Until recently, the Phoenician heritage was in the shadows—mainly because they were not writers of history like the Egyptians, Romans or Greeks. Now, this is ironic since they created the first alphabet. However, enough facts, descriptions and archaeological finds remained so that over the last 15 years historians could reconstruct an image of this unique society. There is a well documented trail that forms the backbone of new historical and archaeological data that is being presented by historians around the world.
In 2005, Sanford Holst, a world class MIT researcher and a member of the Royal Historical Society, wrote a book called Phoenicians: Lebanon’s Epic Heritage. The book was the culmination of a 30 year quest to learn about the mysterious Phoenicians. During this time, leading historians informed him that there was little to discover but Sanford was tenacious since, as a researcher, he was used to digging deeper. He would meet with prominent scholars of the Mediterranean and travel to Phoenician cities and colonies. Eventually, he began writing articles and presenting groundbreaking Lebanese research at scholarly events. In his book, Sanford reveals that the Phoenicians were distinguished from all other people and cultures during ancient time because they were ruled by Seven Principles. The Principles are: International Trade, Creating Strong Partnerships within and outside their Society, Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts, Religious Tolerance, Respect for Women and Mother Nature, Equality and Privacy
The same year, half way around the globe in the Middle East, Pierre Zalloua, the Lebanese geneticist, discovered the Phoenician DNA gene marker. As the lead scientist on the Genographic Project, he tested men living along the Phoenician traders’ routes in the Mediterranean and discovered that 17 percent carry the Phoenician gene. In testing the male population in Lebanon, it was discovered that 27 percent are descendants of the Phoenicians and they were participants in both the Maronite Christian and Muslim religions. Regardless of religion, race or nationality, the Phoenician gene is prevalent in various cultures today, and most likely, on all continents since Phoenician descendants emigrated to North and South America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa.
Over the last decade, neuroscientists have proved that DNA, our genetics, determines certain behaviors. This DNA is passed down from one generation to another and these behaviors are locked in the neuro circuitry of our brains. This means that the brains of Lebanese and the descendants of the Phoenicians can be wired with this Blueprint. At the same time, neuroscientist discovered that our brains can be modified and transformed by cultural activities. This means that men, women and children, living on every continent around the world, can also be embodying the Blueprint and they are what we call “cultural Phoenicians”.
Is it just a coincidence that the above revolutionary historical, neuroscientific, and genetic discoveries converged within the same time frame? I think not. Carl Jung, the Swiss Psychologist, was the first person to describe the simultaneous occurrence of events and linking these events to create a bigger picture. Synchronicity is described as the experience of two or more events being meaningfully related. When you connect the simultaneous occurrence of research and discoveries in three different fields within the last few decades, a bright light shines on the relevancy of ancient wisdom—the Phoenician Blueprint—in modern times.
This is the fourth article in a series on the Ancient Wisdom of the Phoenicians. The next seven articles are on the Seven Principles. Article 5 is: The First Principle: International Trade