allow me to share what happened that kick started the enlightenment period.
the holy roman empire had stationed their papal seat in germany. universites of higher learning, were all the rage. catholic priests were the
professors at these universities, and were instructed on what subjects were taboo and what were not. (same bat time, same bat channel). they started
the school of higher criticism . what this was was an attempt by the educated elite of the roman catholic religion, to prove the papal interpretation
of ancient history was the most legitimate history available. to do this, they had to tear apart the ancient accounts of surrounding cultures.
one such example was The Homeric Problem, in which the author suggested that the ancient greeks could not write, during the time their ancient texts
were said to be written, therefore, ancient greek history was all a lie and should be removed from historical texts. this event single handedly
started the downfall of all the ancient world's texts. without greek support, which acted a lynch pin in other mediterranean histories, soon
everything was removed from historical consideration except the papal interpretation..
then a resourceful student pointed out in his own critical paper on the subject, that without the support of the rest of the ancient world, the text
of torah and the new testament, laws and prophets, were also subject to lack of historicity. and so, some 4500 years of history were wiped out in the
course of a couple years.
later, as the enlightenment picked up steam, a new science was created -- archaeology. it was discovered about 40 years later, as a result of
archaeological endeavors, that the ancient greeks could write afterall. when historians of the time were asked if they were going to correct the
Homeric Problem error and reinstate the historical accounts of the greeks to their rightful place in the world's histories, they were asked "What ?
You want to go back to believing in fairies?" and thus, to this day, the premise that ancient texts are not valid, has continued, even in the face
of archaeology to the contrary.
i refer to this as holy roman empire version 2. same dogmatic approach, same "we know it all" positions, same exclusivity.
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