Early Man's Civilized Surprise Gift to Modernity
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“Gobekli Tepe” it is called… and it sets known civilization back by 5000 years….

It is a temple, on top of a tiny Turkish hill, that changes everything…

Here’s what is gone for good… Sunday, October 23, 4004… is no longer the date of creation.. Gone too, is the notion that mankind too, settled in Sumar and and as a result of having to live and work together, because both “specialized” and “civilized” .. Until this discovery, it was assumed that prior to Sumar, mankind roamed the wilds like our ancestors, chimps, orangutangs, and gorillas do today… We call this classification: hunters/gatherers….

The implication of “potbelly hill” is that supposedly, chimps, gorillas, and orangutangs, organized, excavated, constructed, built, then pilgramaged to make religious incantations, and then …. at some point 3400 years later, they covered it up…ie buried it…thereby allowing for it’s discovery today…

This is a game changer… The below account mirrors my expression.

The reenactors are busloads of tourists—usually Turkish, sometimes European. The buses (white, air-conditioned, equipped with televisions) blunder over the winding, indifferently paved road to the ridge and dock like dreadnoughts before a stone portal. Visitors flood out, fumbling with water bottles and MP3 players. Guides call out instructions and explanations. Paying no attention, the visitors straggle up the hill. When they reach the top, their mouths flop open with amazement, making a line of perfect cartoon O’s.

Upon the visual, staring you back in your face on top of “potbelly hill” , two striking questions come to mind… 1) How could apes have put this together, 2) what does this say about our “religion gene”, and is that gene also unique to only those animals with higher thought…..

There are jokers out there who would pipe up immediately and say. “of course religion is embedded in lower life forms… Just look at Republicans…” But putting all joking aside, anyone having a house pet themselves, instinctively knows, that whether that pet is a hermit crab, African hissing roach, cat, pig or man’s best friend, a dog, animals seemed to be a lot better plugged in than most people are… Plants too, seem to have secret identities…. at least on a religious scale meaning it defies both logic and reason.

Directly challenged, is the theory that man developed “religion” after becoming civilized. Apparently, he had religion before organizing society. That religion, seems to have had the power to orchestrate the combined efforts required to build a structure, that even today, forms first timer’s mouths into perfect “o”‘s…

That should come as no surprise. Even today, any rural transplant into an urban environment, well knows one it is easier to feel God’s presence, when unpressed by complicated daily routines. In fact, one could surmise that the Urbanites develop cathedral’s perhaps expressly to do that very thing; to provide sanctuaries against their daily lives, in order to recapture some of those feeling of awe and wonder, they once felt in the wilderness of their heritage…

Currently, it is widely believed that the first book of Genesis mirrors or was copied from contemporary writings in Sumer that were made to explain ancient civilization and creation. .. After all, it is both Biblically and historically believed that Abraham, the patriarch of three of today’s global religions, came from the town or Ur located in Sumar….

In that story there is a tale of a monument (or tower) built by early civilization, way before Abraham, that tried to reach out and mimic the magnificence of the works of God, but that God ( like today’s facebook users) not having a giant “dislike” key, instead was forced to invent different languages and the builders themselves could no longer communicate with each other…

But 5000 years before?

For us, that would be the relative equivalence of 3000 BC which in civilization, marks the Egyptians first use of hieroglyphics and the creation of their first or Old Kingdom… That date is 440 years before the creation of the Great Pyramids of Giza… Keep in mind, 440 years from today, would put us back to 1571…. when Queen Elizabeth opened the Royal Exchange in London, on 1/23…..

So to put everything in perspective: if you take a block of time, the size of the amount since Egypt was first formed up until today, then,… add that huge block of time in front of our earliest known attempt of civilization, around 4500 BC in Sumar, … you can start to fathom just how much a jump forward this new finding is……

These lengths of time are mind boggling… Seeing a temple that was built 11,500 years ago, changes one’s perspective….

Interestingly, the site is not far from one of the better guesses as to where “The Garden of Eden” was supposedly to have flourished. Secondly, all our wheat today, traces its DNA to a wild grain that at one time, only grew on the slopes of a nearby mountain, Mount Karaca Dag.

It appears that mankind has quite often risen to heights of enlightenment, only to stumble, and then follow it with periods of Dark Ages… In truth, if one really thinks about it, without the religion behind the Catholic Church, following the sack of Rome, we might today, still be wandering around in sack cloth, on dirt floors, cooking over fire pits…

Scary thing is, should an EMP occur… we could find ourselves there again, real quick!…. Will anyone be wise enough today, to recognize that the only way to keep any sign that we ever achieved what we did, would be to bury it for some future generation to someday stumble over and wonder about, just as we do when first laying eyes upon “potbelly hill”….

As a species, we are indeed, far more complex and complicated than we know………