Feliz tú que no miras
los ojos de la Esfinge,
y no ves que es azul el laberinto
de su arena; terrible
conocimiento de una vida amarga
el que nos dan los últimos jardines.
Feliz tú que no sabes
quién teje la ilusión de tus tapices,
ni quién es la hilandera de tus días,
vendimiadora que da un vino triste.
Cantas tu himno, loco de esperanza,
y no sabes si mueres o si vives.
First, they’ll ignore you,” observed John Anthony West, paraphrasing one of his favorite 19th century scholars, “then they’ll laugh at you, then they’ll say that everyone has known it all along. We’re past the ‘ignoring’ stage. The NBC special saw to that.” West, an old-fashioned scholar/ explorer in the tradition of Champollian or Heinrich Schliemann, is also a notorious thorn-in-the-side of what he calls the “church of progress—the essential dogma of which is that, via a sort of inexorable Darwinian process, we’re the most advanced beings to have ever existed on the face of this planet…” He was reflecting on the progress of his own revolutionary theory on the origins of the great and mysterious Sphinx (at least 3,000 years older, and probably much more, than the ‘experts’ have claimed) and the uproar which his views have generated within the hallowed halls of academe. When NBC aired “The Mystery of the Sphinx”—an hour-long documentary, narrated by Charleton Heston, which favorably reviewed the research and theories of West and Boston University geologist Dr. Robert Schoch— millions of viewers learned for the first time the details of what is developing into the hottest archeological controversy since Schliemann confounded the ‘experts’ by discovering Troy over a century ago. The show earned an Emmy for West for research, and a nomination for best documentary. Not surprisingly, the Egyptological establishment has been at considerable pains to dispose of this very annoying matter. A lengthy cover article by West’s chief antagonist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, in the September/October issue of Archeology struggles vainly to ‘debunk’ the West/Schoch arguments. At stake is the carefully woven fabric of theories and assumptions upon which rests the academic authority of today’s reigning school of thought. Establishment scholars assert that there was NO ancient civilization before dynastic Egypt, certainly not one capable of the kind of construction apparent in the Sphinx and its associated temples. If West is right—that there WAS a high but forgotten civilization which came long before what we now call ancient Egypt— then a very great deal that we have been taught is wrong and the implications may eventually be felt in every corner of civilized life, in much the same way that thought in Galileo’s time was revolutionized by his notion of a sun-centered planetary system—an idea which helped usher in the Renaissance. (…) getting-answers-sphinx