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When your worldview is led by a cultural reading of the Bible, believing that man in general is the most superior being in the Universe, that thinking leads to a separation from the rest of nature; thinking that the world and universe revolves around humans, because this creation was all made by a supernatural God, supposedly just for man.
If the title “God’s chosen people” can be claimed to be your ancestry, either by blood or spiritual “adoption”, and placed with the nowadays understanding of creation stories and presumed image of God, that makes a Christian (or whoever else tries to claim the title,) pretty special! It makes you a son or daughter of the King! And even those who love or protect you will be blessed the Bible says!
Many Atheists, sometimes including myself, have sought to discredit Christianity and those “fool enough” to still believe in it by looking at the stupid sheep in mainstream Christianity for their sources of ammo. While there is no shortage of them in mainstream Christianity, those aren’t the intellects in Christianity. Honestly, the Bible has much good in it, that when properly understood, from a historical or non-embittered perspective, it makes a lot of sense. (At least as much as any ancient text can.)
Insecure Atheists and agnostics want to throw out the Bible as all fairy tale, so that they don’t have to believe any of it is not fairy tale. . .I think that this “all or nothing” mentality is bound to “throw the baby out with the bathwater.” The understanding we can glean from the Bible about our origins isn’t as whacked out as we may first think . ..
Let’s go over what that ancient text actually tells us of our beginning. First God said, “let US make man in our OUR image “(Genesis 1:26).
Christian’s think of God as 3 persons, or “The trinity”, so that’s why it seems logical to them to say that He is one God, and yet speaks as a group. . .the logic of which reasoning is rarely questioned of course. The only problem with that belief is that there is really very little evidence for a monotheistic belief in history. It was unheard of before the Old testament. So that in itself seems suspicious if those closer to the creation and Noah stories (similar in just about every culture of the world) wouldn’t have gotten their stories a little more clearly, then those further removed. . . do we really have the gall to think we know about God better then those who spoke directly to him/them?!
Without the Holy Spirit part of God in existence, (which is easily explained away as something of the conscience BTW) the Israelites would have had no call to say that “God” speaking as “US” and “OUR” was a reference to more then one person of the “Godhead” speaking in that verse, because most of the Jews didn’t apparently embrace the coming Messiah as God. . .
The Catholic church clearly added the “Holy Spirit” concept to make up for that issue. In 1 John 5:7 it seems to be clearly stating that God is not only father, like all the other cultures claim, but that the son, Jesus, (“begotten not created”) and the very unclear Spirit are one. There, problem solved! The verse goes like this. “For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.”
When you take out the added “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”, the Jews of the time are left with “God” speaking to or for a group of people, not being one. . .That verse is the only and clearest verse in the Bible regarding the Holy Trinity, yet it is missing in many modern versions like the NIV, NASB, RSV, NRSV and Jehovah witness versions.
It is not found in the Greek manuscripts and for this reason it should not be included in the Bible.
So was the “us” and “our” way of speaking that “God” always used just a way royals use to talk, as some have said? Or was it possibly a group of peers he was talking to, as nearly every other ancient culture gave reference to with their concepts of many “gods”? And if so, do we now have to consider all the ancient texts in their writings of their gods as on par with the Christians rendering of God? Are they talking of the same ones?
Maybe we can find out by looking more closely at some of the most tricky and misunderstood verses in the Bible, and cross reference a little. . .So, besides the gods, the Bible also speaks of “sons of God” or “Angels” being in the beginning. Can we look at the ancient understanding of those terms to find some enlightenment on why the break off from many gods, to one? First, some context: “The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and took them wives, all of which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men [had sexual relations with them], that they bare CHILDREN to them, the same became MIGHTY MEN which were of old, men of renown” (Gen.6:1-4).
The Apocrypha, which was a highly respected part of the Bible up until the last few hundred years when it’s many implications were misunderstood as myth. Enoch 6:2 of the Apocrypha is a parallel passage to those very tricky verses in the Bible. Enoch puts it this way, “And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.'”
Enoch also removes any doubt that the giants were the children of these “unholy” unions. Further, it is a fascinating read as it describes the angels, their children, and the punishments meted out on them. Enoch’s translation into heaven (which he came back from to write the book of Enoch) is also described in great detail and takes very little imagination to interpret what happened to him. . .
In Bible college they bring up the difficulty of interpreting Genesis 6 and yet I wonder why the book of Enoch is never brought into the discussion, as it fills in all the gaps. I highly suggest checking it out online!
I will take the viewpoint that was widely held in the world of the first century CE, and was supported by Flavius Josephus, Philo, Eusebius and many of the “Ante-Nicene Fathers,” including Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Athenagoras and Commodianus: the terms “angels”, “sons of God”, and “the children of heaven” are synonymous in these two passages.
Also, the Bible verses talking about “the sons of God”(otherwise understood as “Angels” or the “children of Heaven”) usually spoke of them coming from the heavens, which was always just referring to “above”. . . showing either their poor understanding of space and the solar system (for more on this, check out my post called A flat Earth teaching in a perfect book), or the Bible just means they came from the sky, or from a “mountain of God”, as every other depiction of the gods of other previous cultures. Enoch describes these “children of heaven” as “descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon,” which seems to imply from the sky to the mountain to lower elevations.
The Bible also speaks of “the Holy mountain of God” trembling and fire coming from the top of it. This is consistent with other ancient texts depictions of their gods living on the tops of mountains in their houses. For instance, the gods at mount Olympus in Greek mythology certainly sound suspiciously familiar to the tales in the Bible.
These “Angels” having to “come down” often leads to the speculation of the “Angels” being “fallen” from these high places to have come down to the women, but there is no reference to them being in disfavor with God or the gods on the mountain, or in the sky before they started mingling with the woman.” The Bible speaks of Satan giving a report to these “God(s)” : And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” He certainly didn’t seem to be doing any harm, but he was apparently watching man.
“I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven.
- are ‘holy angels who watch’ (20:1)
- are of the higher class of angels like the archangels, cherubim and seraphim,
- are ‘the eternal watchers’ (41:1) in the presence of God
- belong to the Great Holy One (12:3)
- do not sleep but stand before the glory of God (39:12, 61:12, 71:7)
- never depart from the Great One (14:23)
- are known as “sons of heaven” (6:2; 13:8; 14:3)
- have been given the secrets of the heavens (9:6; 16:3)
- are appointed to fulfill certain duties (20:1-8)
These Angels who “fell”, bound themselves by an oath to leave “heaven” and descend to earth to marry the daughters of earth (Enoch 6:3-5). The Watchers also teaching the people on earth the “eternal secrets that are performed in heaven” (9:6). The dastardly wicked art of making metal weapons, arts, crafts, incantations, astrology, cosmetics and bracelets (8:1-4)
The concept of Heaven being in a mystical realm with only perfect spirit beings living in perfect bliss kind of gets thrown out when you read that “weapons”, “incantations” (which was apparently well looked on then)”astrology” and such frivolities as make up and jewelry is in “Heaven”. . .as that obviously doesn’t fit in with the picture that has evolved of Heaven, the church threw it out. It is nonetheless consistent with other ancient texts.
