An Archaeology of the Fall
This horror story and academic treatise turns on the question: Why civilization? To even ponder the question is to make a wish. A family of an archaeologist, isolated in a research vessel in the Persian Gulf, ponders the question, and a genie appears to grant their wish. The celestial earth tells the story of Adam and Eve. The mundane earth tells the story of why. More
Why civilization? The answer marks the first singularity, the contradiction of all that went before. Our current Lebenswelt is not "the Lebenswelt that we evolved in". "Everything that we evolved to be" passed through this singularity. Social complexity was no longer constrained. We forgot who we were. We had to define who we are. We became civilized.
But what is "civilization"?
"Civilization" is what we say it is.
Of course, this is madness. But look around you. What isn't madness?
The first singularity left a fairy tale trace. Look in the Bible. The trace begins at Genesis 2:4.
Here stands a portal to the Fourth Age of Understanding. The Age of Semiotics begins.
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