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Transitioning from Western Language to Eastern Understanding

Reader comment on item: How Fares Western Civ?
in response to reader comment: The problems of the Qur'an as a literary text! Persians, al-Kalam al-Mukarrar and the Mountain!

Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Aug 19, 2020 at 18:13

The Reason the Sun Sets in the West and Rises in the East.
Finally, there is now a certain sense as to why the world cannot see what its destiny is: it is looking in the wrong direction. For millennia, burgeoning humanity has been laboring under the delusion that it can exert independent autonomous control over certain parts of mankind's environment; and yet, no matter how hard one might try, the Sun will always rise in the east and if the day proves out, sets in the west. Another fact is that mortal mankind has an expiration date; that no matter how many risings of the Sun are seen in the morning, no one is guaranteed a sunset. Lifetimes are spent by many to attempt to derive some rationale or the logic of that.
As elsewhere noted, the regimen of intellectualism developed in the histories of the ancients, that as empires arose to be arbiters of superior influences over the lives of lesser populations, an accumulation of power appeared to vaunt a superior intellect that supported the idea that the ambition of the regent was matched by obtaining a supernatural authorization of mortal sovereignty, that of obtaining the power of deity was proof of the right to reign. History has shown the fallacy of that, many times over. How does modern humanity capture that? The written record of all the fallen dynasties all around the world. Language develops the theme. Understanding Arabic as a successor language to Aramaic helped.
Yet, when we consider how cultures developed language, a broader picture needs to be viewed as the question arises: which culture/language group had a transitional means of moving from the spoken word into the written word; and further, do languages actually trace back to a common tongue as the Hebrew Holy Writ indicates in the history of the children of Noah (Noe). You mentioned in earlier exchanges the ancient Egyptian deity Thoth as a progenitor of the graphic form used in the hieroglyphic depiction of the times of the pharaohs; and still we read that when the Children of Abraham are reputed to have escaped from the Pharaoh, their epic was written down in their language of the time, ostensibly in paleo-Hebrew, or potentially in some form of the ancient Chaldean/Aramaic that we now understand to be an original script.
When we consider the progenitor languages of Mesopotamian/Sumerian/Assyrian being written in cuneiform and try to associate how those regions developed into the regions we now observe in these modern times, which narratives are we to discern are the basis of the cultures we see today? And as you and I have observed, the modern translations have actually caused issues in which western culture has a hard time attempting to promote peace when interpretations are looked at as being divisive and the lesser intellect cannot determine the best way to move forward for a lack of common understanding. Western civilization hangs in the balance on this.
Empires have come and gone, rising in promise and setting in destructive ruin for the lack of enlightenment on how to govern in peace. Even today, as cultures are in tumults upon tumults, fomenting in abject rejection of law and order and no rule of law is sought to bring about some peace of genteel societal calm; the western model appears to have no more moral ability to serve all, so they are out of options since empires have failed; republics have failed; democracies have failed; what's left? The western sun is setting; what we see will arise from the east to bring about the change that humanity desperately needs; and only the Hebrew Holy Writ can provide a written answer.


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