Not far from where I live there’s a landscape that’s soaked in apocalyptic imagery. Thornton is a wild and sometimes bleak place, on the hills above Bradford, where the Brontë sisters were born before moving to Haworth, the place they’re more usually associated with, six miles away.
Thornton is farmland and scrub, beautiful in the summer sun, foreboding and often impassable in the depths of winter. There’s a place called World’s End View, from where you feel it really is possible to sit out the apocalypse. There are scattered communities with Biblical names… Egypt, Jerusalem, and Jericho, which even had its own monstrous walls in the Victorian era, massive ramparts that edged the road through and held back the mountains of waste from the stone quarries. There’s a chapel that dates back to the 16th century, which is thought to have been one of the birthplaces of the English Dissenting Christianity movement. The land is well known to be the haunt of the Gytrash, a spectral black hound that snuffled its way into Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, born here 200 years ago.
It’s a place that has soaked up history and stories, legends and folklore, tales that sit and ferment in the unforgiving stone, long outlasting those frail humans who first forged them. It has what we might call psychogeography, an entwining of people and place, where humans influence the land and the land, in turn, makes its indelible mark on generations of people.
And Thornton is by no means alone in having this strong sense of history and myth about it… there will doubtless be a place just like it near where you live, or grew up. And this is what has informed a new book, Spirits of Place, which over the course of a dozen essays looks at the locations where stories are so embedded that they seem to become part of the landscape themselves.
“Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the flimsiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness that are entirely different.” WILLIAM JAMES
Physicalism vs Consciousness
What are the faeries? Where do they come from and where do they go when they’re not interacting with their human observers? Folklorists are usually ambivalent about the faeries; they are likely to keep their distance from them, so to speak. Whilst happy to record and discuss the beliefs of people who tell stories and anecdotes about them, most folklorists speak the language (at least in official publications) of the reductionist, materialist worldview that has held sway in Western civilisation for the last few hundred years, and they’ll be nervous about assessing the potential actual reality of metaphysical beings. In the materialist’s world, faeries simply cannot exist. They must be reduced into a categorised cultural belief system, and any discussion of them will usually (but not always, as we shall see) be couched in the accepted language of scientific rationalism.
Naaah, in my estimation, this is crap, from David Seaman.
He posed as an investigative journalist. But in one of his (deleted) videos, way back, he was not even aware that Brock and Alefantis had been in a homosexual relationship, and Brock paid off a massive sum against blackmail. That had been discovered some weeks earlier by the Voat researchers.
So although he was claiming to be a leader of the pizzagate investigation, he wasn’t clued up. He was using it to promote HIMSELF.
And now this. He’s COMPLAINING (the same as McPherson frequently does) that he couldn’t even take one week off, he’s had to ‘come back from the mountains’ to attend to all the criticism.
Look, there are no ‘scheduled holiday breaks’ if you are seriously into this stuff, the internet never sleeps, events never stop, it’s relentless. It does not care about your feelings, or whether you are alive or dead.
He’s being self-pitying, complaining he’s being targetted, well, what the hell did he expect, if he makes videos ‘Fuck you John Podesta, and fuck you David Brock’ etc, and calls them paedophiles and child killers, etc, by doing that he MAKES himself a target.
And then doesn’t take responsibility, blames others for being horrible. Of course, they ARE horrible, evil, there are billions of dollars involved, they are fighting to keep their criminal control syndicate, and to stay out of jail. If you slag off the Mafia and expose them, what do you expect to happen ? Is he so dumb as not to appreciate being still alive ?
‘What happened to David Seaman’ becomes the story, rather than pizzagate investigation. I cannot remember a single original researched item that HE has come up with, in his videos. It’s all second hand, and he rides the story to promote himself.
I’m sure Brock and Media Matters and CorrectTheRecord and all those vile people are paying trolls to discredit him. This isn’t a picnic, it’s a war. You have to expect to be attacked and smeared constantly, because the opposition want to eliminate you. They just used Google to destroy Natural News, and destroy Milo’s book deal. People like Seth Rich get shot dead. People like Mike Ruppert get their lives wrecked.
Complaining about this is pathetic and infantile. Whoever said that this world is fair and must treat you tenderly because you are so fucking special ? War is vicious and cruel. Recall that some men, when they gather to have a cigarette, will not accept a third light from a match. That’s because, back when they were fighting night time trench warfare (as still happens in Ukraine) a third light would provide sufficient time for a sniper to get sighted. So the three guys would be taking their first puff and one would get his head shot off.
