Monday, January 13, 2014

The Forgotten Dreams of Natural History

What Dreams Have Been?

It was Horace who wrote "Brave men were living before Agamemnon."

It reminds one that there were countless unknown brave and wise persons in history that we have never heard of and who existed many years before our known historical figures. Before the global rise of our Abrahamic religions there were pagans wrestling and thinking on levels that would not be matched until several centuries later. Brave and wise human beings were living and thinking with vigor and insight well before our current religions dominated. The great Democritus, Diogenes the Cynic, Socrates, Epicurus, and Heraclitus were lighting flames in the mind of mortals prone to dark superstition. And even before them the Eastern force of human thought was burning in places like China and Mesopotamia. With the Chauvet Cave,  brave and thoughtful humans were even living well before our known civilizations.

National Geographic: The interior of France’s Chauvet Cave, decorated by humans some 32,000 years ago with lifelike images of the animals with whom they shared the landscape. It reveals the oldest known figurative paintings in the world.

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