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Learning from the past

June 13th, 2013

I recently visited Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico. It's a large canyon full of Pueblo ruins that were not homes, but ceremonial buildings and "hotels" for visitors to use while there for ceremonies. I was amazed at the preciseness of the architecture and the alignment of walls and windows with solstices. The previous year I visited Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala. Their buildings are awe inspiring.

It is amazing that either of these peoples were able to construct such huge edifices. The hard work that went into these buildings is truly mind-boggling. I'm not sure anyone today actually works that hard. But even more amazing is the engineering that designed the buildings. The intelligence that went into these structures is far greater than expected.

Then I was reminded of something. The intelligence of man hasn't changed from day one. Only the tools he uses to implement that intelligence have changed. The truly amazing thing in all of this is that it's the God-given intelligence that man has that creates all of these works. Building enormous temples in the middle of the jungle 2500 years ago with few tools compared to building the Dubai skyscraper with today's tools simply exemplifies that it's man's intelligence at work.