Some notes for parents on:
The Fight for Reality
I had a feeling that what I had been taught at school about the Romans and Roman Catholic Church bringing civilisation to the Western World, still is, and was, purely propaganda. I favoured the Greeks and Persians. The Greeks for the most part had very happy gods and were much more in tune with nature (nakedness) combined with an innate natural goodness. The fear of sin, sin in private thoughts, for what was thought true without, has now turned within. The barbarous- ness, such as the Roman Games, crucifixions, hunting of heretics so on… of the earlier Christians and the later Romans; was all a hotchpotch hangover, imparted to the people of the (modern) European Nations and then to all the (later) Christian Western World. Very little, when I was at School, was known about the Barbarian’s culture. Thanks, goes to Terry Jones to remind us what has recently, and in the past, been discovered about the fascinating depth of Barbarian history and their very advanced culture.
The 2000 year old basis of our main religion, culture, obsession with royalty, government, and laws : has been founded on much more rockier foundations than we did then know or could properly comprehend. These foundations included monotheistic, racialist nationalistic, and sexist ideology; sung into the hearts of men, and could possibly be, some of the causes of our inability and unwillingness to be properly, fully – socially inclusive of all men and women in our horrendous, totalitarian, hierarchical, societies of Church and State under a complicated disguise of being benevolent democracy.
It can also explain why the line on our graph between the technological and scientific achievement’s, and our social achievements: has this appallingly, glaringly, wide gap. The instilled (sexist-divisive) psychoses and (the realities-vs-imaginings) schizophrenia of our present culture must be to blame, in a long, and somewhat, much delayed, human development. The fact that so many of us, and at various times in our lives, or in the whole of our lives; can suffer from this distinct and definable illness: does not mean : it does not exist !
Dr Vilayanur Ramachandran, ‘The Emerging Mind’
“Synesthesia is a condition in which a person quite literally tastes a shape or sees a colour in a sound or number. This is not just a way of describing experiences as a poet might use metaphors. Synesthetes actually experience the sensations”.
The religionist’s emotional experiences from this natural, normal, human condition (5% of the population or more – in varying degrees) become greatly enhanced; some of these people are in positions of power and tend to over state the need for religiosity, and loyal feelings towards the group. Making groups and gangs popular to them, they can also suffer from epilepsy. See, ‘other articles’ backing this up, published on this blog.
A Secular State, which we are slowly moving towards, very gradually, would be the only way to wind the clock back, to start over again, learn from our folly and from a clean, or very much cleaner sheet.
Many countries have adopted a complete Secular State with Democracy, but the UK still feels it requires some of the contribution of the unelected State Church, hereditary Royalty, and the other highly selected forms of religion in its government, and the educational system.
Until the UK it fully gets to grips with its fundamentalist attitudes in its government and education system, however pretty this may be : soap opera, and musical box like, it will lag far behind some other advanced countries in its own particular social affairs. The input by the selection of heredity and unelected superstition, will always cause social unrest, and also cause division in one particular form or another. The history of Europe does show clearly that this attitude, and position, may not be ever lasting. However, I have to admit, it could be part of our “Special UK – type – Sustainable Democracy” that could last in the long term. It has shown a willingness to adjust to some devolution and major reforms in the UK Parliament (the Prime Minister in the UK can still go to war without the consent of Parliament). This, hopefully, could prevent wider fractures developing in our separate internal cultures from causing any serious and mass widespread discontent, or even, mass revolt. It is also trying hard to be multicultural, inclusive, and non-sexist in its nature. And, to reform itself away from the horrendous past-to-present-day usurpation’s on its people that are mostly, very easily, forgotten about. The present ones being brushed, so cleverly, as always, under a mysterious fog of deep psychological denial.
They had this creed imported into them by mystical propaganda with ‘spin’, (Richard Dawkins – memes or memetics), to gain personal and institutional power, great wealth at the expense of the poor, gullible, or less well educated. They had a much more advanced culture than was at first thought, societies and cultures, called by derogation the Barbarians. The Church of England tries to give life meaning by quoting Chapter 25 ‘The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams – their is no deep ‘meaning’s to any life – it just happened to happen, or is : cosmically it is no more than this. DNA does not care; ego enhancing, and conquest of nature, which we are finding out today to our own great cost, and to the cost, of our future generations. There is so little if any satisfaction to be gained for the best educated in superstition, except to make some of us feel good with the instant gratification of some easy and instant answers, super (mystical) connectedness, an arbitrary mind system, and also, great comfort : this all in our emotional realm(s).
