you think about it, history began, and Began repeating itself
as soon as it existed.
a matter of fact, it's still doing it to this day, then soon it
ends and begins all over again.
I refuse to believe it ends. Permanently. I believe that history
is a cyclical occurance which is only a part of the corporeal
existence of each individual human piece of the Universal Mind.
The building blocks to the vast panorama of history have been
standing since the beginning. Man has been described as "tribal"
and he still is.
It has also been said that if God didn't exist, then man would
have invented him.
And they did that very early in time as they knew it.
And they didn't do this until they discovered the turn of the
seasons and thought up the existence of God to explain them.
If one knew the turn of the seasons, one could plant and harvest
crops and stay in one place. The tribes settled down and raised
kids and took them to Sunday School. By now dogma had brainwashed the planet, and everybody
thought the kid with the biggest weapons would win.
Or die trying.
9:34 p.m. pdt.
an essay by Michael F. Nyiri
10/27/02 9:34 p.m.
02/19/05 5:33 p.m. pst
the beginning, it happened all over again.
There was that Big Bang.
Energy flowed into the cosmos as with a new and renewed breath
of fresh air. The air was pretty hot, and mountains rose as oceans
took forever, and after a long time, the earth cooled.
Then life shook his ugly little head.
The first animals were simple, and simply animals, and then they
got too complex for their own good. Instinct gave way to hierarchy,
and weakness gave way to strength. The fittest tended to survive.
Animals ate each other until a lot of them died off. Whole species
would disappear, and life went on. Animals ruled the spinning
orb for a while.
Man followed in their footsteps. Man evolved slowly, through many
postures and degrees of hariness, but this development was pretty
quick in the scheme of time, which kept on ticking, and of which
no creature questioned. Man looked around.
He liked what he saw, but better yet,or worse, as the case may
be, soon he got to thinking.
That was a blessing and a curse at the same time, and he crafted
his own downfall as soon as he could develop the brain power to
think about it. Man knew he possessed something the other animals
didn't have when he discovered the differences between air, earth,
water, and fire, and how to cultivate and use these "elements."
As soon as he was given a voice, he yelled, whined, and boasted.
He had a lot of questions, too.
When he wasn't naming animals, and finding the way, he was trying
to figure everything out.
If he couldn't figure it out, he owed it to a higher power. He
saw that patterns could be found in weather and time, and he could
reasonably assess trhat since he only witnessed these miracles,
but didn't understand them, that some power must be responsible
for his existence. He believed first in what he could see, feel,
hear, and touch, and then because he learned all he could by himself,
figured out that someone else must have created all of mankind
and gave him this wonderful existence. He found faith.
And he was blessed and cursed by faith.
Basically faith is pretending.
Mankind soon developed imagination.
And a sense of humor.
That was good because he would eventually foul his existence on
Earth when he found he couldn't agree with anyone else, and it's
good he can laugh about this.
Mankind revered his newfound faith, and if the people of the new
societies of man couldn't agree, then they put their faith in
their gods, whom they named and worshipped. Competing tribes of
men worshiped competing gods. Everybody thought their god was
better than anybody else's.
This basic theological and ideological difference lasted and sank
in for thousands of years.
A mere blink of geologic time's eye, but an eternity when you
only live for a century or less.
At least mankind could laugh.
Man only lived a few decades in the early part of his career on
The older men became the seers and the prophets, simply because
they remembered more, and they could gauge the truth of weather
patterns and time passages better than the younger men. Whole
tribes would revere their elders, and give them a special place
in the nascent societies of Early Man.
The seers and prophets who had the strongest understanding of
the weather cycles which allowed the societies to plant and harvest,
thereby granting sustenance for future generations, were given
the most reverence by the rest of Mankind. Eating, propagating,
elimination. These could be called instincts. But there was an
intelligence which told certain "chosen" individuals
which times were best for performing certain tasks which would
placate some of these instincts. The "higher powers"
which resulted sowed the seeds for the concept of religion. This
concept was certain to cause Man's downfall, because some societies
became larger and more powerful than others, and it became increasingly
easier for the powerful to subjugate the weaker through the tenents
of "faith" and "belief in the higher power".
