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Something that I find cropping up frequently in modern times is some academics inability to understand the concept of secrets. They assume for whatever reason I will never understand that "if they didn't write about it then they didn't know it" Why is this? In modern times you are encouraged to freely share your discovery's and the reward you get for that is a paper published in some journal recognizing you as the discover which might later be followed by being awarded a prize of some kind, or if you invent something being awarded a patent. This framework is totally modern and did not exist in the ancient world. In actual fact they would not have agreed with this system because they knew well the meaning of "knowledge is power". Rather in those times you were encouraged not to seek personal recognition which they viewed as egotistical but rather to share your discovery's in confidence within your guild or fraternity. All members of such orders were sworn to secrecy by oath (much like the Freemasons today). The price for breaking this oath was that your life plus the person you revealed the knowledge to would be taken. In India if a non Brahmin was found listening to the Vedas being chanted they would either cut his ears off or pour molten lead into them. If he was found reciting them his tong would be cut off and if he had learnt to understand their meaning we was executed, had he shared this knowledge with others they were executed also, this is simply how it was in the ancient world!
If therefore you seek the knowledge of the ancients then you must understand that it is only to be found amongst the guilds/orders within those society's and fully understand that they were secret society's with only the privileged being awarded membership either through displaying wisdom themselves or through birthright.
How much different would the world look today if the old system was kept? What you would have today would be the most inventive nations would be so far ahead of other nations that they would almost be considered as gods to less advanced nations.
And that is how it was in ancient times, the "gods" they are often talking about I believe are in fact nations/races who were hundreds of years more advanced then others on this planet.
In the bible there is the story of the sons of god (descendents of Cain) who illegally reveal knowledge to the daughters of man, Adam (Descendents of Seth) the result of this was abuse of this knowledge ending with the sons of god triggering the deluge to wipe out the uprising.
Based on this understanding the legends of Atlantis being an advanced civilization becomes more understandable, perhaps they had a society in which they did not openly share their wisdom with others?
Native American oral teachings actually confirm this, for they say the atlanteans whom they call the "Gaggans" were advanced and it was due to their policy of not shearing their teachings with other races.
One disadvantage of this intellectual system is that if those who posses this knowledge get wiped out or wipe themselves out all their knowledge goes with them and all that is left is people saying "how the hell did they do that"!
edit on 28-10-2013 by LUXUS because: (no reason given)
Knowledge IS power. It is also sorrow.