STATE OF THE WORLD ADDRESS, 2022

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[I would not normally publish this on my Naked Troubadour blog as all my articles now go on my Diakrisis Project blog. However, the subject matter is so important that I am exceptionally putting it here as well]

THIS MORNING I FEEL MOTIVATED to create what I’ve somewhat pretentiously entitled the ‘State of the Word Address 2022’. It was going to be a video of me as a talking head at my desk. But I thought if I put out the transcript of my talk as a little article, it would be better than exposing my ugly mug to the world, as people can reread sentences rather than having to keep going with the flow of a video recording. So here we go…

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A Knight’s Code to Live By in 2022

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AS ANOTHER WATERSHED YEAR WINDS DOWN — having once more shown the true colours of many institutions, organisations and people, and as a new year looms into view — what could be better than living by a code of sanity which immediately sets one against the rising madness of this world. You can see such a code in the image accompanying these words. It promotes some qualities which are less common today, such as honour, duty, honesty, gallantry, diligence, fidelity, cherishment, self-scrutiny, valour, steadfastness, charity, grace, empathy, compassion, etc. Some years ago, I found what was a very brief but pithy 1000-year-old medieval English Knight’s Code of Chivalry which, over the years, I have substantially adapted and built into the code you see here. I have sworn to exercise it with conscientious dedication and to live by it, to the best of my ability. It is not a charter for mere virtue-signalling, for it demands the highest dealings between one human and another and between oneself and one’s conscience. In many ways, I think it sorts out the wheat from the chaff. I hope you find this helpful and encouraging and that you can even adapt it for yourself. I wish you a very fulfilling and growthful year of 2022.

Identifying the Mark of the Beast & 666

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AS MY ARTICLES ARE NOW PUBLISHED ON ANOTHER WEBSITE, readers here may be interested in the latest addition there, which is an update of a previously smaller article to twice its size. It is an excerpt from my upcoming book on the Book of Revelation. Entitled “Identifying the Mark of the Beast and the Number 666”, it shows what really lies behind these verses of the Bible. Popular culture is now dictating the identity of the mark of the beast (a cue they get from all the wacky interpretations from so many churches!). Popular culture ignores the fact that the Book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ rather than whatever anyone thinks is right. Popular culture makes memes about a “satanic agenda” (when they don’t even know who Satan really is); then it claims that the mark of the beast is a microchip or even a vaccine passport or the vaccine itself. What a travesty! Why do we let them steal the agenda? Since when has the ekklesia let the world-culture dictate the meaning of a Scripture? The answer is: Since churches started twisting it too! The number of pastors and their puppets that I’ve seen online claiming that the mark of the beast is this or that (usually a barcode, QR code, or microchip) beggars belief.

So, if you want to be counterculture (as the ekklesia should be), then what IS the mark of the beast? Or 666 for that matter. If you read the latest piece in my 3-part series on the 13th chapter of the Book of Revelation, you will see what happens when biblical principles of interpretation are applied. First rule of hermeneutics is to see if there are other applicable verses in scripture (especially from the Old Testament) which apply directly to the verse(s) in question and by which they can be more clearly interpreted. Second rule of hermeneutics is to grasp the complete context of the verse(s) in question rather than pull them out of context to suit our own wacky ideas. Without such principles applied, one will simply put mud in the water and come up with anything which takes one’s fancy — a fate which the Book of Revelation has suffered more than any other book of the Bible. Click on the following link to read what I have to say about the identity of the mark of the beast and the number 666. I hope you find it helpful. http://diakrisis-project.com/2021/12/26/identifying-the-mark-of-the-beast-the-number-666/ . And while you’re there, you can join many others in subscribing to the Diakrisis Project blog to get notified of new articles. See you there!

2021 New Year’s Resolutions Revisited

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IT’S ALWAYS REVEALING (AND OFTEN EMBARRASSING!) to re-examine one’s previous year’s New Year resolutions. So above is an image of my resolutions from this time last year. It seems that I fulfilled 12 out of the 14 points. However, instead of publishing a book of poems, I began to write a book (on the Book of Revelation), now up to almost 370 pages and 120,000 words, hopefully finished by March. The music album ambition has to be shelved until the madness of the world is more favourable (if ever!). So, all in all, not a bad score. The same resolutions again for 2022, though now including the publication of a book 😉 and something unspeakable that I’ve never done before… ⚡️💥⚡️

That Dark Maelstrom [new song lyrics]

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Double-vacksed or triple-vacksed,
quadruple-vacksed or more —
they’ve got your body and your soul;
they’ve fooled you, that’s for sure.
If I were you, I wouldn’t brag
about that little prick.
Those companies that gave it you
just love to keep folks sick.

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You’re Missing All My New Articles!

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Hi there! If you are subscribed here on The Naked Troubadour but not to my new blog for investigative and spiritual articles, then from now on you will only see my poetry and music. If that’s okay with you, then fine, I’m glad you’re here. But I recently started another blog dedicated solely to my articles and they will not appear here any more. So, if you are interested in them, you need to subscribe to my new blog, the “Diakrisis Project“. If you click on that name you will be taken there. You can be subscribed to both and then you will have access to all my published material. A number of new articles are on my Diakrisis Project blog. “The Beast Rising Out of the Sea”, and “The Beast Rising Out of the Earth” (both of those are excerpts from my upcoming book on the Book of Revelation), “The Fathering of Lies – Ethical Philosophy for Dummies”, “Why ‘Saving the Planet’ is the Ultimate in Human Arrogance”, “Transhumanism, Posthumans, & the Need for Authentic Leadership”, and more than 300 other items. So go to the Diakrisis Project blog now and subscribe. I look forward to seeing you there!

Married to All Nature [new sonnet]

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Now, once there was a time on this strange earth
when women loved a man for his fine words —
a time when poets’ hearts were viewed as worth
as much as gold. But now they favour herds.

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Another Tasteless Kitschmas

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EACH YEAR, FOR MANY YEARS, I’ve added more verses to a carol I’m continuously writing, entitled “Another Tasteless Kitschmas”. This year, it has increased by 25% and now has 30 verses. (See below). This is the only Xmas card you’ll get from me! 🙂 Although, on the surface, it looks somewhat tongue-in-cheek… on another level, it is deadly serious. I hope it brings you some seasonal thoughtfulness. Love to you from me. 💝

Recently I noticed something
happening in the streets:
A guy was on a ladder
using acrobatic feats.
I wondered if this was some kind
of urban culture craze.
But then I saw him hanging up
some Christmas light clichés.

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Everything is Upside-Down [new song lyrics]

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FROM birth to death we’re taught things wrong
as if they all were right.
So now I’ve made this little song
to shed some needed light.
For everything that’s done to you
is done to make you fit
into a world that’s fake, untrue,
to which you must submit.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE! PLEASE READ BELOW!

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FROM NOW ON, all my spiritual and investigative writings will be placed on my new Diakrisis Project blog and NOT on the Naked Troubadour blog, which is now reserved solely for my poetry and music. So, if you want to continue to receive notifications about my spiritual and investigative articles, essays and reflections, you will need to go to https://diakrisis-project.com and subscribe there. I have no way of carrying over the many subscribers on the Naked Troubadour to the new blog, so you will have to do it yourself. Remember… only my poetry and music on The Naked Troubadour blog, while my spiritual and investigative articles will be on The Diakrisis Project blog. There are already many new pieces on there which you are missing out on. So please go there now and subscribe. Thank you and see you there!