Akhenaten: History's First Social Justice Warrior

hello everybody this is libertas and this is the companion audio to a article that I released on the masculine epic today about the ancient Egyptian pharaoh akhenaten and this is actually a special preview of my book Year Zero the article is a bit more of a summation but this audio is actually the chapter as it is written right now it probably won't be the final finished chapter that I publish but it's basically what you're gonna see in the book and to give a little bit of background into this this book and why I decided to do this after meeting with Russia last summer I kind of had this idea based on the conversation we had as we all know or as we should know by now this social justice totalitarian leftist insanity as was made very clear for all to see last week it really goes back a long time it goes back into the ancient world and it has a very long lineage behind it a lot of heads of this Hydra if you will but there's always a commonality between all these movements in history these Year Zero movements where the basic commonality is that the existing social order must be totally erased so that a new perfect social order according to them the Year Zero revolutionaries can then be imposed and when we look at social justice warriors that's what they're doing right with everything that they do whether it's your personal sex life whether it's what you choose to wear whether it's what you choose to watch or what you choose to talk about everything is fair game to them so it's it's totalitarianism they want to erase the old social order and impose their new one and this kind of pathology goes back a very long way and it has multiple manifestations whether it's on the political left whether it's on the political right it doesn't really matter they're all related and after talking with Russia a little bit about this and a little bit about publishing I decided you know what this idea started to percolate in my head that because of my education and my work experience I think I have a more unique and detailed perspective that I can give on this and so I decided to write this this book because I the concepts were all there I just started to piece it together and research it a little bit more and put flesh on the bones if you will so this is the second chapter of the book which is where this year zero kind of insanity all starts and believe it or not akhenaten this 14th century BC pharaoh was the pioneer the ancestor if you will the founder of all this year zero insanity so look at any movement from the past to the present with the social justice warriors he was kind of the pioneer and some of the things that he did they're still doing today human nature doesn't really change even after thirty five hundred years so that's the intro you can read the kind of abbreviated article that I wrote although it's pretty detailed itself on the masculine epic and this is this audio is the actual chapter as it exists on paper right now and I will I may explain a little bit more particularly with with some of the ancient writings that I quote because to give a little bit of context it might confuse the reader when he's first here or rather listener to this when he's first hearing about it but I will keep my personal thoughts until the end so let's get into this this is the special preview of my book Year Zero that I plan on releasing later this year so this is the second chapter shining beginnings in the middle of the second millennium BC a powerful new dynasty emerged in that great in that great cradle of civilization Egypt the Hyksos formidable foreign invaders of still mysterious origins who had ruled Egypt for a century were expelled and Egypt's eighteenth dynasty came to the fore at the dawning of its greatest era the New Kingdom in the New Kingdom an Egyptian Empire rose and civilization flourished with the eighteenth dynasty securely seated upon the throne internal peace and prosperity reigned while there were foreign threats such as the Hittites and the Kingdom of Mitanni in the north these were far removed from everyday Egyptian life an Egyptian farmer or artisan had little to fear of a foreign army marching adjacent to the Nile destroying everything in its path towards the end of the eighteenth dynasty's career with Egyptian dominance of the region firmly secured a new Pharaoh came to the throne his original name was Amenhotep reigning briefly as Amenhotep the fourth but he came to be known as Akhenaten his concerns were firmly Egyptian but he could not know that his machen nations would change the world the human mind in its most powerful motivational thought processes was forever altered by this Bronze Age Pharaoh for Akhenaten was to embark on an endeavor that would radically shift the religion of his country or so he hoped in fact Akhenaten may have been the first of what Thomas Sowell describes as the anointed for the anointed traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past relics of a much less enlightened age and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before part 1 the making of Akhenaten Amenhotep the fourth the future Akhenaten seemed to begin as a fairly conventional king he was certainly strongly influenced by his father Amenhotep the third completing the work that he had begun on the temple of a moon at Karnak these were traditional reliefs and to further Egyptian dominance in Nubia in the south Amenhotep the fourth founded a new town along traditional lines just as his father had done in fact it is impossible to understand Akhenaten's revolutionary reign without first briefly discussing what had gone on under his father not only would it shed light on the atmosphere in which he grew up but crucial developments in the relationship between the Egyptian king and the gods had taken place in the rain considered one of Egypt's most glorious Kings when the power of the country peaked Amenhotep the Third's reign of nearly 40 years was a high point of Egyptian culture and kingly Authority throughout his reign Amenhotep the third strongly associated himself with solar imagery and its associated deities this was not a particularly new or revolutionary practice Egyptian kings had associated themselves with solar deities for eons stretching back to the fourth dynasty at the height of Egypt's Old Kingdom a thousand years earlier Amenhotep the third however took this association to new heights the power of the reigning monarch in relation to the gods of Egypt had always waxed and waned throughout that country's fortunes at one point in the fifth dynasty the king Yunus famously mentioned that he was eating the gods as part of what have come to be called the Pyramid Texts yet the power of the kings of the gods took a new turn in Amenhotep the Third's reign while the earlier pharaoh Hatshepsut declared herself the daughter of a moon in her fabulous mortuary temple at Deir el-bahri her relative Amenhotep the third did one better proclaiming himself as a moon son in his own lifetime and giving himself the epithet dazzling disk of the Sun the symbolism did not stop at titles or epithets Amenhotep the third routinely added open rooms and hallways to Egyptian temples to allow for the adoration of the Sun and he retooled the annual open Festival were in a king would commune with the image of Amun rah in the sanctum at Luxor after a procession from Karnak and emerge rejuvenated Amenhotep the third took the rejuvenation a step further proclaiming on his magnificent statues that through the ceremony he had become assimilated with rah and the tomb as a god-king never before in Egyptian history had the royal become so closely merged with the divine these were all things which Amenhotep the third son and successor would not forget part 2 on the horizon of heresy Amenhotep the thirds power plays should not be confused with those of his son despite their clear influence on him for all his moves none of what Amenhotep the third did was truly revolutionary the power plays were a perfectly reasonable adaptation of existing Egyptian theology and royal ideology stretching back to the very beginnings of Egyptian society none of them would have likely been unrecognizable to any of Amenhotep the Third's predecessors nor did they cause any kind of social instability or upheaval indeed as we noted before Amenhotep the Third's reign is generally seen as the peak of Egyptian power and flourishing Amenhotep the fourth would not be content to simply coast on his father's tailwind he truly was an innovator and he clearly felt mu moved by the solar cult that his father had so extensively promoted throughout his reign the new king began to display his true intentions a year into his reign when he dedicated a new temple on undead ik ated land near karnak and facing the sunrise to the Aten the deity associated with the disk of the Sun itself the Aten was not an unknown deity in Egypt but the new king was giving it a newfound prominence