Merry Christmas From Khufu

Merry Christmas From Khufu

Merry Christmas From Khufu

Sofia and I have Death Monster Lurgy Bad IV. It’s a No Booze Christmas and we’re too weak to lift Christmas decorations so we’re talking. Sofia’s looking at revised history in Spanish, which somewhat escapes the deadly rational fire blanket of English rationalism taken to crazy levels of market dominance by Americans who built it into disaster capitalism topped by the cherry of bare knuckle lying as the new truth. 

With the feeling of history writing this up as the stage set for the greatest social collapse ever – if there is anyone left to write it – I joined Sofia in discussing Spanish New History, which puts Alexander the Great in Gothenberg. (cf Jonathan Edwards and a Giant Leap of Imagination.) Talk inevitably arose of the Great Pyramid, and having the Internet we distracted ourselves until Christmas Day 3am examining nothing but what English calls the straight facts. 

Khufu/Cheops reigned around 2500BC.

His reign lasted 23 years. Or 46, depending if the cattle count, by which they recorded events, was biennial. (We don’t even know this.)

He built the greatest building ever, about which nothing is known for certain but that it exists.

The outside estimate of its build time is 20 years. The workers were most likely seasonal but let’s pretend that, unique in human history, they worked every day for twenty years at the toughest building project ever undertaken.

2.3 million stones averaging 2.5 tons placed and finished in 7300 days = 315 stones a day.

The largest church ever built in Britain, and the 5th largest in the world, Liverpool Cathedral, contains 70,000 tons of stone and took 78 years (28470 days) a rate of 2.5 tons or one Khufu stone a day.

Some say Khufu’s workforce was seasonal, three months a year. 315 x 4 = 1260 stones a day.

A construction management study by the firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall in association with Mark Lehner and other Egyptologists

have suggested a work time of ten years, bringing construction time to around 900 days and a rate of 2520 stones a day (in my calculation, 1800 per 10 hour day in theirs, which would be 2160 per my suggested 12 hours. Theirs is based on 2 million stones. Mine on 2.3 yields 2600 stones. Reduced to 2 million, my figure comes out at 2260, roughly in agreement with theirs.) This if nothing ever went wrong. No hurricanes, earthquakes or floods. No insurrections or rebellions or bad omen comets. The cattle drive to feed this mighty workforce being intercepted by Nubians.

Let’s allow Khufu a very reasonable 10% for Bad Things = (Back to 2.3 million – the usual estimate.) 2860 stones per active day.

Over maximum daylight working, 12 hours, is 4 stones per minute or one stone per 15 seconds.

82% of the Great Pyramid lies below 50 metres. The lower stages must be much quicker to do than the upper, which reaches 146.6 metres and was the tallest building in the world for nearly 4000 years until the British, again, built Lincoln Cathedral. 

Khufu knew nothing of subsequent building techniques. He was pretty much inventing it all. The capstone alone, which was big and precious, had to be lifted nearly 500 feet. One imagines it taking a whole day, or two months in England who had pulleys and 4000 years of rope technology evolution.

Lets allow that the last 18% took as long as the first 82. Though 50 metres is no insignificant height to be lifting 2.5 tons. Some stones weighed 80 tons and were brought 500 miles.

If 82% is completed in 50% of the time. 1.886 million stones in 405 days = 4657 stones a day, or one every 9.3 seconds.

Let’s pause a minute. 4657 stones mortared in place on a work front – four work fronts? – where the greatest potential impediment must be men falling over each other.

(Not until Henry Ford, almost five thousand years later, was the production line put to anything like such effect.)

This is the average for the first 50 metres.

The lowest layers must have been considerably faster.

Already we have dropped from an overall time of 15 to an 82% time of 9.3. If we halved the height would we lose another five seconds? Or a more proportionate 3?

5.3 – 6.3 seconds. The average Londoner cannot park a car that fast in a street parking space, one where you drive past and reverse into.

Halve it again – 3.2?

Halve it again, we’re still rising 5+ metres, well into the second level of most houses.

