Exponentially Expanded and Extended Explanations Explored
I've always been curious as to why Italians in general, and Mussolini in particular, always had such a hard on for Ethiopia in general, and Eritrea in particular. Now I think I have a pretty good idea why. It all began, as it often did, with the building of a church by Jesuits, in ~1618 C.E. in Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea. The city that became known as 'Piccola Roma~Little Rome', and which is located at ~38'19 N., 16'18 W., one of the closest approximation location correlations to the Divine Proportion [1:1.618 and its' retracement .3819] found anywhere on Earth! And the Jesuits were well aware of that fact. Otherwise, why go waaay past Bumfuc, Egypt and build a church there 400 years ago, in such a place, in the first place? I always thought the invasion was due to Il Duce being a big wimp, and the only way to get in on the scramble for Africa, and make his fascist bones, was to use his industrialized armed forces against spears and shields. (And maybe take out Haile Selassie, the Latter-Day Jesus, for the Jesuits and Franciscans and Dominicans and Augustinians, in the process!
The Pollice Verso 'With a Turned Thumb' by Gerome, Phoenix Art Museum~1618 N. Central Ave. Seen it; see that the movie, 'Gladiator', was inspired by it; and saw that Umin and Thummin (of Judaism and Mormonism) and Facebook (thumbs up or thumbs down, hot or not) have a lot more in common than is commonly discussed. So, imagine you're Emperor So-and-So, and just like in the movie, what you would love to hear the people chanting 'So-and So the Merciful', I'd imagine. So, when it comes right down to it, you're going to have to turn your thumb in such a way that a lot more gladiators and other combatants are spared, instead of butchered! And gladiators ain't cheap! And they're more popular than you are, especially with the ladies. Gladius is not just the word for the unique Roman sword, or the root stem for 'gladiator', but it's also one of the original slang words for penis, as ancient graffiti will attest!
So, what would the more common turn of the thumb be, if you did NOT want the loser butchered? We're talking absolute power over life and death here. I mean, then as now, who wants to see movies with sad endings? I mean, what if it was your all-time favorite quarterback or something?
How about imagining that you're the gladiator this time? What's going down? You are awaiting a response from the Emperor. What did you ask of him? Was it, 'Can I borrow your Absolute Power over life and death and spare the life of this guy who is still in the process of trying to kill me, so that I can be seen as Merciful? Or, was it, 'Can I borrow your Divinity for a mo' and behead this mo' fo'? No? Then all hail, So-and-So The Merciful!' There was, no doubt a lot of the WWE going on with all the MMA, so there's also the possibility that you know the guy and it's already understood that although there is the possibility of getting killed, the probability is that most gladiators won't get more than a few flesh wounds here and there. And for effect, just in case, a razor under the helmet for a quick head wound with lots of blood, and maybe some white meat showing. Imagine it as if it were ancient NASCAR. You want to see some wrecks, maybe even shrapnel into the stands, but the last thing you want to see is your favorite driver hit something going 200 mph! A 'No Way! Big Foam Rubber Thumbs Down to that shit, for sure!
A picture, it's true, is
worth a thousand words, or more. Think of the number
of pictures taken daily
now-a-days. Images, icons, Digital Age digitized data, contemporary glyphs and graphemes that all require,
or acquire, at some point,
a one thousand word de'script'ion, which is
pretty close to all the words that humans have communicated in any way since the beginning
of Civilization. The point will come when there will be more words-a-day than all the spoken, written, text-ed, tweet-ed, etc.,ever!
All of which probably got
jump started with reverential symbols hand-carved into trees and rocks; then on to the sculpted pillars and rectangular slabs at Gobekli Tepe; and to the hieroglyphs, 'holy words',from the Memphis Temple to Ptah, ancient Egyptian god of conception
and construction (and the
longest lasting god concept
or construct). The end result being? In a word, 'script', which needs to be described and used to describe. The descriptions must be strictly recorded, even encrypted and decrypted, by a scribe. The records themselves eventually end up becoming scripture of some sort, at some point!
Now, to the main point, which was; what is the best overall form for going from script to scripture for a scribe to employ beyond the traditional sculptures made of wood,or stone,or metal conceived and constructed by a sculptor?
Not to mention the record keeping of everyday civic
and commercial descriptions. Parchment, then papyrus in
the form of scrolls ruled the day until the coming of the 'codex' and the 'polyptych';
the first 'book' formats! The
primary,and prime examples of which, were painstakingly produced in devotion to a
holy book or altar display,
as always. The Renaissance
and the printing press
brought them to the masses through mass production.
What I'm talking about isn't just a Western cosmology problem, but look around,
who's been causing most of the problems lately, and by lately I mean at least the last 500 years, and more likely the last 1000!(~50 generations). Starting at age 8 with the full-on Catholic Catechism (schism?) until now, over 50 years later, do you wanna know what I FIGURED out? There's something I call the Inductive-Deductive Christian Catch-2 Cubed, which kinda goes like this: 2 cubed is 8 which is probably the correct ratio
(8 to 1) of the number of people going to Hell relative to the number going to Heaven. Only those who believe in Jesus are going to Heaven. Since practically everyone who has ever lived was not Christian then Heaven would be a relative ghost town (angel town). Since Jesus, very few have ever believed so they're in Hell, too. Now, if one believes something so UnChristian (that an overwhelming majority of all those who have ever lived are in Hell simply because they weren't given a proper Baptism), then they're probably going to Hell, too. So, when the END X come, there's going to be a big battle royal between God+Michael's Angels+anyone who did manage
to make it to Heaven vs. Lucifer+Fallen Angels+just about every freakin' person
who has ever lived! Is that what you're saying? (How long will there's going to be a big battle royal between God+Michael's Angels+anyone who did manage to make it to Heaven vs. Lucifer+Fallen Angels+just about every freakin' person who has ever lived! Is that what you're saying? (How long will it take to get enough Christians into Heaven to make it a fair fight I wonder?