this new focus on the Aten would also change its form previously the solar disk was portrayed as a falcon headed man that resembled the ancient god Horus who was associated with Egyptian kingship since the foundation of the state the king however quickly gave the addends image a tune-up the falcon headed man was replaced with something far more abstract which certainly has modern echoes instead of having a recognizable human form the Aten truly became the solar disk portrayed as the origination of all life it was something ungraspable removed from ordinary human experience such a portrayal of the gods so far removed from human and natural affairs was unusual and it was a strong indicator of the Kings intentions for his reign the art of the period now known as the Amarna period was just as revolutionary if not even more so than the transformation of the Aten indeed it reflected the radical transformation that the new Kings sought for Egyptian life Egyptian art was typically highly idealized and had been so for well over 1500 years pharaohs were portrayed as muscular virile and vigorous back wishing Egypt's enemies and making Grand sacrifices to the gods women were portrayed as slender in life indicating youth and fertility the future Akhenaten however pioneered a style that can be termed a sort of realism in fact one could say that it was a Bronze Age body acceptance movement in contrast to the idealized depictions of his forebears Amenhotep the fourth began to appear deformed and effeminate in his statues with an unnaturally long face and childbearing hips some had believed that these statues portrayed the king as he actually was theorizing that he had some kind of genetic conditions such as Marfan syndrome interesting as this would be and as great a parallel it would be with the modern social justice warrior keen to project his neuroses on the rest of society DNA tests conducted on the mummy entombed kV 55 in 2010 now thought by most to be Akhenaten did not show any genetic diseases it is now generally agreed that the deformities present in statues portraying the king were part of the new religion that he had begun to put into place appropriating creation myths in the form of a male female creator God blending masculine and feminine features interestingly however the elongated skulls portrayed in the art of the day do seem to correspond both to the skull of mummy kaifi kV 55 and Tutankhamun so perhaps there was some project and neurosis after all at any rate this revolution of realism and art was not limited to the Pharaoh his wife Nefertiti also called Nefer neferu Wotton who has come to be renowned for her beauty due to the discovery by German archaeologists in the early 20th century of the famous bust by the sculptor Tut Mose was also a major subject the art of the day portrayed her in a distinctly realistic fashion that feminists would have loved later statues depicted her with a sagging paunch and even the famous bust of Nefertiti itself has been found to have multiple layers one of which depicts her as clearly aging another distinctive reflection of the art in the period is the intimacy shown between the members of the royal family though the elongated bodies and skulls have led many to have led to many a remark about aliens the scenes depicting Akhenaten Nefertiti and their sick daughters are decidedly within the bounds of realism as opposed to the Egyptian cosmic perfectionism that had prevailed for so many centuries the royal family is shown playing together with one famous image being the The Young Ones in their parents laps with one of the daughters tugging at Nefertiti ziering other figures of influence were quick to attempt to win the Kings favor by depicting themselves in the new art style one of these figures was the Vizier Ramos who quickly switched the art style on the tomb he was building for himself from the old to the new the contrast between the old and the new styles on his tomb is telling of how far into ordinary life the ongoing honest revolution in Egypt would go Amenhotep the fourth also did something peculiar that would also indicate his future intentions long lived Egyptian Kings celebrated a jubilee known as a head set festival upon reaching the 30th year of his reign the Pharaoh would celebrate his longevity and rejuvenate himself after this first Hebb said it would recur every three years throughout the Kings reign Amenhotep the fourth however celebrated his own head said festival in the third year of his reign on cue with his father's schedule as if Amenhotep the third were still alive and Amenhotep the fourth as his statues indicated was co-regent with the Aten the dazzling disk of the Sun itself blending kingly and divine powers even further though the direction that Amenhotep the fourth was now taking his country in religion and art was without question unprecedented the true years zero manifestations of his Antonis movement had not yet begun to materialize like many other years zero movements to come the changes were at first gradual while the culture was changing under his tutelage legally Amon ho the fourth seems to have started by simply changing some government documents to reflect that the Aten was now the National God of Egypt he did not immediately attempt to violently overturn his country's social norms the future Akhenaten was no Pol Pot indeed at first one may think that the oddness policies were simply adding a new deity a new cult alongside the old ones as had happened many times throughout Egypt history certainly something strange was going on but nothing as yet indicated that the Pharaoh would seek to supplant Egyptian society and traditions by Fiat all of the Kings masa nations thus far could in fact be seen as the natural evolution of the changes instituted under his father but as we have seen the son was simply not content or rather not simply content to follow in his father's footsteps he was a true believer and he now began to take his faith to an even higher level the Theological Revolution would soon begin in earnest Amenhotep the fourth changed his name to Akhenaten a very clear rejection of the previous National God of Egypt a moon part three new city new world Akhenaten's truest intentions were revealed in the fifth year of his reign when he founded a new capital city it was situated in a strategic area in the country easily connectible to both upper and lower egypt the site was virgin land sacred to no other god best of all the land seemingly had perfect physical connections to the solar cult the very shape of the cliffs in the distance formed the hieroglyph for horizon and the Sun rose right within this sacred wadi deeply inspired and seeming to have undergone a true epiphany Akhenaten vowed to make this place his capital and eventually be buried in the wadi it was the first time a capital city had been founded in Egypt for purely religious reasons work began at a furious pace indeed Akhenaten truly sought to create an entirely new world a new start the city was called Akkad totten horizon of the Aten now known as Amarna as soon as he could Akhenaten moved the royal court from Thebes through traditional center of power in New Kingdom Egypt to Akutan Otten was now unambiguously the first god of Egypt a display easy for all to see by the majesty of the new city it was now that Akhenaten's Year Zero program began in earnest in promoting the Aten not only Egyptian religion but Egypt itself would need to be transformed from top to bottom the old institutions and traditions and by extension the private behavior of the Egyptian people would need to be altered Year Zero logic had been seeded in the mind of this Pharaoh and now he would fertilize it Akhenaten did not stop with adopting a new religion for himself and building a new capital seizing upon the inherent power of shocking spectacle Akhenaten staged the regicide or perhaps deicide of a moon consider the psychological effect this must have had on the people at the time for the Egyptian man to see his Supreme God killed and with official sanction from the king must have been extremely shocking and demoralizing the rough equivalent to us or perhaps more aptly some of us would be to have both our elected and religious leaders sanctioned at the desecration of the image of Christ all the while and service to the laws of the land with the moon now dead Akhenaten declared that the Aten was the only God previously citizens had been permitted to worship the old gods but after the move to Akhenaten the supremacy of the Aten and the revelation of truth from the king through the Otton was not to be questioned no other gods would be permitted to compete with the Aten even other solar deities like rah were to be eliminated or in a more ominous connection to the successors of Akhenaten seen later in this book cleansed the prescriptions began the temples were closed the traditional priesthoods were shuttered a move that put the finality on another age-old institution