Bridgend mass suicides. Wales. UK. Children and Vulnerable Adults ‘Self-Harming’ UK.
‘Dramatic rise’ in self-harm cases in UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20039008
Chat rooms – networking, ‘change our brains’ – for the better? Something, may be, an awful lot better than nothing!
Not, belief in the irrational? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8180115.stm
Latest – ‘sexting’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8043490.stm ‘artificially magnified emotional embarrassment and shock in some adolescents and the vulnerable’
Updated – at the end, or:- ‘How Bridgend was damned by distortion’ http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/mar/01/bridgend-wales-youth-suicide-media-ethics
(Much more work to do on this! Notes: – Mind mapping – the knowledge of our Universe and our ‘biological place in it’ + ‘personal coincidences’ – the relationship to all the nonsense that is taught at schools about ‘spirituality’ and its relationship to chance events. Mostly, relating to our ‘ordinary’ everyday social life. The ‘ordinary common sense knowledge’ that has been thwarted or complicated – ‘befogged’, for our young by an ‘human ‘endemic disease’ or ‘madness’ in the UK – with the: prevalence, and privilege, of Faith and Church Schools: with their own ‘particular and quite unfathomable aims’ – self-downing and depression (every day and ‘normal’ sadness’s) . Note, an MP, “Urges people not to go ‘online’ to discover facts, but rely on the (so-called) experts and their opinions, as to what has gone wrong” – The (hysterical) Popular Press – The (populist) Mental Health Messiahs (quackery). Anyone can tell them, surely that – ‘The Proper (Scientific) Structuralized View of the World’ – or any form of a ‘structural world-view is missing’, muddled and befogged, by all the educational ‘experts’ with their ‘psycho-babble’ and (law) consultants and most of the ‘counsellors’ – weak-spot, caused by some form of educational – nurturing – deficiency, ref, causing a ‘bubble’ – ‘lemming type – effect’)
“Teaching is a vocation and not a profession. The child was not invented for educational systems (tests), but educational systems invented for the child. If you would encourage the pupil to increased growth by your knowledge, you must both love it and know it well, and your pupils will love both the knowledge and yourself, and you will benefit them. But if you yourself do not love it, then, no matter by what means you force them to learn, your knowledge will have no educative influence at all“. Tolstoy – ‘Education and Culture’.
Sounds like BBC website; search “Religion in Schools. UK. REBT and Disconnection”. See, links, “Poole General Hospital ” Children and Self-Harming” “Irrational beliefs are at the core of emotional disturbance”. Article removed 1/15/09 a copy is to be found on this blog, but this may do @ http://www.thesite.org/community/reallife/rants/nofaithnomorals and http://selfharm.atticmedia.com/Article.aspa?PageId=255&NodeId=249
Search, Google – Schools Bridgend Wales and check out their Ethos’s. So on…, but I’m not an expert and I have not spent any time on this in Wales. I am far too busy, but trying hard to unscramble the propaganda that is in the brains of my own children and we live in Dorset. And, Ref… http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Self-injury,+sexual+self-concept,+and+a+conservative+Christian…-a0178218780
One parent or teacher and there are many of those on this particular subject is going to be worth more than 10,000 (nine to five, highly paid by us) civil servants or the so called experts!
Of course, you won’t find anything wrong in Wales or Dorset! Depressed children (worst) in Britain http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7363332.stm
Toxic Family Breakdown in UK http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7303003.stm
September 11th 2001. Something has been revealed to us, but what?
Smacking, Beating, and Drugging, Children. Private Schools and Sexual Abuse. Church Schools, Faith Schools, Childcare Institutions. UK.
http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!726.entry ‘The Making Of Them’ Nick Duffell (Starvation with Kaolin and Morphine) http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jRNVLgfJHKkC&pg=PA154&lpg=PA154&dq=Preparatory+School.+Kaolin+and+Morphine.&source=bl&ots=tVpRMR9mQj&sig=mqIWTBRqnfzXcvj7xq_sHXLv_KY&hl=en&ei=zffaSZeIM4GUjAf52YG-CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1 Very difficult to remember, only the blank and comforting moments! Hundreds of girls heavily sedated in UK care homes during the 1970s and 1980s may be at risk of having children with birth defects, the BBC has found. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7985912.stm What else went on? In the name of something or other – the mind boggles!
