The little BIG Picture

September 14, 2017 in Uncategorized by cincybones

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Humanity is a pretty tiny part of the universe we’ve been able to discover, and we have every reason to believe that we will continually be able to discover more of it as long as we can survive to continue the amazing progress we’ve made in the several millennia since the invention of our most comprehensively useful tool, written language.  The true scientific revolution of the last five centuries represents maybe a tenth of the time our kind has existed in our current form, and that time in turn is only a thousandth or less than the time since the nucleic acids that still make up the genetic layout of our physical makeup began working together to eat and reproduce.  So we occupy a tiny slice of time, whatever that is, as well as space and mass, whatever they are, and no matter how much or how fast we learn the details about how this existence we find ourselves in is put together and how it works, there will probably always be more to learn.  Every generation our kind has seen since we learned to record our thoughts and observations has seen the wonders of its day, and reckoned the human world made by their cultures to be the pinnacle of human achievement, and every one is reckoned obsolete and primitive which came before; but there have always been some in each generation who knew their fate as the primitives of future generations, and sought ways to perceive their own primitivity.

Here at the beginning of the third millennium of the Common Era, often known in European-derived cultures as AD, from the Latin for “year of Our Lord” (which is sometime in the fourth millennium since written languages were invented), one of the things that marks us as primitive is the degree to which many of us cling to the dogmas and traditions of the previous cultures of this Era.  The beginnings of human literature are great fonts of information about how our immediate ancestors dealt with piercing the veil of the unknown ways of the worlds they were born into, and to seeing what led us to the worlds we have fashioned since then for our progeny to be born into; but it should be clear to everyone by now that they are of limited value in telling us how to live in these new cultures, marked as they are by such phenomenal advances in abstract and concrete invention – everything from mathematical, physical, and epistemological sciences to engineering and technological growth.