that Akhenaten had been appropriating while the king was in theory the high priest of every God the priesthood was always a powerful institution in Egyptian history the temples owned a great deal of land and Akhenaten's great-great-grandfather the glorious warrior king took most of 3rd lavished the temples especially that of a moon with wealth from his extensive foreign conquests Akhenaten had made it his policy from the beginning of his reign to ensure that the priesthood would be subordinate to him he fired his enemies and hired his friends creating a system of patronage essential to maintaining a strong power base he also took pains to ensure that the priesthood was formed was functionally emasculated stripped of all power that did not emanate from him including in more symbolic ways in old institutions such as the annual open festival the priests would carry cult images of the gods on their shoulders in procession allowing the people to maintain a connection with the gods and celebrate the divine at akka totten however and by extension throughout Egypt these traditions were abolished the Aten was abstract and ungraspable by the public the universal creator deity with no consort or offspring as had been the norm with the old gods instead Akhenaten and his family took their place and and it was they not the cult images of the old gods whom the priests now carried on their shoulders in procession this is revelatory of one fact perhaps the most earth-shattering of all throughout the oddness revolution the divine was removed from the populace only the Pharaoh could communicate with the Aten and discern his will while the desecration and defacing of the memories of the old gods continued to Akhenaten this was still not good enough every facet of Egyptian life would need to be transformed to center around the worship of the Aten and by extension himself for access to the Aten could only come through the Pharaoh Akhenaten the son of the Otton through him alone could Egyptians connect with the divine in Akhenaten we see the first recorded attempts at absolutism in both religion and state Akhenaten's vision of Egypt was essentially an absolutist theocracy with himself at the fore and the Aten that is back reverence of the Aten was also reverence of him the revolution in art that he had begun early in his reign had a hidden political purpose as it was only Akhenaten and his family who were depicted receiving the blessings of the Aten no other figures were portrayed in the art of the day with the Sun disk only Akhenaten and Nefertiti were seen as being blessed with the ankh the symbol of life emanating from the Aten indeed it may not be outlandish to say that Akhenaten's transforming of society was motivated by a mad need for love on his own end as his image was seen at every turn of the head throughout akka totten even though akka totten had – magnificent open-air temples built to worship the Aten not all were allowed inside for these wayward Souls the public place of worship at akka Totten was a chapel with the Kings statue and in a chilling anticipation of the worst tyrannies of the 20th century residents kept shrines of Akhenaten in their homes not even death was immune as the tombs of royal officials made clear death texts were no longer addressed to Osiris an ancient institution even in this time period but to Akhenaten this was in essence a revelation that the Egyptian concept of the afterlife was false for Egyptians always concerned about eternity this upended their fundamental outlook on life itself indeed there is a depiction of the optin banishing and triumphing over the gods of the underworld yet most chillingly of all Akhenaten usurped the cosmic order itself to the ancient Egyptian psyche nothing was more important than the concept of Matt the loose translation of this word can mean truth or justice but it was more encompassing than that to the ancient Egyptians Matt was the truth of the universe the cosmic created natural order one of the chief responsibilities of the Egyptian king was to uphold and balance this created order Matt in return for upholding Matt the citizens of Egypt would reward the king with their loyalty and put up with his rule which had always been conducted in an authoritarian dictatorial style Akhenaten however took this a step further as we have seen Matt was an authority even higher than the Pharaoh though the king had divine connections he was tasked with upholding the created Universal order in a way it was the first social contract in history Akhenaten however yanked the contract away boldly portraying himself as living on Matt as the gods had he was no longer separated from it in short truth and the cosmic order was whatever Connaughton wanted it to be for Egypt the march of the totalitarian new social order could not be made more complete part for life in honest Egypt the ilusory happy face as soon as he rises he exerts his power against the one who ignores his teachings it has been theorized by many that Akhenaten's religious reforms had a political motivation and that it is questionable whether or how much he really believed in what he was doing there is plausibility to this as we have seen the priesthood and the temples especially that of a moon were incredibly powerful in Egypt and Akhenaten's immediate predecessors had made them wealthier and more powerful still potentially enough to someday rival the Pharaoh this in fact came true at the end of the new kingdom some 300 years later when the high priests of a moon went on to become the Masters of Upper Egypt as is so often the case with the Year Zero ideologues self-aggrandizement may have been a motivating factor behind fervent ideological drives clearly the imposition of optimism on the country stood to grant Akhenaten a lot he would at once make the priesthood politically irrelevant while retaining and consolidating his own power as the country's chief religious official however this necessitates the assumption that someone possessed a remarkable degree of insight into a situation that had not at that time taken on the shape it was to assume later and which was probably never defined in such clear-cut terms the conception of church and state as separate rival entities was antithetical to the Egyptian worldview the absorption and aggrandizement of religious institutions into Akhenaten may have had a politically expedient result but Akhenaten himself was unquestionably a man of the deepest religious devotion speed at which he undertook his projects most notably akka Totten itself and the deeply profound experience he seems to have had at the founding of that city do not suggest some kind of ulterior motive and perhaps the truest evidence of his devotion to the Aten Akhenaten himself composed what he called ominously the teaching we know it as the great hymn to the Aten and so here's the ancient text and Akhenaten writes thou Epirus beautifully on the horizon of heaven thou living Aten the beginning of life when thou art risen on the eastern horizon thou hast filled every land with thy beauty thou art gracious great glistening and high over every land thy rays encompass the lands to the limit of all that thou has made as thou art ray that reaches to the end of them thou subdue list them for thy beloved son though thou art far away thy rays are on earth though thou art in their faces no one knows thy going when thou settest in the western horizon the land is in darkness in the manner of death they sleep in a room with heads wrapped up nor sees one eye the other all their goods which are under their heads might be stolen but they would not perceive it every lion has come forth from his den all creeping things they sting darkness is a shroud and the earth is in stillness for he who made them rests in his horizon at daybreak when now a risest on the horizon when thou shyness as the Otten my day thou drive us away the darkness and giveth thy race the two lands are in festivity every day awake and standing upon their feet for thou has to raise them up washing their bodies taking their clothing their arms are raised in praise at thy appearance all the world they do their work all beasts are content with their path Sturridge trees and plants are flourishing the birds which fly from their nests their wings are stretched out and praise to thy kha all beasts spring upon their feet whatever flies it and lights they live when now has to risen for them the ships are sailing north and south as well for every way is open at thy appearance the fish in the river dart before they face the rays are in the midst of the great green sea creator of seed and women thou who makest fluid into man thou who maintained us the Sun in the womb of his mother who sue this him with that with that which stills his weeping thou nurse even in the womb who gives it who giveth breath to sustain all that he has made when he descends from the womb to breathe on the day when he is born thou openness to his mouth