April 15, 2012
In the years approximately 500 BC to 500 AD throughout the planet, various societies agreed in some concept of a flat Earth. This was obvious from mere visual observation, and thousands of those who’d sailed upon the sea were convinced at a certain point a ship would fall off the edge. Everyone knew it was right, and no one of consequence questioned this belief.
In the year 1000 AD in the northwestern section of Europe it was common knowledge that beings such as unicorns, leprechauns, trolls, and fairies existed and routinely interacted with human beings. Later, and in even larger areas of Europe, it was similarly obvious that both witches and werewolves plagued humanity. To deny this was tantamount to confessing yourself to be such a creature in disguise. This was well understood by all. Everyone knew it was right, and no one of consequence questioned this belief.
In the year 1250 AD throughout Central and South America it was recognized that natural phenomena such as lightning, thunder, earthquakes, floods, and droughts were directly related to tribal activities. The severity and consequences of these conditions were the result of pleasing or angering unseen forces. These could be assuaged by use of sacrificial candidates, often mutilated in the most extreme manner possible prior to demise. Everyone knew it was right, and no one of consequence questioned this belief.
In the year 1500 AD in Europe the Catholic Church held a monopoly over not only spiritual matters but secular ones as well, it being then believed there was little difference between the two. In the streets and centers of learning it was well-established that Earth was the center of the universe with all planets revolving around this most magnificent creation. Everyone knew it was right, and no one of consequence questioned this belief.
In the year 1635 AD the ancient empire of Japan made the decision to foreclose itself from contact with the world. Recognizing all others to be barbarians of lesser wisdom, the island ceased to entertain alternative viewpoints or lifestyles and would continue to do so for two centuries, having already attained the most advanced civilization possible. Everyone knew it was right, and no one of consequence questioned this belief.
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