Then we found the means to see further, and built bigger and better ways of 'understanding' that peeled away what we thought was naivety and ignorance. We think we understand more because we have the ability to see further 'out there'.
Yes Astronomy is a wonderful science. Fascinating to focus on objects so far away in time that we think of them as creating our current world of knowledge, when in truth what we see is millions and billions of years old. We are simply looking into the past. The message in a bottle that we can't open.
On a more down to earth note, I watched a lovely documentary on the La Cotte site in Jersey last night.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Cotte_de_St_Brelade There is also a snip here about the first uses of fire.
It is fascinationg to imagine this world of migration, and the very complex sophisticated tools that were made and transported here to Jersey. Also that at about four thousand years ago, there was enough building and astrological skills and understanding to allign burial sites and menhirs to the sun.
When I imagine the life of these people, they must have worshiped the Sun, and fertility as the life sources. To have lived through Ice Ages by moving to warmer climates, and possibly hunting in glaciated areas for the thick furs of animals adapted to the cold.
We forget our silent ancestors, and what they believed and how their culture was organised. It must have been very structured, even if not recognisable to us - because they survived.
Well, one bright spark on our local news this morning is that our Jersey electricity company have managed to be very prudent in buying electricity for us, managing their company, and being very careful have said they can fix electricity prices to the same rate as 2010. This is so that there is a better chance of people on low incomes being able to keep warm this winter. Not cheap for pensioners, but fixed so they know what kind of budget they need for a hard winter. I think our pensioners do get a fuel allowance for winter, I would have to check.
With oil and gas prices fluctuating so much, I think our investment in very good thermal underwear is going to pay off! We will definately leave putting the heating on until we can see ourselves breathing! The Dog has a perfectly good coat, and gets herself under a blanket if she wants to snuggle up. I actually cover her over, she seems to like being tucked up.
Anyway we live in this world of finite resources, and mine them, drill them, and squander them on needless personal comforts to the detriment of others who do not have even a roof over their head, or a hot meal to look forward to. Especially as the UK are axing their welfare budget and not providing care for the homeless this winter.
For the Grace of God, any of us might be that person in the doorway.
We have forgotten that the large country estates of the early 1900s, although an austere 'upstairs downstairs' world did provide homes, work and for many a whole way of life managing farmlands, fishing and shooting. Russia are beginning to restore their magnificent houses, in a hope this will bring tourism to villages.
My Mother worked in service for four years first as a kitchen maid, and then I think she became a parlour maid. That's being allowed in the house to do very menial cleaning. She then went to join the WRAF at eighteen. She and a friend were singing in the kitchens together, when they were 'discovered'. They needed women with very clear diction and tone to operate the wireless, giving flight directions to the pilots. At 19 my mother was made up to corporal, and was responsible for talking pilots in. She had to remain calm and focussed when their planes were on fire, and they were shot up, and make sure she got as much information as possible so they could be found.
We do young people great disservice by not giving them responsibility, and a real sense that they can make a difference to the world.
I did wonder how long it would be before problems in Egypt would kick off between the Moslems and Coptic Christians. Don't you both (and all Egyptian citizens) deserve to be recognised as contributors to the best government process you can acheive? Starting riots between yourselves, just because you can't get what you want done quickly enough through due process is a bit immature. You guys need each other to make Egypt the place it can be. Hopefully a shining beacon of stability standing on the shifting sands of politics.
How strange, I was mooching about on this site having a read of what I thought was a fairly good article.
Wouldn't it have been strange indeed if my Mother had actually talked to Robert F. Maguire, and got him out of a spot of bother between 39-45! No He was stationed in the Pacific. I liked the story about him landing in Egypt when He ran out of fuel, and said he had smallpox on board!
We will never know how entwined our lives are with each other, it is always good to think this 'chance' moment may change the course of history. That one person doing a job they are called to do holds up the pillars of the world at any moment. Tme to treat each other with more respect I think!