completely thou supply astiz necessities when the chicken the egg speaks within the shell thou givest him breath within it to maintain him when thou has made his for him his fulfillment within the egg to break it he comes forth from the egg to speak at his completed time he walks upon his legs when he comes forth from it how manifold it is what thou has made they are hidden from the face of man o soul God like whom there is no other thou did it create the world according to thy desire whilst thou wert alone all men cattle and wild beasts whatever is on earth going upon its feet and what is on high flying with its wings the countries of Syria and Nubia the land of Egypt thou sawest every man in his place thou supplies their necessities everyone has his food and his time of life is reckoned their tongues are separate in speech and their natures as well their skins are distinguished as thou distinguishes the foreign peoples thou makest a Nile in the underworld now bring us forth as thou desirest to maintain the people of Egypt according as thou madest them for thyself the Lord of all of them wearing himself with them the Lord of every land rising for them the Otten of the day great of majesty all distant foreign countries thou make us their life also for thou hast set an isle in heaven that it may descend for them and wait and make waves upon the mountains like the great green sea to water their fields in their towns how effective they are thy plans o Lord of eternity the Nile in heaven it is for the foreign peoples and for the beasts of every desert that go upon their feet while the true Nile comes from the underworld for Egypt thy Ray's suckle every meadow when thou risest they live they grow for thee thou makest the seasons in order to rear all that thou hast made winter to cool them and the heat that they may taste thee thou hast made the distant sky in order to rise therein in order to see all that thou dost make while thou wert alone rising in thy form as the living Aten appearing shining withdrawing or approaching thou madest millions of forms of thyself alone cities towns fields road and river every IB holds the over against them for thou art the Otten of the day over the earth thou are in my heart and there is no other that knows thee save thy son never kept our a Wan ray for thou has made him well versed in thy plans and in thy strength the world came into being by thy hand according as thou has made them when thou has to risen they live when thou settest they die thou art life time thy own self for one lives only through thee eyes are fixed on beauty until thou settest all work is laid aside when thou settest in the West but when thou risest again everything is made to flourish for the King since thou didst found the earth and raise them up for thy son who come forth from thy body the king of upper and lower egypt Akhenaten and the chief wife of the King Nefertiti living and youthful for ever and ever these are not the words of a mere opportunist but a fervent statement of belief if Akhenaten had one thing it was faith his adoration of the Aten would be the center of a daily public spectacle like another king who associated himself with the sun's radiance louis xiv all life in the royal capital would be centered on his person and in a glorious fashion unlike louis xiv who engaged in his antics purely for political and perhaps egotistic purposes Akhenaten was a true believer and his daily life was specifically made to mimic the Aten acha totten was laid out according to a very deliberate pattern the main north-south road was designed to mirror the sun's movement through the sky and every day Akhenaten would hold a procession ritualizing his movements from his residence to the administrative center of the city in mimicry of the Autons own movement through the sky on his glittering chariot of gold he must surely have made for a dazzling sight truly in communion with the Aten it was a daily celebration that Akhenaten used to create an image of happiness in the community and ensure that he would remain the center of attention venerated by the people it was in its own way a happy face put on to Akhenaten's regime for the King wanted to make sure that his new city would be seen as a place of joyous celebration under the life-giving rays of the universal creator and source of all life the Aten but significantly Akhenaten always had clouds of soldiers around him during this pilgrimage no one would be allowed to have any funny ideas the public rituals the ceremonies the care taken to appearances were all physical manifestations of the theology of autism which was revolutionary in more than the obvious ways whereas the gods in many polytheistic faiths could be seen as transient and cruel very human-like oughtness doctrine emphasized positivity to a fault death itself was not seen as a trial as it had come to be in the Osiris cult but rather a new day that brought recreation there were no invisible menaces but the visible world of the daytime but beneath all this positivity and one might even imagine rationalism there looked a very ugly reality Akhenaten may have emphasised positivity in his daily rituals his artwork and his professed theology but his fanaticism did not lessen as the years went by and he consolidated his rule we have already seen eerie parallels between Akhenaten and his Year Zero successors discussed later on in the book but his pioneering innovations did not end with what we've previously discussed to further implement his theological revolution the very language of Egypt itself would need to undergo some changes prior to Akhenaten's time the formal language of the court was a dialect called middle Egyptian Akhenaten's monuments however were in this odd way democratized as the vernacular was used but like all other art it's centered on the king himself this may seem benign enough but Akhenaten's use of language was part and parcel of his totalitarian regime though the temples were shuttered and the priesthood marginalized this was not enough for Akhenaten for the old deities needed to be completely wiped from memory in the ninth year of his reign Akhenaten's program against the old gods took a more fevered pitch the temples were desecrated royal agents engaged in a program of destruction and defacement of the old shrines and even tombs the names of the old gods were hacked away the systematic program of godly elimination was so complete that even the plural word gods was removed from shrines temples and monuments if this sounds radical enough it goes still further Egyptian names almost always included a reference to some God or another this was certainly known to Akhenaten who changed his own name from Amenhotep to publicly reject a moon whose coat felt the fullest of the Kings fury these two were hacked away on the walls of temples shrines and tombs in an effort to placate the king prominent Egyptians changed their names to reflect the supremacy of the solar cult and hid personal possessions connected to the old deities the army scribe Thomas became ramos the priests myrrh neath became merry rah and he only River reverted his name after the King died doubtless other Egyptians lower on the social hierarchy followed the same path Egyptians found worshiping the old gods were persecuted it was not good enough for Akhenaten to merely close down the traditional public centres of worship and consign any memory of them to the dustbin of history for Akhenaten's vision of an honest egypt with himself at its center as the son of the Aten the private behavior of his subjects would need to be modified as well in essence the country needed to be purified of any vestiges of the old polytheistic religion whether that be the priesthood politically the ceremonies tombs and monuments publicly or the practices of people inside their own homes privately foreshadowing later figures such as Muhammad or perhaps Isis Akhenaten had idols depicting the old gods smashed idol makers were prohibited from carrying out their trade and put out of business and people were prohibited from having idols other than the king in their homes the only religious images permitted in public were those of Sun disk which were always prominently accompanied by the royal family for all of his pretensions or even efforts at putting a happy face on his revolution the truth of its brutal all-encompassing nature could only be barely hidden behind the scenes acha Totten must have been a gloomy unhappy place where citizens were required to believe in to them untruths mandated to follow a doctrine that may as well have been two plus two equal five to their ears akka Totten could very well be seen as the first party headquarters in history the first iteration of 1984 as in any regime of this nature there were collaborators those who sought favour by giving in to the up ending of Egyptian life that Akhenaten sought indeed the Pharaoh richly rewarded his followers such as the Vizier Ramos not to be confused