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Peace and Joy and Power - The Beginning of Civilization
Humanity has had a long history of ever-greater scientific, cultural, and technological achievements that border on the miraculous. With these in the pocket we can look into the future confidently. Our path in this has been long and amazing, but it also seems that it has just begun.
Against the amazing background of achieved superlatives, an equally amazing set of paradoxes come to light that challenge us in the present time.
One of these is the great modern paradox, that the leading physicists don't believe in physics anymore. They have become dreamers of neutron stars, black holes in the sky, dark energy, and similar fairy tales that are not physically possible.
How does one resolve this amazing paradox of truth and fiction that cannot mingle, except in fairy tales?
Did we go wrong somewhere on the path of our cultural and scientific development? How is it possible that physicists don't believe in physics anymore, and are honoured by society for their wisdom?
What is this trap? Why are we in it?
How can we get out of it?
Now that a New Year lies before us,
and possibly also a bright New Age,
The time has come to look back deep into history were we came from, and from where we move forward to the present, in a comprehensive overview that touches on the traps encountered, and the failures that inhibit us, and also on the achievements that we have wrought along the way.
This is a lengthy video that draws together a wide field. This is best seen in the larger context, because when seen in isolation ,the significance of the individual aspects is diminished.
The answer is explored in this 6-part exploration video with the title, Peace and Joy and Power. The 6 parts cover a wide scene that spans all ages from the cultural barrier of the last Ice Age, to the challenge of the next one, and the human developments on our path to get there.
6-part exploration video
Peace and Joy and Power
Part 1 - A brief look into distant history
Part 2 - What do I want most in my life?
Part 3 - Theology, Empire, Communism, Christianity
Part 4 - The veiled Trap of Deception
Part 5 - Our Humanity: Peace, Joy, and Power
Part 6 - ... have we done enough?
How did our civilization begin?
If one traces the path of 'civilization' back to its potential beginning, to the time when the chain of development appears to have started that brought us link by link to what we are today, one invariably arrives at a barrier in distant time, beyond which everything blurs.
A brief look into distant history
This barrier may be termed the Ice Age barrier.
The Ice Age barrier is a type of physical barrier that sharply limits human development, which it did for nearly 100,000 years. The barrier broke down 12,000 years ago when the last Ice Age ended and the interglacial period with its warm climate holiday began.
The end of the last Ice Age was likely the inflection point when the great cultural development started that culminated in what we are today.
Humanity had lived in a different world during the glaciation time. It lived in a largely cold world consisting of both ice and desserts, with only a few habitable pockets that supported the entire world population of just a few million people from whom we have all originated.
No doubt, some critical knowledge, some profound ideology, some gems of wisdom, and so forth, came forth from these pockets of Ice Age cultures. Their wisdom may have, in some degree, shaped our civilization.
It stands to reason that the human presence was extremely small when the last Ice Age ended, because the harsh climate during the Ice Age, had severely choked human expansion.
The total world population is believed to have been in the range of 1 to 10 million people, worldwide. Then, when the Ice Age ended, humanity had a free path before it to develop itself. This development of humanity proved to be a slow process. Nothing much happened on this front until the stage was set for the development of science to begin in the 1600s.
It took humanity more than 10,000 years to get to its second inflection point, to the dawn of science. From this point on, not even the sky was a limit to human achievements with increased power in living. Prior to that, human development was limited by primitive cultures, wars, slavery, looting, and oppression.
The first breakout from the primitive cultures started with the dawn of classical culture.
Some traces of their thinking appears to have been carried forward into modern time, from the few areas where human living had been possible during the Ice Age. such as in the regions near the equator where the rainfall is the strongest. such as around Malaysia and Indonesia, and in a few places near major rivers, like the Amazon, Congo, Nile, and Indus rivers. In an ice age world, rain is scarce.
Ice core samples from the last Ice Age revealed that the volume of precipitation had been 80% lower than today. This means that much of the world, where the world had been ice-free, had been desert, except in those few places, like around Malaysia, India, the upper Nile, and the Amazon and Congo, where strong rainfall might have occurred.
In the areas outside the tropics and subtropics, almost no places would have been inhabitable, because of the cold, snow, and ice.
The earliest post-Ice Age culture would likely have developed in a few pockets within these regions.
The early Chinese culture may have developed from the eastern part of the background, including Indonesia, the Mekong River, and possibly the Pearl River.
