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 1:911a
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, (19041967) 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