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## CODING AND DECODING

The people of prehistory were very curious and very intelligent. Very probably they created other civilizations in between natural disasters and attempted to carry some of the old knowledge through the ages following each cataclysm. Because certain humans are very greedy and very ambitious, anything of value that is visible will usually be stolen and kept from the masses to be eventually lost. This is especially true when the greedy and ambitious are stupid - because they cannot allow intelligent people to have anything that might upset the power that they have over others. Consequently, the old knowledge was hidden innocently in plain sight to prevent it from being stolen and/or altered.

Just as the sight of "God" is so obvious that everyone who has eyes can see it, certain books are so obvious that every one who

canread canreadthem. The old knowledge was hidden in written works that appear to be simple myths. The use of codes was the means of carrying the knowledge intact into the future. The codes were often mathematical in nature, each letter corresponding to a number. The ancient Hebrew text of the first five books (The Torah) of theHoly Bibleis rich in coded messages. Decoding can be done when one is familiar with certain mathematical series and mathematical tricks. The first step in learning to decode such messages is to begin a file of numbers by listing each number on a page and then telling everything you know about that number.

ExamplesFor example, three is (1) the number of points which can describe the orientation of a plane (geometry), (2) a form of stability as a tripod, (3) a form of strength as a triangle (structural engineering), (4) the third prime number, (5) the entity that is the child that follows from two entities mating, (6) the tone that is produced from two "parent" tones played simultaneously, (7) perhaps the most revered number of the Kelts, (8) the number of entities or principles that came from Chaos in Greek myth, (9) the number of Cyclops that were the progeny of Gaea and Uranus in Greek myth, etc.

Eight is (1) the number of points on a cube, (2) the number of the Hebrew verb "to love", (3) the highest number

notto be lost during a reduction process (9 disappears), etc.The number 64 is (1) the number the Hebrew noun for the sphere of Venus,(2) the number of the ancient Greek noun meaning "truth", (3) 8 squared, (4) the number of squares on a chess board, (5) the number of the land north of Eden called "Havilah" (from a root meaning "to be sweet", "to be pleasant", "to adorn"), etc.

Twelve is (1) the number of notes in the chromatic tempered scale (music), (2) the number of full moons in one year, (3) the number of signs in the zodiac, (4) the number of tribes of Israel mentioned in the exterior marching order, (5) the number of thoracic vertebrae in the human spine, (6) the number of months in one year, (7) the number of hours in a day or a night, (8) the lowest base of the number system used in ancient Sumer, (9) the product of the two sides of the first right triangle of whole numbers, the 3/4/5 triangle, (10) the number of inches in one foot, (11) the number years it takes for Jupiter to orbit the sun, (12) the number of days for Vulcan to orbit the sun, (13) halfway around the earth on a great circle route in thousands of miles, (14) the number Titans in Greek myth, (15) one of the sides in the right triangle that is considered one of the keys to wisdom (the 5/12/13 triangle), (16) the number of ribs in the human body (and it is

not truethat men have one less rib than women), etc.Thirteen is (1) the number of notes in one octave of the chromatic scale, (2) the actual number of tribes of Israel when the Levites at the center of the marching order are added in, (3) the number of sidereal revolutions of the moon about the earth in one year, (4) the radius of the circumscribed circle about the pentagram, (5) the number of each of the Hebrew nouns in the love/hate spectrum, (6) the hypotenuse of the 5/12/13 right triangle, (7) the number of weeks in one season, (8) the number of genes in mitochondrial DNA, (9) the number of united colonies in the first United States of America and the number of stars on the first American flag, (10) the number of cities of ancient Sumer after the great flood, etc.

Twenty-six is (1) the number of the tetragrammaton (the Yod Heh Vau Heh), (2) the diameter of the circumscribed circle about the pentagram, (3) the total number of vertebrae in the human spine, (4) the number of protons and the number of electrons in an atom of iron, (5) the number of the Hebrew noun for mass or gravity (also meaning weight, heaviness, inertia), (6) the number of Venus and of Earth in ancient astrological symbolism (circle above cross, and cross inside circle), (7) the number of the earth plane in symbolism in the Hebrew tree of life (crossed diagonal lines inside circle), (8) the number of the cube (6 faces, 12 lines, and 8 corners), etc.

