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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The Ages of Man: Diaries And Journals Of The Elder Race, Part 1: The Age Of The ‘Fall’ (first age of man)

The Age Of The ‘Fall’: The Diary of Araqis*

Year: 3,053,999 (1,000 years into humanity’s existence). Exact date unknown. Ear’at (Earth).

I am Araqis, A descendant of the Star Seed.  and I am a student of the Council, aged 19 spa’ans. I have been asked by the council, and especially my teachers on the council, to keep a record of my daily life. This assignment is to continue until I pass the trials. Once I pass the trials, keeping a record such as this will be voluntary.

I shall start with a quick overview of our short history, religion, appearance, and social structure. Once I have completed, I shall shift to my personal daily life. beyond that, I have no idea what will be important enough to record.

They say we have had dominion for one thousand years. Humanity has risen from savages to some semblance of civilization within such a short time. It is hard to believe that we haven’t existed very long. some of the elders say that we did not begin life here, but had come in search of a new beginning. An Eden of sorts.

From what I have learned, the planet was exactly what our ancestors sought. Star Seed. That is what they were called. Children of the universe sent forth to populate the planets, falling from the void to each and every planet ready to be populated.

In the thousand years we have been here, we have developed our own language. It is the one thing we have n common with our neighboring communities. We would probably be more numerous if we weren’t so big and didn’t live so long. At 29 Ha’rads (modern equivalent unknown, possibly close to the US measure of feet), and living 800-900 spa’ans (again, exact length unknown, presumably equal to a year), we are not old until we reach at least 300.

We vary in appearance, some with a single eye, others with hundreds; some with only two arms or legs, others-again-with hundreds. Most, though, have minimized in appearance, settling for two arms, two legs, and two eyes. The rest are remnants of our former selves, and are seen as Holy. Most of the remnant have settled into priestly duties and communities where they are worshiped as gods.

Banking is relatively new, as the ancients knew nothing of treasure and only bartered for what they needed. Leadership still falls to the strongest among us, and we see them as Kings or Queens. Their law is final.

Our social system is based largely on our religion. we worship the Star Seed, or Lights (for we are taught that they arrived here as beings of light and energy, taking  a physical form and color befitting the planet), and the elders among us are seen as Holy. We are taught that the Lights influenced the planet, causing the rise of all life indigenous to the planet. In essence, we are taught that they created life simply by arriving here.  Whether this is true or not, life began in a big way.

We are also taught that we will slowly continue to change and adapt over the span that is existence, until we no longer resemble what we are at the moment, as the planet tends to influence our physiological makeup and chemistry. We are also taught that we will probably not be remembered by those who come after us. So it was, and so it always shall be. Once we are gone, the universe will absorb our memory and give birth to more Star Seed. It is an endless cycle.

It is said that the Star Seed were both male and female, a whole being, uniting and carrying their mates with them through life. As the planet influenced them, they lost the ability to do so and split apart, creating man and woman as two instead of one. We are slid taught that there were asexual and nonsexual Star Seed as well, but that the nonsexual died out shortly after their arrival. The asexual are still among us, preferring the company of their own…though we all possess the ability to reproduce with or without a mate.

Our education system is complex. We learn linguistics and calculations early, Philosophy and deduction in secondary, and religion and history at the end. we can go on to do concentrations in any subject, and many do, but some prefer to stop after the trials.

Our civilization rose rapidly, a mere 100 spa’ans, and we have rapidly risen in technological and scientific knowledge. Our advancements have been great, possibly greater than other settlements. Who knows? We have no known enemies, no threats to our longevity, and no natural susceptibilities.

Several planets and moons surrounding us were populated at the same time as we populated this planet. I wonder how these colonies have fared. Have they succeeded? Have the Star Seed on Ma’arat, Ve’anat, and the satellites orbiting them (and Ear’at, our home), as well as the outlying satellites orbiting the nameless gas giants, succeeded in establishing such fine civilizations? Have they explored their regions and made the needed changes? Or have they died out?

So many questions. I guess what makes it a wonderful experiment, this forming civilizations, is that we do not interfere in each others’ attempts to become whatever we may become. We simply live and let live. Each civilization grows independently of the others, to achieve whatever greatness or immortality awaits them.

Yet we all started out as one collective, falling from the expanse. I only hope that we remember that we are all brothers when we meet again. Otherwise, we are doomed to failure. May peace and prosperity continue to favor all.

 

 

 

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.

 

An Easter Message

Well, look. It’s Easter, a pagan celebration thinly disguised as a “Christian” holiday. It no longer matters that Easter is literally a combination of many different pagan celebrations, or that the bunnies and eggs were symbols of fertility to non-Christian people almost everywhere. Well, at least the egg was.

The rabbit is predominately Euro-centric, worshipped equally among both the Celtic and Germanic peoples of Europe. And the irony is not lost on me. None of the symbols that have been commercialized has anything to do with Christ. Nor is it really accurate to be celebrating his resurrection in our spring (we should be celebrating it in the fall/winter, as the Middle/near Eastern spring months are our fall months).

But then, so many of our “Christian” holidays are nothing more than glorified pagan rituals. And, again, the irony is not lost on me when “Christians” start claiming that their “holidays” are under attack. But their “holidays” are not theirs at all. They are stolen and repackaged. Possibly like their religion.

Oh. I am not claiming that Christ never came. Nor am I claiming that there is “no God”. Nor am I claiming to be an atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, or anything else. I have already stated that I am, in the view of most “Christians”, a Gnostic mystic with a slightly agnostic view. Not purely a disbeliever, I do have my doubts about how we paint God and Christ. I also have deep doubts as to the prophecies, since man continually takes it upon himself to fulfill everything…and tends to fuck it up beyond all recognition.

No, I believe that true belief is dead-along with Christianity-killed by those who use all religion as a reason to hate, oppress, and destroy without remorse. I also believe that if you give a man an easy path to choose, he will always, in veritably, choose the hardest path. No, humanity has never been a race that could ever take an easier path; the more caring and all inclusive path. In his mind, man believes that it is far easier to hate those who are different, reject knowledge for fear it might enlighten him, and oppress those they deem as weaker. He confuses lust with love, responsibility and duty with compassion, and selfish desire with example.

Indeed, if we truly knew the nature of “God” or of “Christ”, we might accidentally find that we have been wrong since the very beginning. But, then, so many today would much rather play “God” than follow him. Is here we are. Celebrating yet another thinly disguised pagan celebration in the name of a “savior” we really don’t follow. while falling for the same tired commercialization of religion and calling it “faith”.

Who woulda thunk it?

Never before had I ever had such trouble finding information in my life! I mean, who woulda thunk that finding the history of a local park was so hard! I have searched the web high and low for the info. I have sent emails to people I was told would know. I even sent to University of Iowa’s archives in search of the info. No answer.

Waubonsie State Park is a beautiful park filled with hiking trails and camping opportunities. I want to put it in the next book in the 1950s series of The Morrow Family Saga. The problem is that I have only one “I’m fairly certain” abut whether the trails existed in 1950. The park, itself, was created in the 1930s. But creation is not the same as everything being there by the 1950s. and two no-replies. Not a good omen when doing research for a book.

The problem is that Waubonsie has to be in one of the next two books. the end of the Iowa portion of the story is drawing near and I want the park to debut before Nattie loses her innocence and leaves Iowa.

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?