Back to the “Watchers” or the so called “fallen” angels: they are so filled with shame that they cannot speak or raise their eyes to heaven. (1 Enoch 13:5)
- they follow the “eyes of whoredom” (2:16)
- they “walked in the stubbornness of their hearts”, following their own ways and rejecting God’s commandments (2:17-18)
So who were these “sons of God” or “Angels” in Genesis 6:1-4? There have been several suggestions as to who they were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants.
The three primary views on the identity of “the sons of God” are 1) they were “fallen” angels, 2) they were powerful human rulers, or 3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels (Job 1:6;2:1; 38:7). A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry.
The weakness of views 2) and 3) is that ordinary human males marrying ordinary human females does not account for why the offspring were “giants” or “heroes of old, men of renown.” Further, why would God decide to bring the flood on the earth (Genesis 6:5-7) when God had never forbade powerful human males or descendants of Seth to marry ordinary human females or descendants of Cain? The oncoming judgment of Genesis 6:5-7 is linked to what took place in Genesis 6:1-4. Only the marriage of “fallen” angels with human females would seem to justify such a harsh judgment.
When the Bible speaks of “sons of god” who consorted with “the daughters of men”, it is looked on very unfavorably. These Angels were not allowed to return to Heaven for this act. These giants are referred to in Hebrew as “nephilim.” The word “giants” means the following, from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible#5303:
nephiyl (nefeel’); or nephil (nefeel’); from 5307; which means properly a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant.
NEPHILIM, a word of uncertain meaning (Genesis 6:4; Numbers 13:33), (NIV, NEB, NASB, RSV translations), translated as giants by the KJV and NKJV. Some scholars believe . . . were descended from famous rulers, outstanding leaders, and mighty warriors who lived before the Flood.
The Bible speaks of these Nephilim before the flood as being wicked and full of evil, so God planned to destroy these giants with a flood. Again, this is described in The Book of Enoch.
Only Noah and his family had a pure bloodline from Adam the Bible tells us and consequently was given a warning about the impending flood to wipe out the wicked giants, whereas, the giants were not told.
The Bible puts it this way, “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Gen.6:9). God told Noah in Gen. 6:18 “But with thee will I establish my covenant.”
The rest of mankind had become corrupted through intermarriage with the “Angels”.
The giants survived the flood though, as we see them again in Num.13:32-33 as the sons of Anak. “And there we saw the GIANTS, the sons of Anak, which come of the GIANTS: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight” (The word for “giants” here is the same word used in Genesis 6:4 — the Nephilim.) Obviously, therefore, some of them lived after the Flood.
It was for the destruction of these giants, (Nephilim) that the sword of Israel was apparently necessary, as the Flood had been before.” Because the god(s) were not interested in having a world of violence again, but wanted to start fresh with Noah, who was apparently a true “son of God”, whatever that meant. . .
The Rephaim were another name for the descendants of the giants which existed after the Flood. Moses also talks of the land of Moab saying, “That also was accounted a land of giants; GIANTS dwelt therein in old time. . . the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead” Deut.2:20-21
God clarifies though that, “It is not because of your [The Israelite’s or God’s chosen people’s] righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 9:5
The Scriptures tell us that young David slew Goliath (whose name means “an exile”) a giant over 9 feet tall! He was probably a descendant from the ancient Rephaim, of whom a remnant took refuge among the Philistines making him stand out because he was an exile in the land. (Deut.2:20-21; II Sam.21:22).
The Anakim (‘anna -‘keem)- another race of giants descended from the Angels are mentioned ten times in the Bible, Duet 1:28, 2:10, 2:11, 2:21, 9:2, Josh. 11:21, 11:22, 14:12, 14:15, and Joshua 47:5. There were nearly a dozen different races of Giants during the time of Israel’s captivity in Egypt. . .
If these many groups of (up to 30 foot) giants or tall men of legend were real, then they were likely not only in the middle east, but also associated earlier with Africa, (more specifically Egypt), which would give a plausible explanation for the problem which has for ages perplexed engineers: that being, how those huge stone pyramids, temples and monuments were built. . . .”
Giants are also a common tale in areas of Europe, and believed to be the origin of the Greek legends of “demi-gods” “Giant-legends of this class are common in Asia too, where the big and “stupid” giants would seem to have been barbaric tribes.”
The Giants were apparently experiments of the Angels gone wrong, a product of their uncontrolled lusts. The first interbreeding of these ancient Angel type “gods” with man, according to many different ancient sources.
Making public the many sites of these giant’s remains in Egypt, Asia, the Middle east, and Europe, and allowing scientists to analyze the DNA, blood type, and RH factor would likely lead to some very interesting conclusions.. . . instead the powers that be tell us the pictures are a hoax, and the evidence of the giants is quickly whisked away. . .telling us they are just a myth?
The Bible speaks of these giants as historical though, and it is supported with many other cultures ancient texts, so it seems pretty likely that they were real.
The fact that the giants fathers were called “sons of god”(s), not only Angels, makes me wonder what their father(s) looked like? Were they tall too?
Ancient civilizations were all thought to have believed in “gods”. “The Egyptians, Chaldeans, Mayans, Aztecs, Aryans, Syrians, and the inhabitants of the ancient Indian Tibet have all recorded the arrival of “gods from the heavens” in their ancient writing. Considering their similarities to the Bible, when you throw out the uneducated presumptions we’ve already dealt with, it seems we might get some clues from these other texts that predated the Bible even!
“The best place to get answers about who these gods were is probably from the oldest known records written by the oldest known civilization, the Sumerians. (Their culture dates back to 6000 BC!)
The Sumerians documented the arrival of “gods” who they called “ilu”, from another world, who brought with them advanced knowledge.” [Sounds like in Enoch. . .]
The Sumerians, as opposed to the later cultures were more descriptive of these “ilu”, calling them the “Anunnaki” which translates into “Those who from Heaven to Earth Came.” Sound familiar? The Anunnaki were also known to play “god” roles and control civilizations through worship or “work for.”
I believe there has been a simple misunderstanding about these “gods” of ancient cultures though, rooted in a mis-translation of the word used to describe what mainstream linguists say means “god”.
While the word “ilu” has been commonly translated as “god” because it made the most sense to the ancient worldview, “ilu” has a different translation: “tall men.”
Despite this overall acceptance of this “mistake” of translation by linguists, they continue to translate “ilu” to mean “gods,” as any other meaning wouldn’t have made sense to their worldview. . .until now.
