Whether you believe there was a lost civilization known as Atlantis or not, there is a profound message from ancient societies contemporary to the supposed Atlantis.
Not only that, humans are much older than we previously thought (and are still being taught), and there is solid evidence for large-scale hyper advanced societies existing at least 10,000 years ago (and probably earlier). For more information, I direct you to works by Graham Hancock and Micheal Cremo.
However, what I have always found to be truly relevant about Atlantis in terms of our society is that Atlantis, or more specifically, its demise, reveals something extremely important about our current predicament:
To put it simply: As spiritually decreases, war, strife, greed and subversive power increases. This can be seen both in the archeological record and in Plato’s account of the fall of Atlantis.
First of all, Atlantis was an empire and its influence was spread beyond the main continent or land mass known as “Atlantis.” Modern researchers and Atlantis chasers know this and are aware of archeological evidence existing on continents currently above sea level in sites dated as old as 15,000 to 10,000 years BCE that were most certainly under Atlantic influence. I won’t go into the details of the exact proofs here but interested individuals can refer to this book and this one too.
Basically what these sites tell us: In the earliest periods a great value was placed on spirituality. During the earliest times people seemed to live longer, peaceful lives. No evidence of any weapons or conflict is apparent.
This is also where the cave paintings are the most stunning and technically adept.
Looking at how these societies evolved over time: As spiritually became de-emphasized, the production of weapons increased. During this phase, individuals seemed to live shorter lives, often dying as a result of conflict/murder/war etc. The cave art reflects a degradation in artistic skill (comparatively to older examples) and the subject matter is often shown to glorify war, death and power won with violence.
So, it seems there is a relationship between power/greed/violence and spirituality -> as one increases, the other decreases.
Plato sums this up nicely in Critias when he discusses the state of Atlantis right before its demise:
“…but when the divine portion began to fade away, … and the human nature got the upper hand, they then, being unable to bear their fortune, behaved unseemly, and to him who had an eye to see grew visibly debased, for they were losing the fairest of their precious gifts; but to those who had no eye to see the true happiness, they appeared glorious and blessed at the very time when they were full of avarice and unrighteous power.” (Plato, Critias)
This quote seems to imply that to the untrained eye, or to the unaware/asleep, Atlantis right before it fell seemed like it was at the top of its game, gaining more and more power and material wealth. However, to the awakened individual, the inevitable downfall was completely apparent, for it would be obvious they had lost sight of what is truly important.
Here we are today experiencing, what I hope, is the pendulum about to swing the other way: power/greed/violence etc. may be heightening, but more and more people are becoming awake and aware. There is also a resurgence of spiritual growth and a quest for enlightenment/higher consciousness.
So I think the answer to the our current predicament is pretty clear here, the way history (or the subverted/forbidden history I should say) teaches us to combat greed/violence/war is by questing for spiritual growth and empowerment.
Mary Settegast’s Plato Prehistorian:10,000 To 5000 B.C. Myth, Religion, Archaeology (1987).
Phillip Coppens’ The Lost Civilization Enigma: A New Inquiry Into the Existence of Ancient Cities, Cultures, and Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History (2012).