Being sceptical

There couldn’t have been any people in pre-history who were as clever as we are now – so claimed (in similar words) a modern citizen of Earth. So, we know how to cut stones weighing up to 20 tons and more, lift then, and place them with the precision displayed in those huge monolithic structures in Central and South America.

Further, we are told that modern science had made observations within the past few centuries which were already known to cultures – not in pre-history – but in historical times; that is, within the past 7,000 years.

As well, the wisdom of the ‘ancients’ throughout Asia – from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Japan – within this historical period has been well attested to by researchers and writers.

Morally, modern man’s alleged superiority seems somewhat airy-fairy. Have we leached those unwanted animal instincts which we inherited from our faunal predecessors? Have the extra 223 genes ‘found to be completely missing in the whole range of the vertebrate phase of evolution’ (Sitchin) made a substantial contribution to Man’s nature and proclivities?

Then, there are those who are fearful of foreigners in their midst, including kindly spacemen who might have guided our hunter-gatherer ancestors to a sedentary agricultural way of life; and thence to plenitude and prosperity. I recall that, after the Roswell Incident in Mexico, many Australians expressed a fear of the Martians arriving.

What of the fear of being proven wrong as ‘experts’ in this or other field of science or human history? Some of the stakeholders in certain disciplines are known to be highly defensive about the prevailing paradigm. Do the fearful (or anxious personalities) then behave like a canine which is being stared at by someone?

An open mind is relatively rare. How often do we find oysters with their shells open to the sea? I am, however, not implying that the oyster and a human mind are strictly comparable. Indeed, a closed oyster and an open human mind can be quite productive; if the necessary irritant is in place.

To the human mind, the necessary irritant is the need to know, to understand (and without any ego involvement). And that may be God-given!