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earlier, 10,000 BC, when the rains were
heavy, and the climate much wetter? Quite
a different picture!
The mystery crosses the water. In
Egypt, the people built pyramids and
travelled down rivers in boats made of
reeds, and worshipped feathered serpent
gods. Is it merely a coincidence of materials
being applied to a similar task in the New
World by the Mayans and Aztecs? Is it just
that we humans shared a consciousness in
those days, Sheldrake's morphic resonance,
manifesting either side of the Atlantic?
But one can get lost in these ancient
mysteries. I am less fascinated by the
possibility of a vanished Atlantis, than
amazed by our just extinct cousins, the
Neanderthals, a species probably separate
from we sur viving humans, homo sapiens,
encountering each other in Europe during
the Ice Age. How would our history have
been if the last Neanderthal hadn't died out
as recently as 24,000 years ago on the south
coast of Spain? What would they have taught
us about being human? Human ingenuity?
Human emotions, like love and anger? What
a bridge that would have been to cross, but
now gone, a mystery never to be answered!
The Zanclean Flood, described in 1961
by scientists, was a pre-human event around
5.33 million years ago, an extraordinary
breaching of the barrier between the Atlantic
Ocean and the dried up Mediterranean Sea.
As a one kilometre high waterfall would have
begun, the waters apparently dug a 200 km
channel across the Straits of Gibraltar, with
the dessicated Mediterranean filling up, at
its most intense stage, at a rate of about 10
metres a day. How extraordinary! And yet
this geologically established, pre-human
event is recounted to have happened in
earlier times by Pliny the Elder in the first
century AD. Now that's a mystery.
If I could do so safely, I would loved to
have glimpsed St Brendan on his voyages
into the western Atlantic, braving, in his
leather-clad boat, the driving seas on his
quest for the blessed island.
How similarly wondrous were the
Vikings travelling the northern waters,
encountering Valhalla-size icebergs,
snatching a new life in the absurd extremes
of volcanoes and glaciers of Iceland and
the longed for vine-lands on the tip of
Newfoundland, the last a voyage doubted
until confirmed by archaeological discoveries
A lthough confounding, I find these kind
of mysteries easy enough to step into. They
are cameos, delightful to pick up and play
with, and of no apparent consequence.
But now humanity must find a new jump
into time, to cross the geological age from
post Ice Age Holocene to bypass industrial
age Anthropocene and leap into a human
shaped sustainable future not yet attained.
And in our humble Australia, we are offered
an obscure debate between the Leader
of the Opposition and the Government
about emission schemes and bonuses to
polluters that mean little to the average
person, and even less to the environmentally
aware. The stylish business-as-usual poses
can't be understood because they can be
barely fathomed, deep down, as to measure
up with what's needed. Seinfeld political
debates -- about nothing -- fail to inspire. It
is the end of mystery. It is materialism, a
debate of non sequiturs.
The noughties were the hottest decade
in Australian history. But the facts won't
be enough. The political leaders must get
past the unedifying minor and marginal
promises and try for something better, and
deeper. To risk going into the mystery of the
gift of life and the marvel of nature.
We have our lives for such a brief
moment in time, and the planet is so
beautiful. Can't we make the change that's
worth remembering, millennia from now
-- one that touched not just the brilliance
to make the necessary changes, but the
reverence and wonder we found in nature
and some bigger, harder-to-explain story
that could explain why we chose to act
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