Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Monday, May 26, 2008

Old Questions Asked Anew

For the last 3,000 years people have asked the purpose or function of the remarkable structures and landscape known as Stonehenge. National Geographic covered another investigation of the celebrated stones. The marvelous photograph of the site (right) came from britsattheirbest who, of course, cover all things honorable in Albion.

Our antecedents thought differently. Their priorities were different. They had a different perspective on their relationship to Creation than do most folks today. Yet it would be mistaken to presume them inferior, primitive, or ignorant. Nobody is going to drag a ten ton hunk of rock hundreds of miles out of boredom. Nobody’s going to hewn great stones for a mortise and tenon joint for recreation. There would be a reason – a practical, demonstrable purpose. We don’t know what it was, but there are some new ideas.

It seems that Stonehenge included, at least in part, a form of celestial calendar. It linked the cosmos to local events. That’s certainly understandable. We have situated a link to the near cosmos for our own purpose – the Phoenix robot on Mars- landed successfully May 25 (left.) We’re looking for water in permafrost and evidence of former life on our cousin planet.

In their own fashion, were our ancestors doing the same?

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