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The Decline of Civilization

There’s a show that just aired on the History Channel called Apocalypse Island that I found very interesting. It’s not because I believe the world is going to end in 2012, but because ancient history is fascinating. Also see Jeff Salz’s blog on the subject. Jim Turner and Jeff Salz embark on an amazing adventure of  discovery.

The lengths ancient people would go to set out on a quest for knowledge and spiritual guidance is incalculable. And whether right, wrong, or indifferent… it’s far more impressive than what we do on a day to day basis; and without a doubt, far more impactful and profound than what we accomplish in our lifetime.

I can’t help but look with quiet amazement at how much we have lost. Ancestral civilizations were so in tune with the earth and the sky as it pertained to their own existence that what they accomplished is simply astounding. Imagine for a moment that the skills obtained from one person to the next, and one generation to the next had evolved along with our technological advancements over time. What would we be like as a society today?

A world where  celestial navigation, agricultural know-how, and medicinal knowledge were a part of each family’s history. A knowledge and spirituality unknown to modern man, we have been deprived of thousands of years worth of priceless information. And rather than volumes of ancestral history, our bookshelves consist of Vanity Fair.

Today, the vast wealth of knowledge is held by governments, churches, and corporations. Sure, they spend untold amounts of money on research projects… but it’s our money they’re spending.

To add insult to injury, not only have we been deprived of this sacred knowledge of the ages, but the pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that we have been reduced to a very poor representation of mankind. I mean, look around, most people barely know what to do with their lives. Somewhat religious, but hardly spiritual.

Think about that for a moment. We have been boiled down to the caloric equivalent of syrup. Empty and devoid of any meaningful substance. A personal history that is only as old as the person itself, however long that person lives. Easily excited by plastic Disneyland trinkets and corporate marketing, we have about as much depth as plankton.

We have allowed ourselves to be conquered and ruled by those who seek not to uplift us to our highest potential, but to intentionally dumb us down and exploit our existence for profit. And what a great job they have done, because we’ll trample each other for a Tickle Me Elmo at Wal-Mart.

Mankind has lost it’s most basic primal instincts to survive. We’ve devolved to the point where we barely have the ability to kill those who seek to do us harm. Afraid of becoming dirty, afraid of the very earth that keeps us alive. If we aren’t capable of surviving… how are we to survive? Oh that’s right, we rely on others to handle that for us.

And what about an afterlife? How would we know? Our minds are so clouded with noise and trash, we can barely hear ourselves think… forget about connecting on a spiritual and cosmic level. Our bodies poisoned with garbage food… we’re sick and don’t even know it.

I have come to the conclusion that modern man is about as useless a life form as one could expect to find. I would also agree that it’s in the best interest of the earth that we be eradicated and rendered extinct if it were not for one thing: I believe we have the ability to change.

However, it’s this author’s opinion that it may be too late for that.