The latest New Dawn Special Issue (vol. 7 no. 1) has finally been released. Click here to purchase an e-version of the issue or to take a closer look at the contents.
Below is the editorial I wrote for the issue, which features a very nice quote by Graham Hancock:
“This Special Issue of New Dawn magazine focuses on ancient civilisations — a timely theme considering the delicate state of our own civilisation, and the world in general, at this point in history. As I write this, on the first day of 2013 — eleven days subsequent to the end of the Maya Long Count calendar — there is little to report in the way of dramatic global news. I think it’s safe to say that, for better or worse, the world won’t be ending any time soon (not in the conventional sense, at least).
“That said, it would be naïve and conceited to think that our civilisation is so special and highly developed that it won’t, and cannot, perish like so many others have done in the past. Could it be that our civilisation is not the first of its kind to have existed on the planet? Did there really exist a lost civilisation of Atlantis, a civilisation made up of people who, like us, had access to advanced technology and sophisticated scientific knowledge, and whose presence encompassed the entire globe?
“Sadly, so arrogant is modern humanity that we think of ours as the be-all and end-all of civilisation, and of our distant ancestors as superstitious primitives. Presumably the Atlanteans, if indeed they existed, suffered from a similar kind of blindness and arrogance.
“I am reminded of an insightful statement made by Graham Hancock, one of the world’s leading thinkers on ancient mysteries, in an interview he gave with New Dawn (issue no. 134, September-October 2012). Asked “Where do you place Atlantis, and when?” Hancock replied, “I place it everywhere. I think it’s important to not isolate the Atlantis story — it doesn’t stand alone. There are many such stories from many different cultures around the world.”
“Hancock’s words are extremely relevant in relation to the fascinating and controversial collection of articles contained in this Special Issue of New Dawn.
“Frank Joseph looks at the evidence for Lemuria (or Mu), the supposed lost kingdom of the Pacific Ocean. Charlotte Harris Rees explores the notion that the native inhabitants of the Americas, particularly the American Indians, were originally from Asia, having long ago crossed the Pacified Ocean in boats. In Robert Feather’s article “Black Holes in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” he examines the link between the mysterious Essenes and the revolutionary Egyptian king Akhenaton. Also included is an article by Robert Schoch on the site known as Göbekli Tepe, which, with an estimated age of 12,000 years, has been classified as the oldest known human-made religious structure.
“These are just some of the articles featured in this Special Issue of New Dawn. While none of these articles are about Atlantis per se, they all share in the spirit of the Atlantis story, a story which teaches us that the history of humanity is long, winding and intricate, stretching further back into the past than any of us could possibly imagine, and that everything about humanity — with our seemingly distinct cultures, beliefs and genetics — stems back to the same great source. To find our way back to Atlantis, to remember who we are and where we came from, is to learn from the mistakes of our past and ascend into a new and wonderful age.”