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History: Fact or Fiction?

It’s often said that “History is written by the victors”.  Which implies that much history is little more than war propaganda (written by the victors – to make themselves look good).

The very quote “History is written by the victors” is an example of this.  It’s usually attributed to Winston Churchill,  But as this article points out, this may not be true. So the quote is usually attributed to Churchill (who won WWII). While Hilter (who may equally well have first made the quote), gets no credit (because he lost).

And if you think about it, “history” is just someone saying what they believe (or want you to believe) happened, at some time in the past.   So where did they get their information from?  Well most likely, they read it or heard it from someone else.  And where did that someone else get their information from?  Well most likely, they read it or heard it from someone else again.  And so on…

Very few historical works seem to present any hard core evidence of what they claim happened (they just present it as fact).  And adding the natural human tendency to embellish the stories one tells – and to interpret and see things how you want to interpret and see them – the result is that most history is almost certainly partly if not totally inaccurate.

The stories about the pilgrimage to Mecca of the Malian King “Mansa Musa” is an example of this:-

Wikipedia says:-

“Musa made his pilgrimage in 1324, his procession reported to include 60,000 men, 12,000 slaves who each carried four-pound gold bars, heralds dressed in silks who bore gold staffs, organized horses and handled bags. Musa provided all necessities for the procession, feeding the entire company of men and animals.[9] Also in the train were 80 camels, which varying reports claim carried between 50 and 300 pounds of gold dust each. He gave away the gold to the poor he met along his route. Musa not only gave to the cities he passed on the way to Mecca, including Cairo and Medina, but also traded gold for souvenirs. Furthermore, it has been recorded that he built a mosque each and every Friday.”

But at Black History Pages we read:-

Mansa Musa is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca with, according to the Arab historian al-Umari, 100 camel-loads of gold, each weighing 300 lbs.; 500 slaves, each carrying a 4 lb. gold staff; thousands of his subjects; as well as his senior wife, with her 500 attendants. With his lavish spending and generosity in Cairo and Mecca, he ran out of money and had to borrow at usurious rates of interest for the return trip. Al-Umari also states that Mansa Musa and his retinue “gave out so much gold that they depressed its value in Egypt and caused its value to fall.”

So was it 500 or 12,000 slaves (each carrying a 4 pound gold bar)?

And 60,000 people in total?  Or just approximately 1000?

And 80 camels each carrying 50 to 300 pounds of gold dust?  Or 100 camels each carrying 300 pounds of gold?

And did he really build a new mosque each and every Friday?  If so, how big and permanent was it?  Etc?

Clearly, the story appears to have been greatly exaggerated along the way.

And in this case, both the descrepancies – and the rather unbelievable nature of some of the claims made – alert you to the fact that the stories have probably been greatly embellished over the years.

But if those descrepancies were eliminated – and the authors all agree on some common story (whether accurate or not) – then the fact that the entire story may well be mainly fiction is no longer readily apparent.

Which might well be the case with much of the “history” we know today.

Pirates: Fairytale Rogues or Mass Murderers ?

English fiction like Treasure Island and Peter Pan (and almost every Hollywood pirate move ever made), portrays pirates as more or less harmless rogues.  Apparently they wore patches over one eye, hopped around on peg-legs, kept talking parrots as pets – and spent their time either searching for or trying to bury treasure.

But were pirates really like that?

According to this Cracked article, the answer is NO.  In their opinion, real pirates were psychopathic mass murderers – who butchered and stole from often defenceless people.

Read more at:   The 7 Most Terrifying Pirates from History

(How) Is the Gold Price Rigged ?

Many conspiracy web-sites claim that the gold-price is rigged.  Unfortunately, they rarely provide any details as to exactly how this is achieved.

Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler attempt to fill this void.  They say (whether correctly or not), that:-

The Federal Reserve and its bullion bank agents (JP Morgan, Scotia, and HSBC) have been using naked short-selling to drive down the price of gold since September 2011. The latest containment effort began in mid-July of this year, after gold had moved higher in price from the beginning of June and was threatening to take out key technical levels, which would have triggered a flood of buying from hedge funds.

The Fed and its agents rig the gold price in the New York Comex futures (paper gold) market. The bullion banks have the ability to print an unlimited supply of gold contracts which are sold in large volumes at times when Comex activity is light…

Read more at:  Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception of Economic Reality — Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler

Rain and Sun Worship

Worshipping the rain and the sun appears to have been a major part of “ancient” and supposedly “pagan” religions.  See Wikipedia’s “Solar Deity”, for example

But according to  modern science – and modern religions like Christianity for example – rain and sun worship is just primitive superstition.

Unfortunately, this just ain’t so.  Rain and sun worship is not only plain common sense – but rock-solid science too.  Because it’s the rain and the sun that create and sustain life.

With no rain, one has a drought.  Crops die, and then the animals too.  And unless the rain resumes, all plant and animal life eventually dies – and you end-up up with a barren wasteland like the Sahara.

The Sun too, is also essential for life.  There is no sun in a cave.  And there is very little if any plant and animal life in a cave either.  The darkness that falls every night is thus the killer of life.  And the Sun, that rises from the dead every morning (to do battle with the forces of darkness), is essential for life too.

Thus, the ancients are 100% correct.  It’s the rain, falling from the sky (or the “heavens”) – and the sun that lives in the sky/”heavens” – that create and sustain life on earth (or at least, the human, plant and animal life which most of us are mainly concerned).

As man became more “civilised”, the simple observation that the rain and the sun effectively create and maintain life on earth evolved into organised religion.

The sun became various Sun Gods to be worshipped.

And the rain, without which the crops and plant life would perish, turned into a male God of some kind.  Whoose sperm – the rain – fell upon Mother Earth to bring forth the crops on which (animal and human) life depends.

And in Christian religion, the Sun God – who every morning rose from the dead to do battle with the forces of darkness – evolved into the Son of God.  Who apparently rose from the dead at Easter some 2000 years ago – to “save us”.

So are humans today smarter than the cave men who simply observed that life on planet earth was effectively created and maintained by the rain and the sun?

Or are humans today more stupid than cave men?  Believing the elaborate fantasies that a simple appreciation of the importance of the rain and the sun have evolved into – and having almost completely forgotten the original message?

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