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Fabric of Time

Fabric of Time

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Published by James Bradley
Migration and its remains - our journey through time - is it all that complicated?
Migration and its remains - our journey through time - is it all that complicated?

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Published by: James Bradley on Mar 04, 2010
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Fabric of Time
 
Kanook  August 31, 2009
When we look back in antiquity we find riddles that most of us either ignore or put off as legendand the myths of various cultures. Being a student of history, stories from far back into our civilizationcause one to marvel at myths and legends, that are been sifted through by our culture. They excite myimagination and cause me to wonder if were all we can be, based on our history, mythical or real. Weseem at time to be moving backward with respect to each other! I wonder if it is true that ourtechnology has surpassed our ability to understand its full ramifications, albeit this is not the first timethat the people of Earth went beyond their common sense, spending their time attempting to eitherdestroy each other or simply ignoring what was happening outside of their own backyard.Our technology today has brought the world into our living room, a world that is laid at our feetevery single day, in living high-definition color and across the Internet, via instant news and blogs toomany to count. I am reminded by a friend that during 9-11 our normal dependable communicationnetworks in New York City failed, with the inhabitants of the Big Apple falling back on the Internet tolearn what was happening in their fair city. We, if we chose too, can receive headlines from around theworld walking from our desk to the lunchroom, most of the time theyre tame and carry no earthshakingrevelations, but they still clutter our brains and in some way affect our day-to-day existence.History is a discipline that not too many people are interested in today, whereas history is whathappened 10 minutes ago (which is true), but based on this premise history becomes just another eventwith no consequence in our lives  Ive heard more than once over the years that as a race, we have avery short memory, in other words what the media tells us today is gone tomorrow. History has evolvedinto something were not too concerned about, such as geography has with the invention of GPS, whyshould we worry or concentrate on where were going if technology traces our path from door-to-door.History and/or where weve been and who was with us when we were there, we can go back and readthe headlines, regardless if theyre true or not and get a fairly good idea on what weve experienced.But enough of our failings, lets face it 99.999% of us could give a big rip about history, and if wedo its limited, lets say to events in our immediate lifetime, whereas if you as the average adult todayaround 75% of you dont know the significance of Nov 22
nd
, 1963. And when you bring up ancienthistory their eyes roll back into their head and moans of give me a break spring forth like the ode to joy or the William Tell Overture, Lone Ranger, remember him?
 
Really Old Stuff 
Just some simple questions, after-all Im not your teacher, just an old fart who has an archaicinterest of what came before and maybe just why?But first, lets move through some of this BS about Abraham, the person credited with being thefather of three religions, Hebrew (Jews), Arabic (Islam) and Christianity (Jesus). Whereas Abraham wearsthe cloth proudly pulling out an entire race from the depth of depravity and doom in our worship of deities that controlled the path of the sun, moon and the periodic growth of storms and other deedsattributed to Nature. We hang this hat on this man from Ur, who on moving into the Canaanite territorytook over the pine trees that produced the pitch for the Phoenicia vessels, developed one of the first oilcompanies in the world of gimme that! How foolish weve become over the years, really! Civilizationas we today know it has been subject to the greatest PR job since the beginning of time. Now beforeyou call me a heretic or even worse, lets take a look back at some ancient civilizations. Abraham, it isnot true, that he saved the world by worshipping one God!Supposedly the oldest civilization on this planet is the Egyptians, who according to writtenaccounts appeared one day, not as savage hunters or gathers, but just appeared building marvelouscities, that in their construction we find mammoth structures built with exacting precision we marvel attoday. Before we walk-off into the Egyptian beliefs, let stroll a little closer to home in America.The Chippewa legends tell us that ancient man was pursued by perpetual hunger, and thathe was exposed to unprotected blast of winter and the unending heat of summer  he live in constantterror of the storm, the wind, the thunder, the lighting, and the cold and heat, all these conditionsthreatening and with dangerous demons. The seasons brought him neither seed-time nor harvest, hisbody pinched with hunger which is feeds from time to time by gathering seeds, berries and creepingthings as he watches the animals of the forest dash by him, unfortunately he has but limited means instopping their flight  in other words he is powerless and miserable in the land of plenty and his everystep towards civilization is a step of conquest over nature.The invention of the bow and arrow was a far greater stride forward for the human race thanthe steam-engine, printing press or the telegraph. The savage could now reach out and touch hisgame, the eagle towering in its pride of place was no longer beyond the reach of man  when firecame along it too was a tremendous step forward and the savage having nothing but wooden vesselsto cook covered the wood with clay and the clay hardened in the fire. Eventually the savage learnedthat he could dispense with the wood, and "wala" now he had pottery.Then someone (if we are to believe the Chippewa Legends) found on the shores of Lake Superiorfragments of pure copper, beat these fragments into various shapes, and the art of metallurgy begun,iron was first worked in the same way by shaping meteoric iron into usable objects.Lets not supposed all this happened over a few day, months or even years in rapid succession,whereas thousands, and even tens of thousands of years intervened between each step  today werealize that the arts, language, literature have been of slow growth, albeit with the advent of theInternet and the Rosetta Stone software, not quite as long.
 
