I’m also, honestly, not trying to see how late I can be before I check in here.
The day just sort of took a weird turn, or I’d have put on a Blast From The Past. No, nothing bad, just I knew I needed to do some things today, and they necessitated driving, only I’m not driving yet, and it was easier for son to drive me before I’d put the post up, so…
Anyway, speaking of things in the air, that aren’t exactly a conspiracy theory, because it would take too much effort to coordinate across thousands of sites and classrooms, etc but which are everywhere, because they fit what people are taught, even when what people are taught is complete, laugh out loud nonsense.
Going through the Viking exhibit, for instance, we kept being told time after time how powerful women had been among the vikings, and also there were things like treasure troves, which in one case they said “was a woman’s treasure trove, probably to honor women in her ancestry.” At which point I looked at the case enquiringly, because these idiots don’t seem to understand someone’s unearthed treasure trove is someone else’s panicked burial.
I do because it’s not unusual in Portugal to find “treasure troves” while doing house repairs or digging in a field that “has always been a forest.” (actually aerial photography of the village shocked me by showing that the “immemorial woods” had at one time had buildings in them. Look, we knew there had been buildings here and there and the occasional mill. One of the things dad and I did, while walking in the woods was read Roman inscriptions, many of them (now utterly meaningless) boundary stones. And you often tripped on mill wheels and such. No, the weird thing is that the entire “forest” was once upon a time a village, larger than the village. So those mill wheels and other things left in the middle of the forest were not places where the owner died without descendants and left it to rot, but places where some catastrophic disruption occurred. And the population of the village was once almost as large or as large (assuming they had no multi-story buildings, not always a good idea with Rome) as today. I’d guess either the fall of Rome, or the Black Plague shrunk the village.) Usually too small to warrant calling the authorities, most of these troves contain five or six coins, and were someone’s whole fortune before an invasion, or a catastrophe. I don’t and can’t imagine the householder pausing to hide certain objects to “honor” certain women. There is no way to even get in the mind frame of whoever wrote that card, except to say that they never new privation, need or threat in their entire lives.
Which brings us to the next part. All through the exhibit, people told us over and over again that the Vikings were — contrary to legend — peaceful, peaceful I tell you. Most of the Vikings were, after all, farmers and householders.
I wasn’t buying it. Yeah, sure, most Vikings, if you count women, children, and people to old to go aViking, just stayed put. But no civilization where dying in bed gets you sent to Hel (which was cold rather than hot but much like our Hell) is a peaceful one. In the same way I didn’t buy the continuous reassurances there were as many women as men aboard those ships. Cooeeeeee! Really? The men saddled themselves with a liability likely to get pregnant, give birth, etc AND be weaker in battle? That’s…. amazing. Oh, I forget. The idiots writing these cards think women are naturally as strong and physically as fast as men and that the “patriarchy” is a six thousand year old conspiracy to hide this. Sure, there probably was the occasional female in a male role. Contrary to much bleating on the left, the patriarchy didn’t enforce strict gender roles, life generally did, and there are always outliers, and Helga the Ugly who could lift a pig under each arm, probably was allowed to join the guys in their expeditions. For one, who was going to tell her now. For another, no guy ever got drunk enough for her to be at risk.
Other than that, sure, there were as many women as men aboard Viking ships. Coming back from a raid. They called those women “slaves.”
One thing that surprised me (though it pretty well put paid to the “peaceful Viking” image they’d been trying to build, was the skulls and the list of healed injuries, etc. A lot of the skulls or fragments of skulls showed just how hard life was, from the health point of women. Women’s skulls probably in early middle age, around their early thirties, showed osteoporosis we’d expect in an elderly women. All the bones showed signs of someone headed for the grave in their forties, if they weren’t killed by a violent illness first.
This shouldn’t have surprised me, except that one of those “not a conspiracy but they all believe this” lies going around seems to be that life expectancy hasn’t expanded, that all the increase in life expectancyy is do to less child mortality.
