Araqis

So we have met Araqis (or Archus, if badly translated), a nineteen-year-old(?) descendant of the “Star Seed” or “Lights”.  His/her diary is more of a journal at the moment, an assignment give to him/her by his/her teachers. We start at a time in earth’s history where the planet has been around for at least 1,000 years (by scientific calculation) and the civilization that flourishes has been around for at least as long. I am, as a writer, taking creative license enough to assume that the Earth is quite a bit older than we believe and that the age we have picked is merely the very beginning of life here.

As far as I know, I have not yet identified whether Araqis is a boy or a girl, and for this project, it really doesn’t matter. You will notice no date other than the year. days and months have yet to be named and hours, minutes, and seconds have yet to become important. All that matters in the world that Araqis represents is that a day is from sunup to sundown, humanity is huge compared to modern man, and viruses and harmful bacteria have yet to introduce themselves.

I am playing with the idea of splitting the narrative among more than just my Earthbound Araqis, after all, our narrator has mentioned the colonization of Mars, Venus and the moons orbiting nearly all planets in this system. I believe that it might be interesting to see how things go for all-whether they evolve with their planets/moons, or whether they die out before the modern age of man. Or whether they come to Earth or leave the system altogether.

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An update

Ok, so maybe my little ‘thought of the day’ confused you. It was literally a lead in for a strange little project I have been entertaining for a while. I tried to start it before, but it….lacked something. But now, I believe I have figured out exactly what was missing.

There is a line from the Bible that has stuck in my head for years, and it had me wondering. Even as a child. About everything I was taught.

There is nothing new under the sun. Taking this as the lead for what I had written earlier today, think. Hard. About all that you have been taught to accept.

If there is nothing new under the sun, then everything we are experiencing-technology, scientific discoveries, archeological discoveries that challenge our long held traditions-these have all happened before in some manner. In much the same way.  But how many times?

When did it all begin? has this happened a limited number of times? Or has it been an infinite loop? And what of religion? is it just a recycled reboot of something so ancient that the truth is no longer discernible from myth?

I know, I know. I am allowing my imagination run away with me. Or am I? I only request my readers to do one thing here: to keep an open mind and admit that we, as humans do not know it all. I do tend to challenge long held beliefs and traditions. Why? Because it is the only way to learn, It is the only way to discover the truth at the core of it all.

You see, I believe that we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. We know that the Earth is billions (trillions) of years old. We also know that recent history, that history we do know is still a bit incomplete. OK, more than a bit. We also know that there are fossil records now that date  humanity in the millions of years, age-wise. Of course, we also know that the Earth tends to erase records more than a few billion years old while making a new record for some possible future generation (if Earth is still in existence) to puzzle over after this age is over.

With all this said, I now reveal my project. I am going to begin writing a series of entries-a smattering of science faction, science fiction, and fantasia-to explore possibilities of my current line of thought. These entries will be in the forms of journal entries dated from different time periods (before known history, before this age) with differing POV (points of view). My purpose will be to piece together a theory, a workable one, of possible histories.

No, I am not going to explore evolution or creation. I am simply going to address this phrase that states: There’s nothing new under the sun.I will follow several timelines, possibly between 7,000 and 20,000 years in length, that will follow civilizations from beginning to end. When I wrap it up, I will also begin exploring another possible hidden piece of history. But I will leave the explanation of that for later.

Universal FuckUp

Humanity, it seems, is a universal fuckup. For all our brilliance and ingenuity, we are still the uncivilized savage. For all our advancements, we still cling to tradition. And myth.

It is a known fact that we only know roughly 7,000 years of our history, 3,000 of this due to archeology and science. It is also known that a minority among us are willing to throw away the known for an ignorant guesstimate based on a faulty timeline that could be more myth than truth. Why? Because the truth doesn’t fit in their religious plans.

But what if we found the “magic bullet” that proves that man has existed for billions of years, rising and falling, his “civilizations” rising and waning, eventually crumbling and vanishing after he has risen just so far. And what if his violent and destructive tendencies are the very reason he never advances beyond certain levels? What if his pride and arrogance, his disdain for nature, is the very reason he has not risen any further?

Being an author, I tend to call into question much of what I have been taught to believe. It makes me ponder if all that we know is the extent of what has been. Hell. I question the validity of everything.

While we do actually have the “magic bullet”, we are still unable to believe that it exists. Our traditional view of the world tends to deny facts (an ever present reality in today’s pseudo-religious politics) based on our limited knowledge. This knowledge tends to be based on one of three incomplete (and possibly mythical) histories held within one of three religious beliefs. While I tend to side with the far more ancient world myths where a plausible past is concerned, though extremely loosely, I am also the first to admit that the fossilized human footprints in Crete do not coincide with any tradition and literally challenges, dated at 6,000,000 years old, they oppose the idea that man has only been here for a little over 7,000 years. They are also 3,000,000 years older than the footprints found in Tanzania which causes the age of man to be much older than previously thought.

