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Mother of the World Killed on August 24th 410
If we learn history we are told then we will learn from our mistakes. History always repeats itself. History has taught us that we can change events by changing our knowledge base and our understanding. One of the most momentous events in history was August 24th, 410. What did "Sack of Rome" on that day teach us? The fall of the greatest city on earth fell to the Visigoths (led by Alaric I, born approximately 370) on August 24th, 410. This date in history has been aptly named "The day the Mother of the World was Killed" meaning the fall of the greatest city in the world at that time in history - the fall of Rome to Germanic invaders. What did this worldwide event - the fall of this great international city teach humankind? What lessons should we have learned? Did we miss the lesson completely? Is there time?
Remember Rome was once invincible - on August 24th, 410, the glory of Rome was gone forever, the Dark Ages began on that very day in history. Let's review history that touches each and every one of us.
Beautiful Peaceful World
Glory of Rome was Gone Forever and the Dark Ages Had Begun
August 24th 410
Mother Teresa Quote
Glory of Rome was Gone Forever and the Dark Ages Had Begun
Roman Economy Destroyed
Wikipedia tells us that "This was the first time in almost 800 years that Rome had fallen to an enemy. The previous sack of Rome was by Gauls under their leader Brennus in 387 BC."
"The 2007 television show The Dark Ages from The History Channel called the Dark Ages "600 years of degenerate, godless, inhuman behavior".
How Did The Roman Empire Fall?
Not just by might - by starvation. The supply lines were cut off.
The World Was a Smaller Place for 7 Subsequent Centuries
The Dark Ages would last another 7 centuries. Denoted by disease, cruelty, famine and rebellion, incompetence of official. Standard of living is vastly reduced.
The Great Leader Alaric I Died
The leader of the fall, Alaric I would die of fever shortly after his heroic and successful attack on August 24, 410.
Decay of Civilization - The Death of the Republic
Aqueducts, road and bridges were of the highest caliber until August 24th. Employment, medicine and free trade were the hallmarks until August 24th. Education and diplomacy were revered before August 24th, 410. The death of the Roman Republic denoted a world wide change in life style.
Splintering of Europe - Stability Gone - Disorder Became the New Rule
Life After The Fall of the Roman Empire
Warfare was common. Political fractions were common. Security and order of life on the European continent was completely gone. Basic assistance and security was absent for the European citizens. Vendettas, political problems commonly escalated to military problems. The common folk were caught in the fighting and suffered disease and lack of food.
Flood of Converts to Christian Rather than Pagan
Souls were fought over. Roman churchman dominated. The blood continued to flow. Holy wars were fought in the name of "faith".
The Wars Were More Ruthless than "Religious"
Free speech, freedom of religion was stifled. The Christian law of "Thou Shalt Not Kill" was suppressed in the name of religion.
The Lessons We Must Learn:
- Countries need to be self-sufficient within their borders.
- Tolerance of speech and religion must be made a priority.
- Security and governance of infrastructure must be protected for the common man.
- Research, medicine and science benefit all of humanity.
In the 6th Century the West and East Were Like Day and Night
The cultural divide between East and West was split by Emperors.
The Next Blow Worse Than War - Disease
After centuries of fighting and starvation, the next blow to civilization in this dark period aptly named the Dark Ages would be indiscriminate - attacking all - irrespective of color, religion.
May 542 Bubonic Plague Information
Pandemic - 100 Million People - 50%
The Black Death
May 542 - within 4 months affected 50% of the population. Commonly referred to as the "black death", bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word bubo, meaning "swollen gland". Swollen lymph nodes (buboes) especially occur in the armpit and groin in persons suffering from bubonic plague. The infection that enters through the skin and travels through the lymphatics, as is often seen in flea-borne infections. "The bubonic plague kills about two out of three of infected patients in 2–6 days without treatment. It may have been the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed more than 25 million people, one third of the European population."
To give a perspective, the United States has 300 million inhabitants. Imagine 1/3 of the US population being killed by this bacteria.
"In modern times, several classes of antibiotics are effective in treating bubonic plague. These include aminoglycosides, streptomycin, gentamicin, tetracyclines, doxycycline, fluoroquinolone and ciprofloxacin. Mortality associated with treated cases of bubonic plague are about 1-15%, compared to a mortality rate of 40-60% in untreated cases."
Western Europe Continued to be Shrouded in Darkness 7th Century
Urban life in Western Europe was destroyed during this time. A return to herding and agriculture for western Europe. It is stated that during this time frame 50% of your family would have died. Life was shrouded beneath the long shadow of death.
June 8th, 793 Vikings Take Europe - The "Viking Age" Begins
The City of York in Ireland is desired by Ivar. York fell to Ivar on June 8th, 793. The Norse dynasty would remain in control of Dublin until 902.
John F. Kennedy Quote on War
John F. Kennedy -
- Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy Quote on the Quality of American Life
John F. Kennedy -
- The quality of American life must keep pace with the quantity of American goods. This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
The World Today Is Smaller - Where are We? Where Should We Be?
We can talk across the Internet. We can read and learn about others. We can empathize, we can feel others pain.
We all can help. We all can be more tolerant.
I pray that we are a world that is not just smaller and more connected, but wiser with greater tolerance.
Our efforts need to be positive, expanding Internet services, expanding human knowledge, expanding our scientific knowledge.
Mother of the World Killed August 24th, 410
Mother Teresa Born August 26th, 1910
A great lady walked this earth. She resided in India and worked her entire life to promote kindness and peace. She was born to this world as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She is best known to us as "Mother Teresa".
Mother Teresa was born on August 26th, 1910 and left our earthly presence sadly on September 5th, 1997. She died too young at age 87 and yet her entire life and every breath she breathed, she taught us peace. Just as August 24th, 410 should have taught each and every one of us and the whole of mankind that "peace is the only way", Mother Teresa's birth on August 26th centuries later, again should have taught us tolerance and peace.
Mother Teresa's Quest for Peace
Let's together learn the lesson we should have learned on August 24th, 410, let us rejoice in the life of the woman born on August 26th 1910 by remembering and following Mother Teresa's words:
"If we have no peace, it is because, we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
© 2010 Ken Kline
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