August 7, 2007

The time has come today... Afterwords.

I have seen the past and I know the future.

My personal belief has always been that the only book of the bible worth reading is Genesis. I’ve always had the notion that the book is the collected bits of information remaining from the days just before and shortly after the collapse of the water canopy surrounding our planet. It must have been a truly calamitous event wiping out nearly everything and everyone living upon the surface of our world. The survivors must have known it was going to be a long time before civilization recovered from the event and that many dark days lay ahead of them. They left us a story. They left us a warning.

It is reported in the bible that the rains fell for one hundred and fifty days. God only knows how long it took for the waters to recede. According to the accounts in the bible there were viable cities at that time possessing metallurgical skills, crafts and a thriving arts community. Cities contained brothels, markets and homes protected by walls. The primary source of energy was fire.

Fire provided light at night, heat during the cold seasons, cooking sources and heat for the smelting and production of metal tools. It also would have provided warm water for bathes and warmed the pools in the brothels. I imagine the heat pumped into the atmosphere and the carbon dioxide along with it was considerable. Could the first planetary disaster have been caused by the pollution sent into the atmosphere by cities around the world using fire as their primary energy source? Wood was a fairly cheap and available fuel source in those days.

Before the flood that laid waste to nearly every living thing upon the face of the planet a civilization existed that was wiped away and buried beneath an unimaginable amount of water and debris. I believe a monument still remains from that civilization. I believe that said monument remained hidden in plain sight for a great number of years because it had been altered and thus misled many who viewed it because they attributed its building to the wrong group of people in the wrong epoch of human history. You have seen this monument in hundreds perhaps even thousands of pictures and illustrations. It was the face that fooled you.

Can you guess what monument I’m talking about?

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time a great power was developing amongst the people. This political entity had an alphabet, a system of mathematics capable of erecting marvelous buildings and they had a sophisticated political system capable of motivating large numbers of it citizenry to participate in engineering projects that created a robust economy. This robust nation had mapped out the area surrounding it and traveled great distances to engage in trade with many countries in the known world of its day.

One day as a group of travelers was journeying across a trade route that had been traversed a thousand times by as many caravans before it someone noticed something unusual. It wasn’t long before the leaders of the group realized that what they’d just found in the sand had been manufactured by the hand of man. They began digging to see just what it was they’d discovered and soon realized that the task was going to be far more arduous than anyone had first imagined.

When the leader of the powerful nation was informed of what had been discovered he sent teams of men to excavate the item buried in sand. Now, no one had any idea what was about to be unearthed. As carefully as the area of this kingdom had been studied, mapped and cataloged no one had ever seen anything in this particular area but sand and even more sand. They began to dig and as they dug a figure began to emerge from the ground.

The ruler of the land watched the monument appear beneath the efforts of the excavation team and realizing what a remarkable edifice was being unearthed he decided to take advantage of the opportunity and add to his already considerable glory. He called in a team of artisans and began an immediate alteration to the monument. He had the original face on the great stone construct changed to reflect his very own face. As the excavation continued a new face was created and when the excavation was finished it was discovered that the head of the pharaoh now adorned what appeared to be the body of a great stone lion. That is how the Sphinx came to be. It was not built by the Egyptian peoples; it was simply excavated by them and altered by a glory hungry pharaoh to appease his personal ego.

It took archaeologists a long time to put together the true story of the Sphinx and by time they did so it was already believed by almost everyone in the world to be a monument to the greatness of the Egyptian empire of centuries past. Who really built it and what its original purpose was intended to be is still a mystery.

I like to believe that as the climate began to change the civilization about to be obliterated from the face of the planet decided to leave a legacy. Knowing how little would remain to mark their time upon our planet they decided to build a monument that would reflect the character of what they’d been as a people. I believe they built a lion in the dessert. They built it as a symbol of their strength and the courage of their spirit in the face of impending annihilation. They built a lion in the sand so that when the waters receded and civilization began to recover from the disaster that had nearly destroyed it someone would find the monument and it would fill those who looked upon it with the wonder of what had once been achieved and what could be accomplished in the world again. I believe it was the final statement of a people who knew they were about to be destroyed and did not want to be forgotten. I have always been amazed by the lion in the sand and the fact that no one from the Egyptians who discovered it up to the present day has any idea of who built it. It is a relic of a forgotten civilization.

I do not believe farmers set out to destroy the world. I do believe they provided the means by which our destruction would eventually be guaranteed. The agricultural revolution broke the balance of nature. Through the process of farming man was capable of achieving an evolutionary survival edge that has remained unmatched by any other species with which we share the planet. We have created so many of our species that no real purpose exists for most of us. Consumption is no great and glorious endeavor. The majority of us are truly extraneous and there is no significant reason for us to exist.