with the priests who as seen earlier changed his Toombs artwork he is depicted wearing ornate gold ornaments a reward from Akhenaten these were given to loyal followers during occasions of ceremonial gift-giving where Akhenaten and other members of his family most famously his wife Nefertiti would shower blessings down on the people who stood below them under the window of appearances etiquette Otton however under this facade of bliss beneath the giving rays of the autumn there was massive discontent in Egypt and behind the scenes death was a constant companion life in ancient Egypt had never exactly been easy but life expectancy in Akutan was lower than seen at other times in Egyptian history or other places in the country akka Totten modern Amarna is generally well preserved even if a rune and it has been relatively easy for archaeologists to reconstruct what life must have been like there good deals of bones have been recovered they do not tell a pleasant story the bones tell tales of poor nutrition and high-stress back-breaking physical labor damaged spines permanently workshops in the city were more akin to sweatshops and some had to squat or kneel all day on mud floors the citizens were physically stunted underfed in childhood and prone to anemia over half of akhaten citizens died in their late teens and almost all were dead by 35 in mockery of this sumptuous feasts were laid out in the temples daily sacrifices to the Aten the Auton temples themselves had dedicated slaughterhouses while akut attends people went malnourished they ended their existences buried in shallow graves with cheap goods though Akhenaten promoted his new city which he vowed he would never leave as a new beginning a place of happiness under the generous rays of the Ottoman those generous Ray's were reserved solely for himself and his family the graves tell the stories of what he really thought about his people as we have seen a key tenet of Year Zero ideologies is the dehumanization of the people they oppose rendering them at best expendable at worst enemies that need systematic elimination these and all other costs are irrelevant in the face of imposing the new social order Akhenaten was focused but he could not much as he'd like to see everything and his subjects continued to worship the old gods even a moon right under his nose in the privacy of their homes even with his coat statues inside despite the crackdown on the practices of the old religion in public or private it persisted widely indeed even in Akutan itself remains have been found of talismans honoring the old gods suggesting that despite proximity to the Pharaoh the old religion was still widespread in the hearts and minds of the people for all his desires could not overturn so many centuries of Egyptian tradition so easily although Akhenaten attempted to purify the country of the old gods vigorously he could not do it all so quickly evidently when it came to winning the hearts and minds of the people his revolution was failing this would not be the only thing he failed to see part 5 decay of grandeur archeology has blessed us with an archive of the international correspondence of this period hundreds of clay tablets written in the diplomatic language of the day Akkadian have been recovered from Amarna known as the Amarna letters this archive spans all of Akhenaten's reign and part of the reigns of Amenhotep the third Akhenaten's two mysterious successors and Tutankhamun it is almost akin to recovering the archives of the State Department of its day as we have seen the 18th dynasty ruled in Egypt that was at its most prosperous Akhenaten's Father Amenhotep the third is once more considered one of its greatest rulers for 40 years he sat at the head of an Egypt that was at peace internally and formidable on the international stage so powerful was Egypt that it seemed no enemies dared attempt to mobilize against it Amenhotep the third famously refused the Babylonian ruler cottage 'men and lyl the first request for one of his daughters in marriage stating that no daughter of Egypt would be given to any foreigner despite the Babylonian princess that had entered his harem Kaddish 'men and lyl wrote to Amenhotep how is it possible that having written to you in order to ask for the hand of your daughter oh my brother you should have written me using such language telling me that you will not give her to me as since earliest times no daughter of the king of Egypt has ever been given in marriage why are you telling me such things you are the king you may do as you wish if you wanted to me your daughter in marriage who could you say nay but you keeping to your principle of not sending anybody having not sent me a wife have you not been looking for a fraternal and amicable relationship when you suggested to me in writing a marriage in order to make us become closer why hasn't my brother sent me a wife is it possible for you not to send me a wife but how could I refuse you a wife and not send her to you as you did I have daughters I will not refuse you in any way concerning this as to the gold about which I wrote you send me now quickly during this summer before your messenger reach me golden abundance as much as is available I could thus achieve the task I have undertaken if you send me this summer the gold concerning which I've written to you I shall give you my daughter in marriage therefore send gold willingly as much as you please but if you do not send me gold so I can achieve the task I have undertaken why haven't you sent me any earlier willingly after I have finished the task I have undertaken why would I wish for gold even if you sent me three thousand talents of gold I would not accept them I would return them and would not give you my daughter in marriage so basically they're going back and forth through setting up a bargain essentially how much is Amenhotep the third willing to pay for cata shman and Lil's daughter anyway back to the text as the old saying goes he who has the gold makes the rules and Egypt sure did have a lot of gold this allowed Amenhotep the third to heartily refuse his own daughter in marriage to the Babylonian king even though he had received a Babylonian princess to marry again as we saw Kaddish man's real objective was the gold not so much a trade of two daughters one for the other the announcement that Amenhotep the third maid of his marriage to his great royal wife T was even mo or indicative of the immense power of Egypt during his reign year 11 under the majesty of Horus strong bowl appearing in truth two ladies who establishes laws and pacifies in the two lands golden Horus great of strength smiter of the AC Attucks king of Upper and Lower Egypt Lord of the two lands the match race son of Rhea Amenhotep ruler of Thebes given life and the great royal wife T may she live her father's name is Yuya her mother's name is – Leah she is the wife of a mighty king whose southern boundary is Carol whose northern aetna Haran T it should be noted was not of royal blood an unusual marriage for an Egyptian King to make safe to say no one dared to disagree with his unconventional choice of a wife this respect for Egypt declined during Akhenaten's reign so focused was he it seemed on purifying his Society of the old gods and religious rituals that he lost sight of his most important job as Egypt's ruler ensuring its national security whereas Pharaohs past and future took joy in portraying themselves as great warriors that slaughtered Egypt's enemies even when they in fact had not this did not seem to interest Akhenaten at all though he did certainly portray himself as having strong military backing in his daily processions and artistic reliefs this lack of art portraying Akhenaten as a warrior is in fact indica indicative of the general decline in Egypt's military and borders during his reign due to neglect one exasperated vassal rib Adi ruler of byblos wrote rib Adi to the king his lord the son of all countries I have prostrated myself seven times and seven times at the feet of the king my lord I have written repeatedly in order to obtain troops but have not save them and the King my Lord has not listened to the words of his servant I have sent my messenger to the palace and he has returned with empty hands there were troops for him when the people of my house saw that no money had been given they reproached me the governor's my brothers and they despised me on the other hand I set out for how moon eerie and in the meantime a brother of mine II younger than me conspired against me at Gubler to deliver the city to the sons of Abdi ashita when my brother saw that my messenger had returned empty-handed and that there were no occupation troops with him he despised me and thus he committed a crime and he expelled me from the city may the king my lord not hold back before the actions of this dog now I cannot enter the land of mitts ruh I am old and I suffer of a serious disease in my own flesh may the king my lord