The Silence Was Deafening

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That which
has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
u201CSee, this is newu201D?

It
has already been in ancient times before us.
There is no remembrance of former things…

~
Ecclesiastes 1:9–11a

I
once heard a brilliant man – and close personal friend –
exclaim in frustration to a particularly dense history/current affairs
class, u201CThere are three components to being a slave: lack of education,
being kept disarmed, and being kept poor.u201D

Stan
continued: u201CThe last component is the least important for the simple
reason that being poor is the state of a beaten, subdued collective-minded
animal, not a free human. Being disarmed can be remedied in a number
of ways but always results from a herd mentality that doesn't allow
people to think independently nor question, because they are living
in fear. The most important thing in your life is your education
for it is the only event that will keep you from becoming slaves
to the whims of a deranged, diabolical mind and marching in lock
step to the herd's drummer!u201D

The
class sat in stunned silence until one poor soul sheepishly asked:
u201CWhen we get our diplomas then are we educated?u201D

Stan
then went on to explain that there is a difference between education
and schooling, with education being a continual process that originates
from questioning. Schooling, on the other hand, gives the tools
by which we ask and find answers to the questions which spring from
a mind which seeks knowledge.

Stan
finished his lecture with these words: u201CI cannot educate you. I
am here for the sole purpose of teaching you how to question, and
to give you the tools which will provide you with the ability to
answer those questions. If you don't learn and use these rudimentary
tools then you will all become slaves. What happened in Germany
in 1932 will repeat itself over and over again in your lifetime.
You must learn to question your philosophies, your sciences but
most of all your politics – otherwise you are doomed! If you
are educated you will never allow yourself to be disarmed, even
though you may not have much monetary wealth you will never be poor.
The choice is yours. My generation thought this only happened to
other nations; after all look what happened to Asia, Southern Europe
and Russia between 1918 and 1980. Do you really think we are smarter
and it can't happen here! Are there any questions?u201D

The
silence that accompanied Stan's last question was deafening, there
was no rustling of papers, no sounds of students shifting in their
chairs, no books were picked up and no one thought of being the
first to stand to leave the class. Stan's glare as he scanned the
room for a raised hand would have put most drill sergeants to shame
but the point was made.

No,
we are not smarter. We as a nation have continued on the path of
destruction while thinking we are the u201Cshinning light on a hill,u201D
capable of withstanding every assault from all quarters whether
they are philosophical, religious, scientific, social, military
or political. Any questions that might arise are drummed down as
being unpatriotic, unscientific, ignorant, barbaric, politically
incorrect, homophobic, racist, or ridiculed as ridiculous.

What
continues is the slavish applause for such self-condemning statements
as those made by President Bush in his most recent speech.

At
one point the President declared, never thinking he was guilty of
precisely what he was condemning:

u201C…[T]he
civilized world knows very well that other fanatics
in history, from Hitler to Stalin to Pol Pot, consumed whole nations
in war and genocide before leaving the stage
of history.u201D

u201CEvil
men obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience must be
taken very seriously, and we must stop them before their crimes
can multiply.u201D

In
the light of history and reoccurring daily headlines it is folly
to assume that modern man has attained the pinnacle of wisdom and
has progressed from some lower thinking state to assume the mantle
of superiority. It has been through blandishment and the faltering
ideologies of the uncultured, uncivilized, uneducated quisling cabal
of religious, scientific, political and philosophical intelligentsia
that we are lead into the quagmire of self-deluding, self-serving,
ever-continuing turpitude.

Is
it any wonder then that last week the Los Angeles Times reported
twenty
percent of California high school seniors flunk graduation exam

and that this encompassed 100's of thousands of California students
who were incapable of passing the u201CEnglish and math sections of
the testu201D!

Certainly
without the tools these kids are going to be incapable of asking
a question let alone finding an answer to their inquiry; but then
again what schooling does cannon fodder need?

Meanwhile
the historical questions, from the hoary past, that could bring
us to real wisdom and save our society continue to lie in the dust
bins of archeological academia only to be trotted out during conversations
of polite curiosity at tea parties, or seriously discussed in hushed
whispers behind closed doors where no one is likely to be overheard.
So the genuflecting to the status quo and the clerisy continues,
thus avoiding any social or professional embarrassment and god forbid,
the loss of retirement funds.

However,
every once in awhile a tantalizing statement slips through the cracks
giving us some interesting insight into this world of archeological
silence.

One
such statement comes from the French philosopher Voltaire, who wrote:

“It
is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the least
Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganges to learn geometry…But
he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange journey
had the reputation of the Brahmins’ science not been long established
in Europe…”

Is
it possible that geometry was not discovered by the Greeks but that
advanced mathematics is far more ancient than we have been taught?
It seems not only possible but may be far more likely than not given
the construction techniques and histories of many of the ancient
peoples.

Both
ancient Babylonia and Ur of Chaldea have given us written records
showing that students were taught Euclid's triangle, 1700 years
before Euclid's birth. The same areas have student's work tablets
in which they were expected to learn the Pythagorean Theorem, this
in excess of 1500 years before Pythagoras.

Surviving
buildings in both England and France show that the Pythagorean Theorem
was in used as early as 2000 BC.

The
ancient's use of mathematics went far beyond high school geometry.
Very early written records from India also explain that there are
108 moon diameters between the earth and the moon. Furthermore,
there are 108 sun diameters between the earth and the sun. The accuracy
of these computations is easily checked.

