Now, i just had an interesting conversation with a friend over some food, and we got in to the topic of Religion and Philosophy, but we ended the conversation with beer and fermentation! How did we get there? OK... so to understand this a little better, lets talk about fermentation, lets talk about the universal force of decay and how that challenges our very nature. My friend purposed this question to me by saying "5000 years ago, or even today if people come across a dead animal, that's been dead for a few days, their instant human reaction is disgust, they don't look at a dead deer and say YUMMY!" So the first point we have to recognize (if you follow that logic) that decay itself, which is the foundation of fermentation, goes against our very human nature, and survival instinct. We know, that when the body fears for death, you go into "fight or flight" mode, and instincts take primary control over the brain rather than reason or logic, just like if you were to walk into a mortuary with a dead body on the table, chances are you would instantly throw your arm over your nose and either run out of the room, or puke. This has some basis for logical reasoning, if you know ahead of time that you will be walking into a room with a decaying body, your brain will prepare for the smell, but in this example i would be referring to a person unknowingly walking into that room, or unknowingly stumbling upon a dead animal, that reaction, brought about in part by shock, and in part by reflex; that is a natural reaction of the brain, brought on by the genetic knowledge of the first man who saw something dead and decaying, and said... EWWW lol, basically dead things = bad, i mean can you argue that's not the case? Even children who accidentally see a dead animal at a young age, more often than not, react in horror and disbelief, usually because they haven't had the mental growth to understand what just happen, but they instinctively they know its not right. So i think i made a pretty compelling case for you, that the reaction to decay is instinctively negative and repelling, it is actually the universal force that breaks down all things also, known as the weak force(which i find ironic since its anything but weak it actually cant be stopped as far as we know). So that's the first point... boring? OK lets move on to the second part BEER!! and WINE. Now lets go back a couple thousand years BC and talk about the Egyptians who actually had a goddess, yes Tjenenet was the official ancient Egyptian goddess of beer. So one has to ask themselves how a society in 3100 BC was able to make beer, or for that matter any society that old being able to make beer. The process of fermentation may seem simple at first glance, but there's many scientific facts you need to know to distill beer. it involves microbiology by “Infecting” the stuff you eat to make it "better", it involves Layering different temperatures of water in a holding tank. You need to know certain things before you even start, to make sure that the Amount of carbonation is proportional to pressure in whatever bottle your using, Nucleation sites for bubbles, Cloud formations when the bottle is opened; You need to know basic fundamental physics of fermentation Sugar --> Ethanol + Carbon Dioxide, along with other established physics like change in density, and the conservation of mass. you need to know about hydrometers and buoyancy because the higher an object floats, the denser the fluid is. There's arguments to this day between scientists why the fermentation process starts out at the top but sinks. Some say the change in the fluids density causes a change in buoyancy, others say the volume of the yeast itself changes. The point i'm trying to make is that we are still perfecting this process to this day.
So with that in mind, how did the Ancient Egyptians have it down packed? long before the scientific theories needed to perform fermentation (that we know of) were in wide spread? See, many people ask the most intriguing mystery at first glance, how did advanced knowledge, knowledge the Egyptians would have had to possessed in order to make the great pyramids, Just disappear? That is a great argument for another post, but this argument is just as valid. The point is, is that thousands of years ago, ancient cultures had to have had access to knowledge greater than they should have (if you look at it through the lens of the widespread scientific knowledge held during that time period) to create the marvels they did, yes and that ohh so great gift of beer LOL.
Now your probably wondering where God comes in... UGHHHHH the dreaded blogs about religion! and god! this guys a nut! right? Maybe?, but nevertheless, stories have been told for centuries, even in the bible, about angels coming down and gifting knowledge onto civilizations some in defiance of God, some through what some call "Divine Inspiration". Mozart was known to have said that his compositions came not from himself, but from the hand of god; Michelangelo, Da Vinci, even Einstein all seemed to hold the same belief that their work was holy (or in some way transmitted to them) in nature, and that they were being guided for the betterment of humanity. Even Einstein is quoted saying "The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness." - from( Albert Einstein - The Merging of Spirit and Science).
With that said... how? How could they have been divinely inspired? Or how could they have received some kind of "Universal Knowledge"(if you will). Well this leads us to what scripture describes as a time were "titans" or off-springs of angels and humans(according to the original bible) walked the earth, imparting knowledge about weaponry, science, alchemy, spirituality, innovation, and many other things that God had forbade them from telling humans, they eventually were exiled with Lucifer out of the kingdom of heaven leading to the modern day story about Satan's exile and the fallen angels(1/3 of gods angels according to the bible) who rule over the Kingdom of hell and can effect change on Earth, but not our souls.
So then we started talking about the possibility that this information, used to advance our civilization throughout the ages was spread by "angels", "divine entities", "God", whatever word you choose is irrelevant, but as they are by definition "fallen angels"(according to the bible), logic would dictate they are the opposite. This led me and my friend into a conversation about how its quite possible, certain figures in history have been inspired, but what they thought of as divine, was actually malicious in intent, and used as a way to manipulate these people, to shape events of their era, and times to come. I'm not saying these are my privately held belief's, those are mine and mine alone, and so are yours... The point of this post is to show you that COMMUNICATION, the act of talking to someone else in an intelligent manner, debate, and opposing views, these are all things we as humans need to be doing! If you don't ponder the big questions with other people, and spread that thirst for knowledge that we all have inside of us, what's the point? They say 2 heads are better than one for a reason, because when you have back and forth, you become open to new ideas, you begin your own research, that is the essence of what it means to be conscious.