The most successful offspring of the 'deep' historic cultures appears to be the Chinese culture, and Egyptian culture.
In the most recent millennia, the Chinese culture became characterized by the high-level thinking of the philosopher Confucius who had lived in the 500 BC timeframe. One of his gems of wisdom is the Golden Rule "to do unto others, as one would have them do onto oneself."
However, between those 'late' times in civilization and the end of the last Ice Age more than 8,000 years lay in between like a 'grey blanket.' Of these grey times, little to almost nothing is known.
The Earliest organized civilization takes us back in time to almost 7000 BC. It emerged along the Indus River, with its own language and unique culture of which only some ruins remain, with inscriptions of a language that has become lost.
In later time the Mesopotamian Civilizations started to develop, in the 4000 BC timeframe.
And still later, the Early Egyptian dynasties began in roughly the 3,000 BC timeframe.
What links the cultures backwards to the end of the Ice Age is unknown.
Apparently they linked forward in time with each other by trade, which also included trading ideas.
Cultural Pioneers: Hammurabi, Homer, Solon, Socrates, and Plato
The turning-point from the 'grey' times appears to be in roughly 1300 BC timeframe. The breakout is marked by intellectual pioneers like Hammurabi in Babylon, and later by Homer the Greek poet, and by Soln the Athenian lawmaker and political reformer who was a near contemporary of Confucious.
All of these pioneers were aiming to uplift civilization from different backgrounds.
Slightly later, the great Greek philosophers Socrates, and Plato emerged on the scene, representing still higher ideals and perceptions.
Christ Jesus, the Master of Christianity, appears to have emerged from all of that. He emerged a few hundred years after Plato.
It has been suggested by researchers that the Christian-ideology is a composite of the best of the cultures of Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and also India.
The inflection point towards 'modern' culture, appears to be the attempt by Socrates and Plato to resurrect the fading Greek Classical Culture after the long Peloponnesian War had ravished the nation. However, in the process of resurrecting the Greek classical culture, Plato encountered a poison pill, named Aristotle, that poisoned the future.
Aristotle was painted by Rafael as the enemy in the Academy, in his fresco the School of Athens. Plato represented advanced scientific awareness, aiming to lift humanity up, Aristotle represented the opposite, smallness and slavery, aiming the keep humanity down, lest an uplifted, self-aware humanity, would overthrow the private wealth and slavery system.
Rafael painted Plato with his bare feet on the ground. In contrast he painted Aristotle's feet bound in golden sandals.
Plato is shown pointing upwards, with the 'book of wisdom' under his arm.
Aristotle is shown in a gesture of keeping society down, while he flaunts the 'book of wisdom.' He represents the opposite of Plato. He represents a lie. He represents deception.
Rafael painted both men entering the School of Athens together, side by side, both shaping the culture of humanity.
Plato is regarded by many as the precursor of Christianity, while Aristotle is honoured as the precursor of the world-empire ideology, with Rome becoming the first champion. To the present day, the empire nobility is referred to as the Aristocracy.
It is here, at the culminations of cultural developments, where Christianity emerged, as such a significant element in the advance of civilization, which history itself in now measured against, and where the train of counter-ideologies was put on track, prominently.
To counter the dawn of Christianity the counterrevolution started a long chain of cultural warfare efforts that continues to be directed against advanced ideas and revolutionary recognitions. The Authorities of Rome had wielded great might at the time. However, they found themselves impotent to deal with the idea of freedom that Christ Jesus had raised up, who had raised humanity up to being the Sun of God, the pinnacle of life and dignity and creativity.
Rome evidently realized that it had no power against this revolution in thinking, not even to maintain itself in the face of it. Consequently, Rome started a war of persecution to squash it, which became a deep-reaching cultural war.
Since the murdering of people in public orgies couldn't squash the revolutionary idea of freedom and human dignity, Rome chose eventually the Aristotelian way and took Christianity over, and turned it upside down.
With the writing of the gospels by the Roman church, two centuries after the fact, the dawn of Christianity became fictionalized. No supporting documents exist for the gospels that were written.
Since the writers of the gospels gave themselves the freedom to write history in support of the Empire Church, the model of the Aristotelian counter-ideology was quietly inserted into the New Testament created by the Church of Rome. It was inserted in the form of a devil-mythology, a type of counter deity standing side by side with God, but in opposition.