Thirty-six is (1) the number of chapters in

Bamidbhar(erroneously calledNumbersin theTorah, (2) magnesium (12 protons, 12 neutrons, 12 electrons), (3) the number of degrees in the fundamental angle within the pentagram, (4) the extension of eight (eight is the number of the Hebrew verb "to love"), (5) the number of decanates in the zodiac, (6) six squared (six is the considered the "perfect" number), etc.Sixty is (1) the product of all the numbers in the 3/4/5 right triangle, (2) the product of 5 and 12 which are the two sides of the 5/12/13 right triangle, (3) the number of minutes in an hour, (4) the number of seconds in a minute of time, (5) the number of minutes in a degree of arc, (6) the number of seconds in a minute of arc, and so on.

The number 666 is (1) the number of the beast in

Revelations, (2) the extension of of thirty-six, (3) the element carbon, the chemical base of life, (6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons), etc.

Reducing, Zero, and NineNumbers can be "reduced" by the addition of their digits. For instance, the first reduction of 547 is found by adding together 5, 4, and 7, which then becomes 16. A second reduction is done by adding 1 and 6 so that the answer is 7. In this process any zero or nine will act as if it is not there. These are considered the invisible numbers that are everywhere. In this sense, they are more "God"-like than the other numbers. For example, 9307 can be reduced as follows: 9+3+0+7=10. If we simply remove the 9 and the 0 from 9307, we have 37 which still reduces to 10 just as if the 9 and the 0 were not present at all.

SpectrumsThe ancient philosophers believed there are spectrums of opposites such as the love/hate spectrum in which love is at one end and hate at the other, with various degrees in between. This spectrum had the number 13 which makes it a subspectrum of 4 because it reduces to 4. There are subspectrums which reduce to 13 such as those with numbers like 67, 49, or 85 (6+7=13, 4+9=13, 8+5=13). There are many such spectrums and a good exercise is to list as many as one can recall. For example there is high/low, hot/cold, fast/slow, etc.

SeriesOne should make a table of each number series. One is the squares (a number multiplied by itself). This series would begin as 1 (which is 1x1), 4 (which is 2x2), 9 (which is 3x3), 16 (which is 4x4), 25 (5x5), 36 (6x6), and so on. Another is the cubes. A cube is a number multiplied twice by itself. This series would begin as 1 (which is 1x1x1), 8 (which is 2x2x2), 27 (which is 3x3x3), 64 (which is 4x4x4), 125 (which is 5x5x5), etc.

A more complex series is the life series (sometimes known as the Fibbonacci series) where each number is the sum of the two preceding it. It begins as 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, etc.

There is the series of extensions in which each number is the sum of all the numbers between one and another number. This series begins as 1 (sum of 1), 3 (sum of 1+2), 6 (sum of 1+2+3), 10 (sum of 1+2+3+4), 15 (sum of 1+2+3+4+5), 21 (sum of 1+2+3+4+5+6), etc.

There is the series of factorials in which each number of the series is the product of all the numbers between one and another number. This series begins with 1 (the product of 1), 2 (the product of 1x2), 6 (the product of 1x2x3), 24 (the product of 1x2x3x4), 120 (the product of 1x2x3x4x5), and so on. Note that 6 is a number in both of the preceding series and was called the perfect number for this reason. It is the only number that is both the sum and the product of the numbers from 1 to the same other number, in this case 1 to 3.

You may wish to procure the periodic table of elements which is a series also. Do not scoff. It appears that the ancients of prehistory were familiar with this table.

When you discover other types of series, you may wish to make tables for them as well. However, most of the time the ancient codes used the simpler types of series mentioned above.

Primes and FactoringA prime is a number that is divisible only by 1. Some of the lowest primes are 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, and 31. Other numbers are divisible by more than 1 and the numbers by which they can be divided are found by factoring. For instance, 34 can be divided by 2, 52 can be divided twice by 2 (52/2=26 26/2=13), and 45 can be divided by 3 twice and by 5 once (45/3=15 15/3=5 45/5=9). Another way to say this is that 34 is the product of 2 and 17; 52 is the product of 2, 2, and 13; and 45 is the product 3, 3, and 5.

There are mathematical tables for primes and for factoring which can be purchased or otherwise procured. Higher numbers require much greater effort to determine whether or not they are primes and what their factors might be. Therefore, it is wise to procure such a table.

When the factors that create a large number are found, they can often be interpreted successfully and the coded message discovered.

Ancient AlphabetsIt is generally believed that writing began when people started counting their livestock. It was easier to remember what ewe was in what pasture if someone had a symbol for the animal such as a colored rock or a specially shaped piece of baked clay. The symbol could be placed in particular container or on a particular shelf that represented the pasture where the animal could be found.

