Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

“Ergo sum qui sum” – An axiom of Hermetic Philosophy.

 
“The discoveries of modern science do not disagree with the oldest traditions which claim an incredible antiquity for our race. Within the last few years geology, which previously had only conceded that man could be traced as far back as the tertiary period, has found unanswerable proofs that human existence antedates the last glaciation of Europe – over 250,000 years!

 
A hard nut, this, for Patristic Theology to crack; but an accepted fact with the ancient philosophers.

 
Moreover, fossil implements have been exhumed together with human remains, which show that man hunted in those remote times, and knew how to build a fire. But the forward step has not yet been taken in this search for the origin of the race; science comes to a dead stop, and waits for future proofs.

 
Unfortunately, anthropology and psychology possess no Cuvier; neither geologists nor archeologists are able to construct, from the fragmentary bits hitherto discovered, the perfect skeleton of the triple man – physical, intellectual, and spiritual.

 
Because the fossil implements of man are found to become more rough and uncouth as geology penetrates deeper into the bowels of the earth, it seems a proof to science that the closer we come to the origin of man, the more savage and brute-like he must be.

 
Strange logic! Does the finding of the remains in the cave of Devon prove that there were no contemporary races then who were highly civilized.

 
When the present population of the earth have disappeared, and some archeologist belonging to the “coming race” of the distant future shall excavate the domestic implements of one of our Indian or Andaman Island tribes, will he be justified in concluding that mankind in the nineteenth century was “just emerging from the Stone Age”?”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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