A message not sent

Background

A little more than a decade ago, I uncovered geology’s “no flood, ever” error.  Yet, even with the publication of my paper, there has been scant recognition of its far-reaching consequences. Why?

If you’ve ever dealt with academics, then you’re likely aware that, in general, they do not like to be told that they’re wrong. So, imagine what I am up against in making geologists and anthropologists aware that their sciences are fundamentally flawed…. The response: I have been ridiculed, dis-invited, and ostracized by academics, including former friends & colleagues.

To the subject of this post: over the years, I’ve engaged individuals from various disciplines regarding geology’s error. Of particular note, I remain amidst an exchange with an academic from a southern continent whose research and publications intersect with mine. I’ve learned that there are times when it is better not to engage what’s to gain? So, after drafting the following message, I think it better to publish it here rather than send it to this individual.

The message not sent:

As a follow-on to our earlier conversations, I thought to make you aware of a dialogue I shared with a lettered individual who recognizes the effect that “no flood, ever” has on misunderstandings regarding humanity’s past, particularly oral traditions. A recent email from this individual contains this:

As someone who is connected to a folk-movement of Polynesians and Native Americans from various tribes all asking the same questions — “Why do we all have a flood story?” “Where did we come from?” “Why do we look alike?” “Why do we share similar elements of language?” “Why does the story of Māui of Oceania sound like Hopi and Diné Maasauwu and Blood Clot Boy / Rabbit Boy of the Interior tribes?” — I am certain there is international interest in answering such questions and restoring history to its correct arc.

I have become increasingly convinced that task is one that must seriously take into account the many indigenous perspectives on pre-history including the religious traditions without allowing an atheist bias to dismiss out of hand the symbolic / mnemonic language of religions as modes of recording actual historical events — celestial phenomenon like eclipses, comet sightings, calamities, migrations, etc. It is glaringly obvious that “history” took a wrong turn in a number of places, which includes deliberate and systematic erasure of indigenous identities, languages, and oral histories, the confusion introduced by centuries of treasure-seeking, wanton tomb raiding at ancient sites, and desecration of ancestral burial sites.

The gatekeepers of the earth’s deep past are in the now marginalized populations of folk who dwell not in cities but on the plains, in the mountains, in the deserts, and upon the sea, many of whom are unaware of the wealth of knowledge they are sitting on, deeply encoded in the oral (songs, chants, legends) and material cultures.

In my previous correspondences with you, I noted that you perpetuate the marginalization of flood-related oral traditions because your work adheres to the indisputably wrong yet prevailing “no flood, ever” paradigm. Those oral traditions are not the myths you claim them to be; rather, they are legends that follow from an incredible event that transformed our planet and, correspondingly, our nature. Your works play a part in the erasures, and those of us on the correct side of history’s arc are justified in wondering: can you correct the damage you’ve done?

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