Gortez, ‘Gortez; The Killer’ is a great song by Neil
Young, it tells a little about this Spaniard, who came in search of
gold. But the one to come later was worse. The entire episode of the
conquistadors is nothing for history to approve of. These men were often
criminal’s, vagabonds and mercenaries. Desperate uneducated greedy types
seeking wealth and power, or favour with the King of Spain, which meant
the same thing. They would do anything for prestige; and gold was
prestige. The film by producer Werner Herzog; ‘Aguirre
Wrath of God’ depicts a fictionalised story about a real person; it
shows the desperate mindset of these killers. Gortez, started it.
And after him came the
bringer of havoc, the killer, murderer, robber and uneducated bastard Don
Francisco Pizarro. One of his accomplishments was to wreak havoc at Tiwanaku,
getting his men to break open the stones to take away the silver, some
gold; the harnesses inside the blocks to hold them together. By this
method they disassembled the great pyramid of Tiwanaku, as well as other
structures. The stones that could be moved by their horses were pulled to
the nearby town to be converted into a cathedral, no doubt his demolition
of a ‘heathen temple’ being fully condoned by the Catholic Church. The
beautiful statues, some said to have had amazing qualities, almost
lifelike, were discarded and pushed to the ground or destroyed for play.
So rich were the pickings
from Tiwanaka that a war broke out between the Spaniards; the eventual
peace was made at a location today known as La Paz.
I would like to think that
we have learned, since past times, no doubt many of us have, and would
condemn such actions if they happened in our 21st century.
However just look around at those that hold power today; look what they
have been doing in South America, look what they are doing all over the
world. The Pizarro mindset often makes it to the top of the heap, if in
modern times a little more disguised…
Eye of The Queen’, by Phillip Mann, apart from being a great and
strange science fiction novel, tells a tale of Earthmen in contact with an
alien race. They meet to study and to learn. To learn AND FIND OUT SURPRISING THINGS LIKE, THEY, THE ALIEN RACE, ARE
REALLY A MUCH FURTHER ADVANCED RACE, THAN HUMANS.
Pizarro came to conquer, steal and kill, and maybe we humans are
still able to produce such a ‘leader’ that can easily without guilt
awareness walk over and smash all over other precious cultures of the past
for personnel gain. I think we are still a very long way from the
exemplars of contact depicted in Phillip Mann’s Novel!
We should by now have the
ability to look at ourselves. Also to look at our past. We evolved from
Apes, and we exhibit the mannerisms and maybe the internal emotions of
animals. Desmond Morris observed and wrote about us as the Naked
Ape’s. Our unconscious can control our anger and fears; they make us
more stupid. Looking at leaders, those seeking power; its probably due to
an inferiority complex, a fear of failure, of not becoming something, this
drives them to become despots, leaders, politicians, if not all; then
most. Like the animal kingdom this drive makes the lead hyena, lion or ape
ferocious, unforgiving, stupid, at times. The struggle in the animal
kingdom is related to the evolutionary drive, and ‘maybe’ survival of
the fittest. In humans this drive is exhibited by the wish be someone the
leader. Many may say its for altruistic reasons at best, but often those
in power soon give up such pretensions, and want to maintain power at all
costs, even ditching their former ideals and principles. No this seeking
to be the leader is driven by insecurity as only at such a position are
all threats removed; for a time. Those wielding power often abuse it and
they can always justify there actions. This type of power appears to
corrupt those that hold it, its easy to see why as they had problems in
the first place, what operates in the animal kingdom is probably the only
way, but are we still animals?
As for Pizarro his legacy is that he ruined an entire fragile society that has taken decades if not centauries to learn anything about, and what we are finding is that they may have a lot to give us from their wrecked culture…probably more valuable than gold.
is recorded that an Inca nobleman told
Benalcazar, who was one of Pizzarros
henchmen, ‘that all the gold collected for Atahulapa’s release ‘was
but an ear of corn from a great harvest field of such gold’. Is it
hidden in underground places? This is the rumor. (See
Quichua may know. They pop up with gold for things they need, like
dentistry; many prize their gold teeth.
Organised searches for the hidden treasure horde, especially if sanctioned by the government would probably start off a strike or a rebellion.