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

“Dr. Schliemann, the enthusiastic Hellenist, has recently found, in his excavations in the Troad, abundant evidences of the same gradual change from babarism to civilization, and from civilization to barbarism again.

 
Why then should we feel so reluctant to admit the possibility that, if the antediluvians were so much better versed than ourselves in certain sciences as to have been perfectly acquainted with important arts, which we now term lost, they might have equally excelled in psychological knowledge?

 
Such a hypothesis must be considered as reasonable as any other until some countervailing evidence shall be discovered to destroy it.

 
Every true savant admits that in many respects human knowledge is yet in its infancy. Can it be that our cycle began in ages comparatively recent? These cycles, according to the Chaldean philosophy, do not embrace all mankind at one and the same time.

 
Professor Draper partially corroborates this view by saying that the periods into which geology has “found it convenient to divide the progress of man in civilization are not abrupt epochs which hold good simultaneously for the whole human race”; giving as an instance the “wandering Indians of America”, who “are only at the present moment emerging from the stone age.”

 
Thus more than once scientific men have unwittingly confirmed the testimony of the ancients.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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