in all likelihood, "atlantis" was the "broken telephone" memory of ancient crete i.e the minioans.
Archeological evidence shows that ancient Crete - a Goddess worshipping culture - was exceptionally peaceful and egalitarian. Instead of relics of war
and domination, ancient crete has yielded goddess type images, like an egg, etc.
It really stands to reason that Plato's "history" was really just a garbled retelling of this civilizations greatness and its subsequent collapse (via
earthquakes and tidal waves).
Now, since were able to build this plausible picture above ^^^, why would I prefer a theory that has zero plausibility? Just think of the amount of
assumptions you have to make to believe that a technologically advanced people lived on an island - and for some bizarro reason don't inhabit anywhere
outside that little island - that collapsed? There is absolutely no evidence for this theory. We have evidence for civilization at least 30,000 years
back. We see a very clear incremental advancement in technology as time moves forward, with a very big step forward about 8000 years ago with the
invention of language and script.
You can either live in reality and follow what the evidence says, or you can arbitrarily accept the truth of "atlantis" and unscientfically pursue
"evidence" that supports that supposition.
Acores is not Atlantis. My mom is from there. I've been there. I have explored its cave systems. Its a completely natural structure. The Acores DID
NOT, most assuredly, make up the "mountain top" of a sunken Atleantean continent. Geology does not change over night. The acores developed and took on
it's present form just as every other land mass on earth: over periods of millions of years.
And lastly, and most obviously, Platos story of Atlantis. This was either, a) an allegory, b) a retelling of a cultural memory. If it was the former,
it has philosophical meaning. If it was the latter, it was a garbled retelling of ancient Minoan civilization. A civilization of such peacefulness
that by Platos time, that the memory of it had transmogriphied in fantastical ways. And, frankly, given Platos aptitude for allegory, I wouldn't be
surprised if he had also used it as a metaphor.
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