To each their own.
However, some things have been lost in the obscurity of the past.
Things that should not have been forgotten – especially considering how widely influential they are in regards to how they affect the current state of our collective consciousness.
For the past most certainly bears importance, regardless of how far back in antiquity it resides.
So without further ado, down the rabbit hole we go!
Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.
Hypatia of Alexandria was an impressive woman who brought much to the table in regards to aiding humanity’s development in a time when it was common for neighbors to raid each other for cups of sugar.
Even famous famous peeps like Socrates Scholasticus revered her in high regards as one who far surpassed all the philosophers of her time.
(somewhere from 350ish to 415 C.E.)
Plato and Aristotle were additionally said to have sought her expertise!
So what was she most famous for?
Mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, and more.
In fact, her editing of the work entitled On the Conics of Apollonius led to the development of simpler methodology for understanding hyperbolas, parabolas, and ellipses.
In other words dear reader, Hypatia was a badass woman who even had men of antiquity seek her council to expand their understanding of how the universe functions. Not to mention the fact she furthered the field of mathematics for those who followed to advance our species through technological innovation.
However, the church did not hold her in high regard because she said things like this:
So it’s safe to say Hypatia and the church did not see eye to eye.
But just take a second to think about those words in the context of the time period and you’ll understand how courageous she was.
For the church was expanding at this point in history, and with it – power and influence were gained.
Bishop Cyril of Alexandria sought to silence Hypatia and expel competing Christian factions, Jews, and pagans alike from the city to establish a strong foothold for personal advancement.
(obtaining influence and power through political and religious means)
Typical – let’s be honest.
Cyril eventually succeeded by starting fights between various Christian factions and other peoples in the city.
Long story short – Hypatia was surrounded by an angry mob of Christians who proceeded to drag her to a church prior to ripping her clothes off. The barbarians then carved into her flesh with broken shards of pottery before burning or scattering the remains throughout the city.
Bishop Cyril was eventually Sainted by the church for his work, even though he tried to bury his distasteful actions for a time by claiming Hypatia left for Athens.
So the accusations of her practicing witchcraft to instill fear into the populace had nothing to do with her death…
This author has never understood how humanity can be so base when it comes to judging those who have differing viewpoints.
For why should a religious zealot be instilled with fear simply by hearing another’s words?
Oh that’s right – because words are powerful and can lead one astray from the flock which offers security and comfort.
Now this author was raised under the Presbyterian umbrella, and thus he understands where religious folks come from in regards to their inner response to hearing such heresies.
It all comes down to this.
THE WORLD WOULD LOOK JUST FINE IF EVERYONE ADOPTED THE VIEWS THAT DICTATE THE MANNER IN WHICH I LIVE MY LIFE.
Or something along those lines.
If only everyone just followed Jehovah…
If only everyone just bowed before Allah…
If only everyone just obeyed Krishna…
Well sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s not how the world works.
Because all sorts of groups are marching to the same tune with different instruments.
I.e. everyone is asking for the same things:
a life of plenty – a life worth living
a sense of belonging – a sense of purpose
Peace and Harmony
Buuuut they’re all wasting their time arguing over who’s wrong and who’s right.
Oh but that’s just the devil filling your head with lies and deceit!
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
For those of you who caught it, y’all be like
But Jehovah be like:
Worry not because you’re safe with this author.
For those who didn’t catch it – the world and its peoples were unified at one time, although Jehovah came down and confused everyone so humanity couldn’t reach the heavens above.
Once again, what does God need with a starship?
Why did he feel the need to sever the connections humanity established in order to rise above their suffering?
Why did he fear humanity’s ascent to the stars above?
This author could very well be wasting breath by asking such questions, although one’s attention is grabbed when another life is torn apart limb from limb for having challenged an authoritative figure…
It all comes down to this point:
Practices and belief systems do not cause harm themselves, however those who act upon them can most certainly wreak havoc as if the dogs of war were set loose upon the world at large.
Hypatia was a an extraordinary woman of intellect and intrigue alike.
Unfortunately her life was ended by a group of rabid animals who failed to see the wisdom in her teachings.
All because their minds were saturated with fear.
Fear of punishment.
Fear of damnation.
Thank you for your contributions to the world at large.
Ladies and gents, let’s get stoned…
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