We are all, at times, guilty of not giving ourselves enough credit. Just as frequently, we neglect to recognize the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and
sheer ambition of our ancestors. The magnificent pyramids of Giza and several other locations around the globe, the Colosseum and Pantheon of Rome,
the Great Wall of China and, more recently, the Taj Mahal - these marvels are a mere few of all the wondrous architectural products of mankind's
past, and for millennia these structures have been regarded as symbols of what our species can imagine and accomplish. Similarly, our predecessors
created objects without which life as-we-know-it would be quite different indeed. In China gunpowder, the compass, paper, and printing were all
invented before the tenth century A.D.; each having unfathomable significance in today's world. It is thought that as many as one million years ago
or more, prehistoric man acquired the ability to control fire. Today, it seems that science has leaned more toward improving old designs and making
improvements on old inventions, but that is certainly not to say there's no more left to learn, and on a universal level the sum of all we know is
surely just the tip of the iceberg.
Ancient inventions and architecture are under constant scrutiny, and it seems like new discoveries are happening at an ever-increasing rate. Case in
point, consider how long of a time was between the stone ages and the bronze age, then the bronze age and the iron age, then the iron age and the
industrial revolution, and finally the industrial revolution to present day. Human evolution, both physical and intellectual, is happening on an
exponential scale. These two graphs chart the size of the human brain over time and the progression of human population.
Being, what we typically consider ourselves to be, an "advanced" species, we naturally find ourselves questioning just how
did our ancestors
do it? How did they, for example - without modern astronomical technology and understanding, place their megaliths in arrangements that correlated
with stars and constellations? How did they manipulate the materials they used in such magnificent ways without modern tools - or perhaps, even, tools
more advanced than our own? What influenced ancient art and architecture and how did they complete such gigantic projects that would take us
extraordinary manpower and lengths of time?
There are tons of posts on ATS about the influence of extraterrestrials on human history (or the argued lack thereof) - it's
a topic with which both believers and skeptics have a field day. The fact of the matter is WE DON'T KNOW whether or not aliens aided ancient humans.
Let's put that discussion on the back burner for a moment. I brought it up as a testament to the current state of mankind's reasoning: that which we
do not understand is frequently chalked up to something unearthly, paranormal. The irony is that extraterrestrial life is something we understand even
less than the mysteries of antiquity. I'm only human of course, so I'm no exclusion. Personally, as a result of what I've learned and have
experienced, my beliefs regarding our ancestors' relationship with aliens, and the fruits thereof, lie in what I consider to be a "happy medium". I
think the biggest factor here is that ancient humans were far more in tune with the natural world than we are today. They lived immersed in
, whereas the modern day Average Joe works 40 hour weeks in an office job, then goes home and eats a microwaved dinner while watching
wrestling. Not very conducive for self development, and definitely not helpful to humanity as a whole.
Regardless, it is undeniable that our forefathers achieved wonderful things. By forefathers I mean "forepeople", because of course we have ancient
women to thank too. In fact, if ancient man had found a way to reproduce without women (something China seems to be hopeful for, frankly) we would
have warred ourselves to death in a hurry... but I digress. For the sake of examination, and also because of the lack of evidence to the contrary,
lets assume that everything mankind has accomplished has been a product of nothing more or less than our own efforts. Doesn't it feel good to not
ponder those imponderable questions for a moment?
I'm tired of typing and seeing as how this is a "discussion forum" - how would a day in the life of an ancient be different from ours? Were they
happier than we are in this golden age of technology? Are you one of those who thinks E.T. built the pyramids? Is it so unlikely that ancient man
alone could have been responsible for the pyramids, Stonehenge, and Puma Punku, even though today we can build skyscrapers that reach to the clouds?
Do you think our technology is too advanced for our morals (nuclear technology being applied to warfare, etc.)? Are we going to continue to evolve or
are we going to take a turn in the opposite direction?