Have you ever wondered what it would be like to realize one day that everything you believed was true is actually just a lie? That you lived in an illusion constantly fed by those around you? That reality is often diametrically opposed to the dream that was inoculated into you? That in order to find out the truth, you need to forget everything you know? I haven’t, but I’ve lived it.
I was born in a city in southeastern Romania during the communist era. Like most children at that time, I spent my vacations with my grandparents, who lived in a nearby village. My grandparents were simple and God-fearing people. Being Orthodox Christians, they raised me in the Christian spirit, as was customary. Every Sunday they took me to church, and at home they answered my naturally arising questions, as I was a curious child. As much as they could, because they didn’t fully understand their religion either. I learned to read when I was about three and a half years old, so by the time I was five, I had finished reading my grandparents’ entire library and the old books forgotten in a trunk in the storage room. Among my grandparents’ books were some religious ones, including the Bible. Although I didn’t understand much at that age, I liked the stories about angels and the idea of a deity watching over us and protecting us from evil. However, I was not impressed by the Christian mythology; something within me rejected it. I don’t know exactly what. Maybe the fact that I was told to love a god I couldn’t perceive with any sense, whom not even adults could understand, let alone a child, or maybe it was the numerous punishments he inflicted.
On the other hand, Romanian fairy tales enchanted me beyond measure. Heroes, princesses, fairies and dragons – they were all part of a magical world, completely different from the biblical one and real, according to my grandparents. They taught me that the fairy tales were events from our distant past. At the same time, they told me that the Christian legends were the pure truth, passed down to us by the Lord himself. I tried to understand how both mythologies could be real, although they had no common elements. In Romanian fairy tales I didn’t find angels, prophets or a vengeful god, and in Christian legends I didn’t encounter heroes, dragons or fairies.
It wasn’t until later that I discovered The Legends of Olympus by Alexandru Mitru, like most children of that time, a book that combined the two previously opposing elements. Greek myths had heroes, monsters and princesses, like Romanian folklore, but also aggressive gods like the biblical one, demonic creatures and divinities similar to angels. The more I tried to find a common ground between these three mythologies, the more those around me tried to discourage me. They kept telling me that everything is just a lie, the only truth being the one presented by Christianity. No matter how much I was trying to believe them, there was something holding me back. Therefore, I kept searching for the truth.
After the 1989 coup d’etat, masked as a revolution, Romania was invaded by a series of mystical, occult and so-called spiritual currents. I was officially acquainted with the supernatural, which I had only encountered in small doses in the stories of the old people from my grandparents’ village. I quickly absorbed all the information that came my way, from the UFO phenomenon to the paranormal, occultism and various mysteries. To my surprise, they somewhat matched the myths I already knew, completing them here and there. This led me to the conclusion that there is a grain of truth in mythology. All I had to do was to discover it.
Over time, other ancient and contemporary religions followed. I found common elements in all of them, proving to me that they all contained the same characters and events, whether it was the Inca mythology, African tribal cults or Indian religions. They were like pieces of a huge puzzle, with many missing parts. Including the bond between all these religions, without which the puzzle would remain incomplete. And this bond was the Sumerian religion. In the Sumerian gods I recognized those of the rest of the religions; their actions started to make sense, the puzzle pieces started to fit and the picture became visible.
