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Two Steps Forward……

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Introduction

Two Steps Forward...... It cannot be argued that humankind's recent history has been fraught with change; sometimes cataclysmic and other times, gradual. At points, humans have fought against change with a vehemence rarely unsheathed, yet at others they have welcomed change with open arms as it meant an end to tyranny or oppression. When humans resist the forces of change it can generally be attributed to an attack on a fundamental set of beliefs, which define the lives of those who would be changed. The ebb and flow of belief systems across the Middle East and Europe over the last few millennia provide ample examples of the natural human cynicism and self-riotous attitudes, which lead to violence when challenged. Belief systems are a natural psychological constructs which have allowed humans and their leaders the luxury of putting aside fundamental questions regarding history, death, nature, social relationships among others, not the least of which is the question of why do we exist? These constructs allowed the newly conscious and inquisitive humans the luxury of avoiding the inevitable frustration of ignorance. The frustration, if left to fester, would become torment, and eventually spiral into anarchy, as others in the society would be forced to lose that battle as well. The problem is that these constructs become entrenched in the very fabric of the society they were meant to dupe. The people who were meant to administer the symbols of these constructs develop a vested interest in them and their continuation. It's apparent that the bulk of the belief systems referred to are reflected in religious organizations, which have existed in one form or another as far back as humans have recorded. These organizations purport to have all the answers regarding the nature of existence; how to live your life, what to do, what not to do, and so on. The social hierarchy that dominates these structures is indicative of the natural inequality that exists between humans who first chose to define themselves and their less noble counterparts. ...read more.

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He believed that the maps constituted hard evidence of a civilization that had mapped the earth accurately and comprehensively before 4000 B.C. He furthermore offered that this civilization must have achieved a great level of technical sophistication. 6 Under the auspices of conventional wisdom, humans did not develop the technical sophistication to accurately measure the longitude of trans oceanic trips until 1761 when the chronometer constructed for a contest by English clock maker John Harrison was first proven. The maps predate the Harrison chronometer by more than two centuries and reflect perfectly the longitude of relevant landmarks. Hapgood could scarcely ignore the blatant contradictions offered by the mere existence of these maps and so accepted the only answer possible, which was that there must have been much earlier inhabitants of the earth which were capable of accomplishing such tasks. Furthermore, he concluded that these inhabitants must have been annihilated in some cataclysmic event that caused the virtual extinction of their way of life. He therefore set about defining the parameters of an event that could explain the destruction of an advanced civilization more than 6000 years ago, the most recent time the areas of Antarctica could have been mapped with the features shown.7 The theory he developed to explain this cataclysmic, civilization ending event was named Earth-crust displacement and was outlined by Albert Einstein in the forward to his book, Earth's Shifting Crust. "In a polar region there is continental deposition of ice which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth's rotation acts on these unsymmetrically deposited masses, and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth's crust over the rest of the earth's body."8 Hapgood believed that Antarctica used to be much warmer because it used to be located 2000 miles north of the Antarctic Circle. ...read more.

Conclusion

An entire nations history is at stake if the revisionists get their way. As a result of these opposing forces, the contested entrance of West's team was recinded when the E.A.O. realized what it was that they were attempting to prove. The damage was done however as West succeeded in getting his ideas to the public via NBC and a very successful documentary which more than 3 million viewers watched.15 One would have expected a paradigm shift to have occurred in the public after the releasing of such 'gravitational' information, but the unwillingness of the Egyptian authorities and the Egyptologists to accept even the possibilities of a much older Sphinx, took away the momentum from the issue and an already fickle, desensitized and cynical public quickly forgot. In this case, the forces of orthodoxy won a significant battle, but since the airing of West's documentary and the publishing of Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval's book, The Message of the Sphinx, the world has changed. With the advent and success of the internet, information dissemination is now beyond regulation. It is said that once something makes it onto the internet, it is impossible to destroy. Conceivably speaking, another incident like the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria could not happen since information is now decentralized to the extreme. It also means that the information regarding this issue will never go out of print or become unavailable. In other words, 'the truth is out there'. A Short Trip to Left Field 1 Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods (Toronto, Ontario:Doubleday, 1995) pp. 1-14. 2 Ibid.,p.4. 3 Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods (Toronto, Ontario:Doubleday, 1995) p15. 4 Ibid,p.16. 5 Ibid,p.18 6 Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods (Toronto, Ontario:Doubleday, 1995),p.5. 7 Ibid,p.466. 8 Ibid,p.466. 9 Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods (Toronto, Ontario:Doubleday, 1995),p.9 10 Ibid,p.466-69. 11 Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods (Toronto, Ontario:Doubleday, 1995) Pp.461-470 12 Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock, The Message of the Sphinx, (Toronto, Ontario:Doubleday, 1996)p.15. 13 Ibid,p.19 14 Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock, The Message of the Sphinx, (Toronto, Ontario:Doubleday, 1996)p.19. 15 Ibid,pp15-18. 11 ...read more.

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