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Another way of thinking about the “Dark Ages”

August 4, 2009

Another passage from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It’s short.

One must first get over the idea that the time span between the last caveman and the first Greek philosophers was short. The absence of any history for this period sometimes gives this illusion. But before the Greek philosophers arrived on the scene, for a period of at least five times all our recorded history since the Greek philosophers, there existed civilizations in the advanced state of development. They had villages and cities, vehicles, houses, marketplaces, bounded fields, agricultural implements and domestic animals, and led a life quiet as rich and varied as that in most rural areas of the world today. And like people in those areas today they saw no reason to write it all down, or if they did, they wrote it on materials that have never been found. Thus we know nothing about them. The “Dark Ages” were merely the resumption of a natural way of life that had been momentarily interrupted by the Greeks.

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  1. August 4, 2009 2:24 am

    The Dark Ages started around 400 AD till about Charlemagne’s time or in the area of 1000 AD.

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