At the risk of being thought a troll, here is my 12th and final post…..at least for a few hours. My wife is getting a bit upset with me. So I’ll make this short...sort of. We did the local, but I could not get my mind off the discussions here. So we came home early.
I think the reason we look into the past is to answer questions….Before the learned say “well Duh!”
Let’s look at the nature of our specie. Why did you become a scholar? Was it to gain something? Well yes. Knowledge and contribution would be the noble pursuits. I think it is something deeper however.
I believe that a very long time ago, at the dawn of our cranial expansion (for lack of a better way to put it) a young person presented the ultimate question to an Elder, “Why?”
At that moment the elder was perplexed so he/she made something up out of whole cloth thinking it made sense(religion). The youngster listened, and nodded but didn’t buy it completely. So he/she started making records on the walls, or on other handy surfaces to confirm, or deny the past to his/her fellows and ancestors. Eventually these pictures became Hieroglyphics, Runes, and later Letters. Today we have a multitude of languages that span the globe chatting about this and that at the speed of the internet. I also think this “why” question and its result concerning communication have a great deal to do with commerce. For instance; a farmer/hunter that is able to maintain records of trading partners would find greater success in diversification than one that traded with a single partner or a few partners. And in this record keeping would spread this knowledge, knowingly or otherwise.
The point here is this. The root cause is the basis for all that follows. What is the root cause? I am prepared to say that I DO NOT KNOW. But, I am having a blast trying to find out. Once we as specie become one with the fact that we just don’t freaking know, we will move on to something wonderful. What that something is, well…….I DON’T FREAKING KNOW! I’ll tell ya when I get there
In closing I would just like to say that it is an honor to be a member of this community. Finally I have had the opportunity to view the sky free of the smoke and grime of my cave. It is truly a wonderful world!
"If your system of beliefs were responsible for all the worst atrocities in human history, would you really want to know about it?"