Later, the Akkadian, Babylonians, and the Assyrian culture and language evolved from the Sumerian Civilization and brought with them the word “ilu”. It is generally presumed that the “god” word of the Bible evolved from both the word, and the god(s) that were passed down from those earlier texts and cultures.
The Akkadian cuneiform tablets speak extensively about the affairs of the “ilu” gods, and in every depiction/illustration where “ilu” and ordinary people are shown side by side the ilu are much taller. . .” So, we could presume that these “gods” could have easily have been the fathers (the “Angels” or “sons of God”) that mated with the humans, creating giants in all the Ancient texts!
“The ancient stories tell us a lot about these “gods”. . . The first humans could have been a result of manipulation with the gods’ genes and maybe other life forms here on Earth already.
Many stories in all the ancient texts, especially pre-Christian texts, tell about a race of gods that “from the Heavens to the Earth Came.” And they “created man in their image”. Looking back, these “gods” who all lived long lives (around 1,000 years) had superior knowledge and technology, performing apparent “miracles” would have certainly been looked on as gods. [Even though we believe it is better translated as tall men”] So it’s really no surprise that the meaning morphed into a supernatural being. . .as they were intuitive, wise, advanced, and very different. . .
[These gods, according to the many texts were] “flying about in lighted ships in the sky [sometimes called flaming chariots] and shooting fire or lightning from them [on select occasions] , creating ear-shattering booms and temporary blindness.” [Sometimes the flaming chariots even took people away, never to be seen again!]
The humans watched as these “gods” built massive and glorious houses and created beautiful cities for themselves. (Usually with help. . .)
Many questions have sprung up about who these original “ilu” were?
These “people” have been variously identified with just about every mythical being after them that you can imagine, leading most scholars to automatically place the whole texts they come from in the realm of myth or allegory. Interestingly though that all of these ancient creatures of myth were blond or red headed. . .so, based on my last posts, we can presume they were the original O- blooded Albinos, later “sons of god”, or a hybrid breed of red and blond-haired gods.
Interestingly, these ilu or “gods” made creations that, though in their “image” and “good”, were nonetheless shorter, less intelligent, less large boned, rounder head and apparently the males had a foreskin, whereas some believe the gods did not. So these creations were not sons of god, but a new creation, with genes that were unique to the planet. . .apparently.
The difference between the “ilu” and their creation was probably why the ancient civilizations started the practice of circumcising the male descendants. . .on the best day possible for blood clotting. Could it have been just to hide the fact that they were created “Sons of the gods” instead of true descendants like the Angels? Created, instead of creators.
Considering the violence and maybe even jealousy of the neighboring giant cultures seeking favor with god, it may have been a deceptive safety measure, hoping to confuse the “stupid” giants. . . because we sure haven’t found genital mutilation to being of any other benefit. For a very interesting article on circumcision, check this out.
The mingling of the human species, with these sons of “tall men” (God) happened in other places too. . thus the different cultures’ giants mating with women and creating demi-gods or partially “tall men.” Thus, all these “myths” would have been all talking about the same thing as the Bible.
We could look at them all as myth then, as many Atheists do, or we could look to see what the ancients might have meant by what they were all said to have seen. . .Could “the Lord”, or “gods”, or the fathers of the “Angels” in every culture of the world have been just a depiction of the first ones on earth?
It seems with many ancient texts handing down rules for not intermarrying with other races, (better described as species, as seen in my last post) that some groups coming from the first human creations were taught so to keep their blood pure. Thus, they are still a separate people from the days of Noah. Could they look like a somewhat tall, RH- O blood type, red and blond headed race of “people”, like all the “gods”?
If all creation came from the mingled species of Angels and the created man in the image of God, it seems they both would have been equally the same color of the “tall men”, white albinos. Like I talked about in my first post in this series.
As we can see in my next post in the series, the blood type that went with the original albinos was always O-. To this day, blood that is O or has the RH – factor would indicate some white in that person’s ancestry. So, as stated earlier, since blood doesn’t mutate, one could ask when the other blood types to make the darker races would have come in, if Adam and Eve were both the same color and in the image of the “gods”?
Creation scientists wisely admit to this discrepancy though, and say, I quote :” If Adam and Eve were heterozygous for blood types A and B, respectively (one allele for type O and one allele for either type A or B), [I believe it would have to be both A and B, as blood cannot mutate] they could have produced children that had any of the ABO blood types.”
Of course, they also say, “Adam wouldn’t have been a white boy, having been created from the dust of the earth/ground. Eve on the other hand, being created from his rib, would have been pale since that would be the shade afforded bone from which she was derived.”
Source: Institution for creation research
That is a hilarious reasoning! And this concession has only been recently admitted to. . . their previous theory stated that Adam and Eve were light brown! So if the people separated nicely into slightly different shades over the years, and did that numerous times (apparently moving away after a while), then our presumptuous understanding of the Bible could be accurate. I think there is a lot easier of an explanation though. . . but as usual, the Bible won’t change, the reading of it does. So Christians should have no problem with this info, right?
The Creation science people have almost figured it out! Look at this quote from the same place: “The deletion responsible for converting an A allele to an O allele is not present in chimpanzees, and sequence comparisons between humans and chimps indicate this allele is unique to the human lineage, further complicating an evolutionary scenario for the origin of blood type O. This scenario would fit better if the O allele was rare in the population today and appeared in a specific people group. [It use to be, but with interbreeding it is recessive in a lot of white groups around the world.] However, the O allele is by far the most common allele globally, indicating that if it did originate via a mutational event, it had to occur when the human population was extremely small and before humans divided into ethnic groups and spread across the globe. . .If Adam and Eve did not have all three blood type alleles, then there must have been a mutation creating the O allele while the human race was still very small and before humans dispersed across the globe. Whether the origin of blood type O was in Adam and Eve at Creation or whether it arose as a mutational event [blood has proven the least likely part of the body to be able to mutate] that took place shortly before or after the Flood, it strongly supports that all humans today are descendants of two individuals or a small group of people that eventually populated the globe. Both scenarios are consistent with the biblical model of human origins.”
” For one thing, for a husband and wife to pass on all alleles to their children, they need to, between them, have the A, B, and O alleles. So Adam and Eve could have had any of the following genetic make-ups: AO and BO, AB and OO, AB and AO, AB and BO, AA and BO or BB and AO, that is, any combination where both parents have all three alleles between them. Another possibility is that the O gene arose later.”
Source: Institution for creation research
A genetically manipulated part-“god” (“tall man”) species, with O- blood being created and commemorated in the many creation stories is the most logical explanation of the numerous creation stories I can think of. With man’s bestiality bringing in the A and B blood later.
How could I insinuate such a derogatory thing as bestiality causing the origin of the dark skinned people?? Well, from the Start, it seemed that the “tall men” or gods encouraged it! Parading the newly made animals in front of a desperate and lonely man, no doubt hoping one of them would be a good mate for him, saving themselves the trouble of cloning another person from his bone marrow (rib), and changing it a little to make a female. I mean, seriously! How many animals did he have to “try out” first before he and the “gods” agreed that he needed a mate like him?
