A couple of years ago, I wrote these words: “A kind of madness has overtaken the world. It is not a new sort of madness; for it has been in operation on various levels and in varying degrees for centuries, even for millennia. But it is a madness which has increased hugely in intensity during the past three decades and especially in the fifteen years since the events of September 11th, 2001 in the USA. This madness has occasionally exploded temporarily prior to those events (notably in the engineered mass public response to the death of Lady Diana Spencer or the ludicrous “ticker-tape” euphoria which greeted the elections of Tony Blair as Prime Minister in the UK and Barak Obama as President in the USA as Savio(u)rs of the world. The madness about which I am speaking is far more bizarre than what one would ordinarily call “madness”. For it is contagious, striking anyone of any social class, political wing, level of intelligence or degree of sophistication. The madness of which I am speaking is completely irrational, making people believe things which are patently and provably untrue, especially those which come through visual and written media channels and which seem to send them into a frenzy of unfettered emotionalism. It is a madness which bears witness to public gullibility and human stupidity”. Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #31: “Equinox – A Hymn”. Here’s a video of a song I have written in the last few days, since the Equinox. At the start of the video I’ll tell you all about it. These are the lyrics:
Time comes again when the
night equals day.
Summer is spent and the
Fall comes to play
as the days melt away.
I’m melting too as ice
looms into view.
Daylight is fading to
then the Solstice is due.
THE BOOK HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED! Here is some new information about it, including contents headings. As you can see from one of the attached images below, it now stands at 560 pages and has 203,000 words in a Large-Format (6″ x 9″) paperback size (known as Trade Paperback size in the USA). This started out at the beginning of this year as an article but, over the months, it has turned into a huge project with more than a million characters and nearly 600 footnotes. It contains a Prologue, 7 Chapters (with 195 sections and sub-sections), an Epilogue, and 10 Appendices. Read the rest of this entry »
TO ANY BUDDING BUREAUCRAT OR APPARATCHIK OF THE STATE who may imagine this is their concern (although it’s none of anybody’s business [and yet, in a way, it’s everybody’s too]): I AM A CITIZEN OF NOWHERE — inhabitant of déjà vu. For I am not part of this wasteland world. Where I come from, a thesaurus (that is, a treasure-chest) of gemstone words has swirled inside all heads from long before they were a twinkle in an angel’s eye. Where I come from, it is irrational to fear to die — unnatural to never cry with tears of blesséd joy. Where I come from, bureaucracy would never calcify the Read the rest of this entry »
CHRIST SAID SOME VERY CHALLENGING WORDS about the pathway for the genuine spiritual pilgrim: “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it!” Wow! Just meditate on those words for a while; for they sum up what is demanded if one is to be a serious disciple of Christ and follower of His Light. The gate is narrow and the way itself is difficult. The deep spiritual life is not attractive to the superficial dilettante, for such a person knows that there is the need for total dedication and personal sacrifice but comparatively few people are serious about personal change and genuine spiritual revelation… As Christ also said: “If anyone wants to become My disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me”. This is the diametric opposite of the narcissism and self-obsession which is so prevalent across humanity.
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EARLIER IN THIS BOOK, I wrote about the practice of telling falsehoods or spreading derogatory information about other people — advising that one should never accept such information at face value because very often the people doing the bad-mouthing are doing so either because of their own internal hang-ups or just plain old jealousy. The true victim in any calumnious situation is always truth.
Truth, for me, is the most precious commodity in the universe, so it’s hardly surprising that it should come under attack in a corrupted, relativistic world where the majority have no reverence for the genuinely sacred. When I contemplate what the world would be like without the possibility of objective truth, I see a moral desert and the cosmos would be an ugly scar from one end to the other. Yet, many today deny that there is even such a thing as truth! They say that everyone has their own truth therefore it can only ever be relative and never absolute. Truth, they say, is therefore merely what any human being happens to feel is right at any one time.
But is this true? Or, rather, can it be true, given the fact that they say that nothing can be true! Allow me to demonstrate this conundrum in the form of a dialogue. This is a dialogue which you could very easily have with most members of the human race. It is based on an actual conversation that I had and it goes like this: Read the rest of this entry »