Philosophy is about positing possible solutions where none other can be found. In a sense it’s about human logic versus reality. Good stories gather followers and things that appear normal are often turned on their heads when evidence to the contrary is available. That applies to climate change versus old world philosophy and incorrect notions that everything that God does is good and that an eternal paradise awaits us.
The real God is the Great Spirit of the Universe, as my reincarnation experience testifies. With that driving me the goal to separate reality from supposition has never waned and my life has been one of searching. Consequently my search took me far and wide into corners of human development that few would or could tread. So what is reality?
Nothing is closer to it than the fact that the world is fast approaching its end. Even with that looming the arguments against climate change are almost as blatant as those for it. In other words, humans are as confused as ever about what is happening to them and the planet.
In Australia we face catastrophic conditions throughout summer as fires rage throughout New South Wales and Queensland. They will gather pace with cyclonic winds over drought conditioned woodlands and plains. They are impossible to stop as the environment is right for massive destruction.
Even in the face of this the government refuses to contemplate climate change as the cause. With many parliamentarians blinded by religious philosophy that the world was created in six days and will not end until Jesus Christ returns, there is no persuading them.
What does it take to change this view into something closer to the facts? In the old world thinking nothing could happen that opposed the religious view that only what is laid down in holy books is fact. This is naïve and wrong when it comes to what is now happening.
While many politicians are religiously orientated they appear to have no mind to accept climate change as a reality. They are prone to accept the nonsensical view that heaven awaits them and that the god they worship won’t destroy the planet. A philosophical miscalculation of major proportion is obviously behind it along with the money factor that drives them into believing it.
In order to understand this book you have to look beyond its title “Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man: A Philosophy of History and Civilisational Triumph”. Otherwise you may feel it is too complicated to read and you will miss the best benefits of all that this author Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan provides you in knowing in the end all is good, if you have the faith to believe. Of course all can be explained by science, with the background of this author he would have to preclude some of his thoughts through science, but if you throw in philosophy then it gets interesting because you can forecast different results. Man must not live beyond his means in the end.
This is a long time lesson that people have been trying to teach for years. You cannot take it with you and in the end the less you have in material items, the more you understand of the human spirit, the better fulfilled you will be as a human being and you will find the meaning of life through human touch and life. In the end there will be different cultures living together as there is today sharing most of the basic values and with each one keeping their own dignity. Through the sixteen chapters there are three areas or parts addressed and they are life, security and future. The reference material helps the reader with the glossary, the diagrams, and summary tables.
The one thing that stood out to me is the increase of awareness of our emotions that enhances our behavior making our relationships healthier and more fulfilling. In fact, we are creating our own history. You must read this book with an open mind and be able to explore and listen to others perceptions. The knowledge of being able to see all options presented in front of you and then moving forward will allow you to grow as an individual. It may take you some time to get through this book but read it with an open mind and you will find that you will enjoy this book.
Egypt prides itself as the first center of civilization on the African continent from 5000 B.C. The country is located along the coast of the Nile River in the northeast of Africa. Egypt was the site of one of the most powerful and longest-lasting civilization in the ancient world. This great ancient state highly utilized various art forms in revealing their deep-rooted philosophies of life. These philosophies were embedded in their strict and compact religious beliefs paramount amongst them was the belief in life after death. Owing to this, the people practiced a death cult where art was the main vehicle that was used.
Egyptian art was made purposely to serve the dead. For the ancient Egyptians, death was not an end but the transition from the land of the living (physical world) to the land of the dead (spiritual/metaphysical world). The Egyptians believed that when they died, their souls (Ka) would continue to live in another world but inside the same bodies. Therefore to ensure a successful journey to the land of the dead and the afterlife, the deceased had to be physically preserved along with earthly possessions and other reminders of daily activities.
To achieve this philosophy, the ancient Egyptians carefully treated their dead bodies called mummies and embalmed them to protect them from decaying. Works of art were meant to accompany the deceased into eternity. Thus, Egyptian art is an art of permanence that is why Egyptian art is popularly referred to as ‘Art for Eternity’. Fine linen strips woven were used in wrapping deceased bodies. Sometimes, the likenesses of missing corpses were carved from imperishable or durable materials like granite, gold and gems to replace them. After wrapping the body of the deceased (mummy) with the linen material, it was painted in bright colours and laid in tombs. These architectural structures known as pyramids were constructed with heavy stones. This assisted in prolonging their lifespan for eternity. Egyptian tombs were built to assure a blissful afterlife for the deceased, and the paintings, sculptures and other objects in them had an eternal purpose.
The interiors of these pyramids were lavishly decorated with series of paintings that depicted the journey of the dead to the metaphysical world. Other themes for the painting included people hunting and feasting. Funerary texts which were believed to preserve the dead person’s name and petitions for his wellbeing by the gods were also written in hieroglyphics. This graphic art recounted the good deeds of the deceased including his titles and honours gained during his lifetime.
Thus, the ideologies of the Egyptians regarding the afterlife which is part of their philosophy was made evident through the artistic creations-paintings, sculpture, architecture and textiles. This should inform scholars today of the indispensable role art can play in societal progression and sustainable development. Modern scholars must not dissuade art as silent in philosophy because of their picturesque nature. Rather, they must endeavor to explore on how to implement artistic creations in relaying philosophies or deep thoughts as the cardinal example of the ancient Egyptians illustrates.