A New Creation Myth (draft)

Note: This is an attempt to merge ancient writings, religious traditions, and modern science into a new creation myth — one that unifies the human experience.  It is being shared as a work in progress. Comments and suggestions welcome. 

Life began on Earth almost 4 billion years ago.  Primates have been around for about 85 million years, while modern humans first appeared just 200,000 years ago.  Our oldest ruins are roughly 12,000 years old, while our oldest writings go back just 5,000 years.

In other words, we’ve only just arrived here on planet Earth, and most of our history is missing.  We really don’t know much about the first 185,000 years. Here’s what we do know.  Early humans were few and far between for much of our existence:

We also had to contend with severe climate change, including several ice ages.  Remember, our last ice age ended just 14,000 years ago, and it’s been unusually warm ever since:

Glacial ages in the last 150,000 years.

These climatic changes caused us to migrate in communal waves, leading to different people living in different parts of the world:

(About 5,000 years ago, the human story began to be documented as written language was invented.  Anything that happened before this time is considered prehistory, while anything documented after this time is considered history.

Prehistory (before 3500 BC)

Around 14,000 years ago, the Earth started to warm up, and human populations began to grow and coalesce into some of our early civilizations. From ancient Sumer to Egypt, India to China, Peru to Mexico, each of these early civilizations went on to create their own form of writing, and document some of our earliest human experiences. 

And they all tell a similar story …

Humans living in small groups were visited by beings who came from the heavens, and taught them things they didn’t know.  These visitors were often hailed as gods, as they helped early humans establish some of our first civilizations.

Quasi-history (3500 BC through 1439 AD)

Traditionally, history begins when writing is invented.  For most of this time, however, only a small number of people could read or write. Literacy really started to improve with the introduction of the printing press in 1439 AD. It wasn’t until the 1900s that a majority of humans were literate.

When writing begins, one of the first topics documented by each civilization is their origin story (often including rules and standards of behavior).  It is through these writings that people come to accept who they are, and why society is organized the way that it is. 

In prehistory, these origin stories are about alien visitors, and the civilizations they began. As history catches up to prehistory, these writings include the succession of power and the evolution of the civilization.  By the time of the printing press, however, these stories are now about spiritual beings and their human representatives. 

The Last Alien King

By the time of Moses, there were over 2,000 alien gods and offspring worshiped in Egypt alone.  But all of this would soon change with the rise of Monotheism.

History

Coming soon …