Category Archives: Belief Systems

Myths as Beliefs

Myths as Beliefs

I have always felt that there were at least some truths contained in what we refer to as Ancient Myths. What we may not adequately consider is that, in most instances, the people that documented these events did not view them at myths. The “myths” were the accepted “belief system” of their time.

The Sumerian beliefs were first documented Circa 4,000 BC using cuneiform script, one of if not the oldest written language. These writings referred to a much earlier time and documented the Kings List going back hundreds of thousands of years!

The oldest Egyptian writings date to the mid-4th Century BC and document their beliefs in many gods, again from a much earlier time and whose origins were off planet.

The earliest Chinese writings date to 1,700 BC and document their beliefs of the time. In India, Indus Script dates to Circa 3,000 BC and other, more modern script dates to well over 1,000 BC. The Oldest written document was found in Northern Greece. The Dispilio tablet dates to circa 5,500 BC.

The consensus is that Aramaic appeared Circa 900 BC and arguably documents events back to about 4,000 BC. There is little doubt that the Greeks and Romans sincerely believed in their pantheon of gods and their powers.

I often wonder what an off-worlder would think about our modern-day beliefs? Would they consider them myths? Would their view be any different than our view of the many beliefs that we currently consider “Myths”?

The opinion of Voters

The opinion of Voters

Do our elected representatives really represent the voters? One way of looking at this issue is to view the opinion of voters and determine if our representatives actually represent the will of the people. I’m not expressing my personal opinion on any of these, just stating the facts:

70 % of voters are in favor of term limits for both the house & the Senate

63% are in favor of eliminating the Electoral College in favor of the popular vote

65% are in favor of stricter election campaign spending limits

54% are in favor of reducing the amount of time allowed for election campaigning

65% do not believe the two-party system is doing a good job for the country

65% are not in favor of increasing military spending

A vast majority are not in favor of increasing the national debt beyond the level of annual GDP

65% believe that climate change is a serious issue and is being caused by human activities

A vast majority are in favor of our elected representatives having the same set of benefits as the people they represent N

I’ve been programmed, how about you?

I’ve been programmed, how about you?

I am reminded of the lyrics from a song by one of my favorite musical groups, Pink Floyd. Another Brick in the Wall (part II) written by Roger Waters:

“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.
………………………………….Wrong, Do it again!
If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you
have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”

My programming was gained initially through participation in a military family, parents that grew up in the South, exposure to a maternal grandfather that was a staunch racist, a paternal grandmother that was not and 10 years of Catholic school education complete with required catechism classes. My programming was further enhanced via two years of “public” high school and five years of social (and sometime academic) exposure at University. Programming continued through four years as an Air Force Officer, twenty years in senior management with several firms and finally a decade plus in the accommodation industry both in the US and in New Zealand. More recently my programming has been modified through participation with a variety of community volunteer groups.

In retrospect I question how much wisdom was gained despite the massive amount of information exposure that occurred? In my “formative” years “I liked Ike” and a bit later I wanted to “ask what I could do for my country”. During University I moved a bit further to the left in my thinking. While in the Air Force I reversed course moving back in the “right” direction. As a senior manager, then executive and accommodation entrepreneur I continued to proceed further to the right. During the last decade, via my volunteer participation, my views have moderated and moved back closer to the political center.

What I now realize is that most of my view has been “influenced” by both others and by the responsibility of the various money producing positions that I held. I wonder if I really have any views that are truly my own? I find that doing my own research on a variety of topics has been very satisfying. It has been extremely difficult to set my past programming aside and I find it an ongoing struggle. My key is to ask myself what is the basis of my current view. What is the source of my information? Is it backed up by other sources? Can I say for certain that I am in touch with the facts? How much of my view is based on a belief system? Am I just another brick in the wall?