Far More Advanced Than Previously Believed.
Our concept of human history is, in most cases, based on hearsay. History is a written interpretation of past events.1 The key word being interpretation. We listen to and read the word others. Very rarely does the common man question the “facts”, and as we know, “History is written by the victors.” ~Winston Churchill
In recent years a significant number of discoveries have been publicized, though I know not how much is speculation and how much can really be proven empirically. Nevertheless, it has come to shape my own approach to interpreting the facts and findings of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and intellectuals.
Evidence of possible ancient atomic explosions exists in multiple locations across the globe, age-old maps linked to the Library of Alexandria perfectly map the coastline of Antarctica long before modern man had ever set foot there, ancient mechanical computers calculated astronomical positions as early as 150 B.C., batteries existed as early as 2500 B.C. for use in electroplating, massive drawings in the earth were created with exact precision before aerial views were thought possible, varied human species are thought to have coexisted and interbred as little as ten thousand years ago. Even today we still find evidence of unknown tribes who have had absolutely no contact with the outside world.
“The fire at Alexandria’s library is the rule, not the exception, of history.” ~Insomniac By Choice
Human history is our present day society’s attempt to piece together a 2.5 million year2 jigsaw puzzle with very few pieces. Every so often another clue falls into place as we uncover another ruin, fossil or artifact. In the scope of human evolution the pieces we have are staggeringly insubstantial to paint an accurate picture of our ancestors achievements.
Is it possible that civilizations have risen and collapsed far more often than we could have conceived? Evidence leads me to believe that the ancient world was a lot more interconnected than previously thought.
Think of all the technological and social changes that have happened in your own lifetime. The earth has been around for approximately 4.5 billion years. It has been life sustaining for approximately 3.8 billion of those years. 3.8 billion / 78 (Average life expectancy in US today) = 48,717,948.7 modern lifetimes of possibility. What we don’t know will always far outweigh what we do know.
As massive and imposing as the Earth is, it is still but a grain of sand upon the vast beach of the universe. What we don’t know is practically infinite. Who can ever really say if we are alone in our search for answers, but the possibility exists that we are not, and I choose to embrace that possibility.
“The moment we answer one thing, it raises the next question.”
Human nature puts unique pressure on us to both fear the unknown and desire to understand it. We, from the moment we are each born, attempt to sort through the chaos and find reason in the world around us.
Some take a narrow view, focusing primarily on their own survival, while others who are privileged enough to do so are enabled to surmise at the broader scope of human progress. It should not be just a privilege, but a social responsibly, a honor bound duty of the highest order.
I choose to believe that mankind has striven for hundreds of thousands of years to reach this pinnacle. I believe it is possible that in that struggle we have many times risen and through our own imperfections failed to achieve true enlightenment. And finally, I believe that it is our noble charge to continue the quest for the ultimate truth through our daily word, action and thoughts.
We can and will bring about a civilization that is enlightened and honorable, inheriting wisdom and understanding, destined to be at one with the universe, in the balance of nature. It all resides squarely on the shoulders of the individual. Follow the path of your conscience and never cease to aspire to greatness…
1. (Collins, Michael. World History. Devon Preparatory School. September 2002.)
2. 2.5 Million Years refers to the estimated timeline of the genus Homo; Our species, Homo Sapiens has existed for an estimated 200,000 years.