Categorized as: History Revisited

Appeasing The Gods Of Yesterday


“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

Some Things Never Change

Because human nature is to seek greatest gain for least effort, there will always be opportunists among us.

The first human civilization began along the Euphrates River, in what is modern day Iraq. Large groups of Sumerian tribes converged to build farms upon the river’s fertile flood plains. A better life, with less risk, would have been inviting.

For a crafty few, this would yield an even greater opportunity.

The Sumerian Priesthood invented the first human calendar, along with the concept of a year. They noticed that the sun moves northward in the sky for about 180 days, and then reverses direction, south, for another 180 days. By tracking …