Our Ancestors—Safe When They Walk The Streets Of Our Minds?
Most of us believe we’re much more “advanced” than our “crude” ancient ancestors.
In my opinion we’re quite unnecessarily self-congratulatory—consider this simple chart:
— Ancient Classical Elements
Fire Air Water Earth
— Modern Physics—States of Matter
Plasma Gas Liquid Solid
— Modern Earth Science
Magnetosphere Atmosphere Hydrosphere Geosphere
We’re quick to point out what we know that our ancient ancestors didn’t know.
Nevertheless, the above chart suggests that, while none of them would qualify for a job at NASA, they were far from ignorant and could be brought up to speed faster than we might think.
After they added our store of knowledge to theirs, (some of which we have lost, forgotten, disregarded, or mocked), would teaching then be strictly one-sided?
When considering the abilities and achievements of our forefathers and mothers, is it fitting to approach the subject predisposed to arrogance and smug self-assurance, or with respect and humility?