Thoth's Prophecy predicts neoliberalism and neoconservatism 2000 years ago
Well, not quite, yet listening to the prophecy will certainly resonate with modern readers. Nothing new under the sun? Yes, perhaps in some basic ways as regarding the human experience. Perhaps we should consider humanity as an experiment in which sentient beings are allowed what control they possess against the forces of nature, revealing how little control humanity has over itself.
The God Thoth
Who is to say that ancient Gods are any less real than modern ones? What bestows diety on a human creation: godhood? Are there Gods? What do they have to teach us? What is new is seen to be ancient. Man's thought (which includes female and male) may have evolved little from earlier periods of spiritual enlightenment.
Consulting the Hermetic texts, which represent a compilation of ancient Egyptian religious tracts, presented in ancient Hellenic tradition, can be enlightening.
The extant Egyptian-Greek texts dwell upon the oneness and goodness of God, urge purification of the soul, and defend pagan religious practices, such as the veneration of images. Their concerns are practical in nature, their end is a spiritual rebirth through the enlightenment of the mind:
Seeing within myself an immaterial vision that came from the mercy of God, I went out of myself into an immortal body, and now I am not what I was before. I have been born in mind!
Here is a reading of one portion of one tract by Graham Hancock, very apropos for our current era.
The first generation originates
The second generation emulates
The third generation remembers dimly
The fourth generation must relearn.
The relearning often does not replicate the original, yet sometimes it does. Too often the remembrances of times past are mystified, distorted, and of opposite intent. In the case of harmful practices of previous generations, the subsequent iteration may have similar or completely contrary qualities.
Does the current rebirth of nationalism and the seeming displacement of neoliberalism represent a fourth generational cycle? Even if so, future generations replicate the process, with results both unknown but not entirely unexpected.
We mortals are invariably wrapped in, shall we say, the bubble of our own timelines. None have personal experience of other ages. Some may have indirect knowledge of earlier times and earlier lessons, through oral or written traditions. Yet secondary experience will never exert more power than any individual's life experiences. This applies to humanity as a whole.
While those of good purpose labor to replace the bad with the better, inevitably the process will be repeated, as it must. Life is finite. An individual's personal experience cannot exist forever.
Here are two songs which sum up this essay in the spirit by which it is offered.