Mythical Wednesday: Atlantis
March 20, 2013 7 Comments
I know you’ve heard of it. I doubt there’s anyone on the planet who hasn’t. An entire body of water was named after her, and nothing sparks the imagination more than the possibility of a lost civilization. Yet what is it that keeps drawing us to believe in this legend? Is it the rumoured advanced technology? I mean, after all, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could solve all our modern problems with some gadgets we forgot about? Happened with cement. Why couldn’t it happen again?
Maybe it’s the fact it was completely destroyed by a natural disaster. Wiped off the face of the earth by either an earthquake or incredible volcanic activity. As a society, we seem to have a fascination with the morbid, and the idea that thousands or hundreds of thousands of people were annihilated, piqued our interest. Perhaps trying to learn what happened to them could help us avoid a repeat occurrence?
Or maybe we’re fascinated by the legend because it represents the fantastic. Many people believe that Atlantis was an alien colony or used alien technology. This would feed into our ever-growing need to know if we are truly the only intelligent species in the universe.
Apart from Plato’s tale of Critias, there is no evidence of any sort of lost civilization. Or is there. Several years ago I was watching a show on Atlantis and where it might be. One thing I found interesting is that Atlanteans used the symbol of a snake, or a water serpent, and we all know that the Bible is strong with symbolic references, so what if the ‘serpent’ (Atlantean) was helping Adam and Eve (a primitive race)to find knowledge by giving them fruit from the Tree of Knowledge?
Either way, with shows like Stargate Atlantis, the myth remains as strong now as it ever was.