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Essene Gospel of John
Let the angels of God prepare your bread. Moisten your wheat, that the angels of water may enter it. Then set it in the air, that the angel of air may embrace. it. And leave it from morning to evening beneath the sun, that the angel of sunshine may descend upon it. And the blessings of the three angels will soon make the germ of life to sprout in your wheat. Then crush your grain, and make thin wafers, as did your forefathers when they departed out of Egypt, the house of bondage. Put them back again beneath the sun from its appearing, and when it is risen to its highest in the heavens, turn them over on the other side that they may be embraced there also by the angel of sunshine, and leave them there until the sun sets. For the angels of water, and air and of sunshine fed and ripened the wheat in the field, and they likewisemust prepare also your bread. And the same sun which, with the fire of life, made the wheat to grow and ripen, must cook your bread with the same fire. For the fire of the sun gives life to the wheat, to the bread, and to the body. But the fire of death kills the wheat, the bread, and the body. And the living angels of the living God serve only living men. For God is the God of the living, and not the God of the dead.
Originally posted by DarkSecret...today the literacy rate is much higher and many people have several skills and have read multiple books which they can use as general knowledge that they can pool together.
...we need to learn to focus on the community, take care of our people on a local level. sounds somewhat like obama's community organizing doesn't it? but that's what i think we need to do. learn to grow food locally, make energy locally, be more independent and waste less fuel. this should help in most local emergency situations because most people will be prepared to help themselves or others. this will also help with the economic times ahead when many more will be out of work and will need help. would you rather have them gang up against each other or help each other?
and finally, if society does collapse don't expect your skills to be too useful. those with the bigger guns will kill everybody, there will be tribe/gang wars pretty much like in mad max and only very few will actually be able to use any skills while most others will be used as slaves. that means most of us will not survive. life expectancy will again drop to 30-35 years and we'll take a few thousands of years to come back.
Originally posted by Nirgal
Unfortunately in an aftermath as described these books will be at a premium. All your lap-tops and flash-drives will be useless.
Originally posted by Nirgal
Unfortunately in an aftermath as described these books will be at a premium. All your lap-tops and flash-drives will be useless and most will have to revert to apprenticeships and the oral tradition. Any that cannot support a library of Alexandrian/Vatican proportions is likely to be thrown back to the aforementioned Dark Ages.