Hydrocarbons and democracy

The democracy that we love today may be traced back to a crazed woman stuffed in a cave and zonked on hydrocarbon gases.Ancient history says the Greeks defended Athens against the mighty Persian Empire based upon a prophecy from the Pythia of the Oracle of Delphi.The Pythia was a priestess through whom the god Apollo spoke. The Greeks believed she derived her prophetic power through the Oracle, the Greeks' most sacred shrine.Athens defeated the Persians and became a model for democracy.Hydrocarbons influenced the prophecy, which set in motion a sequence of events resulting in the freedoms that western civilization enjoys today.Visitors to the Oracle of Delphi entered a chamber where t...

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