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Originally posted by sparrowstail
I feel the same way about the natural world. I imagine what it must have been like for Tom to stumble across Niagra Falls for the first time.
Or how about sitting in front of a camp fire late at night. This is where I can feel the neolithic connection with Tom. Fire gazing seems intrinsic to the human experience; the place where all the stories and legends began I'm sure.
Originally posted by bvproductions
Nice post. I was talking about this the other day while looking up at the full moon.
I was thinking how amazing it was to think that every (almost) human to exist has looked up at the same moon, stars, and sun...and contemplated existence at least once.
We all share that in common!
When I tried to think of the vastness of that realization, I felt a bit overwhelmed.
It's beautiful, really.
Originally posted by cveng
I couldn't agree more. I just got my first telescope. I have always been a sky gazer(day and night). Words cannot begin to describe what a person sees.
Imagine the relief he felt at seeing the warm sun again, rejoicing in the fact that the daylight had returned. We take this as a given, that the Sun will rise in the East daily, but our man had no idea that this was guaranteed. I think as he dozed off the night before, a small part of him would fear that the Sun would fail to appear the next day and he'd be forced to live a cold dark existence.
Originally posted by Indigo_Child
I certainly share your fascination with the heavens. I just want to caution, although it sounds like you are writing an ode to the ancients and their ancient astronomy, I cannot help but notice a tone of patronization at the same time. An automatic assumption that our ancients were dumb savages that would interpret a meteorite falling out of the sky as some gods descending to Earth.
I take issue with modernist thinking, because it assumes by default that we are in everyway superior to our ancients and superior to all non-modernist societies in the world. In fact on the contrary I find much in the ancient world that shows they could teach us a lot. In many ways I think modern civilisation is actually more regressive than our ancients in several areas.
[edit on 5-2-2010 by Indigo_Child]