know that the gods of goo blah are angered and the disease has become chronic although I have confessed my sin to the gods therefore I have not appeared before the king my lord now then I have sent my son servant of the king my lord to the king my lord may the king my lord listen to the words of his servant and may the king my lord give troops of archers to conquer the city of Gubler an order that enemy troops not enter her nor the sons of Abdi ishara and it become necessary that the troops of archers of the king my lord reconquering see there are many men who love me in the city and few are my enemies when the troops of archers will be leaving and the day of their arrival be known the city will return to the king my lord and may my lord know that I am willing to die for him when I was in the city I made an effort to keep it from my Lord and my heart was firm in the support of the king my lord it would not have delivered the city to the sons of Abdi Ashura therefore my brother has caused enmity between me and the city to deliver it to the sons of Abdi Ashura may the king My Lord hold back with respect to the city certainly there is inside her walls much gold and silver and in her temples there is much of everything if they conquer her made the King my lord do with his servant as he wants but may he give me the city of burrows Ilham as residence now I am with Hammond Eyrie since Burroughs Elam has made the other cities hostile to me they have become enemies for fear of the sons of Abdera shota when I came to Hammond Eyrie because of the sons of Abdi ishara when they were stronger than I and there was no encouragement for me from the mouth of the King I said to the king my lord see the city of Gubler is his in her there are many things of the King the possessions of our ancestors if the king holds back he will not have left any city of kin iha new may the King not hold back his action now I have sent to the king my lord your servant my son may the King send him quickly with troops to take the city if the king my lord feels compassion for me and returns me to the city then I will keep it for the king my lord like previously if the king my lord does not return me to her the city of marissa l'm as she sees fit to his servant jamón eerie i remain with him may the king my lord listen to the words of his servant and send immediately troops to take the city may the king my lord not hold back with regard to this evil deed that was committed against the countries of the king my lord and may the king my lord send troops of archers to take the city immediately when they say in front of the king about the city the city is strong it is not strong before the troops of the king my lord so yeah you can tell that the correspondence of the day was highly repetitive there are certain formulaic phrases it almost and almost to me conjures up images of what Homer wrote in the Iliad and the Odyssey with the certain epithets and the repeated phrases I wonder if that was just a feature of the language of the writing of the day but basically you can see that he's repeatedly requesting this gyri body who's one of Akhenaten's vassals in in syria he's basically requesting repeatedly for aid and well it wasn't so forthcoming but Akhenaten did not respond his sole focus was on making sure that everyone in his country would follow his vision and that Egypt's history would restart under an ism as revealed by him yet the international situation was in fact far more dangerous than the above letter depicts the major villain of the story Abdi ishara Lord of the minor state of amaura was in fact nothing more than an agent of the great king as he would have been known soupy lu lima the first ruler of the Hittites under his tutelage the Hittites went from the brink of extinction to forging a mighty empire that conquered the kingdom of Mitanni a real danger to Egyptian dominance insecurity was rising right under Akhenaten's nose shooby lu lima himself played it all to perfection downplaying all that he did and appearing in the guise of friendship the messages I sent to your father and the wishes he expressed to me will certainly be renewed between us o king i did not reject anything your father asked for and your father never neglected none of the wishes I expressed but granted me everything why have you my brother refused to send me what your father sent me during his lifetime now my brother you have acceded to the throne of your father and similarly as your father and I have sent each other gifts of friendship I wish good friendship to exist between you and me I have expressed a wish to your father we certainly shall make it come true between us do not refuse my brother while I wish to receive from your father it concerns two statues of gold one standing the other sitting two statues of women silver a chunk of lapis lazuli and some other thing they're not gifts in the true sense of the word but rather as in the majority of similar cases objects of a commercial transaction if my brother should decide to deliver these made my brother deliver them if my brother should not decide to deliver them as soon as my chariots are ready to carry the cloth I shall send it to my brother what you my brother may want write to me and I shall send it to my brother during these years much of what took most the third had gained for Egypt during his campaigns in the 15th century BC was lost Hittite influence in the region was rising at the expense of Egypt although Akhenaten successors in the late 18th and early 19th dynasties attempted to regain the lost territories with some success they ultimately could not recover all that took most of the third had conquered the threat the Hittites posed would not be resolved until the reign of ramses ii and even then he could not militarily defeat them the two powers instead became friends by treaty it may not have been the first time that a leader willingly ignored real danger to his country for the sake of an ideology and a righteous crusade against his own people but it certainly would not be the last part 6 the Sun set much as he may have wanted it Akhenaten was no godly son of the Aten he like all his predecessors was mortal despite his and they're consistent pretensions after 17 years on the throne Akhenaten died still a relatively young man the fragility of the Ahtna stream would now be tested Akhenaten's to successors the mysterious Mancari and then Nefer neferu Otton now thought by most to be Nefertiti began to display signs of compromise thus undermining the work that Akhenaten had already done in either case both of them or one for some believe that some ink are was actually Nefertiti / Nefer neferu wanton had brief rains his ultimate successor was his likely son Tutankhaten a boy of only nine with the leading figures of the oddness regime dead it could not have been a better opportunity to undo the revolution and leading adult figures did not hesitate to guide the boy in the direction they wanted he also like his father changed his name to reflect this change in religion the young king became Tutankhamun perfect is the life of a moon and his wife Akhenaten's third daughter Uncas and patan she lives for the Otton changed her name to Uncas and no moon she lives for a moon this was the finality of the rejection of the Otton and the return to traditional religion akka totten was swiftly abandoned and the seat of government returned to Thebes a decree was issued and there was no mistake in its intent when his majesty became king the temples to the gods and goddesses had fallen into ruin their shrines had fallen into decay having become mounds thick with weeds the land was in distress the gods had abandoned this land if armies were sent to the Near East to widen the borders of Egypt they had no success if one made supplication to a God for protection he did not come at all though this document was meant to restore the old gods the hint of distress that the Egyptian population felt and must have been feeling being persecuted at home and watching failures abroad is clearly present conservative forces won out further when in later periods most notably under the Pharaohs Horemheb and various rulers of the next centuries 19th dynasty vigorous attempts at blotting out the Amarna period from history were undertaken Akhenaten's artwork and monuments were destroyed and his name obliterated ultimately Akhenaten had concentrated the artists religion too much in himself with no clear successors to carry on the work and with nothing to offer the people in terms of worldly balance much less the later idea of salvation the revolution simply evaporated and the returns in the old ways in Egypt was stable good evidence that Akhenaten was nowhere near successful in his vision of a purified Egypt underneath the generous Sun disc the support was entirely artificial for no one appears to have seriously taken up the cause of autism after his death he and his religion disappeared into the annals of