Thursday, June 29, 2017

Do not be fooled about Atlantis

The New Age movement has made much use of the myth of Atlantis.

If one is truly serious about knowing what Plato's myth of Atlantis was meant to convey I recommend the scholarly book, The Atlantis Story: A Short History of Plato's Myth (2007) by Pierre Vidal-Naquet.

Plato created numerous myths to convey his theories on politics and psychology. Plato was not a historian and believed that history was a pack of lies. The view that Atlantis was only a myth is non-controversial and accepted by all serious Plato scholarship.

To learn more see Plato's Myths.

For those that take Meher Baba seriously, there is one question they should ask themselves. What do you 'need' Atlantis for? What cosmological purpose does it serve? It serves none at all.

The notion of Atlantis having an advanced technological civilization like our own, a notion that prevails today, was first conceived in 1882 by out-of-work U.S. Congressman and amateur Mayanist Ignatius Donnelly. His conception as a 'root civilization' of all others was soon after incorporated into Theosophical cosmology in 1888, along with the also invented lost continent of Mu.

Somehow it has become spiritualized, as if faith in God requires faith in Atlantis.

Scene from Walt Disney's 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire'
If the Disney® Corporation wants children to believe in Atlantis, you have to ask yourself why. Ask yourself why The History Channel, home of the Ancient Aliens series, is constantly pushing this on the public.

Is there any harm in believing in Atlantis? Of course not. But it's childish for an adult to do so. Is there any harm in spiritualizing Atlantis? Of course there is. Any notion that spiritualizes anything but God is spiritually backward and dumbs down your thinking.

In Brave New World, the people are taught to spiritualize a gilded Model T Ford.

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