Our numbers are in the billions and the way we are doing things is clearly affecting the ecology of our world. The byproducts of our way of life are killing the planet. The Earth has protected its integrity in the past and I believe it will do so again. Pride and hubris have blinded us to the peril we face and I believe that unlike the people who built the lion in the dessert the only monument we will leave behind us is a flaming ball of ruin circling a lonely sun at the end of a spiral arm of a galaxy located in the middle of nowhere.

Even if all we’ve built as a civilization crumbles and falls to the ground in ruins among the flames of destruction there is one thought that brings me great comfort; somewhere on the scorched and despoiled planet remains a monument to a group of people who showed the greatness and character of what we could have been if we’d possessed the strength and character of a lion in the sand. Whoever built that monument may be forgotten by the rest of you but they are always remembered by me. I think about them a lot...


Blogger Captain Smack said...

This is a really great post. You don't see very many posts like this in the blog world. One point that you made:

"the only monument we will leave behind us is a flaming ball of ruin"

It sounds like you're saying that we will take the whole planet down with us. I tend to think that even if the Earth changes so much that we can no longer survive on it, the planet itself will still survive. Maybe the Earth will just finally "reject" us, like one rejects a bad kidney.

Or maybe we'll just get hit by a meteor, and the problem will work itself out.

August 08, 2007 2:30 AM  
Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

Thoughtful and compelling post, and the first time I've read/heard this story/interpretation of the Sphinx. That fact, coupled with my general disinterest in the Bible, made this interesting reading.

I work to lessen our negative impact by my choices in the voting booth, by driving less/slower/more efficently, by doing the things suggested by Al Gore (and others), but whatever I do - and even if everyone joins in that effort - the end of sustainable life on earth is coming. At best we can hope to slow its arrival, and that will only happen if the human race awakens to the need to reorder our values and priorities.

Thank you for writing this and perhaps opening some eyes and minds.

August 08, 2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

You have obviously given this a lot of thought, and now, so will I. Very interesting post.

August 08, 2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

Thanks good folks.

I just think we've all go t to wake up and do what we can before it is too late...

August 08, 2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

RYC: Well, then, you must be super-lingual, if she won't let you practice anywhere but home. :)

Thanks for the giggle!

August 08, 2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger Pepper said...

Who is to say the Sphinx wasn’t there prior to Djedef-ra. According to Cayce, it was built by Atlanteans and somewhere near the structure is the Hall of Records. According to other sources, the aliens created this structure. Most believe that it was created by slave labor. There are so many mysteries still left in this world and because we don’t understand them or don’t want to understand them, we make up stories that are believable to us and to the masses. Unfortunately, what is said is declared truth.

Nazca Lines, Atlantis, Ollantaytambo, are just some of the mysteries that defy explanation and logic.

Eventually civilization destroys itself. I personally believe we are watching the death throes of this civilization.

I, like you, don’t believe everything I was taught in school and the three part series you wrote is a masterpiece. If you can write something that creates discussion, debate, and even alter someone’s version of the truth then I applaud you. This has been thought provoking for both mom and I. Kudos.

August 08, 2007 3:18 PM  
Blogger C-dell said...

Hey I am back. sorry for my absence, I was doing the family thing. I am intrigues by this post, but I see you have other parts to it I will have to read thoses first.

August 08, 2007 7:04 PM  
Blogger Paul F. said...

What amazes me is if a person posts something new about Britney or Paris or even Michael Vick, a person gets lots of comments. But, when something this interesting gets posted, it is barely even acknowledged except by a few. Whatever...

Not too many people have enough patience and knowledge to try to understand what Genesis is really saying.

I never knew that the Sphinx was that incredibly interesting. I work with a lady who is from Egypt, so I asked her what she knew about the Sphinx. She didn't say what you said because she thought is was built by the same Pharaoh that built the 2nd pyramid. But, I read a couple places on the internet that confirmed what you said about the fact that he just unearthed it and the origin of the Sphinx is still unknown to this day. Anyway, thanks for another thought provoking post.

I guess we all should really be thinking more about Britney and Paris instead of the origins of mankind. Well, my wife will be home soon so then we can watch Big Brother and Pirate Master online.

August 08, 2007 10:26 PM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

Thanks again people.

paul f - The people who post comments here like the wiz, pepper, cdell and increasingly you yourself are the people I write for.

I don't believe it is the quantity of readers I have that matters rather it is the quality of readers...

August 08, 2007 11:52 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Quote: "We have created so many of our species that no real purpose exists for most of us. Consumption is no great and glorious endeavor. The majority of us are truly extraneous and there is no significant reason for us to exist."

Hey, man! Those Sales Analysis spreadsheets aren't going to update themselves! As if I wasn't already feeling enough like a useless waste of space you have to some along a post something like this. Some pal!

Quote of the moment (from a fellow co-worker/waste-of-space): "Oh, I am all about the shoes, girlfriend!"

Hope you're having a good Summer with the wife 'n' kid, buddy!

August 09, 2007 7:16 AM  
Anonymous crunchy carpets said...

"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

August 09, 2007 11:41 AM  
Blogger zen wizard said...

