Sunday, April 10, 2011

How Did They Know?


Think of folks existing in an ancient, un-guessed time ... when Humankind was fresh-faced, an innocent, sublime.  Present deserts were once verdant in a time so long ago.  Now they're buried by eternity in drifts of time, like snow.

Continents were bigger then, and they bridged themselves with land where sea now washes liberally ... plains were mountains, stark and grand! ...And the arctic was the tropics; Earth's huge magnet switched its poles; the water rushed and drowned us, and then washed down cracks and holes!

Our gods were explanation, so we showered them with gifts well beyond an exploration of their own self-worth or thrift! We wrote a lot about them... and we said it with aplomb that the *gods* DID walk among us, or Zecharia's been quite wrong!

We were literal — without nuance, and we wrote it as we saw it.   It's the only thing we knew that worked; as we saw it we would call it.   And we wrote about these awesome gods, and we gave them timeless names, from the strongest to the weakest... ...and it's from them's drawn our shame.

The biggest? Call him Jupiter! He's the King of all the gods. He's the one with all the lightning bolts, and he gives the rest a nod. Venus is his consort, but she has him by the ear, and all the rest array themselves behind her to the rear.

Venus was the lesser god, of that there was no doubt. She didn't have Jup's monstrousness, she didn't have his clout. She might trick him or deceive him, but she'd pay the price if caught; she's the loser, in a battle where they struggled, or they fought.

Now, drift on back to present times, and take a walk outside. Look East before the sun comes up upon a dark, but cloudless, sky!

Jupiter and Venus, just two planets, outshine stars! But one outshines the other; which is which confonds a bard. Not hard for me, perhaps for you, I've seen them through a scope! I have learned which one is bigger; that's what has me by the throat! It's Jupiter that's dimmer, 'cause it spins so far away; it has the low albedo, and its color makes it fade. Venus is the brightest, so it looks the bigger, still. It has the high albedo and it's closer to us, Phil!

That's where we have the disconnect, and a loss in continuity. This is where we learn comeuppance, and we fill up on humility!

HOW DID WE KNOW the *dimmer* light was the FATHER of the gods? HOW DID WE KNOW when just a look shows Venus has the nod! HOW DID WE KNOW, when Venus looks the biggest, and more blaming? HOW DID WE KNOW the sizes of the planets we were naming?

  • Sitchin would have argued that the ancients had to have been — uh... ... TOLD (yes!) or  informed by "the gods who walked among them as women and men." The gods who walked among them like women and men?  In the corporeal?   Yes!
  • Some other things we knew, millennia upon compounded millennia ago... when the dew was still fresh on our cognitive lily and we were aided only by a human visual acuity thousands of years from any DREAMED of visual enhancement with glass, mirror, or telescope?  WWhat did we know?
  • Why... ...only that which could not have known at all!  That which was too far away to be known! That which was beyond possible to know!  How?!?
  • How did these ancients know of the existence of a planeted solar system and a plethora of stars like our own?  How did they know about the asteroid belt betwixt Mars and Jupiter?  These likened it to a bejeweled bracelet around the Sun. How did they know the near identical sizes of the "twin" planets Neptune and Uranus, that they were water worlds, and even know the hues of each... which was blue and which was green?  How did they know about the mysterious and enigmatic planet *X* we have only recently detected as a result of perturbations in orbital mechanics disturbing planets of the only system we can presently know ... our own?
  • How did they KNOW!
  • We know not.
  • Restore John Ford!