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Parents and children

Parents and children
  Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan
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Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan



Publicat Duminică, 28 Ianuarie 2007, ora 15:55

       Six thousand years ago the first glimpses of what we now call civilization were seen between the Tigris and the Euphrates.
      In the beginning there were the Sumerians. Great inventors, they have built the wheel for the benefit of the years to come. The agriculture was brought to a level which opened the gates for trade, with silver / gold “coins” in exchange for the supplementary products. And as if those were not enough, they’ve invented a thing which indubitably pushed humankind to progress: writing.
      In the middle of Mesopotamia, the Akkadian state reached the power. In here there were born masterpieces as the Code of Hammurabi and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Huge ziggurats and libraries were built and for many centuries Uruk was probably the biggest city on the face of the Earth.
      From the highlands of the north a most cruel, merciless and feared people started to pillage the Middle East: the Assyrians. Many death and destruction laid as a foundation for their empire of terror lead with war chariots and javelins. However, they have built a very useful net of roads for communications and they have brought sculpture to an unbelievable level.
      Millennia passed by. The Persian came to rule this land, beaten then by the Greeks lead by Alexander the Great. The Greeks knew about the astounding breakthroughs from this part of the world even before, when the Egyptians gave them the first teaching. Through them the knowledge of those places passed to a new born empire: the Romans, who then conquered most of the Europe. Centuries later, these Europeans went to find their way in the distant New World, building the United States of America.
      This economical, political and military giant has industry instead of wheels, mass production instead of agricultural products in surplus, e-banking instead of silver / gold “coins”, computers instead of writing, the Declaration of Human Rights instead of the Code of Hammurabi, the Bible instead of the Epic of Gilgamesh, sky-scrapers instead of ziggurats, electronic data bases instead of libraries, megalopolises instead of big cities, stealth fighter instead of war chariots, missiles instead of javelins, Internet instead of roads for communications and movies instead of sculpture.
      The children are going now armed to “re-establish the order” into their parents homeland. Six thousand years ago, the parents needed to “establish the order” all over the Middle East so that their children would have a place to grow.
      The parents considered that they fought for a good cause.
      So do the children now.
      Let’s all pray that this good cause doesn’t transform the cradle of the civilization into its grave.

© Copyright Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan
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