Mayanists have already heard about the destruction of the major mound (mul) at the site of Nohmul in northern Belize. The pyramid has now become road fill. Ubnfortunately this is not uncommon in the Maya area. The San Juan Causeway at Ichmul has a large gap where the modern road to Chikindzonot passes. The ancient causeway has become part of the modern road.
Now the news about Nohmul has reach The Huffington Post as well and as always one encounters several facepalm comments. Here are two:
“The pyramids are shrines to gods, priests and religiously appointed leaders who are best forgotten for the horrors they caused. If history weren’t noticed or recorded, then there would be no precedents that make today’s massacres and genocides seem small by comparison. Historic precedents are a precursor to worse horror. As for future inventions based on today’s technology, well that’s not based on history, but on what is today. Therefore, bulldozing the Belize Nohmul Pyramid for something that’s needed today is okay.”
“It might be wise to bulldoze all the sites of human sacrifice on the earth – unless you still think there’s an outside chance that it saves us.”
I’ll bet these two people are Christians with no respect for other people’s cultural heritage. This has to do with poor knowledge about world history and basic sociological and psychological understanding. They apparently believe that these structures may be precursors to worse horror. Erasing them may save us. By their own logic we should therefore erase all churches, mosques, etc. I suggest that we transform the Vatican into road fill because that whole complex represent “priests and religiously appointed leaders who are best forgotten for the horrors they caused. If history weren’t noticed or recorded, then there would be no precedents that make today’s massacres and genocides seem small by comparison”.