By going up to one of “the mountains of God”, Moses eventually got instructions from the “tall men” to condemn bestiality, consequently discouraging the creation of all the hybrid men. . .the “mythical” half men, half horses, or half man, half monkey. . .?
Or was it Solomon’s many “Strange” wives, that were “his undoing”. . .? And the “undoing” of the whole nation that soon divided “God’s chosen people” from the nation of Judah. Whatever the case, it seemed from the perspective of one of the writers of the Bible, that it was an intentional action of the “tall men” to mix up the genes of some of the tribes of the original Israelite nation.
And when the Bible says “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:31-32) It could be in reference to a physical “End time” separation of the whites from the blacks, O blood types from the A’s and B’s or more likely, the RH-‘s from the RH+. . . I don’t know which. Could it be more in reference to an obvious cultural and mental separation of the species that we have done ourselves? Could the intention of the Rh- white elites with their pushing of religion, vaccines, fluoride, GMO’s, BPA’s, drugs and dangerous medical, as well as a pathetic educational system, simply be for the purpose of depopulating the less dominant group, as they did in the Bible days to the stupid experimental giants?
You might call me a conspiracy theorist, or a fear mongerer, but when I look around in these uncertain times, I see a need for a plan to protect my family from many potential catastrophes. Just this year I’ve personally seen a bad hail storm taking out a lot of free range animals and crops in the area, tornado strength winds, wrecking havoc and causing a 2 week power outage all over the south for many homes, as well as a drought, that is expected to spike the prices of grains by a projected 60% by next year. There was also a 7.7 earthquake close to my family in BC Canada this very morning, and we are expecting the tail end of a rather large hurricane in a short time now. So my concern seems well justified!
Add to that the oil prices spiking, and overall inflation of the dollar that will likely be coming as well, (no doubt because of the American government printing money out of thin air) and we have the perfect recipe for disaster- financially as well as physically!
For many, traveling has now become too expensive. The trucking and shipping expenses have gone up because of the rise in fuel as well, which has caused all imported products and food as well as non-seasonal food to likewise go up in price.
As an eternal optimist though I must point out that the oil prices spiking is actually a blessing in disguise because we are encouraged to buy more local, and seasonal food, because it ends up being cheaper. This shift to local would then stop a lot of pollution, and put more money into our local community. These sky rocketing fuel costs also motivate us to find cleaner more efficient forms of energy. So if the government is behind these prices, that is one thing they’ve done right in my book!
There is a real concern about the government doing wrong though, and not only by actually causing the economic crisis we are in with unnecessary wars and bank bailouts and the like, but many other much more potentially sinister things. . .like spying on people from satellites and cameras. Many see the governments’ growing control over our health, freedom, land, children, the media and even the control in the vote, as a real cause for concern. And of course the ever lurking possibility of them sending us into world war 3 (nuclear or otherwise) and the desperation, filth and diseases that come with them. . .
So, first off, to plan for a power outage is just plain prudent. Something I noticed though in our last crisis was that both generators and the usual fuel source of them, (being gas) were hard to get at that time, with huge lines to get them at best. The lines for ice, dry or otherwise, were hours long as well. . .without which some of my friends lost a whole fridge and freezer worth of stored up food. (I had that happen myself one year after picking a freezer full of berries, and I was feeling very poor for wasting that money.)
Without power I’ve realized that if you are in the country on well water, like us, you will not have water either. So planning on using all sources of water in the country is also wise. If you have a creek, you could get or make a biological filter, and order some food grade hydrogen peroxide to sanitize it. Or set up a solar or windmill system to run the pump from your well. Everyone should use their run off rainwater from their roof to store in rain barrels as well. (Even if your roof material renders the water undrinkable, it can at least help you manually wash clothes, flush toilets, or water inedible plants in a pinch.) Doing that is so much better then having to stock up 1 gallon of water per person per day in my mind.
If you have a bunch of money just sitting in a bank, IMHO, you are living foolishly at best, dangerously at worst. . .for that matter, if your money is sunk into anything you cannot use or eat in a global crisis, it is a investment mistake! (Not that I know-or care- a lot about finances. . .just common sense.)
I seriously question even owning real estate that you don’t live in it or are at least in walking distance from. Because without a steady supply of gas, a working car and working roads, in numerous major natural disaster situations, (or otherwise) you would not get any money from the people renting your investment property, and it would likely just get trashed.
Whereas, land that you personally can use to farm, put animals on, and build up as self sustaining, is the only safe investment of your money in these crazy times, IMO. And the best investment of your time, is learning how to live closer to the earth and be more self sustaining.
Besides the one time monetary investment on land, (with a chemical free well) you should ideally get a horse, a pair of mini cows, some bees, and a few pigs and chickens. Then get some preferably mostly non-electric stuff to take care of keeping, milking, or slaughtering them. As well as storing or processing their product. When you buy quality stuff, you can use it for the rest of your life, and even pass it on to your kids. . .when you buy plastic, you add to the landfill, and deprave your children of a good inheritance:)
You should also plant as many easy perennials as you can, like; these veggies and more, as well as nuts, berries, fruit trees, and herbs for teas and medicinal use and spices. An annual garden on the other hand may not always be easy or practical to do every year, (as opposed to the perennial garden) but you should have cleared space , know-how -or books-, and the tools and seeds for one. . . in the event that you need it. Some food storage places sell packets of garden seeds that last for 25 years and have a great variety. A good review of the best ones is: here.
Having some survival and foraging (helping yourself to free wild food) skills and books for emergencies on hand could also save your life, in the case of a power outage and internet being down. One’s like: Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills , The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure, Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life ,Modern Survival Manual – Surviving the Economic Collapse , and Will to Live.
Also some farming and homesteading basic skills books like these are good for longer term survival and thriving : Storey’s Basic country skills, The Encyclopedia of country living, and The Backyard Homestead.
Considering the guarantee of a rise in prices with inflation because of the national debt, and oil and food shortages, it is also wise to stock up on food you will use in 6 months or less, if you have the space, or anytime you see a sale, but especially stock up on food that doesn’t spoil. . but that is still healthy. In most cases, anything that “doesn’t spoil” is not “healthy”, including even the best foods if they are in BPA sealed aluminum cans. Of course, that is a great frustration to the health conscious who wants to be prepared . . .but there are a few exceptions. So here’s my best list of healthy food to stock up on:
- Dried milk, I do not recommend disgusting tasting and actually rather toxic, dried skim cows milk, I would buy dried coconut milk instead. Use milk kifer grains with coconut milk powder and water to make it a tasty, healthy, live probiotic dairy substitute, as well as a high quality saturated fat. . .often a scarcity in the wild.
