Palmyra: Islamists exposing the total void in western values. [OR: Let it burn. Let it burn…]

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Palmyra ruins in Syria
Palmyra ruins in Syria

Palmyra is now in the hands of IS. (1)

Soon, any monument there will be history.

And while islamists kill, rape and destroy down here on the ground, the civilized West will be bombarding them from the air…

The once Christianic Europe, the cradle of civilization, is now just a… void ready to be filled in with islamists. Never before had the lack of values in the “progressive” atheistic/ hypocritically christianic West been so decisively crucial and so symbologically clear. For oil we went for war at the end of the world. For raped girls and destroyed monuments, well… who cares? Right?

And like this, a catastrophological mania consumes me.

The urge to see the Acropolis torn down, the Colloseum destroyed stone by stone, the Hagia Sophia burned to the ground, the Mona Lisa (if this thing can stand in the same sentence with the previously mentioned monuments) re-painted in black, the… whatever important monument England has (besides the stolen Greek statues and the Stonehenge which was built in the 20th century) destroyed…

Who cares after all? Right?

Pass me the popcorn please.

Stonehenge: A MODERN monument! (really, this is no joke)

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For decades the official Stonehenge guidebooks have been full of fascinating facts and figures and theories surrounding the world’s greatest prehistoric monument. What the glossy brochures do not mention, however, is the systematic rebuilding of the 4,000 year old stone circle throughout the 20th Century.

This is one of the dark secrets of history archaeologists don’t talk about: The day they had the builders in at Stonehenge to recreate the most famous ancient monument in Britain as they thought it ought to look.

This picture shows workers on the site in 1901 in a restoration which caused outrage at the time but which is rarely referred to in official guidebooks. For it means that Stonehenge, jewel in the crown of Britain’s heritage industry, is not all it seems. Much of what the ancient site’s millions of visitors see in fact dates back less than 50 years.

From 1901 to 1964, the majority of the stone circle was restored in a series of makeovers which have left it, in the words of one archaeologist, as ‘a product of the 20th century heritage industry’. But the information is markedly absent from the guidebooks and info-phones used by tourists at the site. Coming in the wake of the news that the nearby Avebury stone circle was almost totally rebuilt in the 1920s, the revelation about Stonehenge has caused embarrassment among archaelogists. English Heritage, the guardian of the monument, is to rewrite the official guide, which dismisses the Henge’s recent history in a few words. Dave Batchelor, English Heritage’s senior archaeologist said he would personally rewrite the official guide. ‘The detail was dropped in the Sixties’, he admitted. ‘But times have changed and we now believe this is an important piece of the Stonehenge story and must be told’. (1)

We have forgotten our past.
So we choose to create it.
Our world is what we make it to be.
And this is more true than you would ever imagine…

3D printing as a way to skills oblivion, monuments, aliens.

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3D printers now print even metal and are getting bigger and better. (1, 2)

The old craft of metal manufacturing and welding will soon be forgotten.

Oh, I would love to see the faces of “high tech” people of the future when for some reason their machines break or when they will just want to create something not created by these machines… 🙂

We often wander how we are so incapable of doing things the ancient people did – like moving giant stones to create giant monuments. We have lost that skill due to technology. We have become too lazy to even be willing to learn that skill. And not we believe all ancient monuments were built by alines. How… human!

We once knew how to do everything! Too much “knowledge” had made us dumb…

Develop. Destroy. Develop. Destroy…

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A nation is developing. And destroys its monuments in the process. (1)

Why should we care?

What is better tribute to these monuments than their total destruction in the process of progress?

What good is a dead monument? Ancient people did not have “monuments”…

Luxor, a child, a monument, a society…

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A 15-year old child defaced a stone sculpture in an ancient Egyptian temple with graffiti. [1]

Everyone is angry.

They should be.

We live in the past. We adore the past. We think in the past.

The past is all our society has. Too bad…