We can all breathe a sigh of relief. Contrary to what had originally been planned, no cosmic portal to the Netherworld of Ba'al is to be opened in Times Square, New York City, on April 19, 2016. The original intention to install a replica of the famous Temple Arch of Ba'al in the Big Apple was scrapped in favor of a more manageable launch of a different arch in Trafalgar Square, London, on the same date. As a tribute to Palmyra, Syria during UNESCO's World Heritage Week, the Institute for Digital Archaeology, or, IDA, will be showcasing an achievement in what we here at RogueMoney might call Digital Masonry. Or is it more a case of Digital Freemasonry?
We chose the term "Digital Masons" for our blog title as an intentional double entendre. As you can see in the video below this photo we are indeed talking about literal robotic masonry. At the same time, you will also see that the Boyz from the good ol' 18th century Enlightenment are still having a field day, in ... well ... the field.
The video below was embedded within the April 8th UK Telegraph news story about the work of the IDA in replicating the damaged Triumphal Arch of Palmyra. In this video you will see a computerized stonecutter that Michelangelo and certainly daVinci would have drooled over. In fact, the work is being done in a Tuscany quarry right next to where the famous Renaissance artist did his own work -- quite a fitting bridge-in-time that links such a Renaissance Hermeticist with today's forward-thinking imagineers, as Disney would call them.
As we all sit back and rest easy that the project directors decided to re-create the innocuous Triumphal Arch rather than the Ba'al Temple Arch, we present a bit of background to this project to see if it still perhaps should raise a few quizzical eyebrows.
PRESERVING HISTORY, OR RE-WRITING IT?
The informed readers of RogueMoney are in tune with the false front that is the Islamic State. We know these thugs were created and funded by intel groups that have little or nothing to do with the traditional teachings of Islam. As we showed in our blog Jihad Made in Germany, we are watching yet another operation fomented by people who have no particular allegiance to any mainstream religion. That being said, the "Jihadists" at the top of the ISIS power pyramid couldn't care less about "infidel" religious sites. If that's the case, then what was the true motivation behind the Jihadist destruction of the precious ancient monuments of Palmyra?
As we posted in that earlier blog, a powerful network of self-appointed rulers have been working to realize their dream of a one united state of Europe with ultimate aims of a one-world government. This network began using radical jihadism even before WWI as a tool to achieve that dream. Therefore, we might expect that the destruction of Palmyrene history would also be a tool from that same box. It is true that in the aftermath of that destruction we have seen Europe come together on that issue, united to the point of getting the preservation of these ancient sites prioritized in the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2199. It's that old "Problem --> Reaction --> Solution" card being played once again by that New World Order crowd who created the League of Nations in the first place.
However we wonder if there is yet another parallel dialectic being played out, one that speaks even more to the Hermetica drama of discovering the secrets of universal power through the uncovering of humanity's past. For we noted in that UK Telegraph article mentioned above that the IDA project has not been without its critics as can be seen from these paragraphs:
Trafalgar Square, then, is the display case, and the arch within it ‘proof of our competency to do these things’. Meanwhile, the archaeology establishment has been watching all this not knowing whether to applaud or shake their heads.
"The replica arch is less to his liking or comprehension. ‘It seems to me it’s a bizarre expenditure of money, possibly with worthy but misinformed aims, to promote something which isn’t a real past, in an entirely reproduced form. I don’t get it; I find it very, very odd. I’ve got better uses for the money.’" -- Tim Schadla-Hall, reader in public archaeology at University College London, referring to the Million Image Database project.
Here's the main complaint: "to promote something which isn't a real past." That's the problem with archaeological restoration. You can make a restored item look like its original, ancient counterpart, but the replica is never THAT item. As the decades and centuries roll by, will visitors to the site understand that the temple pillars they are "oooh-ing and ahh-ing" may, in fact, simply be restorations? And if not, then how do we today even know for sure that the ruins that WE are viewing during our own excursions are the true history of OUR past and not just a replica? If there was a time in our global history when a very ancient people did enjoy an advanced culture, how do we know they didn't come up with the same idea? That theory may sound crazy, but really, does not the possibility exist? How many times have any of us, while going about the normal routine of our lives, muttered to ourselves, "I don't even know what's real any more?"
