The 2016 presidential primaries are almost upon us. That means the candidates are looking for a way to break away from the pack and position themselves as the frontrunner.
Often this involves making bold, audacious, thought-provoking, insightful statements, which will make voters on the fence realize they are the candidates to support. In reality, however, it involves making really ridiculous, head-scratching statements that leave you wondering how these candidates got so far in the first place.
Which bring me to self-proclaimed Egyptologist Ben Carson’s curious statement about the pyramids.
He reportedly asserted (17 years ago) that the famous pyramids in Egypt were not only built by Joseph the Biblical son of Jacob, but also were originally built to store grain instead of as burial chambers for the well-connected pharaohs of Egypt. Never mind mountains of evidence gathered by archaeologists point to the contrary.
He also is reportedly sticking by his statements that Rome was built in a day, Napoleon discovered America and cheaters never win. He obviously has never dealt with public workers’ unions nor heard of the New England Patriots. And everybody knows Al Gore discovered America, if you have read his book.
So is there a grain of truth to his grain theory?
Archaeologists readily will tell you the pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs, while the granaries were built to house the grain. However, what if they made a mistake? Maybe they put the pharaohs in the granaries and the grain where the coffins were supposed to go because someone had sloppy handwriting and nobody could read their hieroglyphics. I mean, it could have happened. Don’t you think they also had communication problems in ancient Egypt?
Let’s cut Mr. Carson some slack. He is a renowned neurosurgeon who has had a brilliant career knifing into people and making them well. He should just say he was drunk when he made the Egyptian pyramid statement and then offer that he meant to reference the USDA’s food pyramid instead. Then he could go off on a tangent about how proper diet and exercise can make strong healthy bodies and hope everyone eventually forgets about the pyramid gaffe.
I mean anybody can make mistakes. Just take all those ancient Egyptian kids who were so confused because their daddies were mummies.
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