It is advances such as these that the religious community fear. It calls into question their power, a power based on an already faulty age count. It calls into question the validity of the mythology they have set into place to explain man’s place on this planet. They fear that if the truth is known, religion will forever be lost.

They have already forgot that religions have come and gone, being replaced with new religions or recycled versions of old ones. There really isn’t anything new under the sun. This life, this existence, this moment–they have all happened before, all ending the same cataclysmic way…with the fall of man back into savagery. And all this with one hope: That man finally overcomes his less endearing qualities so that he might accidentally rise above what he has previously been over several ages.

 

I am probably going to make somebody mad, but I no longer care.

Remembering a discussion from last night…:

Am I the only one who sees it as hypocritical to acknowledge that there are “other gods” and yet claim to be “monotheistic”?

I saw the flaws in the Bible a long time ago when I was being forced to live and breathe the ten commandment along with the over 600 other “laws” including the holy days and food laws. I also saw the growing flaw in Christianity. The hate, the greed, the exclusivity spawned by multiple misinterpretations and misunderstandings of verses and books.

I was told last night by a practitioner of Judaism that the Jewish OT is not like the Christian OT and that they acknowledge that there are other gods and yet they consider themselves monotheistic.

Here is my point. Not all Greeks worshipped every Greek god or goddess, and not every Roman or Egyptian paid obeisance to all of their gods,yet they acknowledged that they existed. Greek cities had patron gods/goddesses which they devoted their worship to. Same with Rome and Egypt. Even today, India has some villages that are dedicated to a single Hindu god. And yet, we consider these people polytheistic.

And then there is Christianity which believes in the triune. (sort of like believing in a triple god/goddess, but claiming monotheistic status.)Three in one. I can list at least three three-in-one gods/goddesses (most Hindu gods and goddesses have three different “aspects”, the Morrigan was three-in-one. almost all Greek and Roman gods had three different aspects. I can go on, but I believe the point has been made.

So, other than claiming “monotheism”, what makes Christianity or Judaism any different than any other religion? Other than the exclusivity, from my point of view, both philosophically and reality, nothing. Not one aspect of either is unique. Except their claim of exclusivity.

Does this statement mean that I do not believe in God? No. Nor does it state that I do. This is an observation based off of a discussion and a long, drawn out comparison done (as I am a student of history and of mythology) between prevailing thoughts…and a study of the facts and how we have forever treated others, calling civilizations “polytheistic” and ourselves “monotheistic”.

To admit that there are other gods is, in itself, can admission of polytheism if we go on the view that Rome and Greece-and even Egypt and Ancient Sumer-were polytheistic simply because they acknowledged that other gods existed, but still only worshipped one in their own city. So are we truly “monotheistic”? Or are we, as I suspect, actually polytheistic but lying to ourselves by telling ourselves that we are not?

And if we are polytheistic, what happens if all our dreams and wishes never come to fruition? What is this is all there is and there will be no end to it all? What if, all this time, we have been fooling ourselves into believing that any and all prophecies are going to come true without realizing that we have been lied to?

On Being Smarter Than the Average Bear

I grew up lower middle class. Education was the “only way out” of an endless hell known as factory work. Or so I was told.

They couldn’t have been more wrong. Especially in the Midwest. Here, there are only factories or fields. Making it worse, the states seem stuck on agriculture as the only industry worth exporting.

While I have nothing against farmers, I am no farmer. I am also no factory slug. I am not mindless enough to allow the ant-like worker mentality of a factory to kill my creativity. Besides. there is more to life.

I will not disparage those who find the factory life satisfying. Nothing wrong with that. But there are infinite possibilities for the rest of us and a state should encourage creativity. A state should also encourage intellectual pursuits as well. Always.

And while I am not the smartest, nor even a genius, I am observant enough to know where things need to be fixed. Ad there are many things that need to be fixed. Education. Healthcare. Politics. The economy. The way we see and do business.

Nothing made many of these problems more apparent than elections 2016. It was painfully apparent that there was a huge lack in education. Especially among those who are supposed to be the most educated, our older citizens. And their pride in their ignorance was appalling!

I know enough about education to know that we need to reinstitute Political Science back into our schools. We also need to reintroduce our youth to American and World history so that they can learn from the mistakes of the past. And, we need to focus again on being a world leader. This means that we need to make learning a foreign language mandatory.

European students learn at least one language that is not native to their country, and usually learn at least three. I have even heard of them learning up to six from a pen pal or two. If we intend to accomplish anything greater than we already have, we need to catch up with the rest of the world. We need to reintroduce our children to the sciences, math, and creativity. We are behind the rest of the world in all these things and more!

