Some 18 months ago I wrote of how I had been watching videos on Youtube about the Earth being flat.
I’m sure I stated it somewhere since, but the whole point about flat earthing to me, is to question what we’re told, question what we’re taught, question what we believe, and review what we see before our eyes. Whether to believe the earth is flat, or not, is beside the point. The topic of Flat Earth was again on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show today, so again I ponder the topic.
Yesterday I watched another TEDx video, this time by Colin Stokes who was doing some of this kind of questioning, and raised the point about how we’re all here trying to figure things out, that is what it is to be human (although we’re prone to distracting ourselves); whether we’re down there at the base of the pyramid or have worked our way up to a position held by, say, a famous celebrity, a ground-breaking scientist, a president or member of royalty: surely we were all born here knowing nothing, it’s then up to us as individuals to make the most of our circumstances, to figure out things, figure out the world, what we are, why we’re here, if there is a reason, all as best as we can.
Dr Martina Feyzrakhmanova quoted the Epic of Gilgamesh on her blog recently with “What you seek you shall never find.” I find this to be somewhat disheartening. The Epic was apparently written by Gilgamesh who “was a historical king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk, who probably ruled sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC” (Wikipedia), but what flat earthing will do is make us question what such people, those kings and rulers, lead us to believe in and why, perhaps to supposedly put a stop to a quest which may well be our very reason for being, to keep us in a state of ignorance while they, “lord-it-up”, perhaps.
Wikipedia informs me that various themes, plot elements, and characters in the Epic of Gilgamesh have counterparts in the Hebrew Bible—notably, the accounts of the Garden of Eden, the advice from Ecclesiastes, and the Genesis flood narrative.
Supposedly the Hebrew Bible was written by “God”, or at best by men who felt close to “him”, in which case God has given us a means of finding what we seek, which is quite possibly God him/itself. The next lines in Feyzrakhmanov’s quote add further contradiction to this when they go on to say that “when the Gods made man, They kept immortality to themselves”, because the Bible and Jesus show/teach the way to immortality, or as I’ve been considering more and more recently from watching videos by John St Julien Baba Wanyama on Youtube, to find the God within us. Leo Tolstoy’s work The Kingdom of God Is Within You adds further insight.
To resign ourselves to a life of never finding what we came here to find, and to resign ourselves instead to the possibility of forever being a mere mortal are two major put-downs, and it is from this state of resignation that we may well lose faith and instead choose what Bible might paint as the darker path, you know, all those things that are counter to God, as Gilgamesh, a king, goes on to encourage in us [as I have paraphrased]:
Fill your belly. [find sustenance through gluttony, indulge in material things]
Day and night make merry. [drink to excess, for example]
Let Days be full of joy. [find joy in these things]
Love the child who holds your hand. [child = the immature/unwise/unknowing, to hold your hand = to guide you in their ways]
Let your wife delight in your embrace. [treat you as a material thing, an object, as you will her]
For these alone are the concerns of man. [at the lower portions of the pyramid]
[All of which will please me, your king.]
Perhaps I’m seeking to find doom and gloom in all of this, and not enjoy my lot as I perhaps should. Actually that line “Love the child who holds your hand.” seemed like a nice one at first, but then I read deeper into that too! The Old Testament has a lot of tales about kings and other leaders, just like Gilgamesh, some seemingly to illustrate how God apparently assisted them; most of which I struggle to accept, but then we can all live in the belief that God is on our side, irrespective of which path we walk.
As a final point of interest, that TEDx video had an interesting sarcastic statement at 05:50: “my standard of living is more important than the planet”, this is perhaps the epitome of lording it up.