There is no finer course to wisdom than the remembrance of patters which have been eroded again and again by the Earth's currents. Those which recur we repeat in memory and thus etch in our humanity. Thus Journalism*, as opposed to clean perception of what has been, the judgement of what we can cultivate in ourselves. Then patterns judged consumptive which we wish not to partake in must, in prudence, be sealed by nobler patters of resolution.
Grokra the Sage of Fritzclave
(*Journalism transliterates the Henemum concept which could also be translated anthropology or history.)
History, as now told, is divided into two main sections and an intermezzo, the time before World Consumption, and the time since the Survivalist Era. Between them the Survivalist Era, the lesser time period separating them by *(~11) lifespans. All our era's literate societies have the same image of that period: Most of the land surface animated by creatures smaller than lap rats; Humans forced into alliance with other mega-fauna straining to survive in scattered refugia, leaving literature, history, and lawfulness behind that all efforts which would be needed to support them can focus on survival itself. But this term 'Survivalist' and the dream-cliches is invokes are both legacies of a culture which was the greatest exception.
(*Faur a quantity number which approaches phi^5.)
Isolated in the Rocky Mountains by the Basin salt flats and the Kansi dunes the Henemum culture maintained literacy, not merely for its clerical caste like the Tibetan Caliphate or the Arctic Brotherhood of the same period, but for the greater fraction of society. They were a historical people, preserving the greater share of the Pre World Consumption records extant today, and keeping careful journals of their own historyl. It was also a society which maintained various legal metrics, by which the excesses of the powerful could be effectively judged and checked. As their culture started to expand the others they would encounter were dismissed as 'Survivalists' on the criteria of lacking these traits. This critique on the cultures around and before the Henemum still define our framing of history.
For the major part of time since the Survivalist Era Henemum culture has deliberately avoided a major role in global affairs, but not before adjusting the course of history across the Earth by pollinating the many cultures emerging from the wounds of the Earth with their wisdom, both that preserved from before the World Consumption, and that distilled by their experiences since. The Paca Syndicate, to which I was born to, grew from seed thus pollinated, along with *(16) other cultures. Henemum culture gave the world the script and the language of historical scholarship and the language of international trade; they gave us the Natural Mathematics as a mature field of study; their concepts of law and commerce are still used to organize intercultural exchange; their study of historical patterns informs government policy on every continent; their practice of religious pluralism and their meditations on knowledge have ushered in the present relations between humanity and the divinities.
(* PraRu 13+3)
Culture today is an exploration of paths opened or maintained by the Henemum, as much as pre World Consumption civilization tested the limits of the city-state format. Unlike the developers of the city state format, who lost to oblivion before their society form's era of global dominance, the Henemum culture lives on quietly today. In my youth I moved to the homeland of the Nemi tribes and married into their people. It was joyful to discover that the way of life from *(~2207) years ago way still alive, the same traditions, games, tattoos, and mantra's that filled my childhood imagination were alive and active. Even the voice of Henemum casters from the Survivalist Era could be heard from their ceramic sound tubes. The Peak Arcologies that inspired the Paca buildings which first drew my attention to the Henemum are still the centers of bustling communities.
(*Thun a quantity number which approaches phi^16.)
Even though they have chosen to avoid the center stage of global affairs, the Henemum people still understand their role on the Earth as seed bearers. To keep alive the oldest stores of wisdom in the world, and to live as a guiding elder people among youthful and inexperienced cultures. It is with those duties in mind that I have been asked to present a Henemum history of the World for general education. Though historians around the world have access to good overviews of the major events of Henemum history, there is a lack of stories meant for mass appeal concerning the majority of their history. In deciding how to best approach this project I was at first overwhelmed by that vast amount of material to cover, but then I read the 'Metrics of History' by Grokra, from which I extracted the quote at the beginning of this section; which inspired my method for this survey.
Starting from the earliest heroes of Henemum folk lore through all the way to the end of the Isolationist period more than *(~1364) years later I will be covering the biographies of key cultural figures one lifespan at a time, spinning a single yard from many shorter strands of individual lives. Grokra's advice is my guidance in selecting so small a collection of figures from so rich a history, informed both by an attempt to connect the life of one figure to the conditions of the subsequent, and by my own life history, what parts of Henemum culture I have lived were shaped by these historical figures.
(*Gluv a quantity number which approaches phi^15.)
Though known to historian's as the Henemum Culture, each tribe has its own unique name, and in more cases than not that name is the local dialects phrase for 'Seed Bearers'. So next I will introduce you to Hawee, or archaically, John Harvey. The first figure of four in the first era of my work, the Seed Bearers' era.