Interpretation Singularity

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 (The photographs above were taken on June 30th, 2018, at 8:04 pm looking west, and just a few miles away at 8:14 pm looking east in Central North Texas.)

There was a coolness to the morning air. The swimming pool had been chemically treated and the signs that hung on the surrounding fence warned not to swim. I had completed a morning run, though the sun had yet to become visible over the mountain. I had showered and placed several loads of clothes in the pay-per-use laundromat attached to the apartment office behind me. Now, I sat down in a poolside chair, alone, and opened the page to a book I had recently purchased across town a day or so before.

To tell the tale of the amazing revelations that followed thereafter would be impossibly difficult to complete. But it was only one in more than 365 days that would follow that were just like it. I’ve come to call it (at least in my own life) the Interpretation Singularity.

For myself, it was as important to me as the discovery of the Rosetta Stone was to those who understood what they had. Within the first 125 pages or so in reading Secret of The Incas, I saw something I might not have seen any other way. That something, was the corrected interpretation of what some call ‘myth’ into modern day understanding, and the insight it offered both in the translation and the chain of events surrounding the telling of the story were as remarkable as what was happening in my life at the time.

That cool, peaceful morning, seems so distant in today’s summer heat, where the skies aren’t always as blue, even if I am in a different place and time. But the memory of that moment in my life is still there, and has drifted back to the surface following a reading of the article link I’m sharing below.

The link includes an article with an interpretation of an old story, that makes as much sense to me now as the book Secret of the Incas did when I first read it. But this isn’t about Andean astronomers observing the night sky in mountain meadows who happen to also be vegetarians (a story misinterpreted by Spaniards who took the story literally when translating it, thinking they were animals foraging on grass beneath the stars in a mountain meadow). No, this is an interpretation about today using another ancient story from a different place that today we call the Middle East, and there aren’t many (I suspect) who don’t know some version of it. This is not a literal interpretation, yet it is at the same time. It is about what’s happening environmentally, in part, because it’s happened before, and the records are right there in print for anyone with access to the Bible to see.

Before reading the article, keep these lessons in mind:

  1. Myths not only speak across vast periods (or oceans as Joseph Campbell called them) of time, they are also designed to answer the very questions they provoke.
  2. Myths don’t always mean mythical.
  3. A well written tale/story/myth is true in all cases, across the ages, no matter what technological innovations, or cultural changes take place.

In other words, it’s all about the interpretation.

I hope you are able to see what this writer did, and if you are curious enough to read through those first hundred pages or so in Secret of the Incas, I hope you see the common theme I did between the two interpretations as well. It is a theme that I think is applicable regardless of the age of the story, or tale, myth, language, or even time one finds themselves within.

 

Here is the article link:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/26/rising-seas-florida-climate-change-elizabeth-rush