posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 12:02 PM
In our current modern lifestyle, there is no place for our past history other than schools or quiz shows. Every day we get up, perform our daily
routines, and eventually return back to the slumber that re-energizes us for another day. During our routines we have planned out actions and whether
we realize it or not, our daily routines are based purely off of our ability to manipulate our environment we live in. We make a cup of coffee, the
coffee maker is a finely crafted machine that serves a purpose, it was crafted by another human and the invention of the product itself came from a
single idea or need. The earliest evidence of coffee drinking appeared back in the middle of the 15th century. The entire act of brewing coffee is a
invented process as well. So much goes into making a cup of coffee, but we don’t recognize these processes or inventions, we push the button,
prepare our cup and continue on our next routine.
Coffee isn’t the topic, its an example of a reason why we need to pay more attention to our past. If for any reason the majority of the population
was wiped out, electricity no more and we have to go back to the basics, would you know how to brew a cup of coffee? Would you eventually learn how to
make a coffee maker? Perhaps you would but a good majority of the world wouldn’t, its knowledge that at the current time doesn’t seem to be of any
use. That is our problem, knowledge of our past no longer seems of any use because of the idea ology “ if I cant make it, someone will”. We grow
up in an industrial world and we grow up where commercialism tells you “its okay to forget about our past, because we’ll always be able to meet
your needs as an industry”. It’s a false security that corporations try to instill into our unconscious and conscious minds. It’s a security
that we now no longer consider a luxury but are now considering as a necessity.
If a huge name brand department store chain closed down and stop serving that security through convenience. The buyers would than find another store
to serve their convenience, and move on. What happens when the entire world of corporations closes down, I say “when” because it is proven through
human history that civilizations always collapse. What happens when there are no grocery stores? Will those small ma and pa business open up shop to
fill that need, surely you will not find a ma and pa department chain, so either way your level of luxury and convenience will change. You may have to
adapt to finding your own food, standing in line for hours for a baked loaf of bread because there’s only a few shops in town that have the
ingredients for bread.
This is why it is so important to pay attention to our past, if we need to restart civilization we will need to know where we’ve been in order to
know where we need to go.
Ancient civilizations date back thousands of years, and their ways of providing for a community differ greatly to the modern life we live. But if we
lose all the knowledge or ability to produce the convenience we have right now, we will need to look back on older civilizations for guidance, and
The problem with being able to look back at ancient civilizations for instruction and guidance is that we don’t even know a quarter of the
civilizations that have lived no our planet, for all we know, we could have already been as technologically advanced as we are right now but gone
through a cataclysm that destroyed all physical proof of there being a civilization.
There is a show on tv called “life after people”, it details how life would be if people just suddenly disappeared. the documentary states that in
roughly 10,000 years there would be barely ANY trace record of our existence. We base our life of a degrading material world. The few structures that
would remain would be massive stone structures. Metal would rust, plastic decomposes in thousands of years so there would be barely any evidence of a
previous technologically advance civilization as advanced as ours.
However, previous to modern day, ancient civilizations did something that we stopped doing, recording our history in stone. If you consider a
hypothetical situation of a massive cataclysm, such as a great flood, fast forward 25,000 years, the only record of civilization would be the records
we currently have of previous ancient civilizations, wall carvings, hieroglyphics and such. The last knowledge we would have of any civilization could
very well be the Egyptian hieroglyphics.
I believe very strongly that we should invest a little bit more into carving our history into stone. That way when our current modern civilization is
lost, the knowledge that we have right now, can easily be found on a brick wall and some future human can enjoy a nice cup of coffee.