Why? Average age 19 approx, one as old as 26 and the youngest 15. Formative years 3 to 6 years old, some say, very much younger. Go to the social conditions in that area. Bridgend, or any other area, for that matter, and the social and economic changes happening now or in the past. Ref, Robert Fisk, Reporter; what can cause the most upset to a community; Historian, Neil Ferguson, plus, the many other experts in this particular field. “Eventually, my rejection of authority spilled into self self-indulgence and self-destructiveness, and by the time I enrolled in College, I’d begun to see how any challenge to convention harbored within it the possibility of its own excesses and its own orthodoxy”. Barack Obama ‘The Audacity of Hope’. (poss, ‘the stronger the orthodoxy, the stronger the rebellion’)
The UK and USA connection, as bravely said, and so very true. Mediocrity. Both our nations have become cowardly, “Nations of Tutters” (the tut-tuters). Ref, The Sun Newspaper. UK. Jane Moore, “76-year old former soldier Richard Fitzmaurice is led away in handcuffs for non-payment of council tax”. British people actually stood by and watched this episode at Kings Lynn Magistrates Court. The authorities can be excused, of course: as they did with the 17-year old Iraqi girl being stoned to death for half an hour because she liked a boy from another religion, or in the parks in Germany pre-World War 2 where British aristocracy, and ‘others’, walked past whilst serious atrocities, in full view of everyone were taking place!
“On the one hand you have the current media driven agenda of lawless youths and ASBO culture. If you believe the millionaire press you would expect every ‘hoodie’ you meet to be tooled up just waiting for the next drive-by! Of course the reality is very different. Over 10 years of a ‘New’ Labour Government, driven in my view by the same commercial interests as in the US, has evidently offered nothing for young people. Ambition has been completely driven out of the disenfranchised youth from an early age and you have to seriously question where all this could lead. What if those unfortunate young people in Bridgend, sadly lost in very tragic circumstances, had access to cheap weaponry at the local supermarkets? In both the UK and the US, conditions determine consciousness. Until we see a fundamental change in a society that allows extreme poverty on the one side and obscene wealth on the other we will see an escalation and deepening of the social crisis that the class divide permits. Gradual slow change to address it has failed”.
(Interesting – severe prolonged stress (childhood ‘abuse’ a UK’s government policy of the ‘working (single) mother’ [labour of mother and ethos for a ‘socialist labour child’ for the future] – the ‘child to nursery policy’ and the government’s child poverty – inaction and low support level: well below the poverty line (UK). Low Cortisol levels caused by prolonged high levels of ‘high stress’ Cortisol in childhood – leading to many problems later in life). Ref, ‘The Story of Childhood: Growing Up in Modern Britain’ 2006.
Sovereign Funds or the ‘equivalents’: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/investing-and-markets/article.html?in_article_id=429714&in_page_id=3
Talking now about – early 1990’s approx. The start of socially accepted spin doctoring; the fascination with educational psycho babble; misinterpreted and uncertainty on the type of punishment that schools or parents should give to unruly children; often being a harsher and badly thought out psychological one that does avoid the shorter and easily applied measured corporal one. Not that I agree with corporal punishment, but that it may be and so much better, than a badly applied and the longer lasting psychological one.