- Grains (Lots of them, like: oat groats, wheat, corn, barley,quinoa, rye, spelt, rice-get no American rice, as there is an Arsenic scare right now in anything but organic, which is best anyhow-) in buckets with screw on lids. (Before storing, the easiest way to kill any bugs is by adding 1 1/4 cups of diotomaceous earth to 5 gallons of grain, and roll to distribute evenly.) Also, make sure you are regularly using a sourdough starter, for yeast, to make them actually digestible, a lot more nutritious, while not spiking your blood sugar. See more about why that is needed here.
- White flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, and/ or coconut flour.
- Quinoa noodles, or if you don’t care about a little unhealthy splurge here and there, regular noodles.
- Seeds to plant, sprout, soak or just eat plain. They all have a very long shelf life if stored well.
- Beans, split peas and nuts.
- Dehydrated beef and salmon jerky (I splurge for free range organic beef jerky, because I want nutrition, not disease in an emergency, more then ever.)
- Himalayan salt
- Quality oils. A liquid like olive and grapeseed oil have a long shelf life. As well as a solid like coconut or palm oil are great. Which double as butter in a pinch.
- Sweeteners like raw honey, white sugar, (good to use for Kombucha tea, or medicinally.) Succanat molasses and maple syrup. . .although Maple syrup only stores for 1 year.
- Dehydrated veggies, individual packs and/or mixes. (and knowledge, recipes or books on how to use them.)
- Dehydrated mushrooms- Ditto above-
- Dehydrated fruit chunks or fruit leather. -Ditto above-
- Glass jars of preferably organic spaghetti sauce, pickles, olives, jams, nut butters, salad dressings, sauces or anything else you have found that you like in glass jars, or that you have canned yourself. (Plastic containers are not as good health wise, or for keeping the food as fresh, or safe from mice.)
- Baking soda and Baking powder if you use it.(unlike me since starter came into my life)
- Cocoa powder- free trade if you can afford it and or carob powder.
- Whole spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla beans. . .
- Healthy vegetable or chicken bouillon cubes like the Celifiber brand ones
- For a little splurge, Lara bars are an easy and tasty solution for convenience and health, as they have only good stuff, and are grainfree. (So you don’t have to worry about whether the grains are sprouted, soaked, or soured, and are just going to make you hungrier with their grains and sugars.)
- Organic squeezable fruit pouches are very tasty and nice to have on hand, but don’t last long at my house, nor do they store for more then a year. (I found them for around .60 cents ea. at my local big lots)
Those whole foods, dried coconut milk, spices or anything not already sealed in a bucket or a glass jar, I would ideally vacuum seal with a foodsaver. By putting the stuff in glass jars and sealing them with the Foodsaver jar sealer attachment, or in the airtight bags the foodsaver uses -if it’s a non-food item- you will ensure they are dry, bug free, and not eaten by rodents years down the road.
Non-food items I would have handy in many different emergencies are:
- Cast iron cooking pots and skillets to use on a wood stove , grill or open fire. (Cooking utensils of choice to go with.)
- An outdoor grill, oven and/or smoker. (Like this one.)
- Rain barrels and bottled water, and/or solar run well pump and well or creek for emergency water. (If you are on a well, and if you aren’t hopefully you have a good filter to take out the junk in the city water.)
- first aid kit:
- blood clotting agent:witch hazel, cayenne powder.
- natural pain relief: clove oil (for teeth) velarian root powder to make the nerves relax and make you sleepy. . .there isn’t a good way to numb pain well in nature, because it is always for a purpose that we need to heed. For an injury, you may need to pack some over the counter medication, just in case the ends justify the means.
- Rescue remedy, for traumas.
- An antiseptic. . .some to keep well stocked, because they have a million other uses are: hydrogen peroxide,vinegar. . .
- An anti venom, anti poison, anti-inflammatory remedy: charcoal
- Tea tree oil for numerous skin issues.
- CPR mask
- first aid book
5. Warm clothing for every family member.
6. Sleeping bags, or warm blankets in garbage bags and sucked out with a vacuum and then knotted.
7. Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, brush, razors, clippers, nail file (real emergencies don’t require make-up or any products in my book.)
8.Wallet, medical files and important documents, or copies of them if they are in a safe.
9. Green reusable personal products, cloth diapers, mama pads, family cloth. or packages of paper products, and diapers or pads. . .not very long lasting or sustainable in any major emergency.
10. Unbreakable, reusable, place settings for each person.
11. A good long rope.
12. A tarp.
13. A hatchet
14. A good manual grain grinder and flaker attachment too, like: Family Grain Mill
15. A waterproof, permanent lighter like this one and extra refill fluid.
16. A few night light emergency plug in LED flashlights.
17. An umbrella or so.
Optional high tech things that would help in major, large scale disasters (or just for camping):
- An Emergency light/radio/cell phone charger that is solar and crank powered.
- A Biolite campstove, a small woodburning stove and power-generating device to charge your electrical devices.
- And /or an all-in-one solar generator like this one, to power the necessities in your house.
- A solar shower for in a pinch. I’ve had icy showers before and for the few dollars these are, believe me, they would be well worth it.
- And of course everyone needs a good all purpose swiss army knife, for whittling or something. . .
Now if you’re like me, you might be thinking, “Where can I put all that food and stuff?” That has been my number one issue too, so humor me while I share my dream. . .
I’d build an underground root cellar/storm shelter to put it in. I would put a small camping toilet in it, like this one, and I’d build a wood oven < like that one,( in or near it) that cooks and bakes, and smokes. If put inside, the stovepipe would be coming out on the side that shows a door at least. If it was outside, which I would lean towards, it should be under a simple roof, and screened in structure, to make it comfortable to cook on and to keep it protected, and more practical to use year round.
Back to my store house/ shelter though, I’d dig it into the side of a hill as deep as I can with my slope (so the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as much,) like this “umbrella house” below.
I think I would put cement blocks for the outside of the inside walls, and
I’d insulate the inside walls with either a waterproof barrier of plastic, then straw bales covered with breathable lime stucco, Peeled logs, or a simple and unattractive Styrofoam barrier.
It would also have passive annual heat storage, (PAHS) and cooling as well as good ventilation with two simple pipes well placed as shown up above, and here as well.
I would ideally put in LED grow lights and have a hydrophonics garden in there year round, as well as shelving for jars or buckets.. Connecting the system with a large in wall aquarium to grow edible fish that in turn fertilize the plants. (It’s together called aquaponics,)
Yeah, that is pretty much my dream of the perfectly simple, productive, food shelter. . .but as long as I can, (preferably soon) get some solar to power my stove, washing machine, fridge and lights, while giving me heat, all in the comfort of my own well insulated home, I think I’ll rarely find a need to go running there for most emergencies. . .but the peace of mind after having it done would be well worth it, knowing I have somewhere to take my family the next time a tornado comes along.
