posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 07:49 AM
Well... there's a few points you might want to consider -- the first being that the civilizations all died out from natural catastrophes (extended
droughts that forced them to move or starve, etc) or conquest or both. Their religions (or lack thereof) did provide a prop for their civilization,
but in most cases what religion did was to ensure that the ruling class stayed ruling class and eeryone else stayed put.
There was a lot of fraud in the ancient religions (and yes, in Christianity of the time as well) with artificial miracles and so forth. The ancients
were not more "respectful" of the Earth; as any archaeologist can tell you, wherever you got a bunch of humans together in ANY time, they managed to
pollute up the area and leave their trash lying all around the place. This is bad for the Earth but good for archaeologists, since we can find all
sorts of goodies that they tossed away.
No, we're not in tune with the sun and stars as we used to be -- the reason for this is that we've got clocks and watches and calendars.
The "noble ancient" is a popular myth. If you could actually go back and MEET the people of the time and see how they lived, you'd be absolutly
horrified at how Earth-unfriendly it was.
It only LOOKS Earth-friendly because they packed up and moved every few years.