THE THREE AGES Part1

Alchemist

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#1
NB: Long Read.

If you've never studied history, you've allowed yourself to be ignorant of how we got to where we are as a species. You will be frightened and confused by the occurrences around the world. You won't know why conflicts arose, nor how to solve them. You will be angry and frustrated. You will be a bystander, never taking an active part in life.

THE AGE OF GODS
In this phase, man is primitive, thus beastly. He has limited consciousness, an impaired rationale, and is closer to animal than human. This Age can be correlated with Jaynes' theory of bicameralism, where humanity was only just beginning to develop self-awareness. It was in the early phases of shedding its bicameral brain, and had to adjust to the world without the voices of the "right-brain God."

The first major breakthrough of this Age comes in the form of establishing family states. The family is all-important, and people live in small, tightly-knit groups (much like monkeys). They are wary of other families and are fiercely territorial. As Hegel would later show, the arrival of consciousness onto the scene also gives rise to suspicion of others (what are their intents? Are they friend, or foe? Can they be subdued?). That suspicion always leads to violence, segregation, and mistrust (this is the phase right wingers are stuck in to this day, demonstrating just how backward and retarded they are).

Because humanity's consciousness was severely limited and impaired at this point, superstition is the main driving force during this phase. Humanity did not understand the workings of the natural world, so they took acts of nature to be signs from spirits, or Gods. This is especially true of thunder. Thunderstorms were terrifying phenomena to the primitive man, and we can see that in most early cultures the dominant God is one of thunder (Zeus, Jove, Marduk, Perun, Thor, Indra, etc). Thunder Gods held pride of place in most pantheons and had to be appeased to keep them from punishing us. Fear and irrational beliefs go hand in hand (and most of humanity still hasn't outgrown this childish way of thinking). A superstitious mind is a fearful mind (just look at Abrahamists!) - it sees threats everywhere and seeks to stay safe from them. Because of this need for safety, it's not long before such moronic beliefs gave rise to entire structured systems (i.e., religions) based on morality. These religions invent behavioural codes so that people may avoid punishment from the divine. They never seek to actually explain the world because the world is deemed to be operating via supernatural forces, so the point of man was to merely behave "correctly," and he would be rewarded (or at the very least, not punished).

Due to mankind not having developed any kind of reason at this point, feelings led the way. Whatever felt bad was deemed to be evil, and whatever felt good was deemed to be good. This is why ancient religions, such as Abrahamism, are laughable. A religion which is rooted in reason gives a totally different religious experience than a religion rooted in feelings (such as Abrahamism). What a religion is based on is directly correlated to how true it is. Abrahamism is based on fear (a feeling), so has exactly zero truth content. A religion based on intuition (such as Eastern faiths) has some truth content, but without rigorous analysis and explanation, it ends up being just as retarded as Abrahamism. Such religions are more focused on rituals and traditions than rational thought. A religion based on senses (scientism) is useful for tinkering with the material world, but absolutely useless when it comes to explaining anything higher.

During the Age of the Gods (because feelings reigned supreme), humanity was still in the thrall of primitive nonsense such as "alpha males." An alpha of a pack seeks to have complete and total control of those under him. To such a primordial creature, a loss of control means a loss of power. He must control everything. Having such absolute power in a society leads others to believe that he is "divinely inspired," and he is revered as a demigod by society. This is the beginning of the formation of a patriarchy. Men, being physically stronger and able to dominate women, viewed them as "possessions," so a woman was expected to stay loyal to her partner. Promiscuous sex was now deemed evil because it "displeased the Gods" (in fact, it displeased the alphas, so they outlawed it). Here, the concept of marriage first arose, binding two people together until death. Straying from that pact had terrible consequences.

With marriage came laws, outlining what one can and cannot do. Priests, an elite caste supporting the ruler(s) began dictating their doctrines to the people under them. They were never questioned, since to question them would bring the wrath of the Gods on the population. Augury, which is the reading of signs, was a popular method for divining the future during this Age. People based their entire lives around signs and omens, developing sacred places and events to mark out special days. Certain tribes would only go to war, perform marriages, or coming-of-age rites when omens favoured it.

Perhaps most importantly, this phase also gives rise to burying the dead, which introduces property "rights." If a revered ancestor was buried in a certain area, it meant that a tribe has "marked" that territory as their own. It becomes their sacred ground, and incursions upon that ground meant nothing other than a declaration of war. This is the where the dead began to control the living (and we still haven't broken free of this primitive idiocy).

The defining aspects of this Age are the rise of religion, introduction of marriage and patriarchy, and burial of the dead (which by extension led to property "rights"). The mentality of this era is crude, primitive, and feelings-based.

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upepo

Village Elder
#4
Allow me to break your beautiful piece at the legs. Family states exist not just among humans but also in animals such as dolphins, lions, rats, and elephants. What then makes this stage distinctive?
 

Alchemist

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#5
Allow me to break your beautiful piece at the legs. Family states exist not just among humans but also in animals such as dolphins, lions, rats, and elephants. What then makes this stage distinctive?
If you piece together things with only a third of their components then I applaud you.
 

upepo

Village Elder
#9
Point number two, alpha males, patriarchy (male as head of family), and marriage (permanent sexual partners) have their close equivalents in other animals. They are not unique to humans and, therefore, cannot be used distinguish humans in any way.
 

upepo

Village Elder
#10
Counter point number three: burials are not a universal practice by any measure and therefore the deduction that they are the precursor to property rights is not sufficiently supported.
 

Alchemist

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#11
Point number two, alpha males, patriarchy (male as head of family), and marriage (permanent sexual partners) have their close equivalents in other animals. They are not unique to humans and, therefore, cannot be used distinguish humans in any way.
So that is what you perceive to be the intent of the write? Well it is not. If you are offended there is nothing I can do about it. This is just one of three. Since you want to jump the gun, read Giambattista Vico's work. We are on philosophy section and I am writing about his contribution while drawing similarities.
 
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Alchemist

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#12
Counter point number three: burials are not a universal practice by any measure and therefore the deduction that they are the precursor to property rights is not sufficiently supported.
Again, jumping the gun. Draw your counters after the whole is done.
 
#13
Organised religions and beliefs are mainly to cling on to power. I saw a documentary arguing how Pharaos were just grown up kids being told what to do by the priest elite. It made much sense. All those years and Egypt just did the same things? Development comes when people are not shackled physically or mentally.
 

Alchemist

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#15
There are older documents that predate modern religions, such as the Sumerian tablets and others, which give much older narrative on the ages of mortal man but other are lost like those is the legendary library of Alexandria.
Even the Dogoni had star charts. Loss of knowledge has led us down this path. The above and more to come is based on a 1700s work....not that old.
 

S_Lilly

Village Elder
#16
We don't even have to look in ancient documents, here in Kenya, we had a robust narrative as well.
Do you know it is banned to teach Egyptology in Eastern Africa?
Do you also know that over 3000 schools were burned down in Kenya in the early 1930s and it is also documented that there is a pre-adamic race.
 

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