As some of you will know by now, I do like to have positive vibes and light-heartedness on this blog of mine but there are some topics I feel quite serious about. This is one of them. I write about it with a passion because I believe it to be so vitally important to all our futures. I hope you do too.
Curiosity. I was a ‘Why?’ child. I always wanted to know why something was how it was. When I read something in a book which peaked my interest I would question it and find out as much as I could. I would draw my own conclusions. I still do that. In fact, I make a point of doing so.
There is not enough free-thinking in the world today in my humble opinion. A question is asked, an answer given and the answer accepted – often without further investigation. Any scholar worth their salt won’t go to Wikipedia for definitive answers and yet that same scholar may look at at a conclusion which appears to be cast in stone but based on one or two people’s conclusions and take that as the only answer. It allows them to pass exams, I suppose. It did me! I spurted out those ‘facts’ with the best of them. If I hadn’t done so at the time there wouldn’t have been much point in my being there. But did I question these facts myself privately…you bet I did.
Let me give you an example. The Giza Pyramids. Everybody knows these were built as tombs and built at the directive of certain pharoahs at a certain time, right? Maybe not. There wasn’t a mummy found in the largest pyramid and yet it is said it was a tomb. The reason why it was identified as being built by a certain pharoah is because that pharoah’s name (or something very like it!) was found written in a very inaccessible place (at least we know if this is the case then he had a very small ego…I’m kidding. A bit. *smiles*). It is far more likely it was simply refurbrished by that Pharoah and the graffiti inside done by the craftsmen who, proud of their work, wanted to be remembered. Later pyramids were of poorer quality (progression?!) and were adorned majestically with the name of the Pharoah concerned. The date of the larger Giza pyramid is based on when we know the said Pharoah ruled Egypt. Naturally 😉
These conclusions have been based and passed down to us on the say so of a few scholars who repeated what one or two men decided in the era when Egyptology was born. There has been further thought on this but because of the political situation and peer pressure it is hard for any Egyptologist who wants to carry on working in the field to speak up and say ‘Hang on?!’. The scholar who was banned from entering the country of Egypt and from working there again after she disagreed with someone nameless who was high up in the Department of Antiquities found that out. Right there is the problem.
The scientific world is not open to having major points challenged or changed. The human timeline is not up for changing whatsoever – they say we were hunters and gatherers at a certain time, we were this and that at other times. Everyone has been taught how and when civilisation started when at school and perhaps college and university. Anything else is pseudo science and is to be ignored if the scientific community has its way. I am not sure where that leaves sites such as Gobekli Tepe and Gunung Padang which have been scientifically proven to be older than the current human timeline allows them to be. It’s all pretty quiet on the science front, as if they are all waiting for someone from their ranks to step forward. Those ranks are tightly closed as a rule – step out of line and wave goodbye to your career. Don’t make waves. How will progress be made if this carries on and those with the power to make changes are too intent on protecting their own interests? One of the scientists who has put himself on the line where Egypt is concerned is Robert Schoch, an American geologist, whom I believe was brought in by John Anthony West to try and put a firmer date on the Sphinx. His evidence for an older date is pretty convincing but has the science community heard him? Again, there seems to be a deafening silence from the ranks.
It isn’t just in our scientific communities. It is in our religious communities too. Religions don’t want to lose their grip on the faithful…their purses or their minds. People are told what to do, how to behave, what to think. And, radically, what to do about those who think differently which leads to wars, genocide and atrocities…which can never truly reflect the expectations or requirements of a kind, loving deity, surely?
There are other sorts of pressures which can stop us thinking for ourselves such as community or peer pressure, a natural compliance for authority, being wrapped up in our own six foot of space or thinking we can’t make a difference so why try…the list can go on!
Free-thinking isn’t a left over remnant from the 1970’s. It is something which we must all strive to do. Tolerance and acceptance of our fellow mankind is important too. If we are to save this beautiful planet we must learn to think for ourselves to solve problems and join with others who will do the same. We can’t allow power games, greed and egos to get in the way of progress for the betterment of us all.
Listen to the words of the indigenous peoples. They respect the land and their teachings have value. Even more so now that we have lost our way. They know where we came from, their oral traditions are passed down and their wisdom and knowledge priceless. We can no longer afford to remain happy in our arrogance and ignorance of what we are doing to the Earth.
I urge you not to believe everything you read or what you see on the news at first glance. The latter is often sensationalised. Start investigating things for yourself. Keep your mind open to new and different viewpoints. Show tolerance for different opinions and listen carefully before reaching your conclusion. See the value in multiple viewpoints to get to the truth. Share what you find with others. Get people talking about it. Find knowledge and you empower yourself. Share knowledge and you empower others.
Let’s teach our children to ask questions, have tolerance and be independently minded. Show them how to value other cultures, ideas and thoughts. Teach them respect for themselves and for others.
It all starts with our children because they will be the leaders and thinkers who will be in control of what happens next for all of mankind and this beautiful, vital planet we live on.