When I first heard the word Hiraeth, I knew it held greater significance than just the feeling assigned to its meaning. If you don’t know what it means, its:
“Homesickness for a place to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I have lived in a shit load of places, more than 20 houses. But like this word states this homesickness is more than just wanting to plants seeds and sow your roots into one building. I don’t think I am the only one who has never quite found home.
It got me thinking. I have seen and read so many things that make me question whether we are really ‘from’ Earth. What if we’re not? What if that feeling so many people can’t get rid of is because this isn’t really our home at all?
Now before you get your knickers in a twist, this is a thought piece. Of course I was born here, of course it’s my home, but the points I’ll make are interesting nonetheless. So for the time being, humour me and keep reading.
Lets start with the physical evidence:
Sunburn – animals don’t get it. Period. There isn’t an animal on this planet, not even the scorpions living in the depths of death valley in the searing heat that could brew you a coffee in half a millisecond, that get sunburn. It just doesn’t happen. Cause they are indigenous to this planet right? So if you’re guna be living under the sun it makes sense to evolve ‘a thick skin,’ right? So why haven’t we? And don’t tell me it’s cause we haven’t had time, the fucking monkeys don’t get sunburnt so they managed to evolve it. Lizards can lap that sun shit up all day everyday, almost as if dinosaurs should have been the indigenous population all along. And does anyone else find it bizarre, that the exact same conditions on this planet didn’t make way for the same creatures (dinosaurs) to make a come back after the extinction?
We’re chronically sick. Sure, part of it’s cause we’re chunk butts now, but were plagued by illness, how many grown adults do you know that don’t have something wrong with them? Even if t’s the tiniest thing? And what of one of the most prevalent ailments – back ache? Why is it MILLIONS of people suffer with back ache? and yet, animals don’t…It’s almost like our backs can’t take the pressure of our own weight. Almost like we weren’t meant to live in a world with quite the amount of gravity we do.
And on the point of being chronically sick, one of the arguments is that our brains are hard wired to a 25 hour day… weird, seeing as we ‘evolved’ on a planet with a 24 hour day.
Every animal on this planet has offspring with the right sized head to make childbirth, if not easy, bearable. When was the last time you saw an animal screaming in agony through childbirth… Just saying.
5. RAW FOOD
We, as a species, generally have an aversion to raw food on this planet. And yet, that is what every other animal on the Earth eats – raw food. So why do we have such an aversion to it? The minute we struck that first spark, we were cooking our food. Strange thing to think to do, burn your food, when the food you scavenged in the cave days was so rare…
There are plenty of theories suggesting we didn’t come from this planet, one is even accepted by mainstream science – Panspermia.
“the theory that life on the earth originated from microorganisms or chemical precursors of life present in outer space and able to initiate life on reaching a suitable environment.” – Google
All I have now is an image of a monkey riding a comet through space! Moving on, we know that Tardigrades and extremophiles can survive in the vacuum of space, so why not something else, something more human like. I mean, I could just go all out there and suggest we were ‘put’ here.
7. PRISON PLANET
Which brings me on to the concept of Earth as a prison planet. There are whisperings of this in ancient stories like the ‘watchers’ or angels being banished to Earth for eternity for teaching us monkeys about society and ‘life’ (Adam and Eve story too).
If you believe the Flat Earth concept, then you already think we’re trapped in a dome we can’t escape. It isn’t that much more of a stretch to think we’re prisoners.
Maybe this is all just coincidence…Maybe not.
What I do know, is that I love this concept/theory. Some of you will know I am in the midst of writing a novel in a dystopian world that’s flat. But the idea of not coming from where you think is one that can be translated into any genre.
What do you think? Have you ever felt like you couldn’t find home? Why do you think we have so many oddities that we can’t explain?
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