Here they come through the bedroom window and dropped one on your bed. In a Usain Bolt to run a hundred metres time they’ve dropped four more in the kitchen. In the minute it’s taken you to switch off the alarm and think coffee they’ve dropped 32 and the house has collapsed.

2.5 seconds?

Already we’re in the territory of a Formula 1 pit stop, or raising a cup to sip tea, and we’re on the fourth level. What about level 1? 1. Something seconds? Faster than a Formula 1 pitstop!

As far as I can work out the fastest block layer in the world runs at about 10 seconds a block working for 20 minutes.

The faster bricklayer around 3 seconds a brick working for 60 minutes.

The normal working bricklayer 300 – 500 bricks a day up to 600. One brick per 50 seconds to 1 minute 40 through an eight hour working day including lunch and breaks.

So let’s stop our Great Pyramid top pace stone laying at somewhere above a Formula one pit stop but not as long as it takes a Londoner to park a car, and this car has no wheels and weighs 2.5 tons. 

As far as I can tell none of these numbers departs from the published historical facts and expert estimates. 

But clearly something is missing. None of the unknown levers and speculative techniques accounts for this incredible thing. 

According to the Greeks, who wrote 2000 years later, and had no information other than imparted by tourist guides, it was built by slave labour to satisfy the vanity of a king but my purpose in including this story here is to suggest another possibility. Sticking to the facts of the common world I wish to suggest, and far from the first time in human history, that the common world we see is a reflection of ourselves in something far more extraordinary. 

Khufu said he was a god.

Even today in the age of rationalism there are more people alive who believe Christ was a god. Is a god – time transcendent. The God. 

Psychologists say that believers have an advantage over unbelievers in surviving the stresses of life. It doesn’t mean that what they believe is true but something is. Faith in a god of love supports experience of love. 

Faith in something inside us allows us to do extraordinary things, like Eliud Kipchoge running his two hour marathon. He knew he could do it, even though no one on Earth was capable. When he talks about it he isn’t saying how great I am but of inspiring people. Elon Musk inspires people even while he terrifies us with a life none of us could live and when he sneezes, the money market, which has sold its soul for phantoms, drops 6%. Donald Trump inspires people though I have no notion to what though I see a nihilistic network of fear and desperation. People want reassurance and some choose to exploit that regardless of consequences.

Khufu said he was a god. Many must have feared him but others could have been inspired. He was building a giant artifact to achieve immortality. Some of that could rub off on its builders. At 15 I ran a marathon in 2 hours and 57 minutes. Had there been an Eliud Kipchoge in my time I might have been inspired to go as far as I could go, especially if there were only two games in town, livestock rearing and Pyramid building. 

Many of them might have been slaves and others paying off taxes by labour but they were building the most extraordinary artifact in the world, and even now, with all our experience, we can only agree. I knew it was an extraordinary thing but until I made these simple calculations I never dreamed how extraordinary. If the historical narrative is correct, at some stage in its construction, stones would have to be placed at near Formula 1 pit stop speeds, far far faster than a modern bricklayer can lay bricks. And that level of performance would have to be maintained for ten or twenty years. The miracle ingredient can only have been inspiration. As far as we know they had nothing else.

But what is inspiration? Is it just the difference between my 67% and Kipchoge’s 100% marathon. Or between Elon Musk taking on what the whole of NASA and all its siblings wouldn’t? Does an accumulation of inspirations make for one giant leap?

That is what this website is about and why it will eventually matter more than all the websites and their jumping pictures. It’s about conscious reality and it’s capacity to pay attention to dreams. Any dreams. Either great or small. All dreams. Then you will discover many things about being human including the simplest thing of all, a scientific measure of other dimensions of consciousness. In my case demonstrated by precognitive dreaming. 

When you’ve seen that and measured it a door will open, as it must have opened for Khufu and he showed us something that we have resolutely failed to be amazed enough by ever since. Staring us in the face, as is so much of Nature, and most universally accessible in dreams.

Pay attention to your dreams tonight. One small step leading to one truly giant giant leap.

Copyright Tony Hawkins, Christmas Day 2019

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