We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Had not viewed/seen any of these incredibly powerful pics in sometime.
Was this worship? Possibly an attempt at mastery before going forth to face the real thing? Maybe just a way of saying"...here's some of the coolest stuff we run into on a regular basis" Whatever, still amazed at the power evoked by such seemingly simple lines.
Coincidentally, Steely Dan's "Caves of Altimira" was playing as I read this post
Before the Fall when they wrote it on the wall
When there wasn't even any Hollywood
They heard the call
And they wrote it on the wall
For you and me we understood
This was always very nice and strange in a way that gave you a warm tingly feeling deep down.
However, the newest caves just found are the paintings of horses and those are VERY different. The artwork is more refined, but more importantly they are painted by someone who walked into the herds on a daily basis. A very, very early Horse Whisperer! This is special for many reasons, the most important is the question of why and how did we loose this skill of handling horses? For several thousands years we were trying to "force" horses--the people who painted these pictures understood better. We did not regain this knowledge until the 1800's and it was not fully understood, or acknowledged until just about 20 years ago. But the cave painters understood it--many thousands of years ago. It takes only a moment for a technique, or skill to drop out of our culture. For example the ability to start fire with a flint was common knowledge, everyone understood charcoaling, etc. That skill was gone within 20 years after the match was invented.
It is breathtaking --how a skill that may've taken thousands of years to perfect, can disappear (along with the knowledge of how to re-aquire it!) instantly almost, as soon it's replaced with something new.
Ronald Reagan famously applied that knowledge to our political system, saying the whole idea of America could be lost in one generation, and that should that happen it is likely gone forever.