As an example of how this soft digital fakery is already being exhibited, may we draw your attention to the IDA founder's own words, Roger L. Michel Jr., from an audio interview he gave to NPR on April 2, 2016, which by the way was just hours before the "leak" of the #PanamaPapers (draw your own conclusions), as posted on his own web site here:
Michel: "It also provides the opportunity to recreate these structures in 3-D form, that is, through the use of 3-D printing and carving technology. We've been invited by Syria to place the [rebuilt] Arch near the site in Palmyra where the original one stood.
NPR Host: "As I don't have to tell you, digital reconstruction is getting so good that it has created a controversy. People are concerned that these reconstructions in their own way try to expunge history.
Michel: "My response is a couple of things. Part of it is a culture clash. In the West we are very fetishistic about originality. We want to touch the object that the master touched. This goes back to the days of reliquaries when people had bits and pieces of saints that they carried around with them.... For people in other parts of the world, the role of objects is, uh, not to somehow through the object itself bring you close to history. But it is a visual cue that provides memories of history. The history and heritage reside in the mind. And that's what these reconstructions can certainly provide. Most of the sites in Sicily today are 19th century reconstructions."
NPR Host: "I never knew that! I've been all over Syracuse in Sicily. So I'm just seeing reconstructions?"
Wow, let that sink in for a moment. So, even today, you can spend thousands of dollars on vacation to go visit some ancient site and, unknowingly, you are snapping photos of something that was simply made to "look" old. Wouldn't you feel just a little ripped off?
Notice that Mr. Michel makes no apology for this fraud because he simply does not regard it as fraud. "History and heritage reside in the mind." Oh boy, where have we heard that before? If that resonates with what we discussed in our previous blog That Radical Zero , then give yourself a prize. Once again, we are being presented with an abstraction of the mind being given equal face-time with solid Reality. It almost sounds like the other illusions these Hermeticists have created, like, debt-backed money or paper contracts for gold, doesn't it? Again, the Hermetic, Gnostic, or otherwise mystic wisdom of the Kabbalah is echoing in our ears:
"Take our sense of sight, for example: we see a wide world before us, wondrously filled. But in fact, we see all that only in our own interior. In other words, there is a sort of a photographic machine in our hindbrain, which portrays everything that appears to us and nothing outside of us." -- Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Book of Zohar,” Item 34
A new technology is rolling out before our eyes that seems to serve a very beneficial purpose as did the radical New Math of the 13th century. Nevertheless, once again this gift is fraught with hidden rocks under the water. How easy it now becomes to change the public perception of history, a pixel here, a pixel there. As that NPR host came to realize, he never even knew what hit him.
Surely other forward-thinking men have likewise seen the potential danger. We smirk as we consider another seemingly unrelated story, a small item posted as an official press release out of the Kremlin last week on April 4, 2016 only two days after that NPR interview (draw your own conclusions): "Vladimir Putin announced that he has signed an executive order bringing the Federal Archives Agency under direct subordination to the President." The release goes on to say:
Russia is a great archive power too. The Federal Archive Agency has 500 million dossiers on file. This huge information resource is the source of envy for many countries. Moreover, these documents deal not only with our history but also with global history, and they are not limited to Russia’s current borders because they are the heritage of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.
Yes, it would appear that Mr. Putin understands the necessity of guarding history. Other world leaders would do well to follow suit. President Putin is quite a student of history in his own right. We are certain that the significance of this "preservation" of Palmyra, of all places, is not lost on him. In our next blog we shall consider the "rhyming of history" as the New Silk Road connects the City of London with that new gold power to the east, Shanghai.
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