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I, for one, can’t wait for the destruction of traditional family values

Considering the United States is…

1) A place were a fairly startling number of families effectively drive away their kids at any specific age, OR turn them into an income stream and go from parent to landlord…

2) Half or more by now of straight marriages simply collapse and a big reason given is boredom of one or both partners, OR lack of money…

3) Most seniors are left to rot in retirement homes…

4) If you’re not white, a few members are rotting in jail forever (Heck even if you are white theres at least one a lot of the time)

5) Your average American female, to secure enough money or general resources to securely birth and raise a child JUST to 18 would take nearly her entire reproductive years to gather and by the time she is ready to even make this baby her ovaries are dead and gone…

I’d ask… What Families exist with any values that could constitute a tradition?

Cultural historian and social critic Morris Berman, describes American culture as a “culture of hustling.” He is not the first to make the observation. As early as the 19th century people described America as predominately a land of frenzied pace and veracious people or as one historian whose name I cannot place but was from France described “American’s measure the value of something by how much profit it might bring.”

As Pres. Calvin Coolidge once said “The business of Americans… is business.” A nation of Hustlers indeed.

(Source: tldrwikipedia)

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EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.

The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

The “Library,” was actually destroyed several times. What the contents of the Library of Alexandria were has been a point of popular myth but honestly we likely lost very little from its MULTIPLE destruction. For one, that Chart…. how is scientific progress measured? KiloSagans or Tysongrams? it’s never mentioned.

What was destroyed by order of Thelophilus in 391 was the Serapeum, not The Great Library. The Library had mostly been destroyed a century earlier, and if there was anything left in the Serapeum it was a handful of books, which seem to have not mattered much since the contemporary sources don’t talk about The Library. The library likely had little in the way of what we would consider Science as Science didn’t really exist at the time, not Empirical science. Most of the great “Sciences,” were little more then impractical thought experiments done by some Greeks, for whom most never set foot in said alleged amazing Library that by the way was burned down by accident by Julius Caesar. More over the Library consisted of papyrus scrolls mostly, which degraded over a course of just a few years, meaning it took an army of scribes just to maintain the collection. As is known about Papyrus “One of the real problems with papyrus was its fragility. Damp destroys it (there are few if any papyrus palimpsests), which is why papyrus manuscripts survive only in Egypt and a few other very dry locations. And while exposure to dry conditions is not as quickly destructive, the papyrus does turn brittle in dry conditions. It would be almost impossible make a standard reference volume, say, on papyrus; it just wouldn’t last.” Alexandria being a coastal city meant most books would be lost in just a few short years. Depending on whom was in charge and the staff at the time of a recopying, texts could be lost simply because the editor didn’t like them. Likewise Alexandria’s thirst to add books to the collection would be needed as MANY texts would simply rot in the damp coastal boggy air of the Nile Delta.

By the way, the “Dark Ages,” Were hardly Christian in origin. For one, the Byzantine Empire was equally Christian and did not plunge into Chaos as the Western Roman Empire did. Likewise the Middle Ages saw many philosophers and thinkers of their own like Alcuin of York, the Venerable Bede, Gregory the Great, Pope Sylvester II, Adelard of Bath, Rabanus Maurus, St. Anselm of Canterbury, and many, many more. The time period also includes the early lives of Roger Bacon and Thomas Aquinas.

We all want to imagine that there was some magical piece of knowledge from some distant age that IF ONLY it survived we would by cruising the stars by now, but really that is just modern fantasy. We want to imagine how great it would be.

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

"Greetings from Astaria, a bright blue new home for us all. Orbited by are bright Silver-Green Moon and blessed with a wonderful climate and none of the cataclysmic issues of our old mother world, Astaria will be our new home." - Survey Corp Plaque. Centralia Rail Station.

Astaria, the name given to the wondrous world that a small city sized craft landed upon one hundred and seventy five years ago. Of course years is relative, upon precise measurement a new calender has been made. The era before arrival and after. It is the year 175 AA. Much has changed since a single bunker magi-tech city built by the ancestral Dark Elves became a cosmopolitan wonderland and was later teleported off the old world with its deadly fallout, horrible magic storms, damaged geology and polluted atmosphere. The ancient weapons, the Balefire machines were tooled to new purpose, and unbeknownst to us we were set to travel. 

The city, Once called Zinthas, in the language of Drow, was now called Astyr after the ancient Elven Titan deity for which this world was named. Though in many other languages the name translates as “Centralia.” The vast city of 10 million souls formed the core of the settlers who would come to call Astaria home.

In this time new settlements and provinces have been established. Vespis, Tamaria, Athasis, New Magar, Keldra, Al-Sabylia, and the Maeb among many others. 

We arrived on the world somewhere in its southern hemisphere, as our farthest northern survey teams found the tropics to our far north, or at least going by magnetic north and south. 

The night sky is radiant, with the bright silver moon speckled with veins of green adamentine. The parent star is a lustrous yellow, and the stars have already taken shape in the peoples imagination with a whole pantheon of constellations. Though we know not what has become of our homeworld, or its people, we press on for some day we may make contact again, And if the world of our origins is never to be seen again, then this world shall be the host to the old worlds life. The colonist races, and the host of animals and plants that were within the great city upon our arrival. 

We collectively have formed the World Assembly, and our Colony States are protected by our own militias, and of course the glorious Survey Corp whom has collected data, expanded our lands and assured the safety and prosperity of our people as we settle this virgin world. Under a successful string of leaders and good policy we have avoided unrest, xeno-animal incursions, and of course expanded from a mere city to the southern stretch of this new continent we have dubbed Madara, in memory of our homeworld.

Welcome, Astaria awaits.

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