Saturday, September 3, 2022

How far back are we

 How far back are we  by Dennis Glenn Collins

1519 S. State Rd. 119 Apt. 2, Winamac, IN  46996-8550

Aug. 25, 2022  from  July 13, 2020

presentation at Starke Co. Library, Knox. IN  July 13 2020

According to the Conflict in History theory of Dennis Collins, history may more-or-less repeat as conflicts are worked out.  Thus it may be helpful to ask "How far back are we" when studying current events.  The following covers a "presentation"  at the Starke Co. Library July 13, 2020; frequently there were few or no attendees.

In 1998 I wrote something like "The main difference between Mussolini and Netanyahu is that Mussolini only wanted to turn the clock of civilizaqtion back 2000 years to the Roman Empire whereas Netanyahu wants to turn it back 3000 years to the Solomon Empire, or approximately the "invasion of the Sea Peoples" around 1000 bce.  One could also say that the ISIS Caliphate wanted to turn civilization back about 1000 years to around 1000 ce, or that Vladimir Putin wants to turn civilization back to the age of Peter the Great around 1700 ce or 300 years ago.

Recently there is also talk of returning civilization to the age of Abraham or about 4000 years ago or 2000 bce.

However there are drawbacks to turning civilization back.  In 2000 bce there was more or less absolute rule with slavery.  Even after Moses there was slavery persisting into the Roman Empire and beyond.  The idea of equal justice started more with the Romans but was not much prevalent in the age of Solomon of 1000 bce.  Thus there is baggage that comes along with turning civilization back.  Returning to the age of Abraham could also mean re-introducing slavery.  

Nowadays there is danger of turning civilization back to the tower of Babel age of about 5000 years ago or 3000 bce, with the collapse of communication systems; for example cooperation of space exploration seems to be evaporating.

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