Why? Because we are too focused on what religion, gender identity, or sexual preference our neighbor has. We are too focused on making clones that we have forgotten that individuality is more important, diversity a key ingredient in making progress. For all intents and purposes, we have lost our way in the name of hate, greed, religiosity, and ignorant arrogance.

We suppose ourselves to be the greatest. We suppose that we should come first, that we should isolate ourselves and “purify” ourselves. We were never pure. Humanity as a whole has never been pure. From the very first takeover of one empire by another, purity went out the window. color of skin means nothing except that darker pigmentation was not needed in the more northerly climes.

We accept blindly that our religion is the true religion when religion of and by itself is not a manifestation of the truth. Or of knowledge. Or of wisdom. Religion is the opposite of living a lifestyle as prescribed by underlying philosophies. Hate is the opposite of the love we are to have for one another. Greed is the opposite of the generosity we are supposed to show. Oppression is the opposite of the freedom we are supposed to give. intolerance is opposite of the tolerance. And so on.

We allow ourselves to replace the original tenets of faith with our own biases. Which brings me back to education, and specifically that education which seminaries give their prospective ministers. So many ministers take the Bible, and specifically the Epistles, in a completely wrong context. They are not taught about the culture and history of the “New Testament” world.

They are not taught about where many of the newly converted Christians were coming from, what religions they were coming out of that were spawning the unpublished questions to the answers given in the Epistles. They simply believe, arrogantly, that these instructions harken back to the Old Testament Laws. But this is not necessarily so.

Yes, education is important on all levels. Faith-wise, secularly, and even on the more massive global political/economic level. Sadly, our leadership has shown us that they lack the education to make sound judgments that affect us all fiscally, economically, and socially. Even more alarming is that a portion of the voter base showed that they lacked the education to make a sound choice in leadership.

Granted, the choices weren’t the best, but there were better choices. And the lack of education is still apparent in their support of the shoddy leadership, not to mention their support of ignorant fears, hate, and accepting of lies as truth.

But I have a proposal that can change this in the future. I have drawn up an education bill proposal that reintroduces a few mandatory courses that have been removed from education. It also reorganizes funding, adds free higher education in-state, and places a freeze on unnecessary privatization. The only missing component is help from the education community.

I have asked, but it seems as if I cannot get people to take me seriously on a serious matter. I have been encouraged by several of my more politically active friends, as well as my mother and stepfather, to press forward. To get involved. And, yet, when I try, I cannot gain any interest.

While I understand that this is a Midterms election year, I also know that there should be no time better than now to explore ideas worth examining. Politically, it is expedient. economically, it is imperative. Socially, it is necessary.

But I still sit, waiting for someone to take me serious. When will teachers and education experts wake up? They are always asking for help. they are always asking for outside input. But when someone on the outside wants insider help, they seem to flee.

Why Are People Afraid of Visionaries?

As I sit here pondering my next book, I can’t help but notice how much time I have put into trying to get other things done. I have been sending messages, seeking help on many non literary projects, and trying to get the ball rolling on change. But it seems that too many people, even those who advocate for change, are afraid of change.

It is almost as if they are afraid of the visionaries and innovators who step forward to answer the call. I have asked for help from educators and education associations. I have asked for help from as many sources, including state government agencies, that I could think of. No answer.

I have an education bill proposal I would like help on. It isn’t the only proposal I have been working on, but it is one of the more important ones. You see, to me, quality education is an important part of being able to function as an individual in the world. An educated individual, after all, will make an informed judgment on every level including when they go to vote. Knowing, as opposed to accepting what one is told, is the key.

But, here I sit. No one has answered my queries. No one seems the least bit interested. Are they afraid? Or are they having trouble believing that a average citizen would actually be educated enough to realize what needs to be done?

Talking Points

An effective debate is not made up of erroneous talking points or faulty reasoning. It is well researched and is filled with documented and catalogued data. It is filled with reasonable counterbalances that measure the merit of a proposed action. This means that corporate “talking points”, better known as propaganda, which is filled with misinformation and skewed views created to sell and make a profit, does not make for good debate. Neither does erroneous statements about whatever else “can do the same thing”.

Meaningful debate takes the view that if something was not available, would you necessarily die without it? If the answer is no, then why are you defending the viewpoint you have? Let’s take a closer look at this.

 

opinion: I want to drink a cyanide solution. It is my right to do as I please, so I should do what I please. Right?

rebuttal: No. Just because you have a right to drink something does not make it right.

Talking points: Cyanide is a poison. drinking it would kill you. Just because doing what you want is your right, does not mean you are doing what is right.

possible arguments: I am suffering a terminal disease and want to end my suffering. I would rather kill myself than kill others. I am suicidal. But it is my right!

