Saturday, January 14, 2012

Civilization's Past? Who knows for sure?

When it comes to speculating about mankind's past the imaginations run wild.

First off, you have "Evolutionists":
Based on years of studying plethoras of various relics dug up from locations from just about everywhere on this planet---many quite unrelated to each other---with the overall findings yielding ambiguous affirmations at best as to just what exactly transpired in the past dozens of millenniums of this planet's history, especially that involving human existence and activities, these elitist groups of academiacs have nevertheless managed to draw resolute conclusions of not only how-humans-came-into-existence, but they also conclude how all other living creatures "came to be" as well.
Quite a feat, considering the fact that we're STILL discovering species of both plants and animals we didn't even know existed before.
If we don't even know about each and every type of animal and vegetative life form on this planet of ours how can one be so smug and sure about "the history of all life forms"?

Next up, another group of cultish hubristic know-it-alls:  The "Creationists":
These groups, convinced the Bible is absolutely "The word of God", take a "bureaucratic" approach to the "good book".
That is, they interpret anything-and-everything written in it at face value. To the letter, every word---in chronological order, no-stones-left-unturn.
Thing is, of course, that, while no-one should dispute that the Bible is a-book-of-truths, most of it is written primarily in metaphors and parables.
That, while the underlying messages in it are meritable and can also be applied universally, a lot of the Bible's contents are either fables or exaggerated loose-knit accounts of actual events.  But that the moral and practical points made throughout are what's essential and to be dwelled on.
But the "creationists" are hell-bent on regimented "hell-and-brimstone"-minded interpretation, going so far to contend that everything in the universe, including earth itself and all life on it, was, in fact, brought about in literally seven days.
Well, if we all really ARE descendants of Adam and Eve, doesn't that make any kind of sexual relationship incestuous?
And they only had two children themselves: two sons, Cain and Able. where did Cain and Able find wives to marry and sire children with?
See what happens when one takes the figurative for face value?

I have my OWN myopic theories on "mankind's history".
How about this?:
People have always existed, much the same way they do in this current day-and-age.
...And they pretty much looked the same way they do now.
...and had the same personalities and character.
...and mankind has existed in his present form for millions of years. No "evolving-from-birds-and-fish".
...And all societies in the history of this planet have all been pretty much the same---including present-day societies.  Whether we're talking about ancient Egypt or Crete---or ancient Rome---or the ancient Incans---or medieval European societies, or even the Han dynasty of ancient government, in spite of it's outer facade, is really much different from any other---including all present-day governments.
That---with respect to customs, religious beliefs, and progress made in industry, technology, and medicine---the only thing which separates one culture from another, or even one time frame from another, is that of whatever type of government said society professes to rule by...that is, whatever government form it fronts itself with.
Otherwise the mindset of rulers have all been pretty much alike: power-and-control junkies who present themselves as "leaders" and "servants of the citizens"---when their true goals are to control the populace and reform the country they rule over to either their personal liking or to the liking of whatever factions they represent or whoever they owe favors to.
...and that there have always been social class, established "norms", loyalty to country family and comrades, laws to follow with strict penalties for disobedience and heresies, religions and their ritualistic practices and customs, amusements and entertainment in some form, social/governmental henchmen hired to carry out rule/law enforcement, xenophobic discrimination towards outcasts heretics and "minority" groups.
And that all this is not only mankind's ultimate history, but also his ultimate future and fate as well.
...and that all technological advancements do is just give him a different way of carrying out what he's always carried out before, only in a more refined and sophisticated manner.

There---does that or doesn't that sound like a more viable assessment of mankind and his overall universal fate?
Maybe I should start a belief "cult" of my own, just like the "evolutionists" and "creationists" have.
...But I don't have that "spirit of Jim Jones and David Koresh" in me, so instead I'll simply profess this to just be my own perspective version of "collective human history".

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