When one sold or traded the ewe, the symbol could be traded as well. When the ewe was to be sent for a distance of several miles along with some others, the symbols could be placed in a bag or jar and taken along. Then came the time when someone other than the owner of the sheep was contracted to take them to the new owner. At this point, it was wise to seal the symbols in a clay container to be sure that the contractor did not cheat. The container could be broken by the new owner, the symbols counted along with the sheep, and the delivery would be considered complete. Later, this worked for items other than sheep or other livestock.

Eventually, the caravans went for such distances that several days were required for the trip. Each morning it was necessary to count the livestock being moved to be sure one had not strayed or been stolen during the night. The clay containers with the symbols in them could not be broken until the trip was complete, and the contractor needed to know the contents of the containers to be able to count the livestock each morning. So it became necessary to place the imprint of each symbol on the container when its clay was still soft, thus showing what was inside without the necessity of breaking the container.

Then someone had a startling revelation. If the contents of the container were stamped on the outside, why was it necessary to have a container at all? Instead, a clay tablet could be used with the symbols' imprints upon it. By this time the symbols had become standardized so that the symbol for sheep looked the same for each man and was different from the symbol for a cow or a goat. The symbol had become the written symbol of the word for what the word represented. Then came the idea that a part of the sound of the word could be used as merely a particular sound or letter of a phonetic alphabet. At this point, the alphabet was beginning to be a true alphabet of sounds as we know it today.

There was a time in this evolution of writing when the symbol was a primitive ideogram and could later become an advanced ideogram like what is used in the Far East today. An ideogram is a stylized picture of an object or verb and there can be over 3,000 of them for students to memorize. They have the advantage of being read and understood by people with very different spoken languages. At this point in prehistory, the symbols had the capability of becoming either advanced ideograms (pictures) or phonemes (letters of sound). There were also numbers to be considered so that symbols for numbers might also be pictures or letters. Many alphabets of that time (most of them Semitic) took the same road as what we call Hebrew.

The old flame alphabet that we call Hebrew today is a carry-over from the this ancient turning point. Each letter in it is both a primitive ideogram and a phoneme. Each letter also represents a number, an abstract idea, and an object - and sometimes even more. And this is why this alphabet is so useful for coding purposes.

Of course today there are those who believe that God, as opposed to a form of evolution, gave us the flame alphabet. According to the teachings of many of the old cultures, if we are to believe their current-day incarnations, the One most people call God was and is bright enough to use evolution as the tool for successful creation, whether we are speaking of alphabets or biological organisms. Since the One is eternal, creation need not be hurried, and evolution is very thorough in assessing the details needed for success. Regardless what we believe, the old flame alphabet

what it is today.is

Words and RootsOften, the name of a place or person is the name of an object or act, or is taken from a root word that provides a clue to a deeper meaning. The word meaning and the root can be found in the lexicon.

Tricks in CodingThere are many "tricks" used in coding in Hebrew and other old languages. One is the use of numbers which is found in Aramaic, Hebrew, ancient Greek, and Latin to name but a few. Numbers can illustrate certain concepts when two mirror images such as 37 and 73 are compressed into their product which is 2701. A table of primes and factors is useful in decoding 2701 into its constituent primes. Certain numbers can be found in words, repeated in phrases, and repeated again in paragraphs to be certain that the person decoding the message understands that there is no coincidence involved. Repetition is also used in other forms. Sometimes there is emphasis where one statement says the same thing two or more times within itself. Often, the spectrum number is used by means of a word that is opposite the intended meaning, and there are clues given to show that this is being done. In this case, the device is meant to keep a secret from those not sufficiently schooled to comprehend. Many times, the numbers refer to parts of ancient teaching devices such as the tree of life.

## An edited part of

Measuring and Music, Chapter 23,

of

The Oldest Magic

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Think of yourself as you would have been had you lived in a past age without modern gadgets to distract you. You look at the world around you for hints as to what it is, how it works, and how it was conceived and built. You look for patterns in the growth of plants, examine the properties of each number, study the geometry of shapes, look for patterns in the stars and in the weather, study human nature, listen everywhere for hints as to the answers you seek, and attempt to devise ways to better measure everything around you. You notice that each number is a consequence of those that went before it, that each has an "extension" that is the sum of all the numbers from one to itself, that it has a "reduction" that is the sum of its digits, and that it matches the numbers in certain special mathematical series or things in the natural universe. And you begin to measure the universe around you with these things in mind.And this is probably how it happened, how our discovery of universal constants came about, how our systems of weights and measures evolved, and how we attempt to discover the means and ends of our creator. Within our system of weights, measures, and related things, even though it be only a shadow of what it once was, can be found the story of humankind. Little things, like the tradition of the 30 inch stride of two steps per second that is used in our armies, hold the key to our past. These are things that religious fanatics, warring dictators, and time have failed to erase.