Last but not least, a wise man once said that: “Humanity is going to need a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive!” (Albert Einstein) That’s why I will continue to challenge prejudices and religion in future posts, with the goal of helping this species thrive and survive.
What are some of the feelings that fall into the domain of love?
Compassion, forgiveness, joy, bliss, generosity, patience, tolerance, understanding, gentleness, respect, honor and the like all have their source in the emotion of love.
What are those that can be linked to fear?
reason why those in power still seek to control the common people through fear.
These people are combating the awakening of a deeper human awareness with a virtual sensory onslaught, TV, sex, utterly meaningless celebrity gossip, more and more baubles and beads and more and more by promoting an atmosphere of fear.”
Wars, terrorism, crime coverage, food shortages, gas shortages, exaggerated epidemics, anything they can think of to produce negative energy and a climate of fear, stress, hatred and intolerance and to a certain degree, they have succeeded.
Science has now shown that while we have the ability to be a much higher and advanced creature, (through the power of love and with other good habits of healthy living), we are not utilizing that power.
This potential enlightened state of being is theorized to come from using what some call “Junk DNA”, which is amazingly 98% of out DNA! Some others call this “Divine DNA” because of it’s amazing ability to develop, organize and change, all by itself! Some scientists believe the DNA’s evolution is only possible by the “enlightenment” that comes from a “wireless connection” with the pineal gland, and the emotion of love.
Why the Pineal gland you ask? I had hardly even heard of it before looking into this myself. “This tiny gland is located at the center of our brain and is involved in the production of a variety of important neurotransmitters, and facilitates altered states of awareness.” It is thought to open the doors to spiritual perception.” It was known as the “dream center”, both physically and spiritually by the people in the past.
The Physiological Importance of the Pineal Gland
“During the late 1990’s in England, a scientist by the name of Jennifer Luke undertook the first study the effects of sodium fluoride on the pineal gland. She determined that the pineal gland. . . was a target for fluoride. The pineal gland simply absorbed more fluoride than any other physical matter in the body, even bones.
Because of the pineal gland’s importance to the endocrine system, her conclusions were a breakthrough. Her study provided the missing link to a lot of physiological damage from sodium fluoride that had been hypothesized but not positively connected. . .
Good news though. Frequent exposure to outdoor sunshine, 20 minutes or so at a time, will help stimulate a fluoride calcified pineal gland.”
(source: here) A good diet and regular exercise will also detox the body helping to facilitate the removal of the fluoride as well.
There is a fascinating connection with the Pineal gland, emotions (good or bad) and our DNA. It is speculated that the ancients knew not only about the power of the emotions of fear and love, but of the Pineal gland as well, and it’s transforming abilities to the DNA.
It’s ancient symbols were a pine cone, sometimes a pomegranate or a pineapple.”Pine cones have always been associated with spiritual enlightenment. Whether we look at ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks or Christians, the pine cone has represented the mysterious link between the physical and the spiritual.”
The Egyptian Staff of Osiris, dating back to approximately 1224 BC, depicts two intertwining serpents rising up to meet at a pine cone. It could be this very staff that inspired the myth of Moses holding up the bronze snake on a pole to spiritually “save” people from dying. No doubt it symbolized a spiritual awakening (or the opposite of) to the Jews of that time. Likely though, the meaning and history of the pine cone has been lost to the Jews?
Our “Pine”al Gland is shaped like (and named after) the Pine cone and is intimately linked to our body’s perception of light. Which may be why the Pineal gland was also considered by many to be our biological “Third Eye”, the “Epicenter of Enlightenment” or the “dream center”.
The third eye has been used as an ancient religious symbol for many groups. The Freemasons believe your connection to God is through opening your “third eye” and letting the light of God in you. The 33rd degree Freemason, and 31st president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had this symbol printed on the dollar bill in 1933 and to this day that symbol is still seen on the dollar bill.
Pine cones also regularly appear framed in Freemason Octagons on the ceilings of Masonic Lodges, and Large Freemason sculptures. On the side of the Whitehall Building in the New York they depict two enormous intertwining snakes spiraling up to a pine cone. (which is striking similarity to the Staff of Osiris).
The pine cone and third eye were symbols of secret societies in Europe long before anyone heard of the United States. Freemasonic and secret society symbolism actually goes back to the ancient world.
Modern scholars and philosophers have noted the symbolic parallels of the “third eye” to the Indian “Kundalini,” a spiritual energy in the body depicted as coiled serpents rising up from the base of the spine to the Third Eye (Pineal Gland) in the moment of enlightenment. Awakened Indian Kundalini energy represents the merging and alignment of the Chakras, and is said to be the one and only way to attain the “Divine Wisdom”, bringing pure joy, pure knowledge and pure love. (Could this be the beginning of the concept of God being love. . .or rather, love being god?)
Depictions of Hindu deities are also interwoven with symbolic representations of serpents and pine cones. In some cases, Hindu gods are carved, sculpted or drawn holding a pine cone.
There is also an ancient carving depicting Ahura Mazda as holding a pine cone. (Ahura Mazda is the highest deity of worship in Zoroastrianism. The word Ahura means light and Mazda means wisdom. Thus Ahura Mazda is the lord of light and wisdom. ) In Babylon the pine cone was connected with the god Tammuz.
” Ancient Assyrian palace carvings, dating back to 713-716 BC depict four-winged God-like figures purposefully holding aloft pine cones, or in some cases, using a pine cone to pollinate their depiction of the Tree of Life — a tribute to the Pine cone’s symbolism as an icon of enlightenment.”
In yet another culture’s tribute to the Pine cone, a statue of the Mexican god “Chicomecoatl” (“Seven Snakes”) again depicts the deity offering forth pine cones in one hand, and an evergreen tree in the other.
The Greeks and Romans also incorporated the Pine cone into their elaborate systems of religious belief and mythology. Dionysus, later known as Bacchus to the Romans, was continually depicted carrying a “Thyrsus,” a fennel staff woven with ivy and leaves and topped with a pine cone.
Romans later built an enormous bronze sculpture, the “Pigna,” in the shape of a huge pine cone three stories tall! The Pigna is confirmed to have served as a large fountain overflowing with water next to the Temple of Isis in Ancient Rome, however, the gigantic statue now sits directly in front of the Catholic Vatican in the “Court of the Pine cone.”
Catholic religious tradition is intricately interwoven with pine cones, perhaps most prominently atop the sacred staff carried by the Pope himself. The Coat of Arms of the Holy See, found on the Vatican flag among other places, features a stacking of three crowns suspiciously similar in shape to a pine cone. The very name, “Holy See,” appears to many to be a direct reference to the Third Eye…
Pine cones also turn up as sources of “illumination” in the church, such as candle holders and lamps, seemingly symbolic of the spiritual illumination the “Third Eye” represents.
