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I have attempted to find scholarly articles on the Minoan copper miners, and various other things referred to in this conversation. However, finding anything of true substance on the internet is becoming like an archaeological dig in its own right. As Minoans and copper are not part of my focus, I will leave it to you to delve into this if it interests you.
I am coming to the conclusion that – what was – has become so obscure that to try to unravel the truth from the red herrings is a waste of time.
There are three basic ways of looking at human history;
- You believe everything written in the history books, and you live a happy, if ignorant, life.
- You attempt to fill in the blanks and sift out the propaganda, to try to find the truth, thereby driving yourself crazy.
- You simply step away, accept that what we know of our history, truthfully told or otherwise, is so minute that no conclusions of any value can be reached from looking to the past.
Our social, technological and natural environment is evolving so rapidly that we would be much better served looking steadfastly to the future, and make some hard decisions on how we want that to look. How we want humans to be. I believe that is the only useful path, and the point of these WHAT IF scenarios.
I am discovering that, although some of the WHAT IF questions that were posed in my ‘Search for Galileo’ were interesting, not much of substance has come to light (Yet, still a long way to go.) in how this change would impact on the future. Let alone practical steps on how to get there from here. While we glibly say “ the world will be a much better place” this is not a terribly useful road map. We find it very difficult to think in this future oriented way, precisely because we are taught to look to historical ‘facts’ for advice and reference. Throughout our education; formal, informal, societal, and through the media, we are actively taught to think backwards. No wonder backwards is were we are headed.
If anything is to be done immediately, to help us become more mentally advanced humane beings, it is to change the way we impact on the minds of our children.
Easy first step: Meditation for children from the day they are born. That there is equal emphasis on silent mindfulness as there is on frantic outward stimulation.
Easy second step: Stop feeding them sugar, they are not bees.
Less easy third step: Practice consciously, mindfully what you preach. Conscious good manners are a different animal to mindless, habitual ‘air-kissing’.
Difficult fourth step: Work on building your empathy. Empathetic, behavior is the basis of all positive relationships. Especially with children…and other animals.