October 18, 2011

Ideas on Tuesday 34

Each Tuesday, rather than a POSSIBLY IRRITATING ESSAY, I'd like to both challenge you and lend a helping hand. I generate more speculative and teen story ideas than I can ever use. My family rolls its collective eyes when I say, "Hang on a second! I just have to write down this idea..." Here, I'll include the initial inspiration (quote, website, podcast, etc) and then a thought or two that came to mind. These will simply be seeds -- plant, nurture, fertilize, chemically treat, irradiate, test or stress them as you see fit. I only ask if you let me know if anything comes of them.

F Trope: ancient “ages”

Current Event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wondjina

ALSO Current Event (with a TOTALLY different take!): http://ancient-aliens-were-here.blogspot.com/2011/02/ancient-aliens-evidence-wandjina.html

This doesn’t exactly say that the Aborigines of Australia are descended from these fantastic images, but the implication is there.

While the “wak dude” mixes images from various places and ages and makes them appear to be contiguous, he completely misses the real point here. He completely misses the possibility of something truly amazing happening in Australia…

What if the gods HAD come to Earth? Arthur C. Clarke has oft been quoted as saying, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (Clarke's Third Law. Profiles of the Future (revised edition, 1973)). What if they were gods simply because they were technologically advanced.

What if the Australian Aboriginals are their descendants? What if the Australian Aboriginals are the REAL Children of God?

Selena V. Vang has grown up in Perth her whole life, he parents professors of economics and mathematics at the University there. So she is completely consumed by the metaphysical – religion, philosophy, the paranormal. All of it. Her parents have no idea who she is and can’t understand her – though she has a good handle on them.

She meets an Aboriginal and falls for him – and then starts to have weird dreams and hearing voices in her head. It’s one thing to be a metaphysician ‘cause it bugs your parents. It’s something else ENTIRELY when it turns out that the metaphysics not only are indefinable but quite possibly TRUE! What does she do when the gods are being persecuted by the very people they initially came to help

Image: http://www.theoldtrouts.org/ignorance/wp-content/upLoads/2011/01/Wandjina_aboriginal_rock_art.jpg


Michael Fox said...

I hope you can see how profoundly racist this idea is. What if, instead of Australian Aborigines we said white male writers. I'm pretty sure the only way you could explain _those_ people is if we said they were aliens. They certianly aren't human - look at the "magic" way they use their pens. Waaay too far advanced for their time by at least dozens of years.

Listen, world of believers, unless a people have an alloy more sophisticated than _our_ current technology, then there is no way technology was shared by space faring aliens. ... If you, for example, were a space faring alien you wouldn't create a new forge. You'd give them an iPhone and a flesh eating disease that had no natural way to be controlled.

GuyStewart said...

I think you read far, far too much into this. Fine - substitute white male writers. Substitute all Cooper graduates.

The point was to take something absurd and play around with it. Take big, old, fat, white former-science teachers who are counselors and assume they are the direct descendants of aliens with technology so advanced that it makes an ipod look like a flint spearhead.


But be careful who you accuse of being a "racist". Here's the definition: "...structural inequalities in society result(ing) in differential access to and distribution of power (economic, political, social, and cultural) for groups of people." (http://www.antiracistalliance.com/). How was the idea racist?