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Was there a Great Flood?

Was there a Great Flood?
Pat Dickson - Wed Dec 18, 2013 @ 08:09AM
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Before I answer the question: Was there a Great Flood? I want to tell you why I am blogging on such a topic, as this is my first foray into a subject which may be called by many names. E.g. religion, mythology, literary history, cross-cultural archetypes, and the like.

I have lately been reading (or rereading) ancient writing, texts, fragments, and recorded testimonies of all sorts. It is amazing to me how so many myths and stories are connected. This study has really been an eye-opener for me. It has filled my daily life with small but cumulative epiphanies. It has fulfilled my need to be nourished with a never-ending flow of increasing insight and knowledge. 

More and more, I don't have to have questions answered. I could not comprehend them given the limits of my gray matter. Just reveal to me the universal art, woven in ephemeral silk! I only desire to see the next strand of the universal web which seems to tie everything together. I am certain this is the best I can do. I am near certain no man or woman will ever be able to envision more than a millionth part of this Nature of Things, whatever it might really be, especially given the constraints of the human mind or brain. 

Or perhaps the limits I speak of are not even intellectual. Instead they may be biological, physical, spiritual, or emotional?

Nevertheless, this daily, and usually early morning, self-education (or shall we say "Meditation?") still gives me a greater and greater intellectual, spiritual and emotional grasp on the world/Universe and the meaning of things. Yet at the same time it does not fill me with hubris (yes I am lying): As the cliché goes, and it is so true, the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. I am humbled, yet made docile. I am ready to learn and continue doing so. 

Yet, what have I learned so far, during my course of recent morning (and lifetime) studies? I will speak generally at first, by giving you three principles by which I am currently viewing all that I learn. Or shall we say this is my paradigm for learning and exploring the religious, mythological, anthropological, or whatever? Of course this may change, or be enumerated and expounded, or even deleted in its entirety over time. Do not fret. In the end I will give you an incomplete answer to the question, "Was there a Great Flood?"

The Three Pat Dickson Principles:

1. All things are connected.
2. Everything is true.
3. We do not need to know anything.

So, I answer you this: There was a Great Flood.

Given most of my friends and family are Christians, or derivatives thereof, I have just this moment perhaps saved myself a bit of scorn and the consequences of their vituperation which was to come should they have had the fortitude to read thus far. If not, angry emails, texts and phone calls are soon coming my way. As such, their morning reading was limited to the first few sentences of my main paragraph.

So to expand my answer, I say to you there was a Great Flood because the Great Flood was in the Bible. And there was a Great Flood because it happened in Ovid's Metamorphosis. There was a Great Flood because it happened in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

I won't go into much detail beyond what I have just offered, but to say a few things about Noah. He existed too. He was Noah in the Bible. He was Deucalion in the Metamorphosis/Greek/Roman History/Mythology. And Deucalion was Utnapishtim in Gilgamesh.

I only give a few references, but there are many others. For instance, what about Atlantis? Something cataclysmic put that place under water!

Now we have arrived at the point where my answer that the Great Flood happened will disappoint many of you. It does not matter to me whether the Great Flood "really" happened or not. Why? It makes no difference. The historical evidence, as written, will stay the same. We cannot rewrite the Bible, Gilgamesh, or the Metamorphosis. Archaeological evidence and contradictions will not justify the burning of false books. 

These stories, such as the Great Flood, archaeologically true or not, have become a part of us, as a human race. They connect us and give us depth to our language, or practices and rituals, and most importantly, they give us the closest thing to universal meaning we can hold in our hands and share with one another. What of Santa Claus should a Historian or Archaeologist "prove" him untrue? It would do our children no good to just permanently wash away a series of rituals which tie to our wishing one another "Happy Holidays" every Christmastime. 

So, let us talk about the Great Flood briefly, as it may run the gauntlet of my three principles.

1. Everything is connected. Humanity seems to accept a great flood from a number of different cultures, myths, religions, and the like. The question is not did the flood happen? The question is why does everyone need a great flood in their scripture or literary history? Could not the Great Flood be a warning to all people? Perhaps if we as a society run too far afoul and out of control, something big and bad may happen? Economic collapse? Nuclear war? What does the Myth of the Great Flood advise? Do not ask, did it happen, but what does it teach? Seek not a final answer, but look to answer as many questions as possible. What are the connections? Where does this web lead? And don't look for a final destination so you may put away the question forever. Should we eliminate the Great Flood, we take away its moral instruction forever.

2. Everything is true. If we deny the great flood, don't we deny ourselves the joy of learning more from it? To discount something, to declare it false, is to stop learning the lessons it teaches. There was a Great Flood. Now let's explore why. There is ESP for instance. We can read our own thoughts. There is telekinesis. Is not my typing at this keyboard my mind moving my fingers? An open mind that does not negate anything learns the most and never stops.

3. We do not need to know anything. In reality, I don't even need to know whether there was a Great Flood or not. I just need to leave my mind and spirit open to learn about it until the day I die. In this context, I'm just warning against "knowing" anything. To KNOW something is to pretty much decide you don't need to learn or explore anything about it ever again. It is an excuse to call something black or white then to close your mind to the subject forever.

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