|Dirk Vander Ploeg's
"Quest for Middle Earth"
A UFO Digest Book Review
By Robert D. Morningstar
(Copyright 2007, RDM* - All Rights Reserved)
Posted: June 22, 2007
It has often been stated, almost as an axiom but also like a litany, that "History is written by the winners," which is incontestable. But we might add a word or three of caution, "History is written by the winners... and their liars."
This applies as much to the Incas in eradicating evidence of the existence of the Mochica- Chimu as to Lyndon Johnson and the Warren Commission eradicating evidence of a conspiracy to kill JFK. Each was an "official history", each was a myth with a lie at the core. Such myths must die but often it is a slow and agonizing process.
For anyone who has read world histories in several languages, great questions still remain unanswered:
Which version history is true?"
"Is our history at all 'true'?"
The answer really depends on whose history you read, "ours" or "theirs," American, Northern vs. Southern, or English, French, German, Italian, Chinese accounts or if you study history so widely and deeply from the ancient to the modern that you can actually compose your own account of history from a purely personal point of view.
H.G. Wells did this in his time.
June 10, 1895 - November 17, 1979
Immanuel Velikovsky bore "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" to rewrite the accepted astronomical history of our Solar System, an account that is becoming more accepted as proofs of his theories are discovered in space exploration.
If the first axiom, "History is written by the winners..." is correct, it is logical to infer or assume that "the winners" write (and rewrite) their histories to justify, legitimize and perpetuate their conquests.
But whose history is "the true one"?
Was it really "The Civil War"
or "The War of the Northern Aggression"?
It was both.
Who is to say which history is "TRUE"?
Ultimately, it is you, the reader who must decide.
Another problem in history is "accuracy." This is because the "truth" of an event occurring and accuracy in retelling it are not the same.
While something may have been an actual event in history, the recording and recounting of the event, culturally, ethnically or racially filtered in accounts of it may be inaccurate. The Holocaust is a good example of this. The Holocaust happened but many of the current descriptions of how it came about and what really transpired remain open to debate, including the actual number of victims.
It takes great fortitude to contest the "facts" enshrined by historic dogmatists or to challenge the conclusions of "historical authorities." Both Velikovsky and Charles Darwin were such men. Each in his own time became what historical experts and authorities would disparagingly call today, "Revisionists," i.e. people who rewrite history. Dirk Vander Ploeg, author of "Quest for Middle Earth," may well be such a writer, a "Revisionist" with a broader vision of history and insight than most people possess.
Vander Ploeg's "Quest for Middle Earth" is an entertaining venture into world history following the author's personal quest to explore the actual facts underlying the history and cosmogony of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."
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