I generally resist sharing anything that could be misconstrued as being negative. I also tend to share only those items that are relatively easy to digest so posting a link to a three hour talk about something of the darker aspects of our modern world bucks this trend somewhat. That said, this lovely man, a sober individual with an impeccable attitude to research and truth seeking has a message to share that we would do well to heed… it feels like a moral duty to include this link on this blog. The people who recorded this interview, Tragedy and Hope, are an amazing organisation who have educated me in many ways. Their youtube channel is a constant source of inspiration as is their Tragedy and Hope Magazine channel which, in particular, features one of the most informative interviews I’ve ever seen: The Ultimate History Lesson with John Taylor Gatto.
The salty tears of history
Have largely washed away
The memories of atrocities
By religious and political ideologies.
Yet what remains
Are figures like stains.
The peaceful majority in Germany
Failed to prevent 60 million deaths
A little known story, sadly omitted from the recent telling of Alan Turing’s life surrounds the details of his death which was caused by the ingestion of cyanide. There is some disagreement about the facts but there is a believable version of events that points to his applying the poison to an apple with a syringe. His body was discovered with a half eaten apple by his side. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were, not surprisingly, enormous fans of Alan Turing who was the father of computing. For many years a highly believable myth has circulated in technological circles that the Apple logo was a direct homage to Alan Turing which Steve Jobs famously denied. Who will ever know for sure?
The first thing I’d like to say is that I do care, very much… in ways that may not be obvious. This festival is more about stars and mushrooms than fisherman and kings.
It’s the time of year when social media will be awash with alternative xmas messages and yet there’s still a couple of points that seem to be rarely made. Hopefully most people now realise the astrological origins of the age-old myth adopted by Christianity… the 12 disciples corresponding to the 12 signs of the zodiac pre-dating Ancient Egypt…
One of my mentors, Paul Levy, inspired me not to overlook Western metaphysics, he investigated Buddhism and meditation in early life but later discovered Rudolf Steiner and the like. This is another inspiring man, Thomas Sheridan with a reminder to value our own heritage.
I love it when the narrative of accepted history must be rewritten. We have been so thoroughly lied to this century.