Well, the best books make the worst movies, and certainly Genesis has certainly inspired more misguided Hollywood largesse than any other book--although Revelations inspired The Rapture.

Ever read Hosea?

Now there is a book for the People magazine crowd--you could finish it on the john if you really had to. Plus, it stars a guy married to a hooker. Let's see People magazine come up with something like that and survive a defamation suit.

If I was a St. John's Wort salesman, I would want everyone to read Ecclesiastes.

Talk about a bummer...

August 09, 2007 1:27 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

I find it intreguing, the idea that approx. ever 2000 years we cycle into a new era. Not recalling all the details, I saw a documentary whose theory stated that before our current era, Pisceas moving into Aquarius, we (the earth) have gone through 2000 year periods in which the lion (Leo) and the bull (Taurus) were the primary symbols, and that during these 2000 year periods, the symbol of the age takes on enormous meaning. Pisceas can be seen in the importance of fish in the christian mythology. Taurus can be seen in the art of the minoan civilization. Leo can be seen in the sphinx, and from what I recall of the documentary, the astronomical/astroligical timeline also coincides with geoligical evidence regarding heavy rains that caused flood-marks & degredation along the sides & bottom of the body of the sphinx toward the end of that era.... I'm sure the other symbols were discussed, I just can't recall the details at this point.

Anyway, the point was that we're moving into the Aquarian Age (approx. 2012 will be the actual change, which also coincides with the Mayan calendar's predictions of the end of "this world" by fire). Very interesting theories & suppositions. Sometimes I wonder at how believable they are, but then again.... A lot of people put a lot of faith in a single book without proof & call it truth.

August 09, 2007 1:53 PM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

kati - The Mayan calendar sets the date for the world end to occur on Dec. 21st, 2012 when the sun aligns with the center of the galaxy and we are sitting behind it in an eclipse.

And actually, it is through water they believe the end comes.

Their calendar predicted the alignment that is coming in less than four years now 2000 years before it was due to occur and did so even though the said alignment only happens every 26,000 years.

The were real experts on time and astronomy.

Less than four years to the end of all things.

And they have never had a wrong prediction yet...

August 09, 2007 3:10 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Hey, Zen!

I've been reading Ecclesiastes this past week.

It speaks directly to my middle-aged soul.

It makes for a great spring-board for people thirsting for Christian redemption.

Otherwise, as the philosopher stated, it's like trying to catch the wind and all is for naught.

August 09, 2007 3:49 PM  
Blogger Arcturus said...

Hi Dirk_Star ...

At the risk of really raining on this parade, metaphorically speaking and no pun intended, and to build on my comments in your two previous posts, I have to inject a scientific perspective into this and say outright: there was no Biblical Flood.

There is no evidence whatsoever to support the notion that it rained for 150 days over the totality of the planet and enough to cover even the Himalayas.

There is absolutely no evidence for that. There is no way that much water exists in the atmosphere. That's not how our planet works. As for the seashells atop the Himalayas, that is due to the continental mountain building when India plowed into South Asia. Those are fossils, and far, far older than 8,000 years ago.

Yes, the planet has suffered a number of huge extinction level events in the long ago past, but before the Age of Man. And there have been huge natural disasters during human history, too.

You have a very curious and eclectic set of beliefs that mix Biblical literalism, catastrophism, strong ecological sensibilities, and progressive politics. I like it. But I'm afraid the Flood idea is something one accepts on faith, not as a matter of scientific principle.

It is fundamentally a moral tale that derives from the older Epic of Gilgamesh tales, except in that one, the gods destroy humanity except for one man because humans were too noisy, not because of the wicked angle.

As for the Great Sphinx at Giza, it dates to about 3000 BC ... and cannot be tied up in Flood mythology.

Now it IS true that the climate of Egypt may have been wetter when the object was build since 5000 years ago was a lot closer to the end of the last Ice Age -- and it is known that the Sahara was grassland about 10000 years ago, although that was more an Ice Age feature since the Sahara sits in the Earth's substropical (high pressure) subsidence zones, so deserts naturally form in those latitudes.

Re. the catastrophism, I myself have always like Immanuel Velikovsky's works and when I was younger ... and still of a fundamentalist Christian mindset myself ... I used to read Edgar Cayce stuff and ponder about who was a starchild and what happened to Atlantis... (who knew it would end up a casino in Vegas!)

Finally, when you assert things such as "And they have never had a wrong prediction yet," where are you getting that? What predictions? How will the Sun be aligned with the center of the galaxy?

August 09, 2007 4:09 PM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

craig - My favorite Ecclesiastes quote: Adding one thing to another to discover the sum total of all things, which I have not yet discovered, this one thing I have learned. Amongst a thousand I have met but one upright man, amongst them all not one woman.

August 09, 2007 7:44 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

V interesting post Dirk.
How do you come up with it all, my posts are always full of mindless drivel...

Oh and on the other matter (the comment you left) of course send me an email ;)

August 09, 2007 9:46 PM  

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