Pyramid of Kulkukan, Mayapán, Yucatán, afternoon of winter solstice. 2014. Dome’d astro observatory in background.
This linked article in Spanish reports that there is a tiny pyramid in Campeche state that apparently was a proof-of-concept for the construction of the big ones at Chichen Itza and Mayapan — preceding those major projects by several hundred years.
Geometry! It proved that the Maya could establish the equality of length-of-day/night, for purposes of understanding the agricultural growing cycle — when to plant, and what to worship (respect) — sustenance! Mother Earth feeds us, if we respect and understand her! (Worshipping a Creator-Principle-God, without respecting creation, is folly.). And remember, these pyramids were all done without clocks or telescopes, but plenty of ingenuity and sweat. Where did that come from? ¡Gracias Mamá!
The aforementioned maquette is also a cute little pyramid, at least in the photo, although I’ve not been there. Note: while the “feathered serpent” doesn’t actually slither down the staircase in real time, it appears to do so in our imaginations. (I suppose it could be more vivid if done with timelapse video — and sure enough, somebody has posted it to youtube: from Chichen Itza, about 30 seconds.)
Conclusion : prototypes can confirm our hunches, so we can then render them successfully.
Una abuelita y su familia, Andalucia, España, ~1969. Foto by MeridaGOround
ONE FAMILY. (A Parenthesis for Now.)
The Lord loves conservatives and liberals alike.
(We have a Patient Teacher.)
The Lord loves school children and gun owners equally.
(We have a Compassionate Parent.)
The Lord loves citizens and politicians as one.
(We have a Just Governor.)
The Lord, Father-Mother, loves Her entire family.
(All the children, black and white, red and yellow ; even green.)
The Lord loves us, believes in us, has faith in us, cares deeply.
We live there, and are home, safe, right now.
(Do you feel it? Will you?)
¿ Are we ok for the next five minutes ?
(And the next ?)
Breathe it in . . .
(. . . and give it back, in the Spirit with which it is shared.)
from Wikimedia Commons, photo © Tomascastelazo.com
Many Americans apparently have an unbalanced zeal for guns — loving them more than our own children. While there is great passion asserted by some against “murder of unborn children” via abortion, there is little regard for reasonable constraint of gun ownership by many of these same folks. This is a minority position, but many elected leaders are cowards before them, when it comes to defending the right to life of students — instead, favoring the “liberty” of gun owners — to the point of not even requiring safe storage, in some states.
This begs the question “What is liberty?” Should a 15-year old be given a handgun? Should they be allowed to have a gun or drive the family car, without insurance, licensing and testing?
Ask your elected leaders why they are defending their own jobs, but not defending America! These politicians are afraid to attempt the slightest regulation of guns because the NRA worries that any sort of additional gun control is a slippery slope — even tho’ the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution calls for a “well regulated militia” of gun ownership. FREEDOM ENTAILS OBEDIENCE TO MORAL LAW. STOP THESE ELECTED COWARDS! Here are their names, bleeding red.
And what can be said about the moral idiocy and poor taste of this elected official, who posed his family with his armory, four days after a school was shot up, killing four students? Obviously his view is “not my family; not my district.” Shameless! (Have you let his type push your “freedom buttons” at the poles?)