In a related news article,3 Mann discussed the work of Heckenberger et al that shows evidence of urban planning in the western Amazon basin. They found “garden cities” with well-planned road networks covering 30,000 square kilometers (an area the size of Belgium) dating from about 1250 AD. Rather than avoid wetlands, the early city planners built roads and causeways over them, that were “amazingly straight”. People could walk between the hamlets in just 15 minutes. There may have been 50,000 people enjoying the network of medium-sized garden cities.
Rioja added a comment that says more about educated archaeologists than their supposed primitive subjects: “The idea is that the tribes in the lowlands were living like animals in the wild,” Rioja says. “When you tell them that there were great, important civilizations here in the western Amazon, they don’t believe it. But it’s true.”
The following comment, after the article proper, is also worth noting (italics replaced with underline):
The head-hunting cannibals encountered by 19th– and 20th-century Darwinists were not slower-evolvers outdistanced by proud Europeans. It appears more likely they are degenerate relics of once advanced societies. The knowledge of the true God had become corrupted over the generations. Power-hungry kings and shamans learned how to exploit myth and superstition to keep people under control, such as the grotesque human sacrifice and ethnic cleansing extolled among the Inca (07/10/2007). Even so, a deep inner sense of the Almighty One, above all the invented gods, remained. Missionaries have encountered this on many occasions (read Eternity in Their Hearts by Don Richardson). Intelligent, capable humans with a fallen spiritual nature: this is what the Bible predicts, and this is what we find.
The sense of surprise among the archaeologists at this new evidence is instructive (see also last month’s surprise discovery about a Sahara society). Evolutionists maintain their mythology in spite of the evidence. Every objective measure shows that mankind has always been Homo sapiens sapiens throughout its short tenure on this planet. “They don’t believe it, but it’s true.”
I have little doubt that similar long-extinct civilizations will be found in Africa, as the continent grows wealthier and archeological expeditions increase.
But what I really want to point out is that there is no guarantee that Western Civilization will last: if they can fall, so can we.
I doubt that the fall will be as hard or as deep. The world as a whole will get far wealthier before 2050, especially as China, India, and Indonesia develops, so it will be no big thing if Western Civilization ages and disintegrates as its faith in the State is rewarded with the fall of its idol. Moreover, there are enough dissidents in the United States for a new or reformed West to be born, as official academia and media kindly dries up and blows away.
But while there can be a technological floor to as bad things can get, there is no real floor on how bad the general culture will get, before it finally dies.
Bankrupt nations and impoverished elites means that Christians can successfully break out to independence (formal or not) before 2050 or so: but the question here is on the will, determination, endurance, and the successful education of our children – morally & theologically, technologically & entrepreneurially.
If we are willing to pay the price for the liberty of our children – so they need not be tax-slaves to their enemies, as we are – then they can indeed be free. And without the need for violence, either: the State is well on its way to becoming a bankrupt and irrelevant Post Office.
While critics of the postal monopoly had for decades tried to get Congress to revoke the Post Office’s monopoly, all attempts failed. They were associated with the fringe. Yet, year by year, the Post Office fell behind. It is irrelevant in American life today.
This was not planned by any political group. It was the result of new technologies. People made decisions, day by day, to bypass the Post Office.
Temporary pain – and the loathing of Our Masters – for a real and productive future? For a better, wiser, more godly, and more productive (and so wealthier) civilization?
Looks good to me!