This causes division and hatred of varying degrees, due to an egoistic, monotheistic, intolerance, and letting some live (even profit) without contributing to real society and general survival, by promoting comforting and magical fairy tales for the belief of the credible or less fortunate. The less fortunate that I can see, and it may not be very far : are those who are not able to comprehend, mostly by their conditioning/brainwashing and not a lack of intelligence : a deep and secular scientific world-view.
This can be found in our science and now in the latest research into the history of art that is demonstrated by the popular books of Richard Dawkins (science) and Nigel Spivey (art and science). Also, the ‘many others’ who write to educate us away from the dangers and ignorance of a super (mystical) connectedness i.e. the attitude of the world being ‘magic and made for us’, mass superstition, hysteria, and the development of individual or mass psychoses (dualism) that leads to schizophrenia!
The proper (proper = scientific) structuralised view of the world
The study of HEC:- History (inc Art History), Evolution (inc Geology, for time lines), Cosmology, and dash of psychology = the answer to most things we ever need to know.
How Art Made The World by Dr Nigel Spivey book and TV series. Virus Of The Mind by Richard Brodie who designed Microsoft Word. Re – memetics and memes, Professor Richard Dawkins FRS, all books. Dr Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent Of Man, book and DVD from the BBC.
www.arch-ed.org go to their blog, ‘The Ostrich position’ on sex, also, many other informative articles. The increase in girls fertility levels and the earlier menstruation age is of interest : due to an evolutionary trend?
Barbarian culture was very far from barbarian, the real barbarians and barbarianism is part the culture that we inherited and live in now, which is mostly late Christian Roman. The Barbarians, we were not allowed to speculate on or learn about at school, not very much was known and there was only a little – wanting to know as they had no inherent ‘goodness’ and were of such little importance.
What fashionable history most of the children are taught, believe in, and have faith in at their School (2007). The disconnect continues and why? For it has been so long after Darwin and after all our great exploratory real knowledge that we have knowledge of today.
The proof : my seven-year-old twins are asked by Daddy, “Who made the World”? They reply, “God”. I ask, “Who told you this”? They say, “Most of the Teachers at School” !!!
Why is this so? Laziness and convenience, or worse?
However, we like to hide ourselves away, embarrassingly, from asking any of the Teachers. We must not upset the apple cart as Parents, the kids are doing just fine. Although, they might end up with a twisted divisive view of the world that may last until later adulthood or even a lifetime, leading to varying degrees of psychosis and disconnect.
‘Clever people’, institutions, politicians, members of hierarchies of all kinds, would like all people to have (a) meaning(s) to their lives, whatever the type of dogma and even to frighten us : so much easier to have social cohesion, control, and manipulate people – with a distinctive, restrictive, mass ideology.
Teachers (not all, but most) are frightened of teaching the real facts of life, for this would not give enough direction or ethos, and is much too complicated. Many unfortunately do not understand it themselves.
In the real facts : the greatest direction, ethos-es, and exploration, can be found. This will satisfy most needs far beyond the shallow institutional ones that are handed out. The ones that are currently handed out to our children, being mostly very shallow in their nature, which has its results on many parts of our culture, for this, we will only have ourselves to blame for our backward divisions by not speaking out against the most divisive and suppressive dogma or creeds. Yesterday the Space Shuttle took off for an important mission. My 7-year-old son races into School to tell his teacher. His teacher for this term does have Patrick Moore and Stephen Hawking as her favourites, so then fortunately does try to listen. The rest of the children and the Parents who are delivering their children are quite oblivious to this. The greatest concern is to hand out the Hymn Books for a session of myth, word magic, and superstition, to them this is far more important than anything else.
