The Dawn of the Human Mind
THE DRAMATIC EVENT ACTIVATING THE GLOBAL MIND
Civilization is known to have appeared quite suddenly around 3100 BCE. In the words of the English Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson, who studied rock carvings in pre-dynastic Egypt, “there is still a major gap in the record, still a ‘missing link.’ So many of the aspects that distinguish Pharaonic culture seem to have come into being quite suddenly, without any discernible predecessors.” Therefore, anyone who contemplates for instance Egyptian civilization will have to face up to the fact that its most spectacular creations emerged soon after the institution of its first dynasty, rather than at its height or end. To get a sense of how early the pyramids were in Egyptian history we may consider that Cleopatra (69-30 BCE), the last pharaoh of Egypt, was closer to our own time than she was to the erection of the Great Pyramid.
With this knowledge as a background--that the construction of the Egyptian pyramids marks the approximate starting point of civilization--we may now return to the question: “Why were these pyramids built?” Our most important hint is then that they were built at the time of beginning of the Long Count calendar. Another related hint is that they had been preceded by the world’s oldest rectangular structures that derive from the time of activation of the pre-Long Count. This implies that these two calendars may mark shifts in the evolution of geometric structures. Maybe then, if we understand why the Maya set the beginnings of these two creations to the years 8240 and 3115 BCE, respectively, we may also understand why rectangular buildings and pyramids start to appear around these particular times. We will then of course have to take their calendar system seriously and explore if there is a reality to what they called “creations” and their relationship to the geometry of what humans created. If these calendars then turn out to reflect new creations and waves of evolution, bringing new frames of mind into existence, the enigma of the pyramids would be resolved if we only knew how the minds were altered--and by what.
For this we are in a fortunate position, since the Maya did indeed provide an explanation as to why their Long Count calendar began at the time it did. According to the late Linda Schele at the University of Texas, who has played a significant role in deciphering Mayan glyphs, it is inscribed at the Tablet of the Cross at the site of Palenque that at the beginning of this calendar, “the First Father erected the World Tree,” so that “the light could enter.” To understand this at first enigmatic description, we need to be aware that according to the Maya, the World Tree (what most other cultures refer to as the Tree of Life) was the origin of the four directions. The inscription in Palenque then continues: “it was made proper, the Raised-up Sky-Place, the Eight-House-Partition, is its holy name, the House in the North.”