The term devil and Satan appear more than 100 times in the New Testament, compared to 13 times for the term Satan in the Old Testament, most of it in a single book, the Book of Job that may have been a theatrical script. The term 'devil' doesn't appear in the Old Testament at all.
This Satan and devil worship by fear, was quietly inserted into Christianity as a counter-spiritual and counter-culture element. It would be surprising if this counter-culture method had not been applied, and had not been kept alive in numerous ways all the way to modern time where it became applied even to science.
Nevertheless, the truth keeps shining through., on both fronts.
A major modern-type of cultural warfare process that has infected much of the world, had been quietly started in 1950 in Berlin, in defence of the ruling postwar 'empire.'
This particular modern cultural warfare machine was organized and funded by the American CIA. The focus had been to control the mind of Postwar Europe and the world at large, evidently along the line of the old Roman model. The organization that had been set up for this purpose had been named the 'Congress for Cultural Freedom.'
The organization had operated in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Australia. Officially, its purpose was stated to counter communism. Unofficially the purpose was to counter culture itself. Cultural Freedom, means freedom from culture, since culture IS freedom.
When the false-front operation became known in 1966, the organization was shut down as a CIA operation. It became reorganized in 1967 as a private organization. It was renamed, the International Association for Cultural Freedom (IACF), which continued on with funding from the Ford Foundation.
It stands to reason that this huge effort, which established a broad focus against culture, would also spill over into science, in the form of a war against science, since science is a leading component of culture. Science is supporting the power of humanity to achieve ever-greater freedoms in meeting its needs.
It may have been here where the paradox began, that physicists no longer belief in physics. As if a switch was flicked, the existence of plasma in cosmic space was no longer considered, or allowed to be considered, as if it never had existed in reality and in the domain of science. A facet of reality was suddenly turned off by a 'silent' philosophical ruling.
The decades of work by the plasma pioneers such by Christian Birkeland and Hannes Alfven was effectively pushed out of sight as irrelevant.
The entire subject of cosmic plasma physics became taboo. When phenomena were observed that are clearly plasma-flow phenomena, the observed phenomena became twisted and presented as mechanistic phenomena, regardless of the fact that the twisted imagined phenomena are not physically possible, such as neutron stars, black holes, gravity waves, and even the hydrogen-fusion Sun.
The imposition of mechanistic theories, to replace plasma dynamics, is akin to removing one of the basic colors from the pallet of an artist, such as banning the use of red, or yellow..
Rome had been far-less successful in removing the Spirit of Christianity from the cultural landscape, as some of it keeps shining through the veil, with much yet to be discovered.
While much of the original Christ ideology became overlaid by Rome, with politics, religiosity, and centuries of bitter persecution, some core concepts had evidently remained. Some core concepts actually found their way into the gospels. It is possible thereby to peel away the veil that was cast over the great spiritual awakening that had occurred, in an attempt to hide it. By peeling away the layers of political fiction, it becomes possible to gleam a faint sense of what might have been, and will yet be.
On this path, beyond religiosity, some core concepts come to light in which one may find an answer to the puzzling paradox of our modern time, such as why leading-edge physicists in the world don't believe in physics anymore, and why they are honoured for their 'achievements.'
Since the physicists' paradox didn't exist in Roman times, one needs to re-phrase the paradox into something more fundamental.
For this purpose, let's do some role playing.
In acknowledging that Christ Jesus is the man against whose birth, the flow of historic time is being referenced - the man who dared to challenge Rome and raise humanity above it - let us assign the role of the 'King of Science' to him, to Christ Jesus in our role playing. Let us give him the role to represent the most scientific concepts that have been achieved to date.
Jesus/ historic achievements seem to suggest that he was a scientific man, perhaps the greatest of his time, if not of all time.
And since the historic woman, Mary Magdalene, appears to have been mentally close to Christ Jesus, let's give her the role to represent the most advanced thinking in modern society. Let's stage a dialog between the two to bridge the gap between history and the present, with advanced science.
Imagine that the modern Mary Magdalene did have this chance to ask Christ Jesus of old, "What do I want most in my life?"
This is a question that is still on the horizon, something that most people can relate to in some form.
In the role playing the modern Mary Magdalene, "might say to Jesus, "If You had asked me that question, what I want most in my life, I wouldn't know how to answer. So, I am turning this scene around by asking You, the pioneer of science, this question. So, master, what must be the answer?"