I had originally thought Lattes and everything else we have covered would show the “typical” caveman. I believed as if the people were not able to paint or comprehend how to go about building a home. However, after reading about only three historical sites, my view and knowledge of the past has utterly transformed. I am now able to relate to the past and link myself to hundreds of thousands of years ago. It is now not about thinking “me, me, me” all the time but rather “us.” In an overview, we are not so different than the people of Lattes. They traded, cooked, ate, and worshiped as we do now. I am not saying that we worship the same or cook the same, but that we still cook and worship today.
People all over the world worship something. It could be idols, mythological creatures, Roman and Greek gods, or, as I believe, the one true God. As humans, we know that there is something far greater than we are. And, in the proto-history era, the people understood that too. They were not blinded to notice that somehow in some way the trees and plants grew, that the this big yellow ball rose in the east and set in the west. The people of Lattes worshiped different idols and gods more than likely because of the influences of trade. However, they must have believed there was something more to this life than just live, eat, sleep then die. Just as we believe now that there is something greater than we are that had to have created such a beautiful world.
I was amazed to read about the discovery of writings in Lattes. Greek is a well-known ancient language. Greek letters were found on ceramics in the third century. One ceramic is believed to be the work of a child learning the Greek alphabet. On the piece, the child wrote almost the entire alphabet (alpha to sigma), and it is also believed that a teacher corrected the piece. This shows that they had schooling to learn about their culture. It also shows that learning and writing is not just for the rich and for the higher status. This holds true today. In Texas, we believe “no child is left behind,” meaning that each child is taught and, as it states, not left behind. Though, throughout the centuries this did not always hold true. In the early centuries, learning was only fit for the rich and wealthy because the poor did not need to learn how to read or write due to their occupations or lack there of.
Writing is an important way we connect with our past. It is one way to tell stories and be able to communicate with other. We, as humans, are very moldable and tend to pick up traits and characteristics from the cultures around us. Worship is another act we perform and have performed throughout the centuries. Through worship, we can understand and recognize others beliefs whether or not we believe them to be true or right. It is important to connect with our past. It allows us to be able to see the world in a new lens. Although, it may make us feel insignificant to realize the vastness of this world, it shows us that we are not alone. We can relate to our past because we are not that different than from the people of ancient cities. And goes to show that over the course of almost 3000 years of civilization, we have yet to really advance. On the other hand, through technology we have advanced substantially in medicine.