If I could go back in 3000 years and TALK to some people from that era, I'd teach them one thing:
That religious symbols and ideals are evil, and I'd instill the fear of worshipping false idols into them, and give them ten basic logical laws that
they could use to organise themselves.
Wait, what, isn't that what happened to Moses?
hehehheh, I just thwarted religion and made it into an infinite unavoidable loop in one shot.
P.S It's interesting to note how alot of the posts in this thread seem to be of the presumption that ancient man was stupid, illiterate, and
incompetent with tools.
If I gave a person from 3000 years ago a screwdriver, he would probably use it to carve writings into a stone tablet with great accuracy.
If I gave a person from 3000 years ago an atlas, he would look at it as a map to far away places, but none of it would be of any use to him unless he
were in charge of a massive fleet.
If I gave a person from 3000 years ago a modern design for a firing kiln (for making pottery) he'd laugh his arse off at it's inefficiency and show
me a better way.
If I gave a person from 3000 years ago a knife, he'd use it to try to chip a rock for making a hatchet, snap it, and curse me for wasting his
If I gave a person from 3000 years ago a religious textbook, he'd be utterly confused by it and be unable to read it.
If I gave a person from 3000 years the most powerful gift the people of our modern world have at our disposal, he would create a massive following
that could radically change the world, and he would be the most powerful man to have ever existed, some might even call him a 'messiah', some would
call him 'the law bringer', others would call him 'a god'.
I would give him the ability to lie.
[edit on 23/9/2009 by nrky]