Of course the Education Policy and School Ethos, prevalent at that particular time, and now, and to some degree; a propagandist psychological (it does not have to be scientific or anyway true for men to believe in the popular propaganda of the time) overbearing misinterpreted indoctrination approach for spiritual and religious emotional conviction, or even its fervor and purpose: in the many religious ‘matters’ or dogmas. Then this all given to a captive and vulnerable audience, which is bullied, as my children were in 2004-5. Letting this get into all subjects other than RE and the School Assembly is sometimes bad enough, but it has somehow become fixed statutorily! Causing, an all-encompassing suicidal sadness with their lives and a much greater sadness with the overall state of the world, now, or at some future date; undermining the child’s or vulnerable adults real or factual sense of any possible future reality in their lives. Part of that, could be, the fact they have been lied to by highly respected peers or some very respected authority, notably the educational psychologists who should know better than to let this happen. A tipping point to suicide in any child’s or any adults life. Ref, Religion in Schools REBT and Disconnection.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s. Religion or the sub-culture term, spirituality, and the very suspect, sophistical / philodoxical virtuousness of it. It was not, psychologically produced propaganda, it was just told to you! You could pick it up, put it down, or even: leave it out. There wasn’t the ghastly spin doctor in our nanny state propaganda machine within our government, causing a terrible harm to our individuality with the march of Utopian totalitarianism! See, School Inspections, School Inspectorate + nonsense – spirituality. Ofsted http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/ Ref, “the fight for the minds of our children”. The power of parents and the power of the State. Parents hopefully are winning at this game in the UK, with a majority being secular and science becoming more and more as an integral part of our own culture. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16312-shocking-study-reveals-people-still-willing-to-torture.html
Ref, ‘Evil and Ideology’ : ‘Power of the Sub-group’ (quite irresistible and by all people, ‘no way out’ – happens, when socially confined into the room/indoctrination area, religious place, center or chamber, of the sub-group; a 1960’s group torture – within a group psychological experiment) Abu Qatada http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7459773.stm – very familiar and terrifying combination, with a massively destructive force that is in all our human behavior and has no specific cure (possibly, a special drug …, or an equivalent: an instant cure). Excepting for mass education, not indoctrination, as in the UK, and many to a particular sectarian sub-group – and that education of the ‘correct type’ – we find this: a quite impossible task to achieve or for many of us to fully contemplate, it is a project that is far too ‘long in term’ and we all are, on mass: very short term – selfish, comfort seeking creatures (members of our own irrational sub-group) – so all the horrors and tragedies will continue. ‘Barbara Ward’ who was an advisor/mentor to Presidents and Prime Ministers, ‘The overgrown ape with only a vicinal fossilized intelligence’, so on…Desmond Morris ‘The Naked Ape’. Scientists point of view is ‘The species that we belong to, and often forget, called Homo sapiens’, so on… Sir David Attenborough ‘Man’s Biblical dominion or domination over the Earth is a dangerous fallacy’, so on… And, “There is no right ‘to not be’ offended”! Ref, Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
“Human misery is so great and so widespread that one of the principal functions of religion has been that of consolation, and one of the most typical religious doctrines is that of future compensatory states”. Ref, Huxley. “Social and Political Propaganda” – ‘The Artistic Substitute’. Everyman, I will go with thee, and be thy guide. In thy most need to go by thy side.
http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/ Ekklesia UK Archbishop’s speech shows need for disestablishment!
Sigmund Freud is a bit outdated, but he feels pretty good to me – today!
“The truths contained in religious doctrines are after all so distorted and systematically disguised,” writes Sigmund Freud, “that the mass of humanity cannot recognize them as truth. The case is similar to what happens when we tell a child that new born babies are brought by the stork. Here, too, we are telling truth in symbolic clothing, for we know what a large bird signifies. But the child does not know it. He hears only the distorted part of what we say, and feels that he has been deceived; and we know how often his distrust of the grown-ups and his refractoriness actually take their start from this impression. We have become convinced that it is better to avoid such symbolic disguising’s of the truth in what we tell children and not to withhold from them a knowledge of the true state of affairs commensurate with their intellectual level”.
Police say, “The Children all had ‘big issues’ to deal with”. First comes to mind sex and it’s orientation. Secondly something to do with the above, were they told a pack of nonsense in their formative years (just like my captive children have been by ‘authority’, and which, as a loving parent, I have had to unscramble, “You can’t be a member of my Class unless you believe in God and Jesus” at 4 and 5 years old. The teachers doing this have now left the School). Have they been trained and taught enough in ‘positive individuality awareness’. The power of the sub-group, 1960’s experiment in group behavior – the one that ups unwittingly the degrees of torture. The experiment is not PC today to carry out, as it is so real. Actors play the part of the sub-group and there is one who is not acting, the one not acting is led astray easily by the others. All children could be made ‘very realistically’ aware of this important experiment.
Or, is it, “We are so bored out of our brains in Bridgend that this (a, or many, suicides by hanging) gives us some excitement in life, everything (entertainment) has been made for us”. A sixteen year old boy’s interview in Bridgend. Wales. Ref, sadness and boredom. PC of Authority; Risk Liability and Assessment; the popular media. ‘Boredom of the Dependant Mind’, Martin Amis ‘The Second Plane’.