My passion for stories about gods, heroes and monsters was not the only one responsible for my desire to understand the past, but first and foremost, my curiosity. From a young age I wondered who we really are, what our role on Earth is, why we are here, who created us, for what purpose and where we will end up after death. I always knew that the answers are buried in the distant past, waiting to be brought to light. And the religions, no matter how well they complemented each other, could not satisfy my curiosity. The idea that we were created from dust by beings that lived in the sky, who intervened in our lives indirectly, without ever showing themselves, and often punished us for things that were often unimportant, did not seem logical to me. Some almighty beings, that created the whole Universe, need us to worship them, to offer them prayers, hymns, and sacrifices? The world religions formed a picture that remained incomplete. That’s why I turned my attention to science, particularly to history and archaeology. History, the main method of studying the past, had become one of my great passions from the early years of school. Nevertheless, even science failed to provide me with satisfactory answers. Like religion, it was generally based on assumptions, but presented in a more convincing manner. It seemed equally illogical that the Universe appeared from an explosion of nothingness, which eventually led to the absolute random appearance of life, life that branched out from one cell into millions of species of animals and plants. The hypothesis of human migration from southern Africa also seemed illogical, because it could not explain why the stone-age savages traveled thousands of kilometers to reach sometimes extreme places, such as the Arctic Circle. I didn’t understand why certain parts of ancient texts were considered historical, while fragments referring to supernatural beings, such as gods, were cataloged as myths. The best example is the lists of Pharaohs of Egypt or the lists of Sumerian kings, from which the gods and demigods were completely ignored by history. Let’s not forget that scientists misinterpreted the Mayan calendar, causing panic among the population of Earth with the false prophecy of the end of the world in December 2012. But probably the biggest errors in science are related to dinosaurs. Textbooks contain hundreds of species, most of which are invented. Only in the 1870s, competing fossil collectors Marsh and Cope invented over 130 species. It is also suspicious how researchers were able to establish the lifestyle of dinosaurs based on just a few bones. Similarly, the explanation for the extinction of dinosaurs is also questionable, as scientists prefer to consider that a huge meteorite hitting Earth is to blame. Although it has not been discovered neither the criminal meteorite, nor the way in which it could have managed to kill only the large dinosaurs and turn the small ones into new species, without affecting mammals in any way. How could we accept the idea that, for example, Tyrannosaurus Rex turned into a chicken over time?
In addition, all phenomena that science cannot explain are considered highly suspicious. If there is no possibility of reproducing them in the laboratory, they will be declared observation errors and ignored to avoid confusion in the perfect order that must rule around theories. From this point of view, „the absence of evidence is the evidence of absence„, which can only be a grave error. This is one of the great mistakes of scientists, which Professor J. Allen Hynek called „temporal provincialism„, that is the horse blinders of sufficiency that official science is happy to wear for too many centuries. In each era, all those who go to school become sure that the scholars of the past wandered blindly in a ridiculous manner, while those of the present have brought humanity to light, discovering the true answers to all the great problems; what remains to be known would be at most some small insignificant details. Here are some examples:
– Sextus Frontinus, an engineer during the time of the Roman Emperor Vespasian, wrote almost two millennia ago: „There are no ideas left for new works and war machines; their perfection has reached its limit, and I don’t see how they could be improved„.
– The famous belief was that all celestial bodies revolved around the Earth. When Galileo Galilei claimed the opposite, the Inquisition forced him to retract his words. However, it seems that Galileo’s demonstration didn’t change much in the mindset of people in the beginning of the third millennium. A survey in 2010 revealed that 42% of Romanians, 41% of English, 39% of French, 35% of Germans, a third of Russians and 32% of the European Union population still believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth. Surprisingly, Americans are doing better in this department. In 2005, only 20% adhered to this idea.
– Leonardo da Vinci was convinced that everything that could be discovered in mathematics had already been discovered by his predecessors.
– When the steam engine appeared, it was believed that at a speed of more than 30 kilometers per hour, people would suffocate or their lungs would burst.
– In 1801, when astronomer Piazzi observed the first asteroid, Ceres, in the sky, philosopher Friedrich Hegel „proved” that such thing did not exist. Lavoisier had also previously argued before the French Academy that meteorites could not exist. His argument was: „It’s not possible for stones to fall from the sky because there are no stones in the sky„. Logical, right?
– The father of experimental medicine, physiologist Claude Bernard, proposed in the mid-19th century: „Let’s close the doors. Nobody will ever equal the giants who invented the steam engine„. Additionally, Napoleon III’s experts demonstrated that the electric dynamo would never rotate and that all electric motors were, in fact, variations of a perpetual motion machine.
– When Thomas Edison presented to the French Academy the phonograph he had invented, the savant J. Bouilleaud declared it was impossible and that metal and wooden devices could never reproduce the miracle of the human voice. Furthermore, when the device produced its first sounds, someone from the audience jumped to strangle Edison, who was believed to be a ventriloquist, shouting: „Here is the secret of the invention!„.
– In 1875, the director of the patent office in the United States presented his resignation to the Secretary of State for Commerce, reasoning that there was no point in remaining in the post since everything that could be invented had already been invented.
– In 1877, the great chemist Marcellin Berthelot wrote: „The Universe no longer has any mystery from now on„.
– In 1895, Professor Lippmann advised a student who wanted to become a physicist to give up the idea if he did not want to become a failure. At that time, practically all physicists agreed that „physics was a closed science„, in which no more important discoveries could be made.
