This is from the refreshingly interesting series “Fall of Civilizations*, Easter Island”.
I read Jared Diamonds book long ago and you can imagine it resonated with me and influenced my understanding/opinion/perspective on Easter Island.
Since then his scholarship and evidence has been called into question and turns out lots of his details, some big were well off the mark and don’t hold up any more. We shouldn’t be too harsh, he was doing the best with what he had (Well he also had a career to nurture and family to support, so . . . ) - Still he did get a lot of outlines correct, so at least he was pointing in the correct direction.
More evidence produces more details and richer understandings. I learned about the walking stones when first publicized, but never digested it enough to think about the cascading consequences of that realization to the greater understanding of the culture’s history.
In any event, this show does a wonderful job of assembling old and new evidence to tells a much more detailed and realistic history of Easter Island than I’d ever imagined. Corrects much misunderstanding and proposes a much more objective and fact based perspective.
Guess this sort of thing is one of the reasons I love science. I first learning about these things decades ago, long before Diamond, so been wondering about it and watching the march of discoveries, better observation/sensing/instruments discover so much that could only be guessed at earlier, we can understand and interpret today.
A digression considering one’s personal Mindscape.
Having a part of one’s Mindscape actively engaged with understanding these places and their stories. I’ve thought about that a lot lately, all this fascination and all the learning and what’s it good for?
What good is it? Consider our personal (as opposed to ‘collective’) Mindscapes sort of like your home and you fill it with memories and projects and people and jobs and art and love and god or at least wonder at the universe. My Mindscape the home of my thoughts and spirit, is filled with a huge library of awarenesses and images, from Earth’s story, geologically, biologically, the intimate mingling of the two, life from billions of years ago to today, whether living entities living miles below the ocean’s, and land’s, surface to stuff floating in the atmosphere. From evolutionary human history, early and later migrations, all those stories. The difference that birds made to ancient ocean voyagers, or the marriage of humans with dogs that enabling expansion impossible alone, horse and live stock and farming. How amazingly ingenious and industrious ancients peoples have been through out time and the world. Living family and all that comes with it. All those awareness and more make up my mindscape -
… then we have to deal with people who can’t think beyond cartoon stories in ancient tribal texts that allow charismatic pickpockets to demand nonstop worship and payment. What’s so hideous is that they don’t keep it to themselves. They demand that everyone bow down to their childish level of understanding. And those that don’t are treated with hostility. Enemy to be insulted, derided, demonized, but never listen to, all for personal gain based on a Me First mentality.
Science is a hoax and history is a hoax, everything is a hoax except for their embrace of their own EGO as the God of their heart and soul.
This is kinda funny, I just wanted to drop off an interesting video, then see if anyone wanted to discuss it’s humanity, or any part of it. But you know, one thing leads to another. Guess I need to get that out.
*https: //www - youtube - com/channel/UCT6Y5JJPKe_JDMivpKgVXew