Monday, October 05, 2020

How Did They Know?


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

Continents were bigger then, 
and they bridged themselves with land 
where the sea now washes liberally... 
plains were mountains
stark and grand! 
...And the arctic was the tropics
Earth's huge magnet switched her 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 dead wrong!

We were literal—sans all nuance, 
so 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, 
and she has him by the ear, 
so all the rest array themselves 
behind her to her 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 confounds the 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! 

See, 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! 
It's way closer to us, Phil!

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

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

  • A too quickly maligned and discredited 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." Whoa! The gods who walked among them like women and men?  In the existential and corporeal reality? Yes! It might not be ALL bunk! Perplexities remain.
  • 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, microscope, or telescope!  What 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 our 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 recently detected only 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, certainly.
  • Restore John Ford!


Geo. said...

I don't claim to know, dear Al, but it seems human imagination --seeking, composing a pantheon of powers-- keeps questions alive for eons as empirical thought, scientific certainty, catches up.