If you are a coward and expect to receive holiday breaks, don’t even start, don’t engage in the battle. Go to the mountains, stay, forget your computer and the internet. The world has NEVER BEEN fair. You know, the woman you love most, who you marry, dies in childbirth, the scratch on your ankle gets infected, becomes gangrenous, you lose a leg. An unexpected lion in the bush kills your father. Criminals empty your bank account. Because of corruption, even though you are an honest diligent employee, you’re the one who gets blamed for a fuck up and sacked. On and on.
I worked in the building trade. There was a rule, ‘Don’t bring your home problems to work’. Nobody wanted to hear constant whining and complaining about your wretched domestic life. It ruined morale. Every video Seaman has made, has had him complaining that he is persecuted. McPherson is the same. Complaining about what a raw deal he’s had. It’s pathetic.
If you are a warrior, or aspire to be one, start off expecting the very worst. That you will have a horrible time and not survive. Get over it. The world is not fair. Really nice good people die in stupid car accidents. Very unpleasant wicked people get lucky breaks. If you are going to fight, physically or virtually, people are going to be focussed on hurting you, on injuring you. If you don’t expect that, if you are not prepared, then you are an idiot. Anybody who takes a stand, anybody who sticks their head above the parapet, will get rocks thrown at them by people who HATE them.
It has always been so, ever since Socrates was forced to drink Hemlock, and before.
This latest polarisation between so called right and left, that has come about since Brexit and since Donald Trump, is not going to get any better. Nobody even wants to hear the opposing view for a reasonable discussion with the aim of reconciliation. Both sides want to overwhelm and destroy their enemies.
The right hate and despise what the left have done and what they seek to achieve, and vice versa. I have changed sides in this battle. I used to want people to get along and try to establish a harmonious soceity, in so far as this is ever possible. There’s always going to be differing views and strife, but I used to think that moderation and tolerance could hold us all together.
But what has happened, as I see it, is that the left (Obama, Blair, then Cameron) have lied to try and cover up the problems. Same thing we see in Sweden and Germany. Kind of pretending there is no problem if nobody is allowed to talk about it.
So called ‘Holocaust denial’ is probably the best example. Because the people in power have been afraid of any repetition of a far right movement rising up, they’ve tried to suppress all discussion of anything they deemed sensitive, by crude threats of legal action and imprisonment. This has never worked, historically. Thatcher tried it, by banning Gerry Adams ‘the oxygen of publicity’ by appearing on TV. The result was actors speaking the lines that Adams had said.
And because this crude response is such an insult to freedom of speech and honesty in research of history, it infuriates many people who become even more determined to get their way. So even if the motive was well-intended, the result is counter productive. Everybody is sick of being lied to and deceived. As George Webb says often, the best disinfectant is sunlight. Open the cupboards, get the skeletons out or else show that there never were any skeletons.
Every single instance of child sexual abuse scandals in UK (and elsewhere), decade after decade, has been covered up. Investigations have been rigged and then aborted.
People have been murdered to shut them up, to protect these dreadful crimes so that they could continue.
This is why I’ve changed sides. The left, liberals, ‘progressives’, simply do not care about the horrors and suffering that is inflicted, just so long as they can continue to pursue their own aims, which have become increasingly absurd. Best example is the 70 or something ‘new genders’ all requiring new language use and new toilet facilities, etc, and the pressure to normalise paedophilia and bestiality.
Seems to me, looking at social mores, there is very strict, harsh discipline, at one end of the spectrum, and decadence, depravity, and degradation, at the other. It’s illustrated in Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
There’s sort of self-reinforcing feedbacks, as in pop music, that each iteration has to be more shocking and extreme than the previous, in the efforts to attract public attention and exploit the market. It becomes a hideous escalation of the nastiest and most disgusting aspects of human nature.
If you object and do not approve of this slide down the slope into a cesspit of deranged and debased foulness, then you get slandered and attacked by the familiar mindless vacuous terms, for being ‘racist’, ‘islamophobic’, ‘anti-semitic’, ‘fascist’, etc, etc. These insults have no intellectual weight, they are the adult versions of the yells of resentment from kindergarten monkey brats who don’t want the teacher stopping their excesses.
