After a few blog posts about war and fashion, we’re taking a break to look at mythology. Arguably, the most famous mythological beast is a dragon. Both Europe and Asia have their own types of dragon developed independently from one another. In English, both share the name dragon, though they are somewhat different creatures. Dragon means “serpent of huge size,” which is a fair assessment of both creatures.
In addition to being a hot button issue for almost the entirety of the 20th and 21st centuries, socialism and communism are often used as scare tactics. But many lack a proper understanding of what these ideologies mean. In order to form legitimate opinions on these topics, it is most important to understand them. So, whether your bumper sticker says "don't tread on me" or "glory to the proletariat," let’s all hop on the magic school bus of education.
And historians, and scholars in general. Why do they all hate fun? Or perhaps, more accurately, why do they lack imagination? Why do we dig our heels in and insist that anything that challenges our views couldn't possibly exist? And if an academic is open to a non-mainstream thought, they're immediately black-balled by the academic community. I think more than many other disciplines, archaeology and history are inundated with amateurs who wish to partake in the field without the "proper educational background." But this lack of an educational background actually creates a much more open-minded interpretation of the evidence.