I was reading this neat article about the oldest living organism on earth. Turns out it’s a tree named Methuselah, which is 4,841 years old.Wisdom ~ image credit: Life’s Little Mysteries
This lovely tree got me thinking of the actual man named Methuselah.
It is said that Methuselah lived to the tender age of 969 before being taken by God 7 days before the great flood. He was the grandfather of Noah and, presumably, to us all.
How do we know this for sure?
In short, we don’t.
It was written by ancient people and recorded in the Bible.
Some people say that it is impossible for a human to have lived for centuries.
Some people say years were counted differently way back in the day.
Scientists say that bones that old have never been found and those tested around that time period prove that most people didn’t live to 50.
Some say that metabolisms were different back then so the bones wouldn’t read the right age when tested.
Bottom line? A mystery.
It was written in a book. A record that, after a few generations have gone by, is all future generations have to go by.
- What will future generations think of us when all they have to go by are records that we’ve written?
- If that’s the test, will they know fiction from non?
- Will they know that War of the Worlds didn’t actually happen and that The Holocaust did?
People in the future will believe what they want to believe and not believe what they don’t want to.
My question is: Does it matter?