All of these factors lead philosophers and sceptics to accuse the Catholics of using their religion to veil the blind public to true spiritual enlightenment: The awakening of our Pineal Gland. Some people also believe the Freemasons even today understand the spiritual significance of the Third/single/middle Eye, and regularly pay iconic tribute to it, while continuing to placate the masses with a doctrine of religious and cultural dogma that will leave them in fear.
Of course the Bible believing Christian always knew that those other religions were of Satan, and so it should be no shock to see such “pagan” symbols, representing repression and “spiritual” blindness in those religions or “cults”. . .but a Bible verse seems to come to my mind on the subject: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.”-Matthew 6:22 That verse would make no sense if it weren’t for the understanding about the middle or “single” eye being the pineal gland, by the writers of the Bible. . .(unless of course Bible-excuseres, that is, Bible scholars have come up with some new complicated meaning for it that renders it excusable for past interpretations.)
Surly that is all i the Bible still, and it is not a great case for Pagan symbolism to be in the Bible. . .Well, some say that the Pine cone was originally the “fruit” from the biblical Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Eden. Was it really meant then to be a literal story with Eve gnawing on this pine cone, or as those other leaders holding the pine cone, was it suppose to just symbolize something?
This creation myth I believe, as all the rest in the world, shows a beginning. This seems to be the birth of distinguishing or perceiving something as good and another as evil; one thing as pleasant and another as unpleasant; right and wrong. To cut-it-short: this was the beginning of objectification — this was the birth of self-awareness.
If you take most cultures “Beginning” stories back far enough they have some kind of a similar account or notion to them. I know that in Taoism they paint the picture of a time where mankind lived in a peaceful “Eden-like” state with all of creation, and that they fell from this when they started to distinguish themselves as other-than and greater-than the rest of the animals and nature. . .a mistake leading to many others.
In Kabbalah it describes more of a vast organism of Spirits in which some of them became self-aware — thus creating a vacuum. Once we set one thing apart as good, we create evil. Once we set one thing apart as beautiful, we create the ugly.
If you believe in the message of the Bible, then I would hope that you can at least agree to the goal of “peace that passeth all understanding”. . .but the Bible says that comes from a dying to “self” or better put: dying to self-awareness. So then is it bad to be self-aware according to the Bible, and yet the pineal gland represents becoming enlightened with it’s use. . .
Or maybe Christians have missed the whole point of the story of Jesus; maybe the “kingdom of God” is actually here now (as Jesus said quite blankly) and it is just up to us to become aware of it’s mental connotations, as well as spiritual. . .but not literal.
We certainly need to be aware of our inner self to be a part in this kingdom that is “not of this world”. But how do we accomplish this self-awareness? Well, some pray for something or someone else to give it to them, believing that inner self to be God’s voice or will. Others fast, some punish their bodies or go through extreme acts of asceticism, some even try drugs or other intoxicants to get ” out of this world”! In Zen it is all about stopping and listening. In Christianity,”The Spirit giveth life” we are told. The Bible also says, that this same Spirit “will lead you into all truth”. Could this “Holy Spirit” they believe is “God”, (although historically it wasn’t believed to be a part of the “Godhead” at all) actually just be another manifestation of the way the meditations of Zen open themselves up to a greater self awareness by listening to their own conscious? Or are all types of religious meditation a way to disengage the frontal and temporal lobe circuits, the very thing which tracks time and creates self-awareness? Studies of the brain now confirm that in fact, even though the relaxation in religious meditation is beneficial in some ways, it dissolves the mind-body connection responsible for self awareness. . .So while you are technically becoming more self aware through meditation, some people would instead call it “God aware” because of that mental disconnect.
So, to sum it all up, if you want to be like “God” as Eve in the Garden of Eden did. . .
- Live a life of love, (practicing the many positive emotions associated with it,) for your own good, not because you are told to.
- Support the pineal gland with a good diet, 20 minutes of sun a day or more, and exercise.
- Avoid pineal suppressing fear based emotions, fluoride, drugs and religions, that are pretty much all based on fear and the suppression of enlightenment and self-awareness.
- Instead, exercise your mind in self-awareness techniques like meditation, Yoga, walks in the woods alone. . .
And you will be enlightened, thinking person, like the Ancient “Gods”.
Most people only get to hear the negative from the media about raw milk, but as usual, it is not true. It is safe, like raw anything, if the source is good. Not only is it safe though, it is very much more healthy for you too! It can even be money saving. . . It kind of depends how you are eating in the first place. For one thing, you can either pay the farmer, or the pharmacy. For another thing, if you are already paying the farmer, through a middle man, and paying big bucks for the good stuff, like grass fed butter, organic buttermilk, organic milk, organic yogurt. . .you might as well get the stuff that allows you to almost effortlessly make your own. Sadly, once milk has been pasteurized, it will parish quickly, and it isn’t easy to make anything out of it, even when you do add back some good bacteria to it. I have had little success with even yogurt with pasteurized milk. Pus you get no benefits of using the different part of it when it’s homogenized.
With raw, live, whole milk you get:
- heavy cream for sauces, soups, cereals, drinks, whipped cream, ice cream. . .
- rich milk for drinking, cereals, recipes. . .
You can make:
- grass fed butter, very expensive, and good for you!
- buttermilk with the leftover liquid (after taking out the chunks of butter.)
- Crème fraîche, a slightly tangy, slightly nutty, thickened cream. It is interchangable with sour cream, but superior in that it doesn’t curdle when boiled, and it whips up like whipped cream. (Mix one tablespoon of buttermilk and a cup of heavy cream.)
- Natural sour cream. (With one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of heavy cream allow it to curdle for a few hours on the counter, then refrigerate.)
- Yogurt. (Let milk and a little plain yogurt sit covered in a warm oven with the light on for 24 hours and you have an easy and yummy yogurt. (Then if you want, you can use a strainer with a cheesecloth or the like, and make yogurt cheese, a tangy cream cheese type cheese.)
- Fromage blanc cheese. Just lemon juice (or vinegar) and salt added to the milk, a bit of time, and you have a simple cheese.
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How can cultural blindspots lead us away from nature, and it’s ways? First we need to establish that we are culturally different, and not just “we are right, and they are wrong”. Or “We are smarter, and they are ignorant”.
We in North America (other then the Native Americans) have a short history here, and a modpodge of cultures -who should be- all trying to tolerate and learn from each other. We have been called “the melting pot of the world” for good reason. Unfortunately, we have a human tendency to fear what we don’t understand. . .and we don’t even understand ourselves!
We often don’t realize that people in different cultures focus their energies differently. Some on being the right kind of person, and are more introspective; some on doing, and are more task oriented. While those from the US might focus on doing and finishing the task, those from China may want to focus more on thinking about it before rushing in. Both are invaluable, but if misunderstood, could be mocked by the other, and seen as a lack of character one way or the other.
