As humans first began to philosophize and contemplate, myths came about, religions gathered worship and philosophers entered the scene — everyone offering their own version of truth to the populous. As time passes, all these ideas get accepted, rejected, loved, hated and eventually — incorporated into human development.
When an idea is first presented, it’s still in the initial forming stages. However, even if it means an idea is rejected, the resulting wisdom eventually goes into future, forming generations. It is only natural that certain ideas become irrelevant as humanity tries to build upon previous ideas.
Do you see how a pyramid acts a perfect metaphor for this? The base level is the largest — the foundation. However, it is not very high up off the ground. As you go higher, as time passes on and ideas are refined, the ideas become more complex and the lesser ones are eliminated.
You continue this pattern until you eventually start eliminating more and more ideas, getting down to the core concepts that really speak volumes of truth — which reflect all that has been learned. Imagine a pyramid, and each level representing an era of human thought. What is at the very top of the pyramid?
A singular point. The divine truth. A truth which encompasses all prior wisdom. For what we do not even realize, is that as we are raised as children today in this world, television programs, societal attitudes, what we find sexy, what we engage in for recreation — all of these things subconsciously incorporate all that has since passed. It’s in our day-to-day living on such an instinctual level, that we do not even realize just how many philosophies and concepts are completely ingrained within our life.
If you could look at a pyramid, and attempt to figure out how such a thing was constructed prior to all this new technology we have, you may be able to directly figure out EXACTLY how human intellectual evolution persists — the very mechanics behind the thing. Interestingly enough, one of the biggest mysteries revolving around the pyramids is the idea that no one really knows how the Egyptians built them!
I propose, however, that regardless how they were built, once you reached the midway point, and had the first half of the pyramid complete, the remaining construction would take hardly any time at all. Think of Moore’s Law and the Singularity:
The construction of the pyramid is likely the same, as why would it take LONGER to put the finishing upper-half upon a pyramid? You already have the foundation laid down, now it’s just perfecting your craft.
Apply the same logic to intellectual progression of humanity — we have come so far and laid down so much foundation. It only makes sense that at this stage, every layer of wisdom will be proposed and incorporated/rejected (but with wisdom learned) into society at faster and faster rates. We are naturally reaching the peak level of society, and eventually, we are going to, as a species, stumble upon a truth which encompasses all prior truths, which answers everything. It is only natural, and it is inevitable — look to how our wisdom has developed since our early days, and look now.
(It’s all very similar to the Mayan calendar’s progression. This “rate” is actually found everywhere. Think about how your life as a child takes forever, then in your 20s/30s things start to go fast and then for the most part, time flies to your death. Another example of this progression: sex/orgasm, literal evolution.)