Consider, Phoenicia, Egypt, Chaldea (Iraq) where according to History was Abrahams first Home,India, Greece, and Rome passed the torch of civilization from one to another; but in all that lapse of time, they added nothing to the arts which existed at the earliest period of Egyptian History. Inarchitecture, sculpture, painting, engraving, mining, metallurgy, navigation, pottery, glass-ware, theconstruction of canals, road, and aqueducts, the arts/crafts of Phoenicia and Egypt extended, withoutmaterial change or improvement, to a period three to four hundred years ago.Up to the present weve added a few improvements (in some regions of the world), albeit not asimpressive and long-lasting as that which came before. Going to the moon was an add-on to the ancientskill of gun-powder  now that is the guy Id like to meet, sitting around the camp fire playing with alittle dust from this and that along with some vegetable matter and bat dung, and BOOM!! His rewardof this chemistry acheivement, earned him a beating from his wife for waking the kids and the dog.Herodotus says that according to the information he received from the Egyptian priesthood thattheir written history dated back some 11,340 years before his era, or some 14,500 years to thistime. They walked him through a spacious temple showing him statues of over 340 high-priests whohad come before, their art work was unsurpassed, leaving him with the impression that the civilizationof Egypt at its first appearance was of a higher-order than at any subsequent period of its history.He notes that in the early days Egypt worshipped only one God whereas in the later ages thissimple and sublime belief was buried under the corruptions of polytheism. The greatest Pyramidswere built during the Fourth Dynasty (2575 to 2467 BCE, time of peace and prosperity), and so universalwas education during this time among the people, that stones found used for construction contain thewritings of the workmen. No period before or after in Egyptian History equaled the 4
th
Dynastysarchitectural accomplishments  all the rulers of this dynasty commissioned at least one Pyramid.At the beginning of the 4
th
Dynasty, the Egyptians were already a civilized and numerouspeople. The 1
st
ruler of the 4
th
Dynasty was Sneferu a well-liked ruler who is said to have moved morestone and brick than any Pharaoh  busy guy. He established a firm trade agreement with the Lebanese(Phoenicians) for their cedar, whereas one record keeping stone notes that at one time 40-cedar ladenships lay in the harbor, purchased by his government from Lebanon.Ernest Renan
1
notes, Egypt at the beginning appears mature, old, and entirely without mythicaland heroic ages, as if the country had never known youth. It is a civilization with no infancy, with an artwith no archaic period  hence, they did not begin with infancy, they were already mature!So, here we have a civilization that in its earliest times were master builders, doctors of medicine, composing medical books with a mission to, in some cases to kill, not to heal the people andyet we find that at the dawn of Mediterranean History the first king of Egypt is noted as being aphysician, and as having left anatomical books!.Common sense tells us that in some regions of the world, primitive mankind existed for vastspaces of time, most under favorable circumstances, where he created, invented and discovereddifferent arts which constitute civilization. But, history now shows us that for over 6,000 years mankindin Europe, Asia, and Africa, even when lead by great nations, and marvelous minds did NOT advance
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Ernest Renan (February 28
 
,
1
823 October
1
2,
1
892) was aFrench philosopherand writer, devoted to his native province of  Brittany. He is best known for his influential historical works on early Christianity and hispoliticaltheories.

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