Present day Atlantis?

January 16, 2010

Without alluding to knowing much about the history of the world or lost civilizations, I want to play around with this post. The lost City of Atlantis with it’s supposed super advanced race and technology succumbed to being nothing more than a myth passed down to folklore allegedly due to high levels of complacency engendered in its denizens by their dependency on technology and inability to adapt or cope with change. That and a world threatening cataclysm.

Was this most advanced of cultures just unfortunate to have been confronted by an unstoppable and unpredictable forces of nature unawares? Or did being too complacent  and too engorged and dependent on their technologies also to blame?

Fast forward to the immediate present. Our technological superiority is super par with any other periods of human existence on the planet. In terms of molding our surroundings and delving into the minutiae that permeate at the atomic to levels smaller than that, we are at an age of wonder.

The human repository of knowledge, and access to it, is at an incredible stage when contrasted with just half a century ago. Knowledge and technology are at ever increasing spans, yet human enlightenment and openness, comparatively, haven’t even advanced an smidgen since the  Dark Ages. This is all too evident in the current happenings from the last century to the first decade of this one. Racism, wars, national borders, 3rd world nation statuses and purported 1st world nations. Even just briefly discussing one of these, i.e. racism can be easily and simply dismissed to animal like tendency of identification and belonging to the group and nothing more. Spending more time and money to research that is warranted but nonetheless trivial in the development of a sentient species, a footnote in what will be a long history of this era’s human existence.

Technology is the key, however with advancements comes a price. Those who wield it and know how to use it aren’t necessarily responsible enough nor wise as to its implications and effects on themselves and the world they create. That could range from utter lack of sentience to not being able to break out of the mold or being able to think clearly owing to the dredge or rigors enforced on as as we go throughout our daily societal enslavement. We are to society what a worker ant is to its colony, at a very distilled level of course.

Yet we are dependent on most of the technology found today. This dependence and lack of knowing (not knowledge) could be what is referred to as one of the causes of the downfall of the legendary citizens of Atlantis. Even today, the design emphasis is on making gadgets more ‘intuitive,’ rather it is taking away of decision making, problem solving and reasoning of most humans that seems to be the byproduct.

Most people are reliant on technology but they will go no further than wanting to turn something on and expecting it to work. There is a dichotomous relationship of hating technology yet being engrossed by it at the same time. A marriage of discontent if you will. What will happen if all of the tech encroachments we’ve become accustomed to become unstable or unusable for a short period of time. Will we have the necessary perspicacity to revert back to older systems or other emergent systems of our own accord or will it boil down to anarchy, mass dissent and eventually reverting back to order and growth.

It is hard to ascertain, but suffice to say that impulsive, non-ethical, dumb and watered down mentalities permeate modern society. The higher noble, enlightened beings are far and few. So a possible outcome is tribal. It’s not hard to fathom considering modern judicial systems can’t be completely delineated from trials and systems that were present during the crusades and Spanish inquisition. Today’s courts are just offshoots if not some form of descendants of those court systems.

It would be a shame if our present society did succumb to the same mythological fate of Atlantis. A shame if not much information was left behind to indicate the atrocities, insecurities, and shortcomings of the psyche and tolerance of the people of today and more was present to indicate the technological advancements. I would not consider it a shame if a properly and thoroughly scrutinized history was left intact, one that’s assembled by unbiased, non conventional thinkers who are distanced, enamored or otherwise disgusted by the contemporary or it’s predecessors.

Being privy to advancements along does not merit the right to own or use it. It is just a privilege, even a monkey could be taught to use tools. Education is the key, not monetary oriented education or ludicrous religious zealousness based ones. An education that encompasses awareness, respect, awe for existence and reaching higher planes of thinking and being.

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One Response to “Present day Atlantis?”

  1. John Says:

    interesting, a bit wordy and needs some tightening up in some areas but otherwise ok.


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