Nihilism. To say that all the children were nihilistic, is the now, the ‘topical religionists cranky whinge’ or the effort to degrade secularism for hankering (wishing) to some form of backtracking to a mass past national medieval-ism that was within the mythical golden ages of the era of pre-enlightenment Britain. This is quite a potty idea, but does find great favor amongst the modern Luddites, who are by their rejection of modern technology, such as, the easy access to knowledge and communication systems that show up the faults with their belief systems. They are often sexless, lonely, and frightened people themselves; who are reliant on gaining evangelical points in the game of selling myth and superstition to a captive and vulnerable audience, such as our children, and doing this all with an overwhelming authority – dressing up in powerfully (frightening to some) outlandish clothing. Points can then be gained for their entry into the wonderful after-life by good works, the afterlife for the suicide victims will be (publicly denied – some of the graphic paintings that demonstrate this to their more visually gullible audience) denied. These people, therefore, believe themselves to be on the same route, but do in their imagination get there a little slower. We are all on some route or other, but the best thing to believe in, and have great faith in, is that ‘there is nothing at all at the end of it’, so we had better jolly well make the best of it now and look after planet Earth and ourselves for the future generations: of hopefully, some very sensible people.
Seriously annoy your school with the suggestion, I did, and for some of the Teachers go on a Philosophy Course: strongly rejected at our school, except by one or two of the parents backing me up, they knew or had a feeling of a popular endemic ignorance! Blaming the external machinery such as Bebo, Face Book, Myspace, and Cults, of one sort or another is not an option, it may be a catalyst, but that is where Education Policy should be effective. If there is a coordinated Education Policy, which is put about presently by the “Department for Education, Children and Families” or whatever organization is next thought up: it cannot use the children as pawns individually and on mass, in the bullying ‘environment of competitive education policy’. It also cannot use parents as pawns in the insidious bullying game of competing with one another for School Admissions, or to encourage them to engage in any other ghastly form of tyrannical behavior. Schools are competing against one another and spurred on by very narrow government inspections.
Margaret Singer Ph.D.
“Six Conditions for Thought Reform”
“Keep the person unaware of what is going on and how she or he is being changed a step at a time. Potential new members are led, step by step, through a behavioral-change program without being aware of the final agenda or full content of the group.
The goal may be to make them deployable agents for the leadership, to get them to buy more courses, or get them to make a deeper commitment, depending on the leader’s aim and desires.
Control the person’s social and/or physical environment; especially control the person’s time. Through various methods, newer members are kept busy and led to think about the group and its content during as much of their waking time as possible.
Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person. This is accomplished by getting members away from the normal social support group for a period of time and into an environment where the majority of people are already group members.
The members serve as models of the attitudes and behaviors of the group and speak an in-group language. Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments and experiences in such a way as to inhibit behavior that reflects the person’s former social identity.
Manipulation of experiences can be accomplished through various methods of trance induction, including leaders using such techniques as paced speaking patterns, guided imagery, chanting, long prayer sessions or lectures, and lengthy meditation sessions.
Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments, and experiences in order to promote learning the group’s ideology or belief system and group-approved behaviors. Good behavior, demonstrating an understanding and acceptance of the group’s beliefs, and compliance are rewarded while questioning, expressing doubts or criticizing are met with disapproval, redress and possible rejection. If one expresses a question, he or she is made to feel that there is something inherently wrong with them to be questioning.
Put forth a closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order. The group has a top-down, pyramid structure. The leaders must have verbal ways of never losing.
Ref, Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
(all their policies and ethos-es can be seen as worse than any “happy-slapping” or the “happy-slappers” that a very few kids maybe involved in – many more deaths could be the result)
Bridgend has two schools, competing strongly with one another. What was this like in the late 80’s early 90’s and what is it like today? How did it effect the children and were they used as ‘captive little pawns by those authoritative (authorized) bullies’. I.e. Churches and Religions, State and Private Schools, and so on… The reality of this is fully apparent in my area and to firstly use children in this juvenile game of the adult world, not fully realizing its consequences and in the name of education is appalling. Secondly, to involve the parents in this easily rectified mess is none other than totally very wicked, but maybe, it this is all we have to accept and as parents we will have to waste our time to get around these things, when we are paying so much to other people to get on and sort it all out!
