With the looming threat of apocalypse & the big hand being two minutes from midnight, it should be the concern of every living human on this planet to prepare themselves and future generations for the hellish events that are about to hit humanity in its entirety. Perhaps I’m being a little dramatic but should this be the case what would be the single greatest gift we could give to the survivors of such a cataclysm?
In my personal opinion, the single greatest gift we could pass on to future generations would be modern knowledge & with that (hopefully) a different mindset. One that sees aggression towards others in any form to be unacceptable. Exploring this idea, even if we as a society today had the drive to accomplish this feat, how does one communicate with a group of people in the distant future? An obvious issue we come across is how language is constantly evolving. Touching on this topic for a bit, language evolves in part due to people thinking a different or derivative sound makes more sense or is easier to speak. Even the most fluent speaker of English would have to re-learn the language should they travel back a meager 400 to 500 years. With this in mind, what’re the chances that such a future generation would even have a noticeably different language? Something to also keep in mind is the written side of our modern languages.
For someone like myself it seems nearly inconceivable that in this country of ours there are people who aren’t able to read/write, not due to some form of disability but simply because they have not learned to. In a post apocalyptic scenario however, what’s more important? Which plants/animals are edible or how to read ‘Do Not Consume’? It’s likely that in an effort to survive, written communication will fall (at least temporarily) to the wayside, to be replaced by something potentially unrecognizable. Something else to consider would be the devastation on all of our written works, especially over time. So again, how would we communicate with our descendants? To answer this would require a lot of speculation but I recently came across a book that attempts to answer such a question in its own way. Graham Hancocks ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ (I highly recommend it) is more focused on a potentially forgotten era of human history. In our own focus I would like to draw the attention of the reader to Chapter 28, which attempts to teach about precession. The precession of the earth to be more exact and how Earth’s precession relates to various mythologies around the world. Taking this into account the author states “…serious & intelligent people devised a system for veiling the technical terminology of an advanced astronomical science behind everyday language of myth.”
For those who aren’t aware of what precession is, a quick Google result gives us the following:
“The slow movement of the axis of a spinning body around another axis due to a torque (such as gravitational influence) acting to change the direction of the first axis. It is seen in the circle slowly traced out by the pole of a spinning gyroscope.”
Basically, from a persons perspective on Earth, precession can be seen over the course of thousands of years through use of stellar constellations. It can be said that we’re currently in the ‘Age of Pisces’ (where the sun rises in the section of sky also occupied by the constellation Pisces). Why is this important though? It is important due to its reliability. It takes approximately 25,776 years to complete a full precessional cycle where the sun will rise in each constellation for 2148 years. For those who are curious, the next age is Aquarius. But again, why is this important?
To go back to ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ a way that is proposed is the language of precession & using it in the construction of megalithic structures. By now it has been well documented that the great pyramids align themselves with Orion’s belt. It should be of no surprise that this same phenomenon can be seen in other ancient wonders. Regardless of which ancient wonder you look at or study, you begin to notice some very peculiar things. Things like (taking the great pyramid as an example) the precise nature of its measurements. The exact 52 degree slope & how each side to this angle can be calculated to represent an exact scale model of the northern hemisphere 1:43,200 times. Could this be our own ancestors speaking to us, trying to teach us an unwritten language? More importantly if this is the case, should we be making efforts to do something similar?
The written word will undoubtedly become unrecognizable & the people of today don’t seem very concerned with building monuments to align with the stars, so what can be passed down from us to them that could withstand the erosion of time? Perhaps carefully constructed mythology could be the answer to this problem? There are few people around who don’t know of the ancient gods Zeus & Thor or of famous Heroes such as Hercules or Maui. What if we adapted such a technique to instead teach things like basic sciences? By no means were our ancestors any less intelligent than we are today. I believe that our modern technology has made a great many of us arrogant & self entitled. That’s possibly a big contributor to the state of the world & its current problems. What if those stories we learned as myth had a greater purpose, one that had ties to these megalithic structures we thought were created by power-hungry humans with simple tools?
The precise inclusion of lengths of time in the format of a myth will often go over looked but as Graham Hancock has discovered, a double take may be in order. Stories (especially good ones) tend to stick around longer than boring & lengthy scientific truths. Would it be worth our time & effort to start teaching our own children how to interpret new ‘myths’ laced with as many facts about fundamental scientific truths as we could fit? If successful, would this be the tip of the iceberg for future generations to discover our own monoliths that could show how to advance technology at a rate of generations instead of thousands of years? And even if it did take thousands of years, how do we keep such valuable knowledge in pristine condition for when those future peoples are ready to receive it? These questions may never be answered, or perhaps it is already too late to answer them.