The
Indian mathematicians were capable of calculations of time to 1/3,000,000ths
of a second. As early as 2500 BC the speed of light was known and
correctly measured at 186,000 per second.

From
Babylonia ca. 2700 BC we have two fascinating items. In the Berlin
Museum is a seal cylinder which depicts a man by the name of Etana
flying on an eagle's back between the moon and the sun.

A
written record, known as the Epic
of Etana
(TABLET IV), gives us an unusual meaning for the seal
cylinder. This ancient epic describes the earth's surface as Etana
progressively gains altitude and accurately explains precisely what
happens as man leaves the earth, including a round earth which becomes
smaller with distance and the changes in color of the earth's surface
as altitude is increased. The descriptions contains in this epic
were not verified until we were able to achieve high-altitude aerial
flight and the first space flights of late 50's and 60's respectively.

J.
Robert Oppenheimer, (1904–1967) the Supervising Scientist of
the Manhattan Project was giving a lecture at Rochester University
seven years after the first atomic weapon was successfully detonated.
After his lecture he opened the floor to a period of questions and
answers.

One
student asked: u201CWas the bomb exploded at Alamogordo during the Manhattan
Project the first one to be detonated?u201D

Dr.
Oppenheimer's answer was short but extremely telling. Dr. Oppenheimer
said: u201CWell – yes. In modern times, of course.u201D

Dr.
Oppenheimer years earlier had described what he was thinking when
he witnessed the first modern atomic explosion. His thoughts had
gone to the Hindu Bhagvad Gita which states:

“Of
a thousand suns in the sky if suddenly should burst forth the
light, it would be like unto the light of that Exalted One.u201D (Bhagvad
Gita XI, 12)

u201CDeath
am I, cause of destruction of the worlds, matured and set out
to gather in the worlds there.” (Bhagvad Gita XI, 32)

However,
in answering the question Dr. Oppenheimer was not referring to the
Hindu Bhagvad Gita but rather an ancient Indian text known as the
Mahabharata. That which had occurred in Japan in 1945 was reminiscent
of a far more ancient episode, one as early as 2450 BC in the regions
of the upper Ganges.

The
text reads:

…a
single projectile charged with all the power of the universe.
An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as ten thousand
suns rose in all its splendor……it was an unknown weapon, an
iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced
to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas….the
corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. Their hair and
nails fell out; pottery broke without apparent cause, and the
birds turned white. After a few hours all foodstuffs were infected……To
escape from this fire. The soldiers threw themselves in streams
to wash themselves and their equipment…

The
Epic of Gilgamesh ca. 2500 BC contains a strikingly similar account
of a day when “the heavens cried out, the earth bellowed an answer,
lightning flashed forth, fire flamed upwards, it rained down death.
The brightness vanished, the fire was extinguished. Everyone who
was struck by the lightning was turned to ashes.”

Was
there nuclear war in the ancient past? The evidence says, yes.

Jonathan
Gray in his book Dead
Men's Secrets
points out that not only do
we have the written but the physical evidence of such horrific wars.

  • u201CThere
    are Indian remains which strongly suggest that an atomic war
    was waged in the distant past:u201D

  • u201CPrecisely
    in the region specified in the old records, that is, between
    the Ganges and the Rajamahal Mountains, there are numerous charred
    ruins which have yet to be explored. Indications are that these
    ruins were not burned by ordinary fire. In many instances, they
    appear as huge masses fused together, with deeply pitted surfaces
    u2018like tin struck by a stream of molten steel.'u201D

  • u201CFurther south, in jungle-claimed
    areas of the Deccan, are more such ruins. The walls have been
    glazed, corroded and split by tremendous heat. In some buildings,
    even the surfaces of the stone furniture have been vitrified
    (i.e., melted, then crystallized).u201D

  • u201CIn the
    same region a human skeleton was found with radioactivity fifty
    times above the normal levelu201D

  • u201CNo natural-burning
    flame or volcanic eruption could have produced a heat intense
    enough for this. The heat of millions of degrees, that of thermonuclear
    reactions, is necessary.u201D

Nor
is evidence limited to the upper Ganges of India. The melted and
fussed remains of a ziggurat can be seen today not far from ancient
Babylon along with a whole stratum of green fused glass. Both
speak of nuclear explosion and are impossible to justify by conventional
reasoning.

Of
the ancient peoples who unleashed these weapons on each other
we know nothing for they died along with their lust for war. Are
we to repeat these holocaustic wars, having only those lucky survivors
existing as tribal nomads or will we finally learn to question
our leadership and demand an accounting for their insane, lascivious
yearning for war?

Stan
still has received no answer to his closing question. u201CDo you really
think we are smarter and it can't happen here?u201D Then we had better
take President Bush's words to heart for indeed, we are led by fanatics
who wish to consume whole nations in war and genocide before leaving
the stage of history.

Before
we fear others having nuclear weapons we should stand in trembling
at the morbid monster who sits today with his finger on the greatest
stockpile of nuclear weapons man has seen in 4500 years. The alternative
is a nation in which the silence is deafening!

October
11, 2005

Tim
Case [send him mail]
is a 30-year student of the ancient histories who agrees with the
first century stoic Epictetus on this one point: “Only the educated
are free.”

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