I went to an interesting lecture a couple of nights ago at a local learning center. The topic was the history of written language.
It was only an hour, but the guy who taught went through a really quick bullet point overview, which was fascinating.
Reading and writing are things we all take for granted. It’s something we all learn how to do before we’re even fully conscious.
Nobody can really remember what it was like to shift from not having any idea what these squiggly lines mean to being able to connect them with abstract ideas up in your head.
But there once was a time when nobody could read or write. Everything we knew had to be remembered, and kept up in our brains.
The only way to transmit information from one brain to another was to tell somebody, and hope they’d remember things enough.
The teacher was this Jesuit priest. If you don’t know much about the Jesuit order, they were created by the Catholic church during the protest reformation.
Back when the Catholic church was very powerful, and the only way to get to heaven was through the leaders of the church.
Even kings and queens had to be careful not to anger them, as they could threaten to excommunicate entire populations.
Secret Jesus Agents
Essentially, the Jesuits were kind of like secret agents who were supposed to travel around the world and find as many converts as possible. They did so outside of the normal organizational structure of the church.
This means they had to be extremely well educated, having the equivalent of several doctoral degrees.
After the lecture we went out drinking. This guy knocked back quite a few glasses of wine, and pretty soon he was telling us all kinds of stories.
You Owe Me Money
When the first people invented written language, they mainly did so to keep track of how much stuff the rulers owned, and how much people owed in taxes.
Only after that stuff was figured out did they realize just how powerful written language was. How easily it could be used to slowly shape the narrative of the overarching stories of society.
Think of way back before writing was invented. No science, only basic knowledge about agriculture. Everything had to be remembered.
People that could remember a lot, people that could hold a lot of ideas in your mind, could become very powerful.
They could tell and re-tell the stories that essentially shaped society. The origins of society.
The deities and how they interacted with people. Examples of behavior, by the people, that had won the favor of the gods of the past.
Don’t Do This
Examples of behavior, by the people, who had angered the gods in the past, and the horrible things that had happened to them.
This must have given those rare people who could remember and tell stories an incredible amount of power.
This all changed when they invented writing. Since writing was invented by the rulers, to keep track of all their wealth, this allowed rulers to slowly shape the narrative that controlled society.
The Law Givers
The narrative from which they drew their laws. The narrative that made the rulers start to be treated like gods.
If you had no idea what writing was or how it worked, some guy who could stand up and tell endless stories be a magician. And the guy who he served would have been a god.
He said this is how all societies are run, even to this day. The people who control the narrative of any society, are the ones who rule the society. The ones who define what’s right and wrong.
Heroes and Villains
The ones who define who the heroes are and who the villains are. He said this is why the CIA has long had control of the American media, going all the way back to their inception shortly after world war II.
By the end of the night this guy was way in the tank. He wasn’t quite slurring his words, but he was going on and on about corruption in society, corruption in the church.
Devil worship in the church, and at the high levels of society.
Angry or Truthful?
I got the idea that he thought maybe he should have risen much higher in the ranks than he did. Maybe he thought he should have more power than he does.
He wasn’t quite bitter, and maybe he was being honest about how much corruption there was. But he did make a lot of very good points.
Of course, the Phoenicians are the ones who created the first alphabet. Those two words, Phoenicians and alphabet are very old. The word phone, from Phoenicians is in every word that describes a sound.
Phones are Everywhere
Telephone, phonetics, phoneme, all have the word phone which comes from the Phoenicians, who invented the first language.
Alphabet, which comes from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet. The Greeks took the basic writing system from the Phoenicians and added vowels to it, which is essentially the basics of most modern writing systems.
Then you have hieroglyphics. The Phoenicians invented a writing system to represent sounds without meaning. The other kind are symbols which represent ideas, which can have different sounds.
Talk To The Dead
According to some scholars, the first record of written symbols of ideas are found written on bones, in ancient China. It’s believed they were used to send messages back and forth to the spirit world.
So that they could talk to the dead.
I really like the learning center. Sometimes they have these hidden gyms, like this one. Other times they have meditation classes, and other things that many people find interesting.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.