Philosophy – it lies somewhere between religion and science.
“It deals with assumptions on which a great many normal and everyday beliefs rest. These assumptions when examined critically often turn out to be insecure, and sometimes: nonsensical. People do not like having their assumptions and beliefs examined, it irritates them”. Ref, ‘Lecture on Philosophy’ AW.
Matthew Lipman – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Transformers – Socrates for Six Year Olds | Teachers’ TV
http://www.teachers.tv/video/19027 Socrates for self-confidence!
School for Discovery http://howardgardnerschool.com/home.html
“So what is the key to self-confidence? Do not be swayed by the opinions of others. Do not be a sheep; do not believe the one in front knows what they are doing and do not be horrified at the thought of breaking free from the group.
Alain goes on to offer Socrates’ five-step process to developing your own self-beliefs. To finally break free from the flock, Socrates compares great thinking to making pots: If you succeed in following the rules of confidence, just like a good pot, your beliefs will be trustworthy and watertight”.
Plato – History for Kids!
I do notice that the School Prospectus for our school, and it’s very advanced ethos, has recently been changed to a more traditional one. This, of course, would be backward thinking!
On Education: A Critique of Pure Reason
And, of course, SEX! Which some religionists, and some parents, try to hide from at our schools and in our homes.
Take the Sex Test.
I got 30 out of 45, which is pretty bad. (Educated in the 1950’s and 60’s)
In Britain we are near the bottom of the ‘league table’ in the modern industrialized societies for ‘childhood well-being’ and the amount of (unwanted) teenage pregnancies. What an appalling indictment and I do wonder why? This is not something we should be proud of!
I hope that our “School” is doing a ‘bit more’ (National Guidelines – obviously – quite inadequate) for the education of our children, even at a young age, and are we ‘laying in the groundwork’ for their complete healthy, kind, and respectful future enlightenment. Our government does seem very cowardly compared to the many other countries in this area!
Misdirected censorship in schools that are frightened by being accused of smuttiness or worse, by the smuttiness that sells some of our newspapers in the popular media, is something in the UK that we will all have to grow out of. Censorship is the cause of smuttiness, in the past inhibited, combined with an uneducated population who are ignorant, and sometimes, very frightened of their own natural sexual behavior.
I have the feeling, the only party in government able to handle this situation is the ‘New’ Labour Party for all its misgivings, so we will have to work with what we have got. It has brought us the Equality Act and many other social reforms, which I doubt any other party would have had the guts to do! The other parties seem to have a problem in their young leaders. They may not be able to take on the experience of a party that has enjoyed such a lengthy time in power. “You must have seen how youngsters, when they get their first taste of it, treat argument as a form of sport solely for the purpose of contradiction. When someone has proved them wrong, they copy his methods to confute others, delighting like puppies in tugging and tearing at anyone who comes near them. And so, after a long course of proving others wrong and being proved wrong themselves, they rush to the conclusion that all they once believed is false; and the result is that in the eyes of the world they discredit, not themselves only, but the whole business of philosophy. An older man will not share this craze for making sport of contradiction. He will prefer to take for his model the conversation of one who is bent on seeking truth, and his own reasonableness will bring credit on the pursuit”. Plato.
Below. Ref, ‘Sadness’ and ‘Indoctrinating Gullibility’ at a young age. The best way of making a fast buck is to start a ‘cult’ or ‘religious school’ in the UK)
Demand grows for Biblical teaching
May 24 2005 Rhodri Clark, Western Mail
PARENTS eager for their children to receive a moral grounding are fueling growth in US-style Christian schools that teach creationism.
Research shows teenagers in independent Christian schools in Wales and England feel better about life and are more likely to condemn under-age sex than those in state secondary schools.
But the research by the University of Wales, Bangor, also shows such pupils are less happy in school than comprehensive school students.
There are 14 independent Christian schools in Wales and demand for places is growing as parents fear ordinary schools are turning their backs on Christianity.
A spokesman for Christian Education Europe, which provides the curriculum for schools in Bridgend, Crosskeys and Mold, said, “There certainly has been growth in demand in the last few years (in Britain).”
