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Schneider On Ancient Wisdom

December 1, 2013

Excerpted from A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, by Michael S. Schneider:

Today the ancient system is in fragments; each of the sciences, arts, and religions contains remnants of it.  Because we insist on a literal interpretation of past wisdom, it has been distorted and obscured.  We make undue efforts to see “things” and people outside ourselves as having power over us.  Instead of discovering the principles of twelve-around-one within our deeper self, we relegate it only to a pattern of holes in salt shakers and a game of Chinese checkers.

Yet we cannot and should not expect to rediscover the full body of ancient wisdom by studying dusty monuments and myths full of idioms and subtle references understood only by those who lived at the time.  The perennial wisdom requires each individual and age to discover it anew in external mathematics, expressing it in ways and symbols suitable for those times and cultures.

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