history or so it seemed part 7 Otten isms legacy while his legacy in the Egyptian civilization of the time was remote the crux of Akhenaten's revolutionary movement and the root of his year zero logic the worship of one God as seen in the Sun disc survived his honest heresy is significant because it was the first documented instance of monotheism in history the full extent that autism had on superseding faiths is debated the old testament psalm 104 has been said to borrow directly from the great hymn to the Aten bless the Lord O my soul O Lord my god you are very great you are clothed with splendor and majesty covering yourself with light as with a garment stretching out the heavens like a tent he lays the beams of his chambers on the waters he makes the clouds his chariot he rides on the wings of the wind he makes his messengers winds he ministers a flaming fire he set the earth on its foundations so that it should never be moved you covered it with the deep as with a garment the waters stood above the mountains at your rebuke they fled at the sound of your Thunder they took flight the mountains rose the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them you set a boundary that they may not pass so that they might not again cover the earth you make Springs gush forth in the valleys they flow between the hills they give drink to every beast of the field the wild donkeys quench their thirst beside them the birds the heavens dwell they sing among the branches from your lofty abode you water the mountains the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work you cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate that he may bring forth food from the earth and wind to gladden the heart of man oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man's heart the trees of the Lord are watered abundantly the setters of Lebanon that he planted in them the birds build their nests the stork has her home in the fir trees the high mountains are fir the wild goats the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers he made the moon to mark the seasons the Sun knows it's time for setting you make darkness and it is night when all the beasts of the forest creep about the Young Lions roar for their prey seeking their food from God when the Sun rises they steal away and lie down in their dens man goes about his work and to his labour until the evening Oh Lord how manifold are your works in wisdom you have made them all the earth is full of your creatures or here is the sea great and wide which terms with creatures innumerable living things both small and great there go the ships and Leviathan which you form to play in it these all look to you to give them their food in due season when you give it to them they gather it up when you open your hand they are filled with good things when you hide your face they are dismayed when you take away their breath they die and return to their dust when you send forth your spirit they are created and you renew the face of the ground may the glory of the Lord endure forever may the Lord rejoice in his works who looks on the earth and it trembles who touches the mountains and they smoke I will sing to the Lord as I live as long as I live I will sing praise to my god while I have been made my meditation be pleasing to him for I rejoice in the Lord let sinners be consumed from the earth and let the wicked be no more blessed the Lord oh my soul praise the Lord some believe that the similarities between the great hymn to the Aten and Psalm 104 are not indicative of an actual direct connection but rather two different manifestations of a shared literary tradition in the region at the time others however believe the connection is far more profound at the very least the similarities and a shared literary tradition implies a deep contact between Egypt and the Levant curiously and tantalizingly it is at this time in history where we first hear of a people called the Hobby room who lived in the region and posed a danger to Egypt's extended dominions in Canaan not least of them Jerusalem thought by some to be the progenitors of the Hebrews though this has never I must stress been conclusively proven these threats too came to Akhenaten in the form of the Amarna letters and he ignored them just as much while there is zero evidence to suggest that Hebrews were ever enslaved in Egypt they or rather their ancestors must have lived in the region at the time and that region had as we know profound Egyptian influence both before and after Akhenaten's era later pottery has been found in Canaan depicting a wind Sun disc that resembles how Akhenaten chose to portray the Aten there are some noted theological similarities between autism and later Abrahamic tradition aside from the obvious monotheism the Creator God was abstract and removed from normal human understanding no idols were to be permitted and worship was conducted in an open-air way toward an omnipresent deity not to a cult statue it was also as the great hymn to the Aten demonstrates a universal religion as the Aten was supreme over all lands not just Egypt universalism as we will see is a key plank when it comes to the logic of our contemporary year 0 lunatics there is also something uplifting about the Aden the positivity emphasized seemed to reject the transactional nature of the old pagan traditions even if that positivity was not exactly offered to the public at large as the hymn also demonstrates by claiming Akhenaten's exclusive understanding of Leon this positivity this higher calling would be important later on in the adoption of monotheism in the West despite all these tantalizing clues I must stress that none of this proves any direct connection between optimism and later monotheistic faiths that would come to dominate the world it is still a heated subject of debate the best we can say for now is that it is plausible that optimism had some influence on Judaism what we can be certain of however is that Akhenaten's legacy lasted in indirect but important ways after his death for his was the first display of a radical year zero deconstructivist revolution the first totalitarian tyranny that demanded the complete demolish meant and reorganization of society to fit an ideology he was if a distant ancestor to later years zero ideologues a warning shot across the bow of things to come and in the most important way Akhenaten's vision lived on because monotheism did not die with him nor did his pathologies indeed is monotheism that is the first important plank in the evolution of the ideologies that typically lead to year zero logic including the social justice one that we face now the underlying thought process is quite simple monotheism is inherently less tolerant than polytheism whereas the pagan religions of old tended to incorporate the gods of conquered peoples and often let well enough alone to those who worship differently a mindset that selects against year 0 pathology monotheism boldly proclaims the oneness of the divine consequently it is right and other beliefs must then be wrong this of course does not mean that all mono theists or monotheists movements lead to Year Zero revolutions most don't but the underlying conclusion is far easier to reach given the assumptions of monotheists thought processes monotheism was born in a year 0 revolution and indeed if the Old Testaments book of Joshua is to be believed that pathology carried on into its adolescence Akhenaten could not have known it but he was indeed history's first year 0 ideologue perhaps even its first social justice warrior however imperfect the whole world would need to reckon with his bumpy if indirect legacy hey guys thanks for listening to the end I hope you learned a lot with this with this audio it came out a bit longer than I thought it was going to so if you skipped around with the bookmarks that I put in the description even if you skipped to these final thoughts thanks for listening anyway go listen to what you want to with the bookmark that's why I put it there for your convenience so going into this project going into this particular chapter I knew about Akhenaten since I was a teenager I knew about the convulsions he put his country in when he tried to transition them out of their old faith out of their old gods to this this new religion that he was trying to impose and when I was gonna investigate this story more deeply because Akhenaten I knew he was the father of monotheism he was the first year 0 revolutionary in history so when I was gonna investigate this further unravel the entire story getting to his character get into the situation in Egypt and internationally at the time get into what exactly he did to impose this new social order and deconstruct the old one what I thought I was going to find was this Omega loser that required now that he was king right so yeah I was gonna say I was thinking that we were gonna find this Omega loser that had these deformities he felt insecure and unloved