He said fees per pupil ranged from £2,500 to £5,000 a year. The schools teach curriculum’s where many subjects are imported from the US. Everything is related to the Bible, including the theory God created the world in six days.
Professor Leslie Francis, director of the Welsh National Centre of Religious Education, organised the survey. He analyzed answers by boys aged 13 to 15 of whom 136 were in independent Christian schools and 12,823 in non-denominational state schools.
He said the Christian-school pupils held more positive attitudes towards the Church, and were less likely to believe in superstitions such as horoscopes.
“Pupils attending the Christian schools are more likely to be protected from boys who hold liberal attitudes toward alcohol, tobacco and sex,” he said. “They are less likely to be troubled by bullying and more likely to respect their teachers. They are much more likely to feel good about life and about themselves.
“Many Christian parents may feel that this is precisely what they are purchasing for their 13 to 15-year-old boys when they elect to send them to an independent Christian school.” But he warned of “clear challenges” for the Christian schools movement and boys educated in it.
“What happens when school life is over and these pupils are released from their highly specialized environment into the wider world of tertiary education and work?” he asked. “How well will they have been equipped to handle the dialogue between the faith in which they have been educated and the values environment of their secular host society?”
Lisa Hearne, acting head teacher at Carmarthen Christian School, said pupils were equipped to deal with life’s problems by referring to the Bible. “We want the children to be so grounded in how to make the right choices that when they leave school they will be able to think Biblically,” she said.
Her school opened in September 2003 and saw pupil numbers more than double for its second year. She said it was not difficult to teach science according to the creation theory, and the Bible showed human beings and dinosaurs had been around at the same time.
Welsh scientist Sir John Maddox of the Sense About Science campaign, said he would be concerned if more young people were being taught creationism.
“It’s scandalous that grown-up people should tell kids a pack of lies like this,” said Sir John from Swansea, who once edited Nature magazine.
He said the Christian schools could divert young people from scientific careers. “There’s a certain amount of hostility to science as things are, without the intervention of these religious schools.”
Northern Ireland – The most recent death was Friday night. However, a local clergyman said he did not believe such a pact existed.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6761965.stm See, Admiration (in my photo album) – Celebrity Worship. BBC Education and Celebrity Worship.
Website bullying suicide http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/7471412.stm 24/6/2008
Attitudes – Wales – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/7514423.stm
Religiosity – Homicide. Self-harm(ing) of children, young adults and the vulnerable. Speaks for itself! Religiosity – Homicide. Self-harm(ing) of children, young adults and the vulnerable: (mass) Religiosity= (mass – more likely) a low IQ + (mass) poverty, example – Africa the most religio-istic nation.
The Promised Land. The Poison Of Holiness. Sadness.
(Ref, The Self Harm of Our Children (1in10!) Irrational Beliefs – Depression and Sadness, Meme(tic) Transmutation)
“However, my job demanded that I live in Jerusalem, and thus to suffer those periodic bouts of depression to which its citizens seemed to be prone – I called it the Jerusalem Sadness:
Jerusalem Sadness is a local disease, like Baghdad Boils, due to the combined effect of the tragic beauty and inhuman atmosphere of the city. It is the haughty, desolate beauty of a walled-in mountain fortress in the desert. The angry face of Yahveh is brooding over the hot rocks, which have seen more holy murder, rape and plunder than any other place on this earth. Its inhabitants are poisoned by holiness. Josephus Flavius, who was a priest in the city and suffered from Jerusalem Sadness, has this strange phrase: “The union of what is divine and what is mortal is disagreeable.” The population of the city is a mosaic; but every portion of it is disagreeable. Perhaps the most disagreeable are the clergy, Muslim, Christian and Jewish alike. The Muslim clergy in my time used to call on the average twice a year for a holy blood bath. A peaceful Arab landlord would joke with the family of his Jewish tenants some Friday morning during the Ramadan, go to the Mosque, listen to the Imam, run home and slaughter tenant, wife and children with a kitchen knife. The Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and other Christian clergy would come to blows over such questions as to “whether the Greeks had a right to place a ladder on the floor of the Armenian chapel for the purpose of cleaning the upper part of the chapel above the cornice in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem”; and “whether the Greeks must attach their curtain tight or in natural folds to the lower Nail No.2 at the foot of the pillar which lies south-east of the left-hand set of steps leading to the manger” (both examples are authentic, and I may add to them the regulation “that the Latins should have their curtain fall naturally down the same pillar, leaving a space of sixteen centimeters between it and that of the Greek Orthodox”).
