Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thought #3

The whole of recorded human thinking about every thing imaginable is but a small fraction of the thinking that preceded it. At the moment the first writer put the first words to the page, he was the inheritor of a legacy of thought that stretched back over a million years.

Did the early hominids not have the idle time to contemplate their lot? Did they not have the time (a million years of it) to consider the forms of nature around them? Were they beasts until the first true writer put pen to page?

We like to think that the earliest stories available to us are but the first inklings of human consciousness. But what if they are the product of an intellectual evolution so ancient that it makes our "ancient" world seem like the day before yesterday?

We are the descendants of giants.


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