God was on the side of the tribe that won the battle. Whole sets
of Gods and Goddesses were created, morphed, or fell away, as
the Warring Tribes of Conflicting Ideologies clashed, coalesced,
and through time, structured themselves into civilizations.
which were not subjugated, and didn't agree with the budding "civilizations"
and "religions", wandered off to farther and farther
areas of the Earth. Geologic time, being much slower than generations
of Mankind, eventually changed the face of the Globe after some
of these tribes had gone so far as to "fall off the Earth"
according to the pundits and scholars of "civilization",
so they were hardly missed. On their own, these "forgotten
tribes" would multiply, invent their own Gods and Goddesses,
and prosper. After an awfully long time, through many generations,
the tribes, civilizations, and groups of Men constructed great
cities and regions, found ways to route water and preserve crops,
and also found that as time went on, the early forging of religion
and godheads gave way to dogmas and catechisms. Scrolls were written
and stored. Cunieform tablets were inscribed and archived. Whole
segments of "chosen" populations were taught, propagandized,
and cajoled into becoming preachers and priests, ministers and
rabbis of the World's Religions. History begat Faith, and Faith
begat Religion. Religion begat Churches, Synagogues, and Temples.
The lynchpin in most of the Cities of Civilization was the Central
Meeting Place of Faith. In times of good fortune, when the "Gods"
smiled on Mankind, he revelled and prospered, foisting his beliefs
on coming generations. When the weather was bad, and the crops
failed, not knowing what to do, Man would resort to sacrificing
his cattle and his brethren in order that his progeny might prosper
in the future. The calendar, invented with "divine providence"
became bloodied with all the sacrificing, as bad times seemed
to occur at cyclical intervals as well as good times, and Man
began to kill himself religiously in the Name Of The Higher Power.
As Man multiplied,
and as cities and civilizations expanded across the face of the
Earth, and as new technologies created vehicles in the form of
wheeled carts and larger waterproof vessels, roads were built
between cities, and vessels traversed the World's waterways. Trade
was invented because one civilization found that another could
cultivate something the first could not. Trade routes were established
along the roads and although war and subjugation never went away,
for a while disparate races of Man were able to trade goods, establish
monetary systems, and prosper greatly. That one civilization might
worship and revere a different diety from another with which they
were trading rarely got in the way of the trade itself. Mankind
chalked it up to diversity and regional differences. Unless of
course one tribe or civilization felt cheated by what another
had cultivated. Then they would pray to their Gods of War and
just take the thing from the other tribe. Nothing much had changed
from the beginning. There were just more men, more cities, more
roads, and more problems to be solved. There were also more spoils
to be had to the victor.
trade became the basis for economy, the disparate kingdoms and
fiefdoms developed more complex monetary systems, and began to
rely upon one another. When trade "agreements" didn't
agree, wars were fought. Soon war became the greatest stimulator
to mankind, and because he always wanted to win when confronted
by his enemy, he poured his knowledge and knowhow into making
more varied and dangerous weapons.
This spurred imagination and innovation even more, enabling industries
such as crude manufacturing to prosper, and in turn spurring countless
"inventors", who refined process after process. Soon
the disparate nations could exist with or without each other,
as they traded goods and services, weapons and strategy.
"nation" would prosper above and beyond the rest, and
utilize the technology of the age to colonize and spread it's
dogmas and catechisms throughout the "civilized" world.
Utilizing religion and politics, and practicing a host of "democratic",
"autocratic", and "utopian" paradigms, the
"superpower" nation would subjugate the populace in
the areas in which it spread, and then eliminate the segments
of the populace deemed unfit, and advocate art and literature
of the "civilized" world it represented, eventually
causing the next generation indigenous population to either "become"
a member of the pax or perish.
arose in the east and in the mideast, preaching tolerance and
love for humankind, and humankind failed to tolerate these great
teachers. All "progress" advanced in the name of "God",
"science" or "fate." The bickering tribes
of mankind's recent history had only started wearing the crowns
of kings and the trappings of "society". As the "world
stage" changed it's shape on an almost weekly basis, demagogues
and dictators decided the outcome of a sometime comically tragic
strategy for existence.
aristocracies of the great nations of the world found wealth and
power easily obtainable but hard to hold onto. Backroom palace
deals occured frequently, and furtively signed and sealed missives
were sent around the known world making and breaking alliances,
forming marriages and welcoming the births of cosmopolitan kings.
The many gods of early man had morphed into an ubergod who claimed
to be responsible for the start of many competing factions of
the same religion. One teacher had been martyred and the subsequent
religion in his name eventually imprinted itself upon all of western
culture. In the east, another prophet was told by angels he was
chosen, and the minions who acted in his name battled the minions
of the other true god. The eastern religion and the western religion
soon bloodied most of the known world in thier battles, and each
side laid claim to the occupation of their shared holy numerous
times during the scuffles and wars, crusades, and crises.