Depending on your ethics, you would find most of these as unacceptable…if not all. As it is illegal in many states to have an assisted suicide or commit an act of euthanasia, we see the medical suicide as against the law. And though the killing oneself rather than killing others is a noble stance, committing suicide is not really a sensible option and negates arguments 2 and 3. Finally, as I expressed with the rebuttal, argument #4 is literally a misinterpretation of what one’s right is or is not. just because it is a choice you can make does not make it a right choice.

I face this lack of real reasoning in the arguments of those who are extremist in their gun rights views. They claim that it is their right to own guns, no matter the cost. They do not see this as a problem and refuse to do research to see if their view is right or wrong. They make erroneous claims:

  1. We are at war at some levels, with our government.

Really? You see the people you elect as your enemy? Then why the fuck do you even vote? why are you even still in this country? Wouldn’t it make more sense to leave a country that you see yourself at war with?

2. If you do that, then you need to take them away from the police as well!

While I am all for the demilitarization of our police force, I also know that this is a bunch of BS meant to minimize your desire and make it look like a need for something you really do not need or really have any use for. No, we do not need a militarized police force. No, I don’t believe that the law enforcement needs military grade weapons or vehicles. But it is not relevant to the debate at hand.

3. Guns don’t kill, People do.

while I couldn’t agree more, the regulations or reforms we want have nothing to do with whether guns kill. They have everything to do with keeping guns out of the hands of those who kill. While we understand that no law is perfect, we know that making certain weapons illegal again will keep that gun out of the hands of the next person who attempts a mass school shooting.

4. But they are for home defense!

First of all, several  independent tests have proven that this is a lie.  The guns in question are less likely to be as accurate in such a scenario than-say-a handgun, which we have no interest in banning. In fact according to most of the tests done, these weapons were more likely to cause most damage and more unintended casualties than a hunting rifle or a hand gun.

5. But I can use it to hunt!

Again. Unless you want a strip of jerky instead of a whole deer, these guns are pretty much useless…even to a trophy hunter, who generally wants to have something for the taxidermist to stuff.

6. But it’s my right!

It is also your responsibility to serve your country in order to enjoy that “right”, no matter what a “rights” organization or a single SCOTUS says. The original intent of the Second Amendment, as discussed through the numerous papers included in The Federalist Papers, was to form a standing military. It was the provision that allowed for a permanent army, navy, marines, and the State militias (now under the title of state national guard). It did not give the individual an unfettered ability to buy and stockpile arms. In the era that the Amendment was written, a family had a maximum of three guns. Most only had one or two. These guns were used to protect the family and to hunt for food. It was also understood that owning put them at risk for being called upon to defend the new country as well. (number of guns was usually equal to number of adult males who were of age to hunt, defend, and be enlisted into the military. Number had nothing to do with an obsession or desire. There was no frivolous collecting. Most colonials/new Americans did not have the money to collect but often made their own guns if their previous one became too worn to operate correctly.)

7. But I want it!

I want a million dollars, but that ain’t going to happen. I want world peace, but that ain’t going to happen either. There are a lot of things I want, but it doesn’t mean that I am going to get them. We have a problem in this country with a misunderstanding of the differences between “wants” and “needs”. We often place wants where we should have our basic needs and relegate our needs to the back burner in our pursuit of things we don’t really need. We, in general, do not need assault or non assault automatic weapons. They were not originally designed for civilian use.

8. This is a mental health issue.

Yes, granted it is…but not just where the shooter is concerned. America, as a whole, is suffering from the mental illness called obsession. We have an obsession with profit that borders on mania. We have an obsession with guns that also borders on mania.We have an obsession with color, creed, places of origin, etc. that goes beyond the point of being a mania. If we are to address the lines that is at the root of these shootings, we need to address the illness that has permeated our society as a whole. Without doing so, we are still at an impasse.

Once we address our manic obsessions and rid ourselves of them, we can fully address the mental illness that causes the rage that fills those who are more apt to pull a mass shooting. Once we remove our own blindness to what is really at the root of it all, we cannot fully attempt to fix anything else. But first, we need to be able to sit down and debate with accurate and similar goals in mind. We must be willing to compromise, give up something, in order to attempt a solution. Otherwise, we are never going to be able to fully address any problem. We need to stop making excuses for our own selfishness and step back to view a bigger picture: we really don’t need anything except food, shelter, clothing, and safety. We cannot be safe if we do not come together and form a reasonable plan on how to make it safe.

When you refuse to give an inch on your “rights”, you refuse to negotiate a plan on how to make it safer. The you want to “debate” using erroneous statements and claims, you refuse to make it any safer. You are, quite simply, a part of the problem, not a part of the solution.