– Also in 1895, Lord Kelvin, the President of the Royal Society of Britain, firmly stated that „flight with vehicles heavier than air is impossible„. Many other personalities, including Simon Newcomb, shared his opinion. Lord Kelvin also declared that „radio has no future” or that „X-rays will prove to be a hoax„.
– Physicist Heinrich Hertz, who gave his name to radio waves, wrote to the Chamber of Commerce in Dresden that research into the electromagnetic waves he had discovered should be discouraged, as they would have no practical applicability.
– One of the pioneers of radio, Edouard Branley, decided in 1898 to abandon his experiments, which he considered to be without perspective, and become a local doctor. He even instructed his governess to forbid his children from reading Jules Verne because „false ideas deform undeveloped spirits„.
– In 1923, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Millikan stated that „it does not seem likely that man will ever be able to use atomic power„. A short time before that, Henry Poincare made a similar declaration: „Common sense alone is enough to tell us that destroying a city by disintegrating half a kilogram of metal is an obvious impossibility„. In 1935, one of the first scientists to achieve nuclear fission, E. Rutherford, was asked when the process would be practically used, and his response was categorical: „Never!„. Winston Churchill also expressed his opinion later that „Atomic energy might be as good as our explosives today, but it’s unlikely to produce anything more dangerous„.
– In 1932, astronomer Moulton from the University of Chicago thought that „There is no hope that the fantastic idea of flying to the Moon will become a reality because of the insurmountable barriers posed by overcoming Earth’s gravity„.
– In the early 1940s it was universally believed that airplanes would not be able to exceed 700 kilometers per hour. A few years later, that it was not possible to surpass the speed of sound. Currently, it is considered that the speed of light cannot be exceeded, to which there is a long way to go.
Few people currently think about the fact that we will also have a science of the 22nd, 25th century and so on, and that our distant descendants will face problems without answers, that their theories will undermine previous ones and that some phenomena considered „insignificant details” at one point will eventually change our view of the world.
Still, although in a neverending fight for centuries, science and religion seem to blend perfectly, completing the picture that was starting to be revealed to me more and more clearly. The Vatican still has scientists today, which shows that the two can go hand in hand. And much of modern physics, especially quantum physics, is inspired by the Kabbalah of the Jews. Both in religion and in science, it is necessary to look beyond appearances, as well as to have a critical sense to dispel the multitude of lies. Determined to unravel the mysteries of the world, I embarked on a long journey that was to reveal a fascinating past of the Earth, so incredible that it seems to be on the border between fantasy and reality. I didn’t know what I would discover when I set out and, most of all, I didn’t know that the answers received would raise even more questions. 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. But whenever this thought discouraged me, I heard 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, had a vision of the Holy One from heaven, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood what I saw, but not for this generation but for one far away that will come.” (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.” (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.” (Book of Revelation 1:3)
„Therefore, I will not make my work known, but this will not stop me from writing it (…) It may then be kept in secret until the time comes when it can dare to come to light without danger or until it can be told to someone who has reached the same conclusions and embraces the same opinions that there was already one, in some dark times, who thought the same as you.” (Sigmund Freud – Moses and Monotheistic Religion)
„Thus I end my writings. Keys are for those who will come after me.” (The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean)
To seek the truth it is necessary to consider the advice given by the high priest Bakhenkhonsu to the young Moses in the book Moses, the rebel pharaoh („Moise, le pharaon rebelle”) by Bernard Simonay: „To know a thing does not mean to keep it in memory, but to understand it. And to understand it, you must have the courage to reject your prejudices, sometimes even against what you believe you know, what you have learned from the earliest age (…) the older you get, the more you will be convinced that you possess the truth. Nevertheless, if you want to come closer to this truth one day, you must be ready to reject everything you have retained so as to open your heart to something else, to know who you are and why you were born. The purpose of your life will be to discover the secret that Maat (the personification of truth, order, and justice – author’s note) has placed in your heart. Only at that moment will you become a makheru, that is, you will reach the state of one who lives in harmony with the gods„.
The gods have spoken. We just need to listen to them, to be able to unearth their secrets from the obscurity of the past, covered by time in forgetfulness. For „nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing is covered up that will not be revealed„, according to The Gospel of Thomas, discovered at Nag Hammadi. In this case, as the biblical god said at the creation of the world, „Let there be light!„.