Terry looks back at the births of Attila the Hun and Alaric, and how the two warriors amassed armies that brought about the deterioration of Rome’s Western Empire. This programme also charts how, in spite of this, Catholicism spread across mainland Europe, forming the bedrock of modern-day society.
There is now much modern research to support the facts of who the modern Barbarians were, which might just be us and not so much really them.
I notice the current big fuss about school ethos-es, at full tilt in the UK. I hope that some Faith and Church Schools will be taken to the Courts over their homophobic and other divisive ethos-es. I know the Church of England is moaning : the more moaning they do, shows up even better, some of what they have plugged into a lot of our children in the past or wish to do so in the future. Especially, if they, then or now, are ‘let of the hook’ over these matters.
The complete separation of the Church and State, in the UK Parliament, and our Education system, except for the study of comparative religions : remains a priority.
However, it would be very much ‘dreaming’ that a Secular State and Secular Education system would solve the on-going human condition that leads us to associate individually or en masse with gangs. Those who have the sole intention of taking over, by the use of any means, the other gangs, especially, if they have valuable resources and who are so unpalatably different to us.
Suppressive and some current modern examples of gangs:
Theocratic nations, theocracies, and secular dictatorships : are some typical modern examples. Religious, Faith and Church Schools, have sacked gay teachers in the UK. Where the East meets the West, (little) Turkey’s government is in denial, the training ground of the Armenian Holocaust.
Some of the Third Reich Nazi’s did get their practise for the German Holocaust in Armenia having been largely forgotten. Turkey has sacked four teachers (so far?) for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in School, some of that Creationist Propaganda being imported into Turkey from the USA. The USA does have a large interest in the export of divisive Religious material and it will do it : like Arms for purely financial gain. This clever and aggressive, ‘Western Creationist Psychological Propaganda’ could be so much worse than any weaponry so that (little) Turkey will be an experimental pawn by the ‘dark and ignorant forces’ coming from the ‘big’ publishing players of the advanced west.
The publishers of Creationist or Intelligent Design material (7 Day Creationist’s / Flood Geologists) finding a ready made (theocratic and less educated and somewhat ignorant purchasers in some Eastern and African countries. They can therefore make much better profits than they could in the more limited markets at home (USA – educational restrictions) or the mostly secular, advanced, and educated people of the European West. Large sales are among the Sunday Schools, Schools, and the School Children. This can be viewed as the exploitation of children for financial gain or much worse : as the overbearing, overwhelming authoritative, possibly divisive statements of the Creationists or Intelligent Designers ideologies are portrayed as, real, before the ‘full critical faculties’ are properly developed in our children. This is against the Charter for Human Rights (Parents Rights) and Children’s Rights. The Law will be more tested on these points, and quite rightly so.
Psychologists and lawyers will have to decide what level of misleading criminality is in this material. Publishers printing religious books are scared and are having to look more closely into what some of these books are saying. Schools, also, could be liable for damages if the material is not suitable i.e. with scary, divisive untruths, so on…
Some unlucky children may of worked against our the law in appalling conditions all week, in a Third World Country to pay for this nonsense.
History will tell us, and I have the sure, spooky feeling that it has told us before, over, and over again! Sometimes, there is so little an excuse, a tip in the balance, to – mass execute or ethnic cleanse ones fellow men and women.
It would be Utopian to think that government would be any cheaper, but it would certainly be less muddled. We all spend vasts amounts of money on muddled waffle and backbiting, which if you are poor or are just wishing to save some resources, feels criminal i.e. the supporting of unelected representatives in their imaginary, and mostly altruistic – virtuosic ‘ivory’ towers. If you do watch for a minute or two Parliament Live TV you cannot help notice the disconnect from the real world and the wastage of time, not just in the over use of outdated language or personal introductions, but in the whole format. Every time the Parliamentarians say, “With reference to the Honourable Learned Lord So and So, member for Something South” two children have died from neglect or starvation in the world, and with the time this has all taken. A Public Enquiry into the London Bombings could of then in that time easily been carried out.
See : some of the rest of the blog that supports this i.e. Who were the most cruel ?
Wow : this blog is zinging around the cyber-space-world, mostly uncorrected or even finished – how embarrassing!