MIKE DAISEY: SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY – Transcript.

 

I have always loved pyramids. I love Egyptology, always have.

 

I lived in New York City. And at Metropolitan Museum of Art, they actually have a whole wing dedicated to the tombs and shrines of Egypt.

 

And they have a room. It’s a beautiful room.  It has a whole temple that was under the waves when they built the Anwar Dam.

 

They pulled the shrine up and brought it in pieces back to America.  The way my country likes to bring all sorts of trophies back to itself.  They rebuilt it there and in this enormous room.

 

I love that room.   I love the way the ancients sits right behind the modern.

 

I love the way the perfect edges of the shrine can be seen and then the lasting walls of beyond it Central Park.

 

If you got a chance to go to America, make sure you see that too.  These pyramids, for years, people have marvelled. How were they built?

 

How were they constructed?  Because the scale is so great. They are so huge they must have taken a whole civilization working together to realize them and it’s such exacting precision.

 

So perfectly made. It’s actually almost unimaginable to us. How it was actually done?  It is very hard for us to understand. Just as all of Egypt is hard to understand.

 

Because if you study Egypt, you soon run to this phenomenon they call The Egypt Problem or The Egyptian Problem.

 

The problem is very simple. It’s that we in a modern context, have a very hard time understanding the Egyptians.

 

It’s very hard to understand their religions.  We can plot through the elements of the religion.

 

We have great records. We know what happened. We just don’t know why?  We don’t know why.

 

There is this essential gap often captured by the youngest children who looked at pictures of the pyramids, or see the pyramids in person and ask their parents.  Why did they build these things?  And we have no real answer.

 

All we say is, it’s for the Pharaohs because the Pharaohs are going to the afterlife.  It’s going to insure that he arrives in a new world.

 

We have explanations like that, but they are not valid.  They are not real. We don’t actually understand the heart of it.

 

We don’t really understand why a whole civilization would be dedicated to such a remarkable enterprise. We don’t comprehend that.

 

For years, the Greeks, starting with the Greeks ah, propagated the belief that the pyramids were build by slaves.

 

They must have been built by tens or thousands of slaves.  If you study Egyptology you’ll know that that it’s fallen out of favor.

 

That all the studies of exactly how skilled the craftsmanship is.  How extensive and intricate all the workings are.

 

Make it clear, that these were not unskilled slaves.  Instead they must have been skilled labourers, possibly 200,000 of them working for decades to realize this thing.

 

There is a gap in our consciousness that makes it difficult for us to even comprehend that scale, that many workers.  We have workers like that in the Southeast Asian Continent; they work to make all of our possessions.

 

But, to imagine them together building a giant stone edifice is hard for the mind to actually comprehend today.

 

Today we live in a modern world.  We live in a modern world which is comprehensible to us, so it makes sense doesn’t it?

 

Day after day that’s our job, makes sense of the world.  But I ask you, what would they see us as in 2 and 3 thousand years?

 

What will remain of what we have built when they cast their eye back? When they look at this age, what will they say?

 

They will say, that was the dawning of the Corporate Age.  That was the beginning of the time where people began to give themselves over to corporations.

 

When they built these things larger than themselves that ran through them and they dedicated their lives to them.

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