Saturday, October 6, 2012

Patiently Answering the same Questions about Capstones and Cornerstones Over and Over Again

QUESTION: Where is the Capstone on a pyramid? (In Great Pyramid of Giza)
ANSWER: At the very top.

- Where is the Capstone on a Pyramid?

  The Capstone is on the Left and the Cornerstone is on the Right

One thing that must be said about the legacy of the King James Bible (1611) is that, ever since that time, a certain number of its readers seem to have been rendered permanently incapable of telling heads from tails, or in this case, of understanding the crucial difference between Capstones Above and Cornerstones Below.

Now once again, for the last time (yeah right!), the Eye of the Pyramid, or more specifically, the Eye Above the Pyramid is simply NOT a Cornerstone. By its very definition, this symbol cannot and does not represent a Cornerstone. Why? Well, obviously if the pyramid in the picture were real, then it must have been built from the Bottom up, culminating in the unfinished portion at the very Top of the structure (where the Eye floats weightlessly above the actual building. Thus, because of gravity itself, the section of the pyramid where the Eye resides MUST have been built LAST, not first or second, but LAST of all.

Therefore, by the centuries-old, well understood definition of the word itself, this can never be called a Cornerstone because Cornerstones must be placed at the very beginning of construction, usually very near the foundations, or base, of a building. Any stone used later on, or near the end, cannot and should not ever be designated as a Cornerstone because they are not Cornerstones at all, but another type of stone altogether.

Capstone (noun)
1. Finishing touch, Capstone, copestone (a final touch; a crowning achievement; a culmination)
2. Capstone, copestone, coping stone, stretcher (a stone that forms the top of wall or building)

- Definition of Capstone,

Cornerstone (noun)
1. Basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, Cornerstone (the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture")
2. Cornerstone (a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies)

- Definition of Cornerstone,

In contrast to this, a stone placed during the final stages of construction, nearly always somewhere close to the Top of a building are, according to multiple Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, called a 'Capstone'. In addition, they are called 'Capstones' even if they are placed at, or near, the corner of a structure- just like where the Eye of the Pyramid happens to be located.

In all honesty, one can partially sympathize with those who see that the top of the Pyramid (or any pyramid for that matter) ends in a corner where all four sides meet at a single point.  As the flaw in logic goes- 'the Eye atop the unfinished Pyramid sits directly on the corner, therefore this must represent a Corner+stone'. Unfortunately, those who think this way tend to remain unaware that the term 'Corner' in Cornerstone must have originally been in reference to the 'Corner' where a building begins (Below), rather than where it ends (Above).

Like it says right on the Picture, Only the Upside Down Eye of the Pyramid Upside Down could possibly be 'The Cornerstone'

 A much easier way to think of the fundamental Capstone/Cornerstone differences is to remember that, like a 'Cap' on any bottle, can, or other container, which just so happens to be situated at the Top, and never the Bottom, a Capstone is Above, and never Below. That is where the Cornerstone is located. In short, Cap = Top/Above while Corner = NOT the Corner at the Top of the Pyramid. Simple enough? Good, even though it is an absolute given this same question will be raised once again. As they exclaim in Yiddish: 'Oh Vey!' Until then, God bless, Shalom, and have a nice day.

'Caps' are at the Top of a Bottle, 'Corners' are where the Gears are on a Throttle

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

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