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Before I Arrived in Egypt, I had no thought of conversion
to another faith.
Once there, at the base of Cheops, I could feel the greatness
of humanity, the power of forces that existed for millennia.
I was convinced,
Moses the Egyptian had a contribution to
The Memory of Egypt in Western
Monotheism. After having stood on the ground Moses trod, I could feel the origins
of organized monotheism exported to the Sinai after his expulsion from Egypt.
Highway to Mt. Sinai Moses-Land
the highway to Mt. Sinai: Not Graceland
Moses took this same road to find
the buning bush and golden tablets. Without his going to tell it on the mountain,
the Arc of the Covenant would have been empty, there would be a gaping hole in
Western Theology everything would have been much simpler, Yet on
the Sinai, little has changed since that frightful encounter with God and Moses.
beast the bugs and the bushes
Once upon a time there was a big
jug of cider sitting in a cool place. In this jug were little yeasties. The yeastie
needed to eat. Being hungry for food and procreation, the little yeasties slurped
cider sugars and they shat alcohol and they procreated and procreated, as it is,
exponentially. These little critters operated as if there were limitless sugars
and space to spread their way of life; it was just like paradise. So, by and by,
they ate and shat and shat and ate and spread throughout the tasty cider soup
until the sugar was gone and they began to drown in their own shit; the alcohol
excrement was, of course, poison to the little critters. All the little yeasties
died and their little world was turned to shit.
Had the little yeastie been
able to forecast the resultant alchemy of this behavior they might have taken
a different tack. Had the little yeasties engaged in experimentation and research,
intervening variables might have been implemented to change their paradigm.
If the little yeasties were equipped with genetic engineering, they might have
programmed their diet to eat alcohol and shit sugar, reversing the process that
was their demise. Had the organism gotten a handle on its ability to procreate
the cider environment could have supported the frolic and feasting of the yeasty
for some length of time. This time would have been valuable to the survival of
the little critter; there would have been time for research into exploration beyond
the cider jug, exploit other cider jugs and spread the Good News to other parts
of the realm. It's through this fairy tale that we at Scari Research Institute
have postulated a template for the human condition.
(If this were a anthropocentric
story and we being the good guys, this would be where we'd come in to save the
day, but it's a story about yeasties)
Conclusion: Had the yeastie
been inbued with cognition and science beyond natural selection they could have
taken counter measures that would secure their fate, perserve the realm and continue
parson Carson Gallant Charoot
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of Cheops (Khufu) vicissitudes of memory
interpretation of Khufu
Sketch of the Cheops on a
hazy afternoon in March of 1996 -- The vantage point is undefined, the vision
of the pyramids was at the time clear; I saw what I saw at the moment. When visiting
the following day the vision was gone. This thumbnail sketch is the only remnant
of my encounter with the power of Egypt. Moses is a figure that stands at the
base of monotheism, foundation stone to all other movements throughout time. Moses,
however is not of history, but of legend, oral memory.
It is posed that Moses
was an active agent (Priest) for the
Egyptian king Akhenaten (1360-1340 B.C.E.).
This began a cycle in which every "counter-religion," established itself
as monotheistic truth, denouncing all others as false. This tradition continues