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Consider the following. An event is something that happens at a moment in time, such as a lightning flash or a raindrop falling against my window. Events are arrayed at fixed positions in time, and only our movement in time from the past to the future makes them seem to change – to come and go. Our perceptions (the sights and sounds) are limited to the now – a window in time – and as the now moves in time, the universe unfolds and reveals through our perceptions what previously was unknown. Suppose we were not bound to the moving now and could perceive the whole universe throughout all time.

The Minoan language was not Indo-European 46 masks of the universe and its Linear A script remains undeciphered. Evidence suggests the Minoans were a maritime people who lived in unfortified towns and palaces of spacious courts with no large temples. Colorful frescoes of animals, birds, and fish display a spontaneity lacking in the stylized art of Egypt and Mesopotamia. This lively civilization – Hesiod’s silver race that neglected to worship the gods? – expired suddenly, probably because of an enormous volcanic eruption on the island of Thera, and because of the incursion of warlike Mycenaeans.

Astonishing as this may seem, remarks Butterfield, European history of the last millennium is no better, perhaps worse, presenting innumerable instances of sacred wars commissioned by angry and jealous gods, of the outcome of wars determined by the gods (victory to the faithful, defeat to the unfaithful), and of the inhumane treatment inflicted by the righteous on all heretics who failed to worship the true gods. Always men and women have cried out to the gods in time of need. ” Well had he served the mighty god Ashur, defeating his enemies, sacrificing in numerous ways vast numbers of male and female captives, piling high the dead and dying to the glory of his Lord, and here he was in old age beset by tribulations and without just reward.

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