The Jewish clergy was engaged in feuds with the Muslims about rights of way to the Wailing Wall, and among themselves about the correct method of ritual slaughter; they also encouraged their orthodox disciples to protect the sanctity of the Sabbath by beating up the godless who smoked cigarettes in the streets and by throwing bricks at passing motor cars.
The political atmosphere was just as poisoned. The Husseini clan murdered members of the Nashashibi clan; during the riot season they both murdered Jews; the Jewish Parties hated each other, the British, and the Arabs, in that order; the British sahibs, here called hawadjas, behaved as British sahibs used to do. There were no cafes or night clubs, no cocktail parties, and no night-life of any kind in Jerusalem. People kept to themselves, their church, clan or party. It was an austere, pharisaic town, full of hatred, distrust and phony relics. I lived at No. 29, Street of the Prophets, at five minutes distance from the Via Dolorosa, another five from the Mosque of Omar where for a shilling you are shown the Archangel Gabriel’s footprints on the rock. I have never lived at such close quarters with divinity, and never farther removed from it. The whole unholy history of the city, from David to Herod, from Pilate to the Crusaders, from Titus to Glubb, is an illustration of the destructive power of faith, and the resulting unpleasantness of the union of the mortal and the divine. It is this awareness of defeat, driven home by the haughty silence of the desert, of dry watercourse and arid rock, which causes the Jerusalem Sadness.
Sadness apart, I grew increasingly tired of Palestine. Zionism in 1929 had come to a standstill. Immigration had been reduced to a mere trickle. Nazism, which was to turn it into a flood, was still a monster being hatched in the womb of the future.
I had gone to Palestine as a young enthusiast, driven by a romantic impulse. Instead of Utopia, I had found an extremely complex reality which both attracted and repelled me, but where the repellent effect, for a simple reason, gradually gained the upper hand. The reason was the Hebrew language. It was a petrified language which had been abandoned by the Jews long before the Christian era-in the days of Christ, they spoke Aramaic – and had now been revived by a tour de force. By making Hebrew its official language, the small Jewish community of Palestine seemed to have turned its back on Western civilization.
I felt that to undergo the same process would be spiritual suicide. I was a romantic fool, in love with unreason; but I knew that in a Hebrew-language environment I would always remain a stranger; and at the same time gradually lose touch with European culture. I had left Europe at the age of twenty. Now I was twenty-three and had had my fill of both Arab romantics and Jewish mystique. I was longing for Europe, thirsting for Europe, pining for Europe.
*Arrow in the Blue, ch. xxii.
I asked the Ullstein’s for a transfer, and had the good luck to be assigned to Paris. In subsequent years my interest in Zionism faded; it was reawakened, with a vengeance, thirteen years later, when the gas chambers went into action”.
I will not cease from Mental Flight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England’s green & pleasant Land.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/0375.asp Multicultural (govt- quangos, spin-word) or the ‘inclusive’ Multiracialism – you choose! Ref, Martin Amis ‘The Second Plane’.
Friendships develop across, and between, religious and ethnic groups in primary school although this experience changes outside school, where children’s choice of friends is often shaped by family circumstance and religious affiliation.
The amount of time spent by the more observant children on their religion impacts on their relationships outside of school, with more devout children having less social interaction with other children.
Outside school, friendships are often shaped by power relationships between adults and children, with some adults actively discouraging children from mixing across religions. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7639047.stm
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation uncovered a widespread belief that faith – not just in its extreme form – is intolerant, irrational and used to justify persecution. Pollsters asked 3,500 people what they considered to be the worst blights on modern society, finding a “dominant opinion” of religion as a “social evil”. Can you believe that? Religion – supposedly of God – a social evil? Many participants in the poll said religion divided society, fueled intolerance and spawned hatred and prejudice throughout the world. In fact, so bad has been its influence on the world scene, that Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg once wrote: “With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil — but for good people to do evil — that takes religion.”
