Have you ever wondered what it would be like to realize one day that everything you have ever thought of as being true is nothing more than a lie? That you lived in an ever-growing illusion? That reality is, most of the time, completely different from the delusion instilled from a young age? That, to find out the truth, you need to forget everything you know? I did not, but I lived through it.
I was born in a city in South-East Romania, during communism. Like most children back then, I was spending my holidays at my grandparents, in a near-by village. My grandparents were simple, hard-working people, living in fear of God. They were orthodox, so they also educated me as one. Every Sunday we went to Church and, when we returned home, they tried to answer the questions that rose inside the mind of a curious child such as me. Of course, these answers were limited, because they never fully understood their religion. Around the age of three, I had already learned how to read, and by the time I turned five, I finished reading their entire library, as well as some old, forgotten books they had in a crate, in the storage room. Among those books, there were some religious ones, including The Bible. At such a young age, I could not understand much of it, but I liked the stories about angels and about a divinity who watches over us, guarding us from evil. However, I was not touched by the Christian mythology; something from within made me reject it. I still do not know what it was exactly. Maybe it was the fact that I was forced to love a God I could not feel, something adults cannot understand, let alone a child. Or maybe it was his countless punishments.
One thing that delighted me were Romanian folk tales. Prince Charming, princesses, fairies, zmei and dragons. They were all part of a wonderful world, very different from the one in The Bible. At the same time, it was real, at least according to my grandparents, who taught me that folk tales happened a long time ago in our country. At the same time, they were saying that Christian tales were also true, and that God himself has passed them down. I tried to figure out how these two mythologies were real at the same time, since there was no common ground between them. There were no angels, prophets or vengeful gods in folk tales, while Christian legends were bare of heroes, dragons, zmei and fairies. My little boy’s mind just could not comprehend how those two worlds could depict chronicles of the same past.
Not long after that, like any other child in those times, I discovered Alexandru Mitru’s The Legends of Olympus, a book that brought together those two opposing elements. Greek myths had heroes, monsters and princesses, like Romanian folklore, but also violent gods, demonic creatures and angel-like divinities, like The Bible had. The more I tried finding a common element between the three mythologies, the more my peers were discouraging me. They kept telling me everything was a lie and only through Christianity I could discover the truth. No matter how much I was trying to believe them, there was something holding me back. Therefore, I kept searching.
After the coup d’état in 1989, the one masked as a revolution, Romania was invaded by a series of mystical, occult and so-called spiritual tendencies. I was officially acquainted with the supernatural, something I have met before only in stories old people told. Quickly, I took in every bit of information I could find, from UFOs and aliens, to paranormal activities, occultism and various mysteries. Surprisingly, they matched the myths I already knew about, completing the gaps here and there. This made me reach the conclusion that there is a grain of truth in mythology; I just had to find it.
Other religions, both ancient as well as contemporary, came along. I found common elements in all of them, proving they all had the same characters and actions, no matter if they were about Inca mythology, African tribe cults or Indian religion. They were like pieces of a giant puzzle, but many were still missing, including the binder. This rendered the puzzle incomplete. I found it within the Sumerian religion and, within its gods, I have recognised those from other religions; their acts made sense, the pieces of the puzzle were coming together and I started to have a clear picture.
Curiosity was primarily responsible for my wish to learn about the past and only after that came my passion for stories about gods, heroes and monsters. Ever since I was little I wondered who we really are, what is our purpose on this Earth, why are we here, who created us, why and where will we go after death. I always knew the answer to these questions would be found buried deep in our past. Religions, no matter how well they completed each other, could not satisfy my curiosity. The idea of us being created by some sky creatures, who indirectly, and without being seen, intervened in our lives, punishing us often for measly deeds, seemed to me illogical. Some all-mighty creatures, that created a whole Universe, needed us praying to them, giving prayers, hymns and sacrifices? The world religions created an incomplete picture, which made me turn to science and mostly to history and archaeology. History, the main tool for studying the past, was becoming my greatest passions since the first years of school. Nevertheless, not even history managed to give me satisfying answers. Like religion, history was also based on suppositions, though presented in a more convincing way. The version of how the Universe came to be, from an explosion of nothingness that made life happen, was just as illogical. Another illogical thing was the „Out of Africa” hypothesis, which did not explain the reason why the Stone Age people travelled for thousands of kilometres to extreme places, such as the Polar Circle. I never understood why parts of ancient texts were considered historical, while fragments about supernatural beings, such as gods, were stapled as myths. The best example I can give are the lists of Egyptian pharaohs and Sumerian kings, out of which the gods and demigods were completely ignored by historians. Let us not forget that researchers were the ones who completely misinterpreted the Mayan calendar and panicked the population with their wrong prophecy about the end of the world in December 2012. However, probably, most of the scientifically errors are about dinosaurs. In 1870 only, fossil collectors Marsh and Cope, who were in a personal competition, invented together over 130 species. The way in which researchers managed to unveil the dinosaurs’ lifestyle, only through some bones, is also suspicious. Strange is also their explanation of why the dinosaurs disappeared, scientists tending to believe that a gigantic meteor is at fault. Nonetheless, the criminal meteor was never found and neither was the way in which it could have killed only the big dinosaurs, leaving the mammals safe. How can we accept the idea that, for example, Tyrannosaurus Rex turned into the chicken we have nowadays?
