posted on Nov, 11 2012 @ 09:10 AM
There's something I've been pondering for a long time that I wanted to share, and it's really relevant to ATS, and that is that we view ourselves
today as being far superior, or technologically advanced, or more intelligent than our ancestors, and it simply isn't true.
We think societally because we have mobile phones, and digital cameras, and computers, and TV, and planes, automobiles, etc that we're somehow
"better" than our ancestors, but how many of us here actually know, intimately (and therefore any more than our ancestors) how any of the stuff we
use actually works?
Sure we know how to press the buttons and make the things do stuff, but could you design, build, or replace any of the gadgets you have?
It's only a handful of people who have improved the world through their ingenuity, but we blindly tag along on their coat tails believing that we
too, somehow, have made a big difference.
And we haven't.
Think about how we laugh at societies today, and those from our own past where witchcraft was or is believed in, where people were burned at the stake
for being in league with the devil - then think about how many people here believe in spirits, spirit dimensions, ghosts, demons, astrology, tarot
cards, premonitions, psychics, mind reading, horoscopes, and all of the rest.
If you believe in spirits and demons, or believe that a Ouija board can summon demons and infest your life with them, then how can you scoff at others
who accuse people of witchcraft?
If a piece of wood with some letters painted on it can summon demons, then there must be other ways, and since a witch is traditionally supposed to be
in league with Satan and demons, then how can you seperate one from the other?
Surely there re other ways to summon demons, and those who can do it must be witches.
Therefore in your beliefs witches must exist, and therefore you are not 400 years more advanced than your predecessors, you're less than 1mm away
My own interest and realisation that we're not so far removed from the past came from my interest in antique porcelain.
It might seem to be irrelevant but hear me out.
In the 1740's there was a rush in Britain to find out how to make porcelain like the Chinese could, since it was revolutionary compared to the
ceramics we had in Europe, and anyone who could make it would (they thought) become rich.
And so, even though they didn't have the right materials, or electron microscopes, or computers, or any other gadgetry, they came up with alternative
ways of making it, from adding ground glass, to soapstone, to bone ash into the clay (which is of course where bone china comes from - because it has
roughly 50% animal bone in it).
This was from experience, knowledge, thought, and experimentation.
These "savages" who didn't even have inside toilets, running water, electricity, or anything you take for granted today worked it out and made an
industry of it that was so strong it employed thousands of people and was worth in todays terms probably $Billions.
Or think about the Darbys who made the worlds first Iron Bridge (at the aptly named Ironbridge in Shropshire in the UK, which is somewhere I highly
recommend going to, it brings you directly in touch with our past), where they had no prior precedent, no prior information to work from, and the
bridge itself is constructed as though made from wood (i.e. woodworking joints, since rivets hadn't been invented), and then went onto making other
things from iron.
We believe ourselves to be superior to our ancestors, we believe that because we have the use of technology that didn't exist then that we're
superior to them, but we aren't - we know if we're brutally honest how to press buttons, but we don't know how it works, we couldn't replace it or
design our own variants.
We ride off the back of the genius of others, allowing that to shape our societies and destinies, just like they did hundreds of years ago.
We have huge percentages of the populus that believe in nonsense like astrology, spirits, "spirit dimensions in different vibrations or
It's not the question of whether any of these things, UFO's, aliens, etc exist or not that I'm talking about, but rather the way in which we STILL
ignore the facts to feed what we want to believe.
And this is why I say that we are not 400 years ahead of the witch burners of old, but rather we're less than 1mm away from them.
We individually and personally are no more advanced than the tribes who've lived in the rain forest for hundreds of years with no outside contact -
we'd like to think we are, but the only difference is that we have mobile phones and facebook, and they don't.