Monday, July 17, 2017

ETERNITY AND THE MODERN WORLD



Just finished watching the first season of PLANET EGYPT on Amazon Prime. The documentary is the best one I have seen and gives a very good idea of what life was like in Ancient Egypt and some of the major turning points in Egyptian history.

But the last episode made me chuckle because it is so revealing of the default thinking of the modern ethos. It's called the Quest for Eternity. Here is the description. "From the days of the first Pharaoh's tombs to the end of their era, Egyptians were united by one burning desire: to extend their lives to all eternity. This is why they built the gigantic pyramids"

Yes, true, the huge tombs and pyramids are the manifestations of Egyptian belief in preparing for an eternal afterlife. And the documentary is careful to point out the economic benefits of this Eternity obsession, as if the pharaohs cynically went along with the decades of tomb building not because they believed in the afterlife, but because it kept their treasury full. Of course, this is the modern view of all religion. Moderns view religion as a quaint old way to rip off the peasants by scaring them.

How amusing to listen to the condescending appraisal of the core beliefs of Egypt, a civilization which the documentary itself points out lasted and prospered for thousands of years, much long than anything in modern history. But, prosperous and successful as they might have been, the modern mind finds the mainspring of their whole culture a cynical ploy. The Eternity Con.

It never seems to occur to modernists that the widely held faith in eternity, God and Gods, and the afterlife, which is found in every known civilization on earth, might actually have some basis in fact and experience. In other words, that something more than a fear of plague, drought and thunderstorms might undelay the universal belief in things eternal. Certainly the huge pyramids of Egypt are staggering proof that millions of Egyptians for thousands of years absolutely believed there was such a place.

Yes, we now have a great deal of knowledge of HOW things in nature work, but that does not answer the question of why. Science isn't about why. Politics isn't about why. Technology isn't about why. And the funny thing is those quaint old Egyptians had plenty of sophisticated science, politics and technology, but they also had a very sure sense of why. Maybe they weren't as simple minded as modernists make them out to be. 

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