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  1. Blue Moon

    K Hamm- I really appreciated your brief critique of Game of Thrones- The world has never worked the way it is portrayed in period pieces like that- Exposure to the elements and infections from even the smallest cuts kept the rural areas far from the castle depopulated, not roving bands of brigands- Gangs are an urban phenomenon where criminals can leech off the infrastructure because they don’t have the temperament to maintain a support system out in the forests or open fields when there is no one to rob-
    When you really think about it, someone like Charlemagne probably never truly ruled any territory beyond the ten or twenty miles from wherever he was perched at the moment- Closer to our time, when kingdoms did expand through unification of smaller realms, I’m certain that histories were rewritten to justify such expansion by claiming “historical” precedent- The Catholic church has tweaked its own history so much that probably no real record exists of anything that actually took place- Rome rewrote Greek history to prop up the possibly fictitious Alexander the Great in order to justify the deification of Caesar and the Imperial Cult- On and on it goes…

    1. khammad

      Nicely put.

      “The Catholic church has tweaked its own history so much that probably no real record exists of anything that actually took place- Rome rewrote Greek history to prop up the possibly fictitious Alexander the Great in order to justify the deification of Caesar and the Imperial Cult- On and on it goes…”

      On the podcast that Ab recently posted titled “Cloud behind the moon” Dave talked about how we have no way to know what has happened before the 14th century. All our information from before that era is all just copies of copies of manuscripts. No original work. That goes right along with what you were saying.

      I would also add, like you wrote “On and on it goes …” how can we even know the truth of recent history, given the fact that the media insists that 19 arabs brought down the twin towers, and considering the fact that school books and dictionaries, university and government resources, discovery and history channel, and international agencies all support this “fact”.

      1. Blue Moon

        History is prewritten regardless of what is actually happening in the here and now of meat space- Pre-westernized China made allowances for that duality in order to maintain control- They had an official court sanctioned history and allowed a parallel “wild” history for the ordinary peons to believe- As long as you obeyed the man above you, you could believe whatever you wanted- There was no appeal to the throne to establish a consensus reality- Here most people vainly believe that the state is an expression of the public will so when the government peddles a lie, people’s vanity won’t allow them to examine it critically- They assume its true- For the scattered few like us, we have to make peace with that duality, even in our own homes (and certainly at my place of employment and I imagine yours as well as we are both in education)

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