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Certain myths upon which our society is founded perpetuate lesser myths which, whole being no less true, can be much more harmful.  The biggest myth of all is our creation myth.  It is told to us almost everyday in some fashion.  Can you guess what that story is?  What is the story of how we can to be here?  How did the universe form?  How did life appear?  How did Mankind arrive on this planet?  

Now I know what you are thinking.  I went through the same thought process.  You may be thinking, "I believe in a story about the creation of the universe, the galaxy, the solar system, the earth, life, evolution, and the appearance of Mankind but it is certainly no myth!"  

Let's lay out the story and why it is indeed a myth. We will start with the discovered diary of male jellyfish written 500 million years ago. (See Ishmael by Daniel Quinn for a Socratic dialogue on the subject.)

The Diary:  

From a singular point of energy and giant explosion occurred throwing out all the matter of the universe (I am no physicist but this is how it is understood by layjellies such as myself).  This happened approx. 15 billion years ago* (give or take a few billion).  

Galaxies formed through a process of assimilation, our solar system formed in a similar process, and the earth was formed about 5 billion years ago.  At some point, amino acids and carbon elements in some biologic soup came together to form life.

There formed multi-cellular creatures, and after millions of years of evolution Jellyfish appeared!  

We are the most complex life form on the planet Earth.  Surely this has all been for our benefit.  The birth of the universe, the creation of the stars and planets, and all other life forms have evolved for us.  We have dominion over all we survey and can do whatever we like with this planet.  
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~Dominus Jellfavian 512,300,625 BC.

What if the Jellyfish had behaved as Mankind has?  What if they began to devour the world, eliminate all species not productive to the life of jellyfish, multiply beyond sustainability...

It is true that jellyfish are not as intelligent (or stupid) enough to have raped the world in such a way.  But Mankind has existed on the Earth for 3,000,000 years and did not consume or destroy the world.  

It was not even the birth of Homo Sapien Sapien that marked the beginning of the end of humanity and many many species that will become extinct due to our existence.  It was the birth of or culture, nearly 10,000 years ago, that marked the dusk of human life.  

It was then that we began telling a story that put ourselves in charge of nature.  It was 10,000 years ago that we decided to multiply without end.  That was the age in which we went to war with nature, killing everything that hindered population growth and expansion.  

The story was that we have dominion over the plants and animals of the Earth and we choose what lives and what dies.  We ate the fruit of the Tree of knowledge and believed we knew the difference between good and evil.  It has led to our seemingly imminent doom.  

The Bible says that God said that the day Adam (meaning Man) ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge that he would die the same day.  10,000 years is but a day compared to the 3,000,000 in which we have lived on this planet.  

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There are 6.5 billion humans on the planet.  We wake up everyday and consume the world as though all life evolved to serve us.  As though evolution has come to its end because guess what WE have arrived.  

It is as fictitious and idiotic as the Jellyfish proclaiming they finally appeared.  Evolution of life was not for their benefit neither is it for our benefit.  We may have lived another 3 million years on the planet if it was not for one culture in Mesopotamia that decided to take from the rest of humanity and indeed all of life whatever it wanted.  

The myth that the world is created for us and we have dominion over all life has led us on a path to destroy not only ourselves but potentially all complex life on the planet.  It is also this singular belief that is the locus for many other logical errors.  Much of human suffering flows from this fundamental cultural belief of ours.  

Listen to the hum in the background.  On television, in books, in advertisments, in sunday school...try to hear the myth being retold over and over and over again.  Once you recognize it you'll be able to spot it all the time as one does a low hum in the background.  It is a hum that has put us to sleep and made it possible to destroy the world.  

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Originally posted to michlawa2 on Sun May 17, 2009 at 04:44 PM PDT.

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  •  Uh... (1+ / 0-)
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    But Mankind has existed on the Earth for 300,000,000 years

    So the Flintstones was a documentary?

  •  Um.... source this please:) (0+ / 0-)

    The Bible says that God said that the day Adam (meaning Man) ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge that he would die the same day.

    Whose marriage do we get to vote on next?

    by cany on Sun May 17, 2009 at 05:10:18 PM PDT

    •  Genesis 2:17 (0+ / 0-)

      But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

      •  Thank you. So I assume that what you mean is (0+ / 0-)

        the literal die (death) versus some sort of spiritual death as in no longer immortal since you have used it in this way?

        Whose marriage do we get to vote on next?

        by cany on Sun May 17, 2009 at 05:40:26 PM PDT

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        •  I think that Genesis may have been written (0+ / 0-)

          from a different cultural perspective than ours.  

          For example, the story of Cain and Abel.  God favors the hunter over the farmer.  The farmer, Cain, slays Abel, the hunter.  

          These stories in Genesis may have been from a culture that understood the danger in eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; that is to say, believing that you are the decider between who lives and who dies.  

          In the story of Cain and Abel, Abel may have been a hunter/gatherer tribe who was fighting the newly formed agricultural civilization to whom we are the descendants.  To those people, God favors the hunter and does not favor the farmer (who in their eyes destroys their brothers and the animals and plants in their environment).  

          It is one way to interpret Genesis literally and not concoct the spiritual explanation we generally adopt.

          If the descendants of Cain are the interpreters of the passage they clearly cannot see the meaning behind it.  They cannot find themselves at fault or their own actions as evil you see.  

          •  that's an interesting take. many assign (0+ / 0-)

            "original sin" to this passage... meaning, separation of man from God (and I say this without judgment though I don't personally subscribe to the notion).

            i would absolutely agree there are cultural aspects to all of this we cannot see or understand but I honestly do not know the cultural history of farming/hunting well enough to consider this pov or not but it is an interesting perspective.

            how then do you interpret steward v. dominion?  dominion seems to fit more in line with your thinking that does steward which is more my line of thinking.  i ask this because, as George Bush would say, one makes man "the decider" and the other does not.

            Whose marriage do we get to vote on next?

            by cany on Sun May 17, 2009 at 06:04:17 PM PDT

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            •  You should read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (0+ / 0-)

              for a brief history on when our civilization (Taker culture) collided other tribal civilizations (Leaver cultures) about 10,000 years ago.  We (Takers) began to systematically kill the tribal peoples as Cain kills Abel.  We (Takers) were agriculturists and this marks the beginning of the Agricultural revolution that still goes on today.  

              And today we (Takers) still wipe out tribal peoples all around the world.

              As for stewards I would say this.  We have been awful stewards of this planet.  Not because there is some fatal flaw in our nature (as we are told) but because it has never been our place to govern nature.

              In fact, we are here because nature did such a good job of taking care of herself. We once lived in a condition in which we were still capable of evolving and we allowed other creatures to evolve.  Now we have taken ourselves outside of nature (the garden of eden) and put life into our own hands.  

              We can no longer evolve as we are now.  200 species a day die because of our over-population/over-consumption.  We work 8-12 hrs a day while our tribal counter-parts hardly work at all (Cain orced to toil all the days of his life for slaying Abel).  This is our reward for making ourselves "stewards" of life.  

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