"It is possible that
Mount Olympus may have supplied
the poets with the hint for saying that Jupiter obtained
the kingdom of heaven, because
Olympus is the common name both of the mountain and of heaven." -
"It is amazing how the characteristics of the gods
of the Greek pantheon so closely resemble
the ambitions of technological
utopia: they possessed immortality, eternal youth, and
flawless physical beauty; they could travel
at incredible speeds and fly through the air; and they possessed lordship over
the processes of nature. Today we aspire
through our technology to the status of gods." - Charles Eisenstein
nineteenth century, the century of reason, was devoid of myths, and only the
"poets" (falsifiers!) regretted this. Then along came
the psychology of the
subconscious, then sociology and history,
to give a fresh meaning, and thereby vigor, to these dusty
tales incorporated in Greco-Latin
No longer were they a
childish invention to lend color to a naive religion.
instead subtle expressions of the
profound and complicated tendencies of man, and
the divinities involved in
these myths were no longer the simple gods of thunder and of
Analysis of the myths themselves led to a far deeper
understanding of something
permanent in man, of a certain relation with the
universe and a certain structural
pattern within his soul." - Jacques Ellul
Prometheus the Titan creates
mankind and Zeus demands the USDA choice meat in sacrificial worship as payment
for resources used.
"Mechanical methods can suggest the truth
of mathematical propositions, which
then may be rigorously proven by mathematical methods." -
Prometheus watches his children dwindle in stature
and decides to trick Zeus.
Prometheus tricks Zeus by asking him to
choose between two offerings; beef hidden inside an ox's stomach (something
pleasing hidden inside a repelling exterior) or bones wrapped in glistening fat
(something inedible hidden inside a pleasing exterior).
chooses the latter a precedent is set, from this moment on humans could keep
the meat for themselves and burn the bones as a sacrifice to Zeus.
result of the Trick at Mecone, Zeus becomes infuriated and decides to hide fire
from mortals as punishment so they will be unable to cook meat.
Prometheus manages to steal fire back and give it back to the humans.
Enraged Zeus orders Hephaestus to create Pandora, the first woman,
who according to Hesiod, would bring troubles to mankind kinda like
Zeus chains Prometheus to a rock where he
wriggles in agony as an eagle eats his liver out during the day.
are immortal so the liver of Prometheus regenerated during the
night only to be eaten again the next day condemning Prometheus to an eternal
damnation of agony.
the son of a mortal woman impregnated by
Zeus, later frees him from his bonded debt.
Pandora opens her jar to
of Cognitive Blindness descends blinding men to the difference between good
The Iron Age begins
when unnatural desire is unleased bringing
with it the technologies of fire !
Zeus inseminated the hide of a bull
and buried it.
Nine months later Orion sprouted and was so named by his
Orion was the son of three gods who represent the
elements of Water,
Air and Earth.
Orion, composed of stars then
Being born from the semen of three gods is a
"male divine virgin birth".
Orion, a handsome giant, could walk on
water as could all of Poseidon's sons.
were either practioners of precognition or they had already witnessed
tremendous change wrought by the technological
use of fire.
The Greek mythmakers understood the doom
implicit in the power of fire.
The Olymipians chained Prometheus to a
rock to have his his liver eternally eaten out by an eagle for giving humans
the power to be like them, to become, through
the technologies of fire, the "lords and
possessors of nature", usurping what was once a divine function.
"Prometheus, you have outwitted me and stolen fire ... but I will give
men as the price for fire an evil
thing in which they may all be glad of heart while they embrace their own
And thus did humanity receive
Pandora's Box (pithos) - an
unfolding of the technologies of fire which
brought with them the narcotic of technological addiction so desirable but
filled with the strife, disease, and the ruin of the Earth that humanity has
experienced since the first technologic
mastering of the use of fire to modify and control nature.
Aboriginal Australians used fire to clear brush and revitalize
The Eskimos could not have survived in the far North but for
the blubber lamp.
And then bronze age metallurgists gave us bronze
swords to cleave hide and bone.
The Alchemists used fire
to purify substances giving humanity
Abraham Gesner distilled coal oil/kerosene from coal and
then from crude oil.
A byproduct of kerosene production from petroleum
Friedrich August Kekulé envisioned six snakes
eating each other tails and understood the true nature of
Thomas Midgley added
tetra methyl-ethyl lead to
create anti-knock aviation fuel which made mass airplane production possible
for Nazi Germany.
And eventually the penultimate
technologies of fire - nuclear
fission - the power to obliterate large swaths of humanity in the hands of the
Combat Crew (where Death Wears Bunny Slippers) was
given to humanity by the Manhattan and Redstone Rocket programs.(Redstone
rocket program courtesy of the OSS and Operation Paperclip.)
Technological utopians and
transhumanists believe that just one more 'technological breakthrough' will
solve all of humanities problems.
They failed to read and
understand Greek mythology
asking of each what he could bestow upon
the race about to be
born, the Sun first replied:
"I will illumine mankind."
the moon promised enlightenment in
her turn, adding
that already she had created Fear,
Silence, Sleep, and
that he had begotten Justice and
"In order to
spare the future race perpetual wars,
I have generated Fortune,
Hope, and Peace," Zeus added.
himself father of Conflict, impetuous Zeal, and Emulation.
Aphrodite did not wait to be called
"I bestow Desire, voluptuous Joy and
Laughter, that the penalty,
which our sister souls are
destined may not weigh on them too hardly."
These words of
Aphrodite, O my Son, were
Hellenism emphasizes the
fragility and difficulty of human existence.
Hellenism deifies the
forces of nature which include the forces of human emotion.
polytheism was designed to enable human beings to establish their true place in
the world by offering a realistic opinion of what
humans may reasonably expect while living their lives.
mortals can never aspire for
true knowledge, and they cannot
control the events of their lives which is left to Fate.
Traditional ancient Hellenism
proposes a mode of life in which mortals must try to align themselves
with the Will of the Gods as best as they can. The Will of the Gods is simply
the manner in which Nature functions.
The Will of the Gods is known
through the tales that are told of their
nature and those tales are moral
tales that forewarn the listener to the
pitfalls of being carried away by emotional extravagance.
lives on well in the 21st century as Hellenismos, Hellenic Polytheism,
Dodekatheism, or Olympianism.
Records suggest a large number
of Judeans took refuge in Egypt after the destruction of the
Kingdom of Judah.
would have been the founders of the community of
Alexandrian Hebrews which
eventually produced the Septuagint and,
later, the Alexandrian Talmud.
Alexander III of Macedonia
He is pronounced
son of the deity Aten by the
Oracle of Siwa Oasis in the Libyan desert.
The Ptolemies assign the
Alexandrian Hebrews a separate
section, two of the five districts of the city, to enable them to keep their
laws pure of indigenous cultic influences.
Alexandrian Hebrews -
the Pharisees (Pharoh
seeds) - enjoy a greater degree of political independence than
Hebrew community of Alexandria translate the Septuagint into
Over time the two Hebrew sections of Alexandria developed
slightly different mythologies with the Hasmoeneon Dynasty allied sect becoming
Hellenized through their cosmopolitan ways and
the Pharisee sect attempting to
cling to the traditional Hebrew values.
AD The Hebrew community of Alexandria is "extinguished" by Trajan's army during a
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