Coneheads (Part 2 of 2)

Semites are Semites, and their brains remained binary. There wasn’t any possibility of interbreeding with Sumerians, and if there’s ever been a binary-to-trinary natural mutation, it must not have survived to be reported; none of us have heard of it. So certain capabilities, such as a three-party political system or intergalactic travel, remained unavailable to them.

But they took to the market. They seemed to have a natural aptitude, by and large. For most of my life, I thought Sumerians were here to mentor the young Semites. Trade seemed good. As earth’s cultures began to mimic Sumerian there was progress, improvement, apparent advancement. We were helping the disadvantaged. It’s only lately, in my early old age, that I’ve come to understand the object of our mission. Having exhausted our own markets, I see now that we’ve been preparing this place for commercial harvest. Rather than backing away from our own history, taking an honest look, and admitting that, really, our capitalism has done much more harm than good, we’re out here at the edges of the galaxy breeding new places for plunder.

I can’t believe how deluded I’ve been. I saw Semites as limited, because the “other” wasn’t available to them. I thought I was doing good work by affording them a trinary existence. I knew they were different and, after all, we were the ones with the ability to visit; I see now I thought we were better.

And maybe trinary is better than binary. But sneaking the perspective upon a whole unsuspecting people; that can’t work and can’t even be intended to work. I somehow overlooked the fact that everywhere on this planet, before the introduction of Sumerian mercantile culture and benefits, people exhibited a deep and natural connection to the land beneath their feet. To the sky above and the waters around. A respectful relationship to the other creatures of this place. But Sumerians are not attached to any physical location. We rose away from that long ago, as we developed our culture along the weblines of efficient distribution. And wherever Sumerian ideas have taken hold, where progress and leisure and bureaucracy have flourished, there ensued a severance of people from reality: abrupt, amnesiac, and proud.

I’ve seen it more than once. I’ve lived long enough to watch several societies flourish by our devices and then wither through disconnection. I used to quietly regret it, as a necessary evil for the greater good. I’m still regretting, but I’ve decided no longer to be quiet.

It seems so obvious to me now. I’ve always known how much we need carbon fossil fuels to power our Sumerian luxuries; teleportation is fine for travel, but there’s nothing like fuel oil for material comfort. Here I am in the midst of a planet with, now, one superpower, fully commercialized. And it looks like that superpower is poised for destruction, engineered into a hugely expensive war against guerillas, doomed to holocaust. The turgid military budget pours dollars into the corporations and puts them in control of world resources, which they will no sooner govern than be visited by us, the harvesters.

Sumerians will reap the fossil wealth of this planet and then, in accordance with our historical patterns, we will return in a few millennia, to take the second crop, when the Semites have themselves become fossils.

Of course I have no support for my assertions. But they are consistent with Sumerian history, they explain the observable phenomena, and they are not contradicted by facts. At the least that makes them a worthwhile theory. And the market disconnects the people from the planet. You don’t even notice the leeching of resources! I don’t expect to be much believed …

My effort may be futile but I just can’t resume my old behavior. I’m going to dedicate the rest of my existence to this testimony.

We came here like gods with our inventions and devices.

We came here like demons, subtle and ravenous.

God/demon? Good/bad? I’ve been here so long I’m slipping into binaries. I must remember: I am Sumerian; there is more.

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1 Response to Coneheads (Part 2 of 2)

  1. >i am doing some research, and was wondering if you knew of the earliest known >written language. is there anything known to exist before the egyptians, >sumerians, or mesopotamians? The Sumerians were the first to write spoken language. The report that writing in Egypt is older than in Sumer is based on archaeologists in Egypt who use calibrated Carbon-14 dating, whereas Sumerologists are a conservative lot who keep quoting the conventional 3100 B.C. date for the invention of writing, when it should be 3400 B.C. according to calibrated C-14 dates. The last major overview dealing with Mesopotamia as a whole that I know of which collected the various calibrated C-14 dates was that by Mellaart in Antiquity 53 (1979), with important comments in Antiquity 54 (1980) – these comments acknowledged that the extremely high Mesopotamian chronology that resulted should be reduced by an average 100 years due to calibrated dates for wood/timber being too high by that average. The end result was still to support a high chronology rather than a middle chronology, especially for the transition between Uruk IV and Uruk III (AKA Jemdet Nasr). This transition appears to have occurred around 3300 BC using calibrated dates with the 100 year reduction. You will also find pictures and discussion of a repertoire of symbols in Marija Gimbutas’ publications on ‘Old Europe’, predating Sumerian. But the Vinca culture ‘writing’ appears more to have been tribal or family heraldic emblems like tatoos, found engraved on pots, with no indication that it represented the words of spoken language. For so-called writing before the Sumerians, check out works by Alexander Marshack on calendar type markings (Stone Age Europe) and Marija Gimbutas on the Vinca culture writing (Neolithic Europe). Despite such precursors though, it is clear that Sumerian writing was the first in which there was a correspondence between the words of the spoken language and the written symbols.

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