Being at the forefront of time means we are gifted the benefit of hindsight, and frequently, we cast our eyes back to the almost laughable incompetence of our out-dated ancestors. What is not often deliberated is just as those of previous eras are inept in many fields, we too will be considered crass by the society of the future. The vast knowledge base we utilize today has been established through experimentation; no cheat sheet was handed to humans, at the cornerstone of our development sits trail and error.
George Orwell wrote, ”Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it”. Hubris is a common denominator throughout civilization and has fuelled the saliency current generations feel over those previous. If the world of the future was available for observation, what could be the matters we’re selectively ignoring which make our supreme generation look puerile to forthcoming societies? Is the best step forward to start by looking back?
A Distorted Timeline
History chronicles the development of civilization and is an indispensible element in conceptualizing humanity. The current timeline has been pieced together from material scattered across the globe, refined by specialists and sanctioned as truth, yet, what if what if we are missing integral portions of information? What if our chronology is faulty?
In Fingerprints of the Gods, Grahame Hancock inquires into whether there’s potentially a missing scene in the human story where a great civilization once existed, destroyed by a cataclysmic event around 12,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. When the Geologist Robet M. Shoch arrived to Egypt his trained eye gravitated to some intriguing marks along the base of The Sphinx. Knowing them to be caused by water erosion, he estimated these marks to only be present if the structure existed at least 5000 BCE, almost double the estimate provided by Egyptologists. Both these individuals faced severe criticism for showcasing their information, yet, it wasn’t until the discovery of Gobekli Tepe did their theories have unequivocal proof of their prospective legitimacy. Dating back to over 12,000 years, the imposing structures required advanced engineering to be erected; something thought to be impossible by the apparent hunter-gathers living in the area at that time.
In 2019, Greece discovered it was the home of the oldest human fossils in Europe. The Apidema skull fragment is dated to 210,000 years old, the find meaning at least some modern humans must have left Africa at least 50,000-70,000 years prior to the sanctioned narrative. Whatever the timeframe may be when we left Africa the world’s geology was different, the coastline around into the Middle East and Europe was over 200ft back from where it currently sits today. All the data from the tribes hugging the coastline, the most logical travel route, have been lost and we are left to extrapolate about this epoch’s humans from fragments of hill tribe sapiens, small pieces of evidence constructing a prodigious theory.
Everyone is privy to the existence of Neanderthals but hardly anyone knows of the new subgroup of the homo genus found in Russia. How does the Homo denosovian fit into the certified human story? With the assistance of novel utensils information continues to surface challenging the authorized account of us, to believe our timeframe, above all others, will be the gold standard in 1000, let alone 100 years, is utterly farcical.
The Prohibited Medicines
In the West we’ve been indoctrinated into the idea of progress and its unquestionable advantages to human life. This mindset has led to the dismantling of culture and the gutting of communities, natives taking the brunt of force. Indigenous cultures have an innate connection to Gaia and adhere to her demands; their relationship with the flora and fauna is not one of abuse, but rather reverence and admiration. Some of these plants, particularly throughout the Americas and Asia, deliver a psychedelic effect modifying the participant’s perception of reality; in presence of a Sharman, these ceremonies are integral to the wholesome maturation of a community member.
In our civilized, progressive, free, democratic societies, with very few exceptions, we are not legally allowed to choose whether we want to engage with the “Spirit Realm”, meaning they are more regularly done recreationally than transcendently. Psychedelics are not like other drugs; they provide an alternate view of reality and, according to the teachings of Sharman’s, give lessons essential to grasping both the material and spiritual aspects of life.
These chemicals were not only ingested in native land, but also at the birthplace of democracy. The Eleusinian mysteries were an initiation every Hellenic citizen had the right to attend once in their life. At the festival, the participants would drink a brew called Kykeon, assumed to contain barley with the psychoactive ingredient ergot, the same fungus used to synthesise LSD. After thousands of years of operation the mysteries fell out of favour from the ruling Roman Empire, the tradition’s relevance lost as the last Pagan Emperor died and the Goths laid waste to the sacred sites.
It’s clear we have been using mind-altering substances for millennia, however, since the sweeping war on drugs the public have been deprived of temporarily modifying their reality with “illegal” substances. Although we are currently constrained there is hope, and potentially we’re at the start of the transition from being juveniles to adults in the eyes of our descendants.
MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) work with Veterans to help them overcome their PTSD. With the use of MDMA, Psilocybin (psychoactive component in psychedelic mushrooms) and counselling they have had an 80% success rate with their patients, five times above the average clinical trail success rate. The AIMS Institute also use psilocybin to assist those with terminal illnesses come to terms with their corporal demise, helping them not only live better but, following a core aspect of philosophy, die well.
When the future inhabitants of earth look back on history possibly this is an important moment where psychedelic studies are recommenced, and as the world falls into chaos these substances could coalesce it back together.
The Inevitable Threshold Breach
The most obvious and imminent of problem facing our planet is climate change, the world is at crisis levels and maybe it’s time to consider or even accept we will go over the 2°C limit, and implement action for damage mitigation rather than mere prevention. Major factors to consider are the continual rising population, the vast disparity of wealth and the insatiable appetite and power held by oligarchs.
Last year alone saw a net increase of nearly 92 million people into the world, a 1.22% surge on the 7.5 billion the earth must already feed. Again, the engrained idea of progress makes society see this beneficially as they’re more players to join in the game, but if a very large country is joining the world every year huge amounts of additional resources are required to provide the necessities of life.
The rising population is greatly influenced by the inequality of wealth rampant throughout the globe. Starved of education, medicine and opportunity, citizens of the developing world recurrently have multiple children to help with the demands of living and ensure their cared for as they grow older.
Even if we are able to curtail population with methods like a living wage and birth control, what makes us believe the powers at be will happily lose revenue for the sake of the environment? The more people we have the more energy is required, and even if we switch to renewable energy it won’t stop resources being mined because the pool of energy expands as the demand dictates. Why do you think nearly all the major oil companies are investing in renewable energy? It’s not from love of planet but power. The wealth disparity also isolates those fortunate from life on the ground where the real effects of climate change are and will be felt.
It’s crazy this issue has become a political debate rather than objective truth, but it’s not so difficult to see the benefits in doubling down on an opinion, although against scientific proof, one’s team supports. When speaking of damage mitigation it doesn’t mean to stop our preventive research and give up, rather shift portions of focus onto issues which will be overwhelming in the coming years like refugees, malnutrition and disease.
After the recent New York U.N. Climate Action Summit it’s clear there’s not going to be immediate action, therefore research should be commenced into the likely catastrophes and their global affects. Ideally we would not be too late, but if we haven’t severely reduced our trauma on the earth by now, what are the chances of us doing so in the prescribed 12 years until we’re past the event horizon?
Each generation looks at itself with glee at the marvels of modern society, yet just as the Romans thought the Goths were heathens for wearing pants, we too will find our ideas laughed and jeered at. There are really an innumerable amount of prospective areas we are overlooking, and the hindsight we currently enjoy is what the future will judge us off. It appears clear we are living in a time of great change and the foundations of society could very well be shattered within the coming centuries, if not decades.
Even if we can’t stop the snowball civilization began thousands of years ago we can do our best to orientate it to a more native direction, one where the planet is lived with not domineered and future generations will see us as competent occupies of this benevolent planet.
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