AtlanteanismOn Twitter, @KingofNerdsTBS asked “What is the nerdiest thing you do or are interested in”? In my reply I cited that driving 60 miles round trip weekly for comic books and creating my own geek “spirituality” based on logic and physics. I call this system Atlanteanism and over the next few weeks, I will be making posts to explain the basics of what I believe. However, I feel given the name I chose for this system, referencing the fabled island, warrants an introduction and clarification. After all, whenever someone states that they’ve created their own belief system, it is completely natural to think that they are completely insane. I will let you decide if I’m crazy or not after reading this and other posts on the topic.

As mentioned above, the term Atlanteanism is homage to the fable city of Atlantis. But, before you write me off as either a nutjob trying to start a cult or a schemer trying to get rich off of your gullibility, please hear me out. First, I fully understand that Atlantis was first mentioned in Plato’s Timæus and Critias and that, despite having given pretty specific details about its location, no hard evidence of its existence has ever been turned up. Therefore, since my system is based on logic, I can not rightly say that it did exist. What I can say is that the story exists and that, as is with so many other myths, this story holds a moral message.

The Story of Atlantis

In Plato’s Timæus and Critias Socrates is trying to find an account of a perfect society. What he finds is the story of Atlantis, an island nation located just outside the Pillars of Hercules (today’s Strait of Gibraltar). It was the land allotted to Poseidon when the Hellenic gods divided Earth among themselves. Poseidon, after falling in love with Cleito, made his eldest son with her, Atlas, the rightful king of the whole island. Over time, the island became populated with people that were far superior to any other at the time. They developed technology far more advanced than the rest of the world and became a great naval power. Then, they became greedy and started conquering other lands and enslaving other civilizations. Their empire stretched from the parts of Libya within the pillars as far as Egypt and into the European continent as far as Tyrrhenia (present day Tuscany, Latium, and Umbria). This enraged the gods so much that they rose against the Atlanteans themselves and, in a single day and night of earthquakes and floods, the island was swallowed by the sea.

This is, of course, a condensed version of the story and I strongly suggest reading the whole thing. Both Timæus and Critias can be found online for free as they are public domain (no copyrights in the year 360 BCE).

The Moral of the Story

So throw out the arcane gods and what do we have? We have a race of people that have built a vast advanced culture and had the ability to make the world a much better place. However, they let their power-lust get the better of them and, as a result, their culture fell to ruins. It may seem like a very simple statement for even the brief story given above, but remember that simplicity often describes the most complex subjects (hence, E=MC2). So, how does this relate to my self-created “spirituality”?

In today’s world humanity is the largest superpower and it is growing every day. But, despite mankind’s amazing powers of reasoning, we are screwing up. Poverty, famine, disease, greed, corruption, war, and worse run rampant while our leaders struggle against each other simply to stay in power and much of the civilian world cares more about who is dating whom in Hollywood. We are aware that we are harming the environment and, yet, very little is actually being done to help. Instead of working together as a single race, a human race, we squabble over simple things like race, religion, sexual orientation, and more. Reader, what I am saying to you is that Plato intended Atlantis to be an allegory for humanity and the story of what happened to it to be a warning of what would befall us if we went down the same path as the doomed civilization in his tale.

What’s Next?

In the next few posts under this category, I will be revealing some of the basic beliefs I hold on everything from the creation of the universe to what happens when we die. That’s right, physics and logic can be applied to determine what happens when we pass away.

So what do you think now? Do you think I am completely off my rocker? Or do you think you need to read more to make a fair decision? Let me know in your comments below.