Moreover, all the phenomena that cannot be explained by science are considered suspicious. If they cannot be reproduced in the lab, they will be considered observation errors and will be ignored, so they will not mess up the pristine order surrounding theories. Looking from this point of view, „absence of proof is proof of absence”, which is nothing more than a big nonsense. This is one of the greatest mistakes scientists can make and was named „temporal provincialism” by Professor J. Allen Hynek. That is horse glasses for sufficiency, worn comfortably by most scientists for many centuries. In other words, during each epoch, all scholars start believing that the scientists before were blindingly and pathetically stumbling about, while those from the current Age brought the humankind to surface, discovering the true answers to all the greatest problems. Whatever is left is only some small details. This way of thinking is not new, but within us from the ancient times. Here are some examples:
– Sextus Frontius, an engineer during the Roman Emperor Vespasian, wrote near two millennials ago: „I will ignore all ideas for new works on engines of war, the invention of which has reached its limits and for whose improvements I see no further hope”.
– The belief that all Solar System bodies go around the Earth is famous. When Galileo Galilei affirmed the contrary, the Inquisition forced him to take back his words. Nevertheless, it seems that his demonstration did not change much in the minds of people back in the beginning of the third millennia. A 2010 survey showed that 42% of Romanians, 41% of English, 39% of French, 35% of Germans, a third of Russians and 32% of Europeans still believe that the Sun rotates around the Earth. Surprisingly, Americans have better numbers, with only 20% of them having this belief in 2005.
– Leonardo da Vinci was convinced that his ancestors have already discovered everything that can be found in mathematics.
– When the steam engine was developed, it was believed that if it goes faster than 30 km per hour, the passengers will suffocate or their lungs will explode.
– In 1801, when the astronomer Piazzi noticed Ceres, the first asteroid in the sky, philosopher Friedrich Hegel „proved” that something like this does not exist. A while ago, Lavoisier also claimed before the French Academy that meteorites could not exist. His argument was that „Stones cannot fall from the sky because there are no stones in the sky”. Logical, is it not?
– The physiologist and father of experimental medicine, Claude Bernard, was proposing during the middle of the XIXth century: „Let’s close the doors. No one will ever match the giants who invented the steam machine”. In addition, the experts of Napoleon III demonstrated that the dynamo will never spin and that all electrical engines are, in fact, versions of perpetual motion.
– When Thomas Edison showed the phonograph he invented to the French Academy, scientist J. Bouilleaud declared that it is and will always be impossible for some metal and wood machines to reproduce the human voice. When the device made its first sounds, someone from the audience tried to strangle Edison, believing he was a ventriloquist. He was yelling „This is the secret of this invention!”.
– In 1875, the US patent office director handed in his resignation to the Secretary of State for Trade, claiming that everything that could have been invented had already been invented.
– In 1877, the great chemist Marcellin Brethelot was writing: „From now on there is no mystery about the Universe”.
– In 1895, Professor Lippmann was advising one of his student, who wanted to become a physician, to give up his idea unless he wanted to become a loser. At that time, almost all physicians were agreeing that „physics is a closed science” and no other important discoveries were to be made.
– Also in 1895, Lord Kelvin, president of the British Royal Society, proudly said: „Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible”. Many other personalities, among which Simon Newcomb, were sharing his idea. Lord Kelvin also declared that „radio has no future” and „x-rays are clearly a hoax”.
