Barbara Silverman

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October 25, 2014
             
            YESTERDAY

      Star knowledge, megalithic formations, mystifying carvings, awe-inspiring structures, legends, and strange sounding names, a legacy handed down from the past of by-gone ages. Indisputable proof that the past is much more than dry history books sitting forgotten on some dusty shelve.

            The people who lived during the years long past were not much different than we are today. They worked to feed themselves and their families, they sat around talking with their friends and children. They were peoples with hopes and dreams, fears and uncertainties about the tomorrow.

They left behind a rich heritage and have much to teach us. Their stories reach out across the ages, allowing us to step back in time to walk beside them. They have opened the door to their homes, welcoming us to share their lives. 

Truth is said to be stranger than fiction. The truth being that ancient man was far more capable than many, today, realize. Societies, using only basic Stone Age tools, created monuments that have withstood the harshness of the ages. They built uniquely designed structures, many of which have astronomic connections, and have left behind many unanswerable questions. Newgrange, Maes Howe, Angkor Wat and the Cahokia Mounds stare at us in silence. Daring the venturous to enter into their world and solve the mysteries of the past.

            A past shrouded in the mystic veils of the ages. Jigsaw puzzles with many pieces still missing, and unfortunately, perhaps forever lost. Causing us to wonder, and shake our heads, about those who left their footprints in the sands of time.

            Not only were the ancient societies capable of building, they also possessed knowledge about the skies. Basic knowledge that is unknown to the average person of today.

            Since the day we first placed our feet down on this earth, our eyes have been turned upwards. Creating a continuing love story between man and the stars. This fascination extends from the builders of Newgrange to the many unsung heroes, who today, search the skies with far reaching telescopes.

            The roots planted in the past reach into the morrow. It is not a story of the stars and planets, but of people. People, who in a large or small way, had their lives affected by the universe around them. Every society, every culture has been, and will continue to be, affected by the way they ‘look’ at the skies.

            How our mind responded to what we saw influenced our behavior. We wondered, we theorized, and we questioned. Our answers, not always correct often wrong, paved the way for others to build upon or change. We made up stories, we applied star knowledge to daily lives, and we used the skies for control and power.

             Mankind went from the belief of star gods, to the theory that the earth was at the center of the universe, to the question was, or is there, life on other planets.

Down through the ages countless numbers of people have dedicated themselves to this mysterious universe. Some spent the majority of their lives building monuments to honor the stars and planets circling in the sky above. Others dedicated their lives to bring us the results of their studies. It is the story, not of our modern day observatories dotting the landscape, but of places and peoples such as the five thousand year old builders of Newgrange.

 Ancient cultures had their own way to watch and honor the celestial wonders. A link that began thousands of years in the past, continuing to Galileo and Copernicus onwards to the valiant men and women, who today, brave the dangers of outer space.

There is much truth there is much non-truth handed down to us from our distant ancestors. Myths and legends told and retold running through the ages. They have become an integral part of the cultural heritage belonging to the various civilizations that have inhabited our earth.

Not only did the sky play an important role but so too the environment that surrounded the ancient settlements and camps. Animals roamed the hills and valleys, oceans and deserts. Strange creatures that possessed lighting fast speed, or the ability to shed their outer skins or the powers to move silently, dangerously through thick undergrowth.

These creatures, often having abilities that the humans wished they possessed, became gods to be worshipped. Gods that were both good and bad. They brought rain or drought, good weather or storms, health or sickness. As with the sky lore, animal mythology helped to explain that which the ancients had to live with, but could not understand.

And so the myths and legends grew, becoming part of our heritage!

Around ancient campfires stories were handed down by word-of-mouth. Trying to bring order and stability to the lives of mankind these stories explained the mysterious world surrounding them.

Every culture, every society had their own legends. People scattered over the face of this planet all had one common element – survival. And that survival meant understanding to co-exist with that which surrounded them, and controlled their lives.

So pull up a chair. Forget the computer and telephone. Picture a campfire, with a group of people warming themselves under a canopy of twinkling starlight. Listen! Listen to the voice of the elders, as they tell their tales.

 

 TODAY

 Today we may understand the world in which we live and the universe surrounding us, but somewhere between yesterday and today we lost our respect for that world and that universe.

Waterways are polluted, wetlands are disappearing, and wildlife is becoming extinct. People going about their daily lives care little for the dog or cat that has just lost its home. We have become an uncaring and selfish world.

But there is hope. In almost every country there are groups dedicated to saving the environment and the thousands of different species that share our world.

Every hour, somewhere, there are tireless volunteers helping at community shelters, rescues, and wildlife sanctuaries. They clean cages, walk the dogs, and give medication. Their reward is not the kind that goes into a bank. It is the wagging tail, the purring of a cat, or the soaring eagle that has just regained its health.

There are people who fight against puppy mills, lobby for spray/neuter programs, and companies who donate food and materials. Some people march in demonstrations, some speak out to the media, and some, such as myself, write about the wonders of nature and wildlife in the world around us.... hoping. Hoping to show what a wonderful we live in, to gather people together, to protect the environment and the species living thereon.

Each person that cares has his or her own way of fighting for this planet, and the abuse of the environment or the animals that inhabit it. There is no right or wrong way. As long as there are those who manage to influence and change the uncaring, then the method does not matter. It is the deed that counts.

Five thousands years from now will future societies want to read about our accomplishments? More important - will there be future societies?

How we deal with others and what we leave behind us is a measure of who we are. The question to be asked is how are we doing? Will there be water to drink or swim in a thousand years from now? Will seahorses, frogs, and fish still dwell in the seas to fascinate young inquisitive eyes? Will tuatara, deer, and elephants still roam the lands?

If we cannot save other species how can we save ourselves? The answer lies in caring, the question is do we have the courage to do so?

Governments are starting to listen and are enacting laws protecting nature and enhancing animal welfare. There is still much to be done and it is an uphill battle. But each step gained, each victory won, leads us closer to winning the war!

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