Condemnation of Children in Britain http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7732290.stm 23/11/08
Chilling! Ghetto – United Kingdom (‘warnings of the past’ and ‘social conditions of ghetto creation’, mainly in other countries, go unheeded by authority – planning and control) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghetto 23/11/08 Gangs getting ‘more violent’ http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/article.aspx?cp-documentid=12077260 20/12/2008
‘We live in a country of prudery and pornography,’ says Jo Adams. ‘We are struggling with a tabloid culture. The very people who are really trying to develop a strategy for helping young people are peddled as the people who are irresponsible, and who are blamed for adolescent behavior. Why should we expect young people to be responsible, when they’ve got us as role models? Sex isn’t scandalous or dirty. Take it out from behind the bike sheds. Take it out from under the proscriptions of religious leaders.’
Warning over children’s mental health http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7810902.stm 5/01/2008
From the ‘British Natural History Museum’ Reproduction (for the ‘smut-hounds’ and ‘taking the smut out of sex’)
Selfish adults ‘damage childhood’ From Blog 2/2/09
The aggressive pursuit of personal success by adults is now the greatest threat to British children, a major independent report on childhood says.
Damage to children, and the vulnerable, by (parents) ‘irrational beliefs’: Church Schools and Faith Schools – UK.
Wonderful! David Attenborough asks three key questions: how and why did Darwin come up with his theory of evolution? Why do we think he was right? And why is it more important now than ever before? David starts his journey in Darwin’s home at Down House in Kent, where Darwin worried and puzzled over the origins of life. David goes back to his roots in Leicestershire, where he hunted for fossils as a child, and where another schoolboy unearthed a significant find in the 1950s. And he revisits Cambridge University, where both he and Darwin studied, and where many years later the DNA double helix was discovered, providing the foundations for genetics. At the end of his journey in the Natural History Museum in London, David concludes that Darwin’s great insight revolutionized the way in which we see the world. We now understand why there are so many different species, and why they are distributed in the way they are. But above all, Darwin has shown us that we are not set apart from the natural world, and do not have dominion over it. We are subject to its laws and processes, as are all other animals on earth to which, indeed, we are related.
Uganda Humanist Schools Trust
http://www.ugandahumanistschoolstrust.org/ Ref, Church Schools and Faith Schools UK – Learning, a palatable school ‘Ethos’ from Africa.
Amsterdam Declaration 2002 http://www.iheu.org/amsterdamdeclaration
Chat rooms – networking ‘change our brains’
Personal disasters, unemployment and war, govern man’s fate!
‘War Never Changes And Young Gentlemen Forget’. “In that cavalry mess I heard queer conversations. Those officers belonged to the old families of England, the old caste of aristocracy, but the foul outrage of the war, the courage against all ideals of civilization had made them think; some of them for the first time, about the structure of social life and of the human family. They hated Germany, as the direct cause of war, but they looked deeper than that and saw how the leaders of all great nations in Europe had maintained the philosophy of force, and had built up hatreds and fears, and alliances, over the heads of the people’s whom they inflamed with passion or duped lies. “The politicians are the guilty ones”, said one cavalry officer. “I am all for revolution after the bloody massacre. I would hang all politicians, diplomats, and so-called statesmen with strict impartiality”. “I’m for the people”, said another. “The poor bloody people who are kept in ignorance and then driven into the shambles, when their rulers desire to grab some new part of the earth’s surface or to get their armies going because they are bored with peace”. “What price Christianity?” Asked another, inevitably. “What have the Churches done to stop war or preach the Gospel of Christ? The Bishop of London, the Archbishop of Canterbury, all those conventional, patriotic, cannon-blessing, banner baptising humbugs. God! They make me tired”! The Same Words – Strong words to hear in a cavalry mess! Strange turmoil in the souls of men! They were the same words I heard from London Boys in Ypres (“Wipers” 1914-18 World War 1) spoken just as crudely! But many a young gentleman who spoke those words have already forgotten them, or would deny them! ‘Realities of War’ Philip Gibbs. Vol.1. P.244.
“At the bottom of democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper — no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point” — ‘House of Commons’, 31 October 1944, Winston Churchill.