I love Egypt. I love everything about it; what it stands for, it’s place in history, what it offers to the world. There is no place like Egypt in this world.
My fascination with Egypt could have something to do with my heritage, or perhaps because I too am a lover of philosophy or it could just simply be the way I am designed.
Whatever it is, my heart longs to see it at its glory.
If you yourself have ever spent a moment fascinated or amazed by the great ruins, mysterious Hieroglyphics and cultural advancements of ancient Egypt, you should be able to easily understand why Arabs of the first millenium A.D. considered ‘Egyptology’ (or ‘Alchemy’) to be a science worthy of great minds.
Even in modern Islamic Egypt you will find at least a grudging respect for the ancients who built the Pyramids, Sphinx and other great monuments of dynastic Egypt. There can be little doubt that Arabs of the early centuries A.D. were among the founders of that great revival of Egyptian Studies, which filtered into Europe under the Arabic name of “Alchemy.”
But, even before the Arabs, others had long been involved in an attempt to restore the Sciences of Egypt; and none more diligently than the classical Greeks. By the time Arabic Alchemy reached Europe, it found there an already vast body of studies inspired by the contact between Greece and Egypt, long before ‘the Egyptian Science’ was forgotten by the Egyptians themselves.The Egyptians carry a fascination for us that transcends time. And always the sense of strangeness and mystery. Videos, TV programs from Omar Shariff and the “Mysteries of the Pyramids,” to Charleton Heston and “The Mystery of the Sphinx,” and “Cleopatra: Destiny’s Queen,” and the “Chariots of the Gods,” and the “Visit of the Aliens.”
How could the history of one nation span 3000 years? How did they build such remarkable monuments to antiquity? Why did intelligent humans mummify themselves? Where did their genius come from? Why do most history books on Western Civilization allot this culture only a scant twenty pages at best? Why do many people “forget” that Egypt is and always has been in Africa?
Ancient Civilization did not begin in what we think of as the West. It did not start in Paris or Berlin or London or Prague or Brussels or Stockholm. It grew out of the Mediterranean breezes, the sun and desert of Northern Africa, the Persian and West Asian lands. To study Ancient Civilization is to travel – across parts of Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to India. It is a linking voyage, not a reducing trip.
It CONNECTS peoples, ideas, patterns, developments, organizations, wars, religions, art, architecture, food and drink. It is a human endeavor about a human story.
Known as the world’s greatest open air museum, Egypt is home to half of the world’s antiquities, housing the vestiges of Pharaonic, Coptic, Byzantine, Roman and Islamic civilizations. Visitors can travel through time without taking a step, and draw inspiration from the monuments erected by these magnificent civilizations over the millennia. And while it may be the custodian of our common global heritage, Egypt is also moving forward with unparalleled determination to regain its once prominent position on the world stage.
Straddling the crossroads of global trade, Egypt is a major commercial center and trans-shipment destination. It occupies the northeastern corner of Africa, and is bordered by the Mediterranean to the north, Palestine, Israel, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. The country thus has a unique geo-strategic location at the epicenter of Africa, Asia and Europe.
UMU DUNIA – literally means mother of the world. The pyramids at Giza, a suburb of Cairo the capital of Egypt is a symbol of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Biblically speaking, in the center of Cairo, near the holy Mosque of Alahzar is Hala near the beautiful city of Moqattam overlooking the Citadel, one would also find the well, where Joseph was thrown into, by his jealous brothers. In MATTARIA HELMAT AL- ZAITOON another Cairo suburban city, one would find a church depicting a site where Mary was said to have sat, to take rest with her child, one of the holy prophets JESUS CHRIST May peace be upon him.
Egypt has been a guiding light throughout history and through the centuries. From ancient times of the shadoof method of agriculture to its ancient civilization Egypt and the Mesopotamia to present day of Africa soccer champions, Egypt is one of the best countries in Africa and the Arab world to live. Apart from its beauty from Aswan to Alexandria and to the Suez Canal a gateway to the Indian Ocean, Egypt enjoys all type of climate, a sign you will find in her people, and also find from an Egyptian adage that says “in your kind there are thousands’. It is a metropolitan, not only to the Arab world and Africa but to Europe and the entire globe. Her love for peace stands as a beacon in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
“he who sees only the external appearance of things is not a philosopher. The true philosopher sees the reality, not merely the outward appearance.”
Egypt is part of what’s been called the “cradle of civilization.” It has successfully developed over thousands of years, and its people have contributed greatly to our present-day appreciation for math, science, and art. These developments remain a credible influence in history and religion as well.
Egypt is a center of learning and civilization with a high level of tolerance of humanity. Her cradle of civilization has seen it through surviving the trials and tribulations of time, yet with a gradual evolution of patience and understanding and resolve, she cleverly outwits the ‘medusa’ politics of Egypt with minimal losses from all angles of the social milieu.
The Ancient Egyptians are credited for paving the Royal Road to learning and contemplation about what Egypt left the world has ignited the Golden Ages of Enlightenment throughout history.
To the rest of the world, there are lessons to learn from Egypt, there is a limit to every substance and man cannot live forever. The world is becoming unsustainable and everyone has a duty to recycle it back to sustainability. Amassing a nation’s wealth via dictatorship would reach a limit and a breaking point and the nation would cry foul. Let us put humanity in preponderance of money and improve our social justice and human liberties.
But, there is another side of Egypt that is not so widely known. Egypt is also the land of secrets. Another history, a secret history, tells of Egypt as the inheritor of deep wisdom and magical ability from an even earlier culture. It is the account of the Egyptians themselves. This alternate history is echoed by parallel accounts from the myth and history of other ancient cultures, as well as myriad secret societies and occult sources. The remarkable number of parallels in these stories provides a unique window into this other Egypt.
A new kind of counterculture is emerging around the unexpected discoveries of a small but growing circle of scientists, authors and researchers. The focal point of this counterculture centers on an alternative interpretation of ancient Egypt – not as mankind’s earliest attempts at primitive civilization, but as a fully developed, and inexplicably advanced culture, who’s scientific and metaphysical achievements we are only beginning to fully appreciate.
The philosophical teachings of Hermes states:
 “Such will be the old age of the world: irreverence, disorder, disregard for everything good. When all this comes to pass, then God will look on this conduct and these willful crimes, and in an act of will, he will take his stand against the vices and the perversion in everything, righting wrongs, washing away malice in a flood or consuming it in fire or ending it by spreading pestilential disease everywhere. Then he will restore the world to its beauty of old so that the world itself will again seem deserving of worship and wonder, and with constant benedictions and proclamations of praise the people of that time will honor God who makes and restores so great a work. And this will be the geniture of the world: a reformation of all good things and a restitution, most holy and most reverent, of nature itself, reordered in the course of time [but through an act of will], which is and was everlasting and without beginning. For God’s will has no beginning; it remains the same, everlasting in its present state. God’s nature is deliberation; will is the supreme goodness.”
Maybe now it is the time for rebirth.
Live and Learn. We all Do.
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