I’ve always been fascinated with Philology and Historiography. Meta-history as it’s called. It evaluates the structures and modes by which we humans create the ever-changing pattern of myth we name the past. To understand Meta-history is to know that there is no past. It’s a blur of discordant vibrations we use to describe our place, and justify our actions.
The time is coming when history will be understood as a fluid concept whose particulars vary and change with audience and time. As opposed to changing with the emergence or coordination of new “factual information.” That shift in thought, if comprehended, will be as profound for man as the overthrow of the geo-centric model of his universe. For the understanding of it will correct the dismal consequences and precarious position that heliocentrism has cast upon man, once and for all.
Where Relativity failed at returning man to a point of primacy; it instead fixed his gaze upon the speed of light as a true constant. This is helpful logic for industrial laborers, who benefit none from the realization that, in fact it is reality itself, all time actually, that revolves around himself, twisting and bending to the point of view that serves him best.
Relativity further alienated man from nature, obviating him of the burden of independent thought. Meta-history demands that he examine and evaluate all information and take full responsibility for his being in every way possible.
As the concept of historiography, and a few others, come to full ideological bloom, mankind has an opportunity to understand himself as the center of something far grander than just a solar system.
I was stunned then, to find this poignantly timed encyclopedia collection detailing just this subject. It masterfully demonstrates the fluid unfixed nature of the past. I hope you find it interesting.