it reminds me of something i read years ago, about what kick started the enlightenment period.
the story goes thusly:
rome had moved the seat of the papacy to germany. german universities were the pentultimate place to go for higher education. wealthy families from
all over the world, sent their children to learn there. the professors and scholars were all devout catholics, who's responsibility was to teach what
the papacy felt was viable information. this meant everything was filtered thru their lens. this exclusive view of the world was the impetus for
something called HIGHER CRITICISM.
higher criticism was a scholarly field of endeavor. the premise was to dissect ancient texts and compare their legitimacy to papal interpretations of
the biblical text. in effect, prove the papal interpretation of the bible, was the most accurate view of the ancient world.
during this time, the universities had been revisiting classical works, such as homer's troy. a higher critic named frederick wolfe, concluded that
the ancient greeks could not write, during the time their texts were said to be written. so troy never existed and someone else, later in the
timeline, wrote the story of troy, according to wolfe. he reached this conclusion without any archaeology to back up his position, because
archaeology was not yet a science.
at this point, the entirety of ancient greek records were removed from historical consideration, including epics, annals, even official records and
matters of state that had been recorded during the period in question. this caused a flurry of similar higher criticism on the ancient texts of all
the surrounding cultures. it had a snowball effect. without the lynch pin provided by greek records, other ancient texts had unsupported moments,
resulting in them being removed from historical texts, as well, due to lack of authenticity. soon the entire ancient world had been pitched in the
proverbial garbage can, with the exception of ancient egypt (still buried at this point in the timeline) and the papal interpretation of the bible.
now all eyes turned to the bible. without the support of the rest of the ancient world, and with most people assuming that papal interpretation was
equivalent to what the text actually said, the bible was the last piece of ancient information to meet its grizzly end in the garbage can of higher
criticism. so what started out as rome trying to prove its superiority, ended with the enlightenment period, in which people were flying blind, with
no historical support to work with and no archaeology yet either.
flash forward. archaeology becomes a science and the educational institutions descend on ancient egypt to glean a timeline. a new timeline was
necessary because the old one had been thrown away. it takes precisely 40 years, for archaeology to discover that the ancient greeks could write
after all, and that the evidence that ancient greeks couldn't write, was incorrect.
they never redacted it. reason given-- do you want to go back to believing in fairies?
this, i think, is evidence that people basically have the same problems, regardless of their world view.
edit on 2-3-2013 by undo because: (no reason given)