1. 500 BC
The history of humanity on this planet has often been determined by terrifying acts of violence. History tells us about people who oppressed others, robbed them, killed them and committed all kinds of brutal deeds.
Among them were some people who looted and killed so many people that they became famous. If you think carefully, you will realize that these are the people we honor as “great” and place them with glorious words in our history books.
In fact, our history books are full of such figures. In which there are also a few who proved that history can be written not only by the sword but also by love, knowledge and compassion. And Buddha was one of them.
A few thousand years from now, the human population already grew significantly and civilizations developed in many parts of the world. Law and orders were enforced. Societies had well defined structures and well established customs.
Then about five hundred years before the birth of Christ, humanity entered an interesting phase.
At this time, a range of new and revolutionary ideas flourished. Thinkers thrived everywhere. They challenged the old and well established social systems and ways of thinking. They tried to understand the world in new lights.
There were Confucius and Lao-Tze in China. There were the philosophers of the classical period in Greece. Especially there was an explosion of thinkers, yogis, monks, philosophers, theists, atheists, nihilists and rationalists in India.
These people came together, discussed, influenced and argued with each other. And they changed the world in such a way that the effect of which can still be seen today.
Buddha was the most influential among these thinkers.