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

“It has lately been the fashion to speak of “the untenable conceptions of an uncultivated past.”  As though it were possible to hide behind an epigram the intellectual quarries out of which the reputations of so many modern philosophers have been carved!

 
Just as Tyndall is ever ready to disparage ancient philosophers – for a dressing-up of whose ideas more than one distinguished scientist has derived honor and credit – so the geologists seem more and more inclined to take for granted that all of the archaic races were contemporaneously in a state of dense barbarism.

 
But not all of our best authorities agree in this opinion. Some of the most eminent maintain exactly the reverse. Max Muller, for instance, says:  “Many things are still unintelligible to us, and the hieroglyphic language of antiquity records but half of the mind’s unconscious intentions.

 
Yet more and more the image of man, in whatever clime we meet him, rises before us, noble and pure from the very beginning; even his errors we learn to understand, even his dreams we begin to interpret.

 
As far as we can trace back the footsteps of man, even on the lowest strata of history, we see the divine gift of a sound and sober intellect belonging to him from the very first, and the idea of a humanity emerging slowly from the depths of an animal brutality can never be maintained again.””

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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