically on ancient history.

In my previous columns I touched on how dogmatic modern science is. A scientist with high status creates a theory; it becomes a fact; and then suddenly it’s academic suicide to challenge it. At least, until the evidence against it becomes so overwhelming that the dogma is destroyed. By that time, the visionary who first challenged it has been long burned at the stake.

For example, one dogma in Egyptology is that the pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs. Did you know that there has never been a SINGLE body, or mummy, found in a pyramid? This doesn’t stop textbooks from teaching this as if it’s truth. They don’t even mention that it’s a theory, let alone a theory with no proof.

One of the central dogmas of our whole Western culture is that WE are the pinnacle of human evolution, which of course is the pinnacle of Earth evolution. In this column I’m going to challenge that view. In fact, I am arguing the opposite: that human culture has been in a state of decline for the last few thousand years.

OK, take Egypt again. The orthodoxy likes to date the first pyramids to about 2950 BC, although alternative historians, and geologists, believe them to be much older. (Carbon dating is not able to date when stone was carved). But let’s not get into that right now. So, first of all, we have no idea how the pyramids were built. As the fabulous physicist Nassim Haramein points out, the math doesn’t work out: if the pyramids were built in 20 years as they say, and you count the number the stones, you can calculate how fast they would have had to put the stones in. At 10 hours a day, every day for 20 years, they would have had to place a stone every two minutes. Furthermore, the theory states that these were farmers, so they could only work 3 months a year when they didn’t have to farm. Therefore, they would have had to place a rock every 3 seconds. These rocks were on average 2 tons … up to 40 tons. They had to place them hundreds of feet high. To levels of accuracy that are impossible today. All lined up perfectly to match the placement of the stars in the Orion constellation. (Of course, according to modern theories, the ancients should not have been able to measure the number of light years between stars!) So, the theory goes that they rolled the rocks on logs. However, there were no trees in Egypt during the period that the pyramids were supposedly built…

Then let’s look at the inscriptions the ancient Egyptians made. Carving stone to an accuracy of 1/100,000 of an inch, as they did, is impossible for us today with lasers, let alone with the primitive copper tools the Ancients supposedly had. To sum up: we are unable, with our finest equipment, to do what the ancient Egyptians did. They moved 1000-ton blocks hundreds of miles.

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Have you been to the British Museum? Full of amazing treasures the Brits stole from around the world. (At least they have the decency not to charge money to see stolen treasures — it’s free). Anyway, you start in the Egypt section, and it’s astonishingly amazing. Then you move into the Assyrian section and you are aghast at the magnificence. Supposedly these works date to approximately 1500 BC. We see gigantic gates, sphinxes. Gorgeous inscriptions that haven’t aged at all, they were so well done. Then we move on to the Persian Empire, dated to around 500 BC. Their work looks very similar to the Assyrian stuff, but with much less quality. Their inscriptions are worn and blurry.

Next we move into the ancient Greek rooms, and although this was supposed to be the beginning of real culture, it’s disappointing compared to the Egyptians and Assyrians. Not to say that the Greeks didn’t make some beautiful statues, but they are far less grand than what came before. And finally, the Romans. Their art looks to me like garish and inferior copies of the Greek masterpieces.

Let’s step back a bit to what came before the Greeks. Greek civilization did not spring full-grown from nothing, like Athena being born from Zeus’ head. The ancient Greeks themselves visited ancient ruins and marvelled at them, the ruins of their ancestors who were the source of so many of their myths and legends. This civilization, centered in Crete and known as Minoan, flourished from about 2500-1200 BC. (In 1200 BC , something big happened, which changed the world. More on that in future columns). The Minoans were Goddess-worshipping, peaceful people (until they were later taken over by the Mycenaeans, who adopted their culture, but added war) who created some of the greatest works of art ever known: frescoes, goldwork, intricate seals. Many ancient historians admit that their depictions of nature were more advanced than the later classical Greeks. See the intricately carved gold seal, below — only about an inch wide.

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e Minoans built four-story buildings, with indoor plumbing (hot and cold running water) and flushing toilets. (Incidentally, toilets were also found at Skara Brae, a settlement in Scotland dated to 3200 BC. Modern people didn’t have indoor toilets until the middle of the 19th century.) Minoan buildings were perfectly integrated into the landscape.

Actually, as far as art … the magnificent art in the caves, from 40,000 years ago, is as advanced as anything we see today. Technique, perspective, all that: we haven’t learned much in 40,000 years. See the pic below of a carved bison, smaller than my hand, from 30,000 years ago in France.

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he Greeks speak of a Golden Age of harmony, and indeed, there is evidence of a widespread civilization, from Portugal to Russia, that lived in peace and crafted out of gold. Later came the Bronze Age, which brought violence to the ancient Mediterranean, and then the Iron Age, even more savage. In the past century we’ve seen the Aluminum Age, and now, sadly: the Plastic Age. Sigh.

Are we really making progress?

It’s easy for the casual observer to notice that architecture is declining. Go to London. The older the buildings, the more magnificent. Go to San Francisco. The most beautiful buildings were the old Queen Anne Victorians, which gave way to the less-ornate Edwardians. It was downhill from there. There was a surge of great beauty in the Art Deco years (1920s), but since then we have been building as cheaply as possible. Nothing is built to last anymore; make it quick, make it ugly, and pocket the money.

See the picture below; the perfection of the pyramids, and the polluted urban sprawl, no planning, no harmony, just chaos.

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Ancient culture was centered around spirituality; our modern culture is centered around the pursuit of wealth. We are getting sicker and sicker, as the pollution and toxicity we have created takes its toll. Are we smarter? The Ancients could recite 1000s of lines of verse by memory. Educated Victorians could read ancient Greek. As education has declined over the last 100 years, now most Americans aren’t even taught Shakespeare, because we are too dumb to understand it. The American vocabulary has shrunk to a tiny fraction of what it used to be.

We believe that we are the greatest thing that ever happened to the world because of our technology. And yet, new evidence is showing that our precious technologies have been known a long time. The ancient Egyptians had some sort of lighting, since they carved inside their tombs without oil lamps. And new evidence is coming out that atomic energy was understood. (more on that later).

Why does it matter, you ask? I believe it’s important for us to know the real story of humanity … and to learn from the wisdom of our ancestors.


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