but he happened to be a lucky sperm in the end because he was heir to the throne he was even luckier that his older brother Prince took Mo's died right so this lucky sperm that was still an Omega loser that was now going to use his power to project this neurosis on to the rest of society and get the love that he thought he deserved by placing himself at the center of attention you're not gonna have any other gods but me because I need the love this is as we will see often the case throughout history with these Year Zero revolutionaries they're often these Omega losers that require attention and require love and that's part of their motivational thought processes for the deconstruction of society it's certainly the case with the social justice warriors as we all should know by now so that's what I thought I was gonna find I didn't find that at all I did not find that at all really and that surprised me because you look at say tomb kV 55 the mummy from that tomb which we now think is Akhenaten almost everyone now thinks that's Akhenaten there are still some who disagree but you look at the kV 55 mummy and you look at the statues that Akhenaten made of himself and a lot of people for a long time thought that these statues were the manifestation of some physical deformity like Marfan syndrome or Froelich syndrome or some or so on was not that way the DNA tests conducted on kV 55 showed none of these genetic deformities they didn't really show anything the skull was elongated so there's something like you look at the reliefs of the Amarna reliefs and you see these elongated skulls that corresponds to the KB 55 mummy as well as King Tut which has been proven to be the son of kV 55 which we now again think is Akhenaten so the skull was a bit elongated but there was none of this childbearing hips or breasts or anything like that or anything that would indicate that through the DNA or elsewhere instead what I found was that Akhenaten was a man of some consistent and considerable power here we had a guy who emasculated the priesthood of Egypt and these priests as we saw earlier in this video were growing more and more powerful and they would get more powerful still took Moses the third and others had enriched the temples especially the cult of a moon greatly throughout their foreign conquests and Akhenaten when he came to power he said sorry we're gonna disband all you guys we're gonna shut your temples down any work that you do it's gonna be you're gonna be carrying me on your shoulders now you're gonna be working for me and he did it successfully he stripped them of all their power everything that they got was his table scraps and you look at this guy with these processions and the soldiers around him and the way he treated foreign ambassadors one of the Amarna letters famously states I think it was the king of Babylon that was writing about this or the Babylonian ambassador some or someone like that that said he forces us to sit out all day in the Sun and you can imagine the negative health effects that this would have on somebody under the hot egyptian sun all day so he would force these foreign ambassadors to do as he pleased so and then you talk about the game aspect Nefertiti really seems to have been devoted to him she was not some woman clinging on to him because he was the king or because they had an arranged marriage or anything like that she really does seem to have been very devoted to him and she was part and parcel she was his partner in this revolution she followed him unquestionably she was with him a hundred percent of the way and his other minor wives were as well so Akhenaten he clearly was not this Omega loser he was a man of power and influence and charisma but he had these beliefs he had this burning conviction that he was going to impose his will on to the rest of society whether they liked it or not and as we saw throughout the finds in Amarna formerly akka totten and so on a lot of people didn't like it very much but he didn't care and so you read about Akhenaten and you look into his character and you look into what he did he's guys like him I think are even more dangerous than these than other Omega losers that come that somehow come to power because you know their weaknesses in a way and eventually they get turned on Akhenaten seems to have died peacefully there was no plot there's no evidence of any kind of assassination attempt he held that country in the palm of his hand so he was he was the pioneer and he was a damn capable one and you even look at at the great hymn to the island and I have to admit reading it out loud it was a lot is very beautiful when I read it out loud the words were just like a melody this devotion that he puts somebody doesn't write those kind of words without a deep belief knowing this as a writer myself that was written very enthusiastically some say it wasn't written by him but most people think it was and it shows the devotion that he seems to have had and there was a lot of positivity to this this poem this hymn that came to be foreshadowed it was in some ways a precursor to the later Christian tradition in a way because of how positive and uplifting it was to the hearer it was a beautiful statement of the creator and his devotion to all his peoples and creatures all throughout the land it was a far cry away from the kind of sniveling petty transactional nature of the old gods so he had a powerful doctrine behind him the problem was he didn't offer it to anybody else that was its fatal weakness he didn't offer the benefits of this to anyone other than himself and Nefertiti so as he himself said in the poem the subject was him and Nefertiti at the end so there you go and of course he the irresponsibility that he showed when he ignored the foreign threats and forced his successors to have a really hard time with the Hittites that's all on him so he might have been a man of great power and influence but it shows you that whether as evidence suggests that this guy was an alpha male that got what he wanted in life so whether it's an alpha male or whether it's some Omega a loser with a need for love these ideologies I mean ideology is always gonna be problematic in a way because of this filter that it has on truth and if you read scott adams a trump persuasion series logic is secondary at best in our decision-making we always have we all have our own filters but when you get into this absolutist years zero filter it shows that you that whether it comes from an alpha male with a lot of power and a beautiful wife and so on or whether it comes from these omega loser social justice warriors of today you have to be vigilant you have to stand strong and you have to have the courage to oppose these ideologies and to look deep into yourself and find a more compelling a more a more shall we say organic truth that respects the organic order of civilization and the world and you have to stand for that from the very beginning as these people get into power so again thank you all from for listening it was it was really fascinating to write and now I hope read this chapter I hope that you've found it as fascinating as I did the way that this guy held power and the rather benign nature of the regime that he put into place on its face or so it seemed I hope you all found that as fascinating as I found it and we will see you with the next video I'll probably do another reading of another chapter in this in this book before I release it later this year so thanks again for listening and until next time take care

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  1. theres some mistakes here. That mummy you say was him and tested for DNA is well known not to be him at all. Nefertiti is thought to be the mummy called The Younger Lady. Her bust face image was superimposed over this skull and it matched perfectly. also her ears are peirced in the exact same double way and it is still shockingly beautiful skull even though it is a dead mummy you can see how gorgeous she was. I believe it is her also because this mummy was brutally murdered with a knife wound down one side and her face bashed in before or at the time of death. you should have wrote about his life as a child he was hidden away and treated differently which probably caused problems. During his reign the entire population was severely malnourished and dying very young. The child baby deaths skyrocketed when he took over. and they men were over worked to the point of thousands of mummies with spin disorders from over working.He was pure evil and a maniac. He did not invent monotheism his child hood was exposed to this already by his family. Do more research about that. Otherwise you did a nice video.

  2. Amazing work, Libertas. Let us know when Year Zero comes out.
    I've always been fascinated by the study of past civilizations, their cycles and revolutions, so this book should prove to be a very interesting read.

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