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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Back to the Future


Welcome to my blog. This is my first attempt at blogging, so this is not only an introduction to you, gentle reader, but also my first blog post on my first blog. The wonders of technology in our modern times.
Since the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, there has been a tendency to view the past as something alien and backward. Paradoxically, people have always been fascinated by the past, especially the distant past, an often hallowed antiquity. It is true that the past is another country, so to speak, and it is precisely because of this that we are fascinated by it. It is both exotic and yet in many ways strangely familiar to us today.  

The motivation behind this blog is ongoing intersection between the past and the future in the present. With advances in technology, archaeology, history and a gradually more refined understanding of ancient languages we can catch tantalising glimpses through the mists of time and get a better understanding of lost worlds. However, just because the ancient world lies behind us in time, it does not mean that it has nothing to offer us today. I would say that knowledge is, in and of itself, intrinsically valuable. And of course there is the old adage, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

With the rise of the internet, and greater access to resources, materials and ideas than ever before, we have a new choice. People all over the world can experiment, entertain themselves and explore ancient knowledge, philosophy, arts, crafts, skills, games, languages and customs. They can choose to preserve them, or rediscover them in our modern world – when sadly many things that have been discovered  are becoming obscure and forgotten – and furthermore, to find ways of keeping them alive and relevant today. This blog seeks to look at how we can be inspired by ancient ways to enrich our modern lives!  

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