The hunt for Human Origin, our shared quest for the true story of the demarcation point for our uplift from simple animals to reasoning beings. This quest has been consistently thwarted through the ages by religious dogma and repression of scientific thought.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about these things as of late, I have even broke out some religious writings and my old copy of The Cosmos by Carl Sagan, and am concreting some ideas I’ve been playing with.
One - Most people of this Earth believe that we sprang from the earth:
- Odinistic - Odin and his brothers packed the hollow cores of logs from a pair of beached Ash and Elm trees with sand and loam, Odin then blew breath upon them and Man and Woman were created. (pretty freaking cool, if’n you ask me)
- Christian, Judaism and Islamic - God created Man from clay, then created Woman from a stolen rib of his first creation. (sounds kind of like Medical Experimentation to me)
- Many Native American Tribes - Have a variation of this theme; The first tribes of the Earth emerged from the inside of the ground itself. (or as Ducki aptly put it “the earth birthed the first tribes” - Thanks Ducki!)
- Secular Scientific - Has proved that we share 99% DNA with Chimps
My Acceptance of our terrestrial origin should be clear… If not, Yes I have a strong idea that; We Are From The Earth!
Two - Most People of this Earth believe in some form of “Higher Power” and have rules and traditions that govern their lives. (This is where the trouble starts.)
- Odinistic - There are many traditional rules for an Odinist. For example; To become a hero in the Odinistic tradition a warrior seeks out a stronger opponent, engages that opponent in close combat (hand-to-hand or blade combat), and seeks no advantage (use of magik or poison) over that opponent.
- Christian, Judaism, and Islamic - There are numerous rules and regulations that the One True God lays down on it’s followers. The ones that stick-out in my mind is the food restrictions. (Like the One God give a Rat’s Ass what any one human consumes on any one day… Right)
- Many Tribal Peoples from around the World - Their beliefs restrict an individuals travel and settlement by making geographical locations sacred and taboo.
- Secular Scientific - Even scientists have standard practices and procedures that allow for the proofing of theory with the thought of the repeatability of experimentation
Point two reflects the need for human social structures to create rules to govern the lives of a population. This I can also accept - to a limit though. When folks want their rules to bleed-over into other groups, that is where one of the limit lines would be, for me.
Three - Many people of the world believe that their gods (or agents of their god ) actually walk the earth and interact with Mortal Humans in some form or another.
- Odinistic - Odin is said to cloak himself in human garb and interact with us: King Hrolf Kraki had an encounter with a one-eyed old farmer upon his return to his kingdom after a successful heroic campaign against his Swedish rival King Adils - the hooded farmer greats the Danish King and congratulates the king on his victory and the bravery of his warriors, and then offered the king weapons and assistance. King Kraki declined the offer out-of-hand… only later to realize that the old farmer was Odin, and the King’s doom was set. One does not offend Odin without repercussions.
- Christian, Judaism, Islamic - The whole Burning bush dealio
- Native American Tribalist - The gods of nature surround them… and even take the form of animals for communication perposes
- Secular Scientific - Many scientists are working on experimentation that could be loosely described as “Translating the language of the Universe”.
Point three I can give some credence to… but as far as the last thousand years or so they Gods have seemed to abandoned us to our own devises.
Four - Mono-theism has been a repressive force over scientific endeavor (the hunt for our origin especially) for many ages and the hold that religious fanatics had over science is only recently begun to break.
- Giordano Bruno (16th century Roman Catholic Scholar) - Burned at the stake as a heretic for espousing that the universe was made up of an infinite number of worlds, and many were inhabited.
- Johannes Kepler (16th century Protestant seminarian and school teacher) - A brilliant mathematician that worked out the geometry of the solar system (specifically: the math that explained the motion of the planetary bodies), and all the while having to reconcile the truths he was finding against established dogma. His 74y.o. mother, Katharina Kepler was accused of witch craft - about the time Kepler wrote one of the first “Sci-Fi” novels in the world called The Dream. Science Fiction was a new concept in that day (to say the least) and the book was used as evidence at Katharina’s trial. He successfully defender his mother, this was all happening during the Thirty Years War. Kepler was eventually excommunicated for stubbornly holding on to his theories and died soon after. His gravesite was obliterated by the fighting during the Thirty Years War.
- We all know the Galileo story - Imprisoned and threatened with True Torture (not that pussy-whinny water-in-the-face clap-trap… nope we be speaking of Hot Pokers up the Bum style torture) if he did not retract and refute his heretical thoughts. (Shame on those pucker-butts)
Point four is pretty freaking apparent!
Five - this is not a point, but a question… If we were created (be it a genetic engineering uplift procedure or some fuzzy-nutted omnipotent deity), why were we created?
- Odinistic - We are a partner race to the Gods - Human Warriors will eventually fight at Odin’s side in the final battle called Ragnarok. (I like that, sounds like fun)
- Christian, Judaic, Islamic - The One True God’s plan is an eternal mystery (yeah, that instills confidence)
- Zakaria Sitchin - Puts forth the hypothesis that an alien race came a calling on our fair planet and uplifted apes to human beings… for the purpose of mining gold and other slave type work. (This explains the Human affinity for Gold)
I can’t say why we were created, but I have ideas…
Ok four points identified and explored (with a quick question thrown in)… Ideas are solidifying but I must say the Gods of my Volk kind of irritate me (but like America - sure there may be problems, but it is still the best country on the planet - They are the best Gods to honor ) I think the Gods of Asgard abandoned the planet long ago but so did the other Gods… allowing a cult to a distasteful desert deity to raise up in the vacuum. I also have the idea that we humans became more powerful and began to understand the tech of the Gods , so they may have felt a bit threatened by their creations (another cool thought).
No Matter how Irritated I get with the Gods of Old… I will continue to honor their legacy (such that it is) not only because they are the Gods of my blood, but they are also the only deities that I have come across in my comparative religious reading that do not want their Human Partners to Bow, Beg, Grovel at the base of their thrones. They just may have been one of many alien races fighting over this planet 100,000 years ago, who knows? Odin, Thor, Freyja, Loki, Tyr are all just way more fun to follow than Mono-theistic One True God and the overblown soap-opera screenplay known as the Bible/Torah/Koran that accompany that belief system - that is clear to me.
Besides how can any Warrior follow a weak Demi-God (the product of a God and a Mortal) prophet, Jesus - and his absentee Father Yahweh who allowed a bunch of unwashed assholes nail “his” boy to a big wooden cross (Mono-theism is even worse when one considers the Islamist views on some things). Oh but he sure could burn Sodom & Gomorrah to the ground because the people there followed their hungers - Pathetic! At least that is my read on the situation.