At least as long as five thousand years ago, someone noticed that a triangle the length of whose sides were in a ratio of 3, 4, and 5, would always have one angle of 90 degrees. In other words, this triangle had a square corner where the 3 side met the 4 side. It made no difference what unit of measure was used. Inches, feet, yards, miles, or any other unit would do as long as all sides were measured in the same units. This was a very important discovery because it allowed craftsmen who built buildings or other things to construct perfectly square corners. And for many hundreds of years, the 3, 4, 5 triangle was a guild secret, never to be revealed to the uninitiated. Later, someone discovered that a triangle with sides measuring 5, 12, and 13, also could be used to lay out a square corner, although this latter triangle was not usually as convenient to use. And, probably somewhat later, it was discovered that many triangles of this nature exist.

The concept of a square corner had much practical importance. However, it was realized that the universe was based upon our view of a three-dimensional space, and the concept of dimensions is also based upon the perfect right triangle. So the universe is based upon such triangles. Actually, the ancient peoples were known to have expressed a concept of a universe having six directions in place of three dimensions, which is more reason to understand their regard for the number 6. Their high regard for 7 came partly as the result of their placing a center where the 6 directions meet, the center being 7 when counted with the six directions. And in a universe that is infinite in all six directions, the center is you (the self). So you are one of many centers of consciousness in an infinite universe and 7 is your innermost center.

These right triangles were one of the considerations as to what numbers should be most sacred. Indeed, the learned among the ancient peoples regarded all numbers as sacred as was the science behind them. People of those times were not stupid. They hadn't lived long enough to discover much of our modern gadgetry and may not have been interested in it had they discovered it, but they had their own insights which were, perhaps, wiser than many of ours. The first of these triangles has sides whose product is 12 (3x4=12), and sides and a hypotenuse whose product is 60 (3x4x5=60). All of the triangles of this type have sides whose product is an even multiple of 12, and sides and a hypotenuse whose product is an even multiple of 60. Therefore, 12 and 60 were regarded as universal constants of vast importance.

The concept we call zero was sacred because it was the sum of all things, the symbol of the Eternal, the state of existence that preceded the creation of the universe. The number one was sacred because it represented the great Mother from whom all were created, the substance of space itself, the Nether. Three, four, and five were all parts of the builder's right triangle. Six was the perfect number because 1+2+3=6 and 1x2x3=6 also. No other number has this quality. There were many other reasons to use certain numbers. All of these reasons eventually led to a system of measurement.

The inch was a very early unit of measure approximately equal to the width of a human thumb. This is a very good fundamental unit because it is about the right size (fairly small without being microscopic), corresponds to the digit that sets humans apart and gives them a great advantage over other animals, and nearly everyone who is human has one. It is typical of most ancient measuring units to be easily approximated by a human body dimension. The inch could be halved to obtain a half-inch, halved again for a quarter-inch, again for an eighth-inch, and so on.

Using a halving or a doubling was in keeping with octave theory. The ancients knew that a musical pipe that was half as long as another pipe would play the same note but one octave higher. The width of a hand was often used as a measure of four inches (two doublings of an inch). A hand width with the thumb extended to the side was six inches (the perfect number and the product of two and three). The foot was approximately equal to a human foot in length and was twelve inches long.

Twelve is easily divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. It is the number of full moons in one year, the number of notes in the chromatic scale, the number of years it takes for a human to reach puberty, the number of years required for Jupiter to make a full revolution about the sun, the length of one side of a perfect right triangle (the 5, 12, 13 triangle), and the product of the first two sides of the 3, 4, 5 right triangle (3x4=12). An ideally dimensioned pipe that plays middle C on the old scale is about 12 inches in depth from the top to the plug, and had a diameter of one inch.