In the forgotten
part of the world, across a great ocean, other civilizations built
great cities, founded great religions, and fought each other for
control of the lands which gave them sustenance. Man lived in
squalor and filth most of the time, and these conditions caused
numerous plagues and thinnings, which further changed the face
of mankind across the continents. Science and religion sought
to find answers for every disappointment and disparity, and academians
praised their knowledge and wisdom. As the years passed, the rich
got richer, and the poor suffered more despair. Kings taxed the
populace to pay for entertainment and held grand inquisitions
to ferret out the iconoclasts and freethinkers.
and manufacturing gave birth to better and more powerful weapons
than ever before. Wars which had always been gentlemanly and honorable,
became a bloody mess. The age of seafaring fostered more trade,
more colonization, more subjugation, and more riches for the ruling
parties of the world, who locked themselves behind their thick
castle doors and inbred their lines until they were all blithering
idiots unfit to rule.
But that didn't stop them.
Entreprenuers crossed the oceans looking for fame and slaves.
When new lands were colonized, the indigenous people were again
slaughtered, and man spread his sickness and insanity to the ends
of the earth. Religion couldn't help his faith anymore, as new
and better religions found their members being herded like animals
onto seafaring vessels and sent to the new world, where they wouldn't
cause any trouble.
stopped long enough to assess itself. The twin bulldozers of progress
and opportunity painted the landscape in the colors of the ruling
elite. Missionaries "spread the good word", and trading
beads for land became the laugh of the colonial culture. Trade
fueled more and more riches for the elite, and the east and west
became tolerant each other insofar as they each desired something
the other had first.
The east had gunpowder. The west developed easier ways of making
guns with interchageable parts. Art flourished under the most
dictatorial and repressive conditions, and each succeeding national
culture fed on and absorbed the cultures of those it swallowed,
and though the world seldom got along, it prospered insanely.
The world itself, living under the slower but nonetheless brutal
ticks of geoligic time, rebelled at some of man's foibles, and
every river, volcano, and sea set out to make most of man's advances
retreat for a while of so. But mankind proved more persistant
than Earth, and in no time at all, set most of the seeds for the
planet's destruction early in his stay.
great civilizations and religious powers met, clashes and wars
lasted for centuries. Some denizens of humanity questioned the
sanity of all this religious and pseudo sociological bickering,
and established far reaching think tanks which surreptitiously
spread more dogmas and catechisms into the pages of history, which
buckled painfully under the mistruths and propaganda.
As a rebirth
of artistic splendor and scientific discovery taught man that
he didn't know anything at all even after quite a few centuries
laying waste to his planet, the peoples of the earth tried to
ignore each other while praising the concept of diversity.
Eventually, the ruling class was cut off at the head, and rebellious
oppressed generations took to the streets of major capitals and
danced foolishly to the end of innocence. One by one, the majority
of kingdoms lost their rulers to democracies and political backstabbing.
As western civilization had spread to the other side of the world,
it's very foundations crumbled, and and age of even less reason
came to pass.
trade made fortunes for a select few, and ripped a complete continent's
progeny from it's shores. The new democracies in the new world
railed against oppression and inhumanity to man, as they kept
their slaves "in their place". As better transportation
was invented, civilization could travel at speeds until then unheard.
Barrelling along at the speed of ignorance, civilization began
to become more secular, but still embraced the religious faith
that had sustained it for centuries. It wrote it's own rules,
and then revised them to fit the situation at hand, insuring that
the rules would last for all time.
in the gamebook changed, and the gamebook was written by different
people, but the game remained the same. Win at all costs, and
damn anyone who gets in the way. Eventually the world itself became
embroiled in global misunderstandings and cultural skirmishes
which caused the loss of many lives. Still art and literature
thrived, and the creative criticized the status quo, but the status
quo held tightly to the pursestrings of artistic endeavor. Everything
remained balanced precariously on the edge of tragic circumstance.
Armies were trained in the latest methods of killing and torture.
The god of the moment could be seen gracing the propaganda posters
of both the righteous and the rascally. Acutely engineered genocides
and purges took the place of ritual sacrifice, but mankind still
harbored a great passion in killing himself.
technology caused most of the world peoples to be able to communicate
with each other as never before. Instead of creating dialogues
and understanding, however, the technology instead was used to
spread more lies, dogmas, and catechisms. Truth was able to coexist
with insanity and intolerance with amazing illogic. Mankind found
more insidious ways in which to kill himself, and art and literature
thrived as always, even in spite of this incongruity and inconsequence.
New prophets arose, only to be ignored. Mankind knew by now he
was doomed, and he savored popular entertainment which elaborated
his demise in numerous imaginative ways. Some prophets left the
earth prematurely, taking their sonstituency with them. Some prophets
presented the obvious, and were sorely misunderstood. The cycle
began to revolve to it's circular conclusion, and then prepared
to turn around again.