07Jul The Architecture Of History Posted by: Greatest Instruments
Our lives are shaped by forces larger than ourselves. There is no escaping this.
To understand our world and our place in it, we must understand these forces.
Civilizations follow an evolutionary process all their own. Just as school of fish reacts to the presence of a shark, so do human civilizations react to forces and events larger than any member of society.
Carroll Quigley gives a powerful account of these in Evolution of Civilizations. Not many in history, save the rulers of the day, have ever had such perspective. He deserves much credit for the following, though he is not my only source.
Societies are comprised of major social structures that exist in the areas of: Politics, Economics, Religious, Military, Technology, Education, Entertainment, Culture and Communications.
06Jul Collective Salvation Never Lives Up to Its Name Posted by: Greatest Instruments
Beware anyone preaching collective salvation.
It always starts with talk of working together and achieving great things…
But it ends with requiring everyone to do incredibly stupid things en masse in order to be “saved.”
The Sumerians sacrificed their virgins, food, labor and wealth to the Sumerian Priesthood, in exchange for supernatural rituals, because they couldn’t tell the time of year and predict the flood of the Euphrates River.
The Canaanites, under Queen Jezebel, were told that plagues and famine were caused by supernatural demons, called Baals. The only way to get rid of these was to perform collective demon-cleansing rituals. The Canaanite royalty ordered their subjects to build huge bonfires and hurl their babies into the fire. The people were told the screaming of burning infants was …
30Jun Appeasing The Gods Of Yesterday Posted by: Greatest Instruments
“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 …
Recursu Aeternam Eiusdem
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