The cubit is 18 inches long, approximately equal to the length from the tip of the elbow to the tips of the extended fingers, half of one yard, 1.5 feet, and based upon the number 18. A pipe that is 18 inches long produces an "F", the fourth note above the "C" below, used with the fifth above to tune pianos and other instruments today, and used in the old four panpipe sets that eventually led to the pentatonic scale. However, the fact that 18 inches is half of 36 inches may be the most significant feature of the cubit.

The two right triangles (3, 4, 5 and 5, 12, 13) were analyzed at some early date to reveal what is called today, the "Pythagorean Theorem", which was rediscovered or simply revealed by a Greek teacher we know as Pythagoras (not his given name). This is the theorem that says A squared plus B squared equals C squared, when A and B are the lengths of the sides of a right triangle (triangle in which one of the angles is 90 degrees) and C is its hypotenuse (the side opposite the 90 degree angle). The Egyptians used this theorem long before the time of Pythagoras to work square roots in a geometric type of mathematics. When they wanted to find the square root of 5, they simply made a square, bisected it, and drew a diagonal across one of the halves.

By allowing one side of the square to equal two, one end of the bisected bottom of the square became one, and because of the natural law that created the Pythagorean Theorem, a line drawn diagonally from the center of the square's bottom to a top corner of the square was equal to the square root of five.

This was called the "Golden Section" and was considered very sacred. Why? Because it allowed them to construct a perfect pentagram (See

The Five Pointed Staron this website).Each line of the pentagram is divided into three lengths. If the center length were two inches, each end length would be one plus the square root of five inches. If we call the center "A" and the end lengths "B", then (1+ 5 )/2=B/A=(A+B)/B=(A+2B)/A+B = 1.6180339, the value that the Greeks named after a character in their alphabet, "phi" (looks like an "o" with a line through it). The pentagram and its number, 5, were known as symbols of the life force (remember STAR WARS, the movie?) because the life series in mathematics, which was rediscovered by a man named Fibbonacci, is represented by (1+ 5 )/2, or phi. This is a rather remarkable series whose numbers are found in the head of a sunflower, the cross-sections of bones, the patterns of growth of limbs on trees, the construction of pine cones, the gravitational harmonies (orbital periods) of the planets, and the ratios between frequencies in our musical scale, to mention but a few places.

This series, in its simplest form, is 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, and so on. It is merely the adding of the two last numbers to obtain the next in line. When it is carried out to about the 21st number (if one includes zero), each succeeding number divided by the preceding number equals the value of phi for at least seven numbers after the decimal. Inverted, it becomes phi minus one (.6180339). And squared, it becomes phi plus one (2.6180339). Interestingly, phi squared times 6/5 equals pi (the key to circular calculations). This is only the beginning.

The ancient peoples defined the pentagram as the symbol of the life force for good reason. It represented the life series as no other symbol could. And the smallest angle found in the pentagram is 36 degrees. A vertical line bisecting an upright pentagram divides the 36 degree angle into two angles of 18 degrees each. Other angles found in the pentagram are 72 degrees (twice 36) and 108 degrees (thrice 36). This brings us back to the cubit of 18 inches, the yard of 36 inches, and the fathom of 72 inches - all of which tend to remind us of the properties of the pentagram and its sacred numbers.

Once more we digress to the simplest units of length for the circumscribed pentagram. Remember that the circle was the symbol for the Eternal with a diameter of 26 and a radius of 13. From the center down, the number of life is reaching toward the Eternal. But 8 is needed to reach the Eternal. In old Hebrew and, possibly, in others of the similar languages of the day, 13 was the number of the noun, "love", and 8 was the number of the verb, "to love". The extension of 13 is 91 which is 7 times 13 and the approximate number of degrees in a quarter revolution about the sun and the length of one season. Thirteen is the number of weeks in one season. A panpipe tuned to middle C is about a fourth wavelength long or 13 inches. The number of notes in the musical scale is 13 when the octave note is included. The circle diameter is 26 which is the number of weeks in a half year. An open ended flute tuned to middle C is equal in length to about half the wavelength of middle C. The wavelength of middle C is 52 inches (the number of weeks in one year) and its half wavelength is 26 inches. The extension of 8 is 36 (1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 36) and we are back to the yard again. But before we go on, note that the extension of 36 is 666 which is three of the perfect number, 6, and reduces to 18 (the cubit).