And this is poppycock. It might have applied to “average age at death” but not to “life expectancy”. Life expectancy when I was little was around early sixties for the village. This was not so much a calculation as a “no one is surprised if you die at this age.” Keep in mind we were reasonably prosperous, in historical norms, and reasonably well fed, again by historical norms. And yet when someone died in his sixties people went “well, he was old.”
OTOH when my cousin died, in his early sixties, five (?) years ago, it was a horrible shock to the whole family. It was like someone dying in his thirties back in the day. The words “so young” were in everyone’s lips.
Sure, some people lived longer. Like my family, which had a tendency to live to their eighties or nineties. BUT even then, eighty now is not like eighty then. My parents are in much better shape than their parents at eighty. They look and act 10 years younger, easily. And older son, when he worked at the hospital, told me that it wasn’t rare to see people 100 and older.
When I was a kid, turning 100 was a joke, and most of the people who “did” didn’t, as the birth records were imprecise. (We’re still not absolutely sure when my father was born. What we know for sure is that he was either not born on that date, or not in that year. Because Grandma’s stories of his birth involve giving birth on a Sunday when a festa happened in a nearby village, and she was alone in the house. His birth date was not a Sunday for the year he was supposedly born in. And like most people his age, in the area, grandma got around to registering his birth when he was school age. We don’t THINK she lost track of his year of birth, because she had a kid less than a year older and one less than a year younger. If she miscalculated dad’s age, she miscalculated ALL of their ages. Which is POSSIBLE, because our family runs to large and precocious and she might have convinced herself they were all a year older, because the oldest was reading. But it’s more likely to be that it was a different date, probably by a month or two.) Still, it was a big enough thing to get your picture in all the papers, and it happened every few years. If they did that now, they’d never publish anything else.
However, I have had arguments with earnest academics, most of them very, very leftist, that if you survived childhood then you’d live “about the same time” you live now, and with the same degree of health. One of them told me she had dug a village in Germany in the 19th century and knew this to be so. (Turns out it was a very wealthy area.)
No, you couldn’t expect to live the same time, certainly not with the same degree of health, because you’d have vitamin deficiencies, not enough protein, and honestly, a lot of infections that had to run their course, due to not having antibiotics. Anyone who has lived in a time or place where vegetables and fruit were not plentiful in winter, where there was no temperature control in human habitations, and where antibiotics were difficult to obtain, knows this “they were just like us” bullshit deserves a bullshit medal with d*ck clusters. But most of these people have never had a day of privation in their lives and think their good fortune is how human life has always been.
The side effect of this is that they are like stupid little romantics, seeing everything that’s “wrong” with human life (anomie, artificiality and the heartbreak of psoriasis) but not how much better, how amazing our life is compared to past generations.
Because of this, they think we can give up the gifts of science and industrialization and all we’ll lose is our “capitalist shackles” of having to actually earn a living.
They imagine we could live in the middle of the forest and be as healthy and strong as we are now.
And thus they facilitate the Socialist power grab via bleating about crisis, be they crisis of the “environment” or of redistribution. They believe in the same idiocy as Mr. Obama who thought “At some point you’ve made enough money.” Because money is just money, nothing else. It’s not health and longevity, and sufficient food of the right kind not to be malnourished.
It’s tempting to think these beliefs are being disseminated in order to push these bah lambs to the slaughter with their enthusiastic cooperation.
But no, like the beliefs in powerful women Vikings, (who apparently can ONLY be powerful by pillaging and plundering. Being mistress of a farm is not enough), and in peaceful Vikings too they’re simply an upending of long-held beliefs about something. I.e. if Western culture has long believed something, progressives will believe the opposite, because that’s about as hard as any of them can reason, and congruent with their initial mission to topple civilization so perfect communism will emerge.
Note that whether it’s a conspiracy or not, disseminating and believing in these lies still has the effect of corroding civilization.
May G_d have mercy on their souls, because the world is merciless, and their beliefs are counter-survival.