I have been repeatedly attempting , here and elsewhere, to bridge the scism of thought regarding Ancient Egypt for a couple of years now.
My constant yammering about Detachment is not some naive quest for Camelot on my part but just a reminder that we are all curious about the same things. Surely that shared experience can preclude some of the more antagonistic insistence of some correspondents in trying to browbeat their own particular spin into everyone else without fairly considering the alternatives.
I am, and have been, and probably sometimes still will be...as guilty as anyone in giving in to the Wolverine in my head from time to time.
But we must remember that for every active poster there is a small army of listeners, a lot of them younger . It is they who deserve our best efforts to foster the proper dissemination of evidence, and to keep our disagreements factual rather than ad homimistic.
Surely you have noticed that for some of the major players there is more at stake than just being right or wrong?
As an example. Mr' West is a major player in this particular debate, but his frustration in being given a fair hearing( to his way of thinking) have led him to be more vitriolic than propriety allows.
I'm sure he would be the first to admit that he regrets the spontaneousness of those excesses. He like all of us, is only human.
My understanding isn't tacit approval however.
And it in no way endorses my own regretted excesses.
But , like Mr. West, if what I am hearing is absolute nonsense, I will point it out.
A good recent example is my recent reaction to someone asking about the Abydos helicopter, it cracked me up, so I shared that laugh.
I feel the same about notions of the GP as Moulded Cuttlefish, a Granary, a water pump(what a like to call the Cistern Chapel), a bomb shelter...I think you get my point. While I do not neccessarily dismiss everything and anything that disagrees with the orthodox school of thought, I do draw some Lines in the Sand.