– Physician Heinrich Hertz, after whom the radio waves were named, wrote to the Dresden Chamber of Commerce that any research on the electromagnetic waves he discovered should be discouraged, because they will not have any practical applicability.
– Edouard Branley, one of the radiophone pioneers, decided in 1898 to drop his experiments, considering they lacked perspective, and to become a neighbourhood physician. He even instructed his nanny to forbid his children from reading Jules Verne, because „false ideas deform immature spirits”.
– In 1923, physician and Nobel Prize laureate Robert Millikan said: „There is no likelihood that man can ever tap the power of the atom”. Not long after, Henri Poincare said something similar: „common sense alone is enough to tell us that destruction a city by disintegrating half a kilo of metal it is an obvious impossibility”. In 1935, E. Rutherford, one of the first scientists who obtained nuclear power, was asked when this process would be used, to which he answered: „Never!”. Winston Churchill also gave his opinion, stating: „atomic energy might be as good as our present day explosives, but is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous”.
– In 1932, Moulton, the astronomer of University of Chicago, stated: „There is no hope for the fanciful idea of reaching the moon because of insurmountable barriers to escaping the Earth’s gravity”.
– At the beginning of the 1940s, there was a well-spread idea that planes will never reach more than 700 km per hour. A few years later, that they cannot go beyond the speed of sound. Nowadays, we believe they cannot go past the speed of light, to which there is a long way to go.
Today, few of us think that we will have a science for future centuries and that our distant descendants will come against problems to which they will have no answer, that their theories will come crashing down on top of the old ones and that some phenomena, once considered „insignificant details”, will succeed in changing our vision of the world.
Nevertheless, although they have been in a constant fight for centuries, science and religion seemed to fit perfectly together. They were completing a painting that was becoming clearer and clearer. Vatican has scientists even nowadays, proving the two can go hand in hand. Some big parts of modern physics, especially quantic physic, inspires itself from the Jewish Kabbalah. What was needed, both in religion, and in science, was a look beyond appearances and a critical sense to cast away all the lies. I was decided to unravel the world mysteries, so I embarked on a long journey, one that would reveal the Earth’s fascinating past. It was so incredible, that it seemed to be on the edge between fantasy and reality. I had no idea what I would discover when I started my journey and, most of all, I never knew how many questions my answers will raise. I just felt that the truth was somewhere out there, hidden deep inside the past, just waiting to be brought to light. Nothing guaranteed that I could discover it, especially since many have tried, and failed, before me. Every time I got discouraged, I was hearing the desperate cries of the past:
„Read, O children of the future, and learn the secrets of the past, which to you is so far away and yet in truth so near.” (The Egyptian Papyrus of Anana)
„Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is for to come.” (The Book of Enoch 1:1-2)
„But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (The Book of Daniel 12:4)
„Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3)
„So I shall not publish this essay. But that need not hinder me from writing it. (…) Thus it may lie hid until the time comes when it may safely venture into the light of day or until someone else who reaches the same opinions and conclusions can be told: ‘In darker days there lived a man who thought as you did’.” (Sigmund Freud – Moses and Monotheism)
„Thus finish I my writings. Let them be keys to those who come after.” (The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean)
To search for the truth, we have to take into consideration the advice that High Priest Bakhenkhonsu gave to young Moses in the book Moise, le pharaon rebelle („Moses, the Rebel Pharaoh”), by Bernard Simonay: „To know a thing doesn’t mean to keep it in your memory, but understand it too. And, for you to understand it, you need to have courage to reject prejudices, sometimes against what you think you know or learned from an early age (…) the more you age, the more you will be convinced you hold the truth. Though, if you want some day to come close to this truth, you have to be prepared to reject everything you have ever learned, to open your heart to something else, to know who you are and why you were born. Your life’s purpose will be discovering the secret placed into your heart by Maat. Only then you will become a makheru, thus you will have achieved the state of the man living in harmony with the gods”.
The gods have spoken. We only have to listen to them and unveil their past from the darkness and forgetfulness of the past. „For there’s nothing hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing covered up that will stay secret” as said in The Gospel of Thomas, which was discovered at Nag Hammadi. In this case, just as the biblical God said at the genesis of the world, „Let there be light!”.
 In Romanian, Făt-Frumos.
 Zmeii are Romanian folk creatures, resembling dragons, but with antropomorphic characteristics.
 In Romanian, balauri.
 Personification of truth, order and justice.