We may not see the differences of cultures in how we communicate either. While some may have their focus of formality and etiquette to gain respect, others would focus more on nonverbal and literal meaning. Yet others value accuracy or emotional communication. They are all understood as acceptable ways to communicate in their culture, but may not be understood at all in others. This often leads to misunderstandings and prejudice.
Different races also have “genetically” predisposed health issues that are somewhat unique to them, possibly linked to their diet. Health issues, a mindset, or an environment will cause certain people groups to make choices that other people groups would rarely choose. For instance, getting a tattoo for an Indian is connected with family and culture, not gangs and bikers.
Those are some differences in “personalities” within a culture, but there is a lot more that is not directly to do with characteristics.
In North America we have come to treat our “snake oil” peddling doctors with an almost god-like honor in many areas of health, and yet they have really only excelled in a few: “pain management and symptom control”. We see doctoring as a science, not the art it is, mixed with science. It has been said by a doctor, ” We doctors are not gods. Nor should we wish to be. The concept of medical godhead reflects a mistaken notion of medicine, in my view; I call it Galenic, because it stems from the medical theory of Galen, which has seeped into our profession and our culture after two millennia of wide acceptance. This is the view that nature causes disease, and that the doctor fights nature to cure the disease. The doctor provides the cure: only a step is left to godhead.
The other view, long lost but deeply correct, I think, is the Hippocratic view of medicine: The idea here is that nature heals disease, as well as causes it, and the role of the doctor is to help nature in the healing process. The doctor is the not the central hero, but the handmaiden to nature. This does not mean that cure does not occur, but it occurs less than we think, and nature deserves the credit, not any human being. There is no room for doctor as god, and our purposes are more humble: to cure sometimes, to heal often, to console always.”
The medical people in many cultures are their witch-doctors, blending medicine with unexplainable “magic.” We have an aversion to magic in our culture, because of the unknown. Someone put it this way:
“Some folks will tell you that if you don’t believe in it, it’s not real. Others will say it’s real, but it’s a tool of the Devil/Satan/MyLittlePony so you shouldn’t use it. Only you can decide for yourself. In a way, a lot of people do (magic) but don’t realize it. Do you ever make a wish and blow out your birthday candles? Cross your fingers for good luck? Pray that you’ll get an A on a math test? Some people might consider that magic. For some people, it’s simply a matter of preference. In many cases, it’s a matter of not believing. If you don’t believe in magic, or if you think that it only exists in the realm of Harry Potter and the movies, then why bother trying to learn it? After all, it’s fiction, right? For other people, there’s a perception that magic is evil. In some religions, any power that doesn’t come from God is considered bad. The bottom line is that people have a choice — for whatever reason, not everyone chooses to live a magical life.”
Our culture seems to be unaware of it’s long history of prejudice to differences in practices. People practicing “magic” for instance, even with herbs, have been burned at the stake as witches! Chiropractors were considered “quacks” not long ago. And many Eastern medicine practitioners are considered either quacks or evil still today! Understanding has led to tolerance of some differences, but we have a long way to go. . .
Take religious differences: every culture sees miracles and magic done when they “pray” for it, and every culture has their stories passed down of their first people on the earth, as well as often a family who was on a boat and started a new civilization. . .but when we understand the time they were written in, their education, travel capabilities, and the like, we can see a pattern. Everyone had to have answers, so in order to passify the masses, their leaders or respected men came up with their theories to make sense of their world. They didn’t have time machines or space ships in order to get the first people here, but they saw that there must have been less of everything at one time, because of the natural reproduction they could see around them. So feeling a need for a starting place, they had to have people come from somewhere. They had boats very early on, so it stands to reason that a story of a family arriving by boat would make a fine “creation” story for many people. Others dug in even deeper and wanted to know where those people came from, so made up their god figure. Some even speculate the gods to have been aliens! Or maybe from a time machine.
Simply because some passed the stories down from generation to generation instead of writing them down, doesn’t change the thought that they were all coming from a worldview of needing a God to explain all the weird stuff around and the awesomeness of nature. They were equally as ignorant, as none of them were there in the beginning, but some believed their teachers, and expanded upon their words until, like the game of telephone, a huge tale had been spun, and a religion formed. All were speculation, but some people, depending on their predisposition to action, made it into a big deal. While others simply used the theory of their god and creation story to inspire and change their own life. Of course it’s the ones who yell the loudest, and the winners who write the history books. . .so thus we have intolerance of differences of religious views of others, because we know based on history and our own culture’s writings, that we are right. . .
What about psychology? Are there differences in how we think about even our own culture, and the individuals in it? Well from the start of life some would say we are human, but clueless, helpless and need to be controlled lest our sinful natures take over. Some look on babies as having their one goal in life to manipulate you, and get away with their own way. . .disregarding the principle of “projection” that Sigmund Freud came up with. Others respect the sanctity of life in their every treatment of the baby, from the womb on. Someone put it this way:
“Traditional cultures have long known what Pre and Perinatal Psychology is discovering in our modern age. In Tibetan culture, for example, ‘before conception, or preconception, couples prepare themselves in many ways. It is an important time to prepare body, emotions, mind and spirit so that all is in readiness to invite a child into the womb’.”
Then there is a cultural difference between how we view our governments.
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. “
There may be more peace breeding sheep-like people in a communist country where they have no choices, but depending on the mindset of the people, they could also be violently opposing any control. Depending on who has power, a nation might even be fooled into complacency while heading towards communism . . .but in the end we as a nation are in control, not our leaders. Some races and personalities will never harness the power they have in order to see that reality though.
We can look at Germany as absurd for letting their prejudice lead them to mass annihilation, but can we see ourselves as foolish in other areas as other countries look at us: circumcising our baby boys (similar to but not as bad as girls in some other countries) or adding toxic waste to our water because greedy big companies don’t want to have to pay to dispose of it in the dump.
That brings me to yet another different mindset; that of our thoughts on sanitizing and improving upon nature for instance. We in the western world seem to disrespect and try to constantly control or change nature. Our form of gardening is mono-cultures like a big grass lawn, or fields of grain. We call “weeds” anything not growing exactly where we put it, and if a thing grows to it’s normal height we call it “overgrown” and want to trim it. Animals are kept in mono-cultures too. Huge feedlots raise only one animal in a setting a far cry from their natural habitat, resulting in sickly animals. We want to control our environment from birth to death, and consequently with that control come risks as well. We even try to control our natural body functions that serve as a warning for our health. . .but we’d rather symptom control then get to the heart of our health issues.
In contrast, some cultures almost idolize nature or specific aspects of it. On the other hand, in some cultures, parts of the body are changed through piercings, cuttings, drawings, filing down, squeezing while it’s growing, or the like. No matter the reason a culture tells us, if anything is changed from it’s natural state, you can bet either culture or, more often, religion is the reason for the mutilation or change.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”