It has been noted that 12 and 60 were the key numbers in right triangles whose sides can be expressed as whole numbers. Today, we still use 12 for many things and 60 is the key to our time measuring (60 minutes in one hour and 60 seconds in one minute) and our system of measuring arcs (60 minutes in one degree of arc and 60 seconds in one minute of arc), all of which came from Old Sumer. Sixty is also the division that is basic to the notes of the pentatonic scale. If the basic pipe wavelength in a pentatonic panpipe set were 60 units long, the others would measure 50, 45, 40, 36, and 30 units. To go one step further and multiply by the next number in the series which is 6, the perfect number, we have 360 or the number of degrees in a circle (3x4x5x6 = 360). This is not an accident as 360 is easily divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 24, 30, 36, 40, 45, 60, 72, 90, 120, and 180. This number is also usable as a basic unit for the diatonic musical scale (the number 180, signifying half of one complete cycle, is actually the fundamental unit for the scale). And probably the greatest boon of all is that 360 is very close to the number of days in one year, making it possible for the old astrologers to perform their computations more easily.

According to Peter Tompkins, pages 206 & 207 of

Secrets of the Great Pyramid, the old geographic foot can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia in 3500 BC. This means Old Sumer and the foot may be much older. This particular foot is 1.0101 times the foot we use today, almost the same, as tradition is sometimes stronger than the ravages of time. This particular foot was originally computed by astrological observation (or by astronomical observation - astronomy is one of the descendants of astrology) so that 100 feet equalled one second of arc on the earth's surface, which gave the earth a circumference of 129,600,000 feet. The number 1296, which is the meaty (non zero) portion of *129,600,000, is 36 squared (36x36=1296) and reduces to first 99 and then 9. Remember that 36 hints at the pentagram and is a also equal to the perfect number, 6, times itself.## *The dimensions of the ark of the covenant were 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cubits or 45 x 27 x 27 inches. 45 + 27 + 27 = 99. 45 is 5 times 9. 27 + 27 = 54 which is 45 reversed. 45 reduced is 9 and 54 reduced is 9. The diagonal of the ark would have been 59 inches (5 and 9 again). Five is the number of the life force and 99 hints at the earth as the cradle of life. The two interior dimensions of the ark would have been about 26 and 44, the wavelengths of middle C and the D below it. The third note that comes as a difference between the other two (any time there are two notes, they create a third) is F sharp, which is the complement of C and the note of the sign Aries (the beginning sign of the zodiac). Remember, the Middle East note of C was to provide a complement to the note being sounded astrologically.

It is almost magical the way that numbers fit with units of measure. The coincidences are astounding - or are they? Hopefully, you now understand that a lot of thought throughout the ages went into the better systems of weight and measurement. The people who devised such systems worked with them until the minor adjustments were all made to make them "magically" fit together. Humans are definitely an ordering force in the universe. It comes from the way they want to make things simple for themselves. It is too much work to remember things that are not connected to other things in a logical fashion.There are other ordering forces at work that seem good at first, but can result in humanity becoming more like the ant. There was once a time when writing was unknown and the memory was the key to the passing on of old legends and myths. People understood the myths better then and their minds were more facile in this regard. There was a time not long ago when kids just out of school could count out change and even calculate how much to give you back. In fact, they could even total up your bill without the picture-button cash register. Someday, it is very likely that mental math will be a lost art and myth will be forgotten. Instead, we will have science in a very sterile and unrelated sense, and math from a computer that knows only the decimal system and metrics.

We need to work to see to it that not all of us succumb to this antlike new world. Our goal should not be short-term easy living, but living that allows us mental growth as a species, and preservation of knowledge for the generations of the future. If we replace the old numbers with one number (such as ten in the metric system), we will be perpetuating and increasing a form of ignorance that has been pushed since the beginning of time, backed by a bookburning church and abetted by tyrannical governments who want to keep the people ignorant and docile. If we can regain some of the old knowledge, the experiences of children in school can be so enjoyable and the subjects so well related to reality that humans may even reverse their adverse effects on the planet and make it a better place on which to live.

Remember that older things that have survived and evolved for thousands of years just might have more to them than first meets the eye. They are usually based upon numbers that are naturally recurring and already a fundamental part of this universe. Indeed, if we do not keep them, their significance may be forgotten and we will be the poorer for it. We are not computers even though a part of each of us functions, in some ways, as a computer. We are much more than cold machines which are not even bright enough to be properly called stupid. We have the potential for wisdom as opposed to simple intelligence. Let us wake up from this nightmare in which our ignorance is so great that we do not realize that we are ignorant. Let us keep our potential for wisdom and nourish it to become the force needed to truly regain our freedom. And let us become free once more from tyranny.

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