I’m very familiar with the urge to challenge authority. I’m sure that challenging authority is fully justified and necessary if there are serious grievances that need to be remedied. I like my liberty, to do as I please, so long as I’m not infringing on some other person’s rights to do likewise. But there’s a difference between liberty and licentiousness.
I have my rights, to pursue my affairs without anyone interfering, but what happens when the guy living next door is torturing kidnapped kids to death ? Are you going to intervene in his liberty ? Or will you appeal to some authority, to intervene on your behalf ?
If you want ‘an authority’, then you have to set one up, vigilantes, or militia, or police, and that means you have to pay taxes, to pay the costs of those guys, and then you’ll need a court to settle the judgements and decide what’s appropriate to do, and next thing, you’ve got a government and a treasury and bureaucracies to administer and store all the paperwork, etc, etc.
We humans had this problem arise thousands of years ago, and we came to various solutions. In Britain, we arrived at more or less satisfactory formulae for dealing with these kinds of dilemmas. It’s taken centuries of mistakes and messiness. It’s still far from perfect, but it can easily deteriorate into something very much worse.
The anarchists want to tear down the authorities that exist. They don’t care about the trafficked kids or the forced prostitution, I’ve never read any mention of how they intend to solve those appalling problems. They want to deny the right of anyone to organise a disciplined moral administration that imposes rules.
Ian Welsh, who is excellent at analysing our contemporary social and political dilemmas, want the exercise of kindness to be paramount. But this simply does not work, it’s a utopian ideal. I’m not suggesting that I am in favour of ‘unkindness’. But if you read the (possibly apocryphal) stories as to how the Shaolin martial arts originated, they often trace back to Bodhidharma.
Bodhidharma was a fully enlightened carrier of the Buddha’s teachings. He is said to have taken them from India to China, and set up a monastery to train monks and nuns. But then, the very gentle and holy monks and nuns kept getting robbed and murdered by savage brigands. Much the same story as the wild Vikings pillaging the Christian monasteries and churches around the British Isles, murdering and looting and carrying off slaves.
So Bodhidharma invented the fighting arts and taught his pupils how to defend themselves. The use of violence in self-defence was never in the original buddhist teachings. It was taken up reluctantly, because of the circumstances. If everyone was honest, moral, followed high ethical standards, then there would be no need for police or self-defence skills, all we’d need would be mutual kindness.
But this has NEVER been the case, and never will be. Monkey children have to be taught, socialised, brought to an understanding of acceptable behaviour. And there will always be those who have no moral compass, no self control, and those who wilfully pursue ugly aims and commit atrocities. We have to be pragmatic, not utopian.
As things stand now, I am 100% pessimistic about the future, but I want to mitigate and minimise the suffering that is to come. This means the rigorous application of law, order, and justice. Let’s try to eradicate the very worst obscenities and criminals.
I think human cultures have a somewhat arbitrary element to them, it’s hard to make a value judgement, and state that some aspect of one is superior to that of another, but I think our culture, being British, so to speak, as an amalgam of English, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, Irish and other influences, has worked fairly well in many respects, to maximise individual freedoms and provide a host of common benefits. I’m not overlooking all the ghastliness of colonialism, the iniquities and cruelty.
Isn’t it interesting, that the French speak a related but very different language, they eat horses, snails, frogs, and these things are repulsive to the British, only twenty or thirty miles away across the Channel, and these two cultures retained their identities for the last thousand years, despite proximity and invasions.
I’m of the baby boom, hippy, generation, and the sixties were an immense cultural upheaval, no doubt. Some things, in my estimation, have been improved, lots of things have been tried. What I see now, is that what we have is no longer working, it’s a recipe for disaster. The ‘We, The People’ feel it, which is why we have Brexit.
But there’s almost half the population who don’t feel it, they want to carry on as before, following a different vision.
What if we were being colonised by the Carthaginians, rather than Moslems and others ? Would that be acceptable ? Or would people fight to retain control of their own culture and values ? ‘We are the people who live here, this is what we want, and that is what we reject’.
Dr Josephine Quinn of Oxford University’s Faculty of Classics, an author of the paper, said: ‘It’s becoming increasingly clear that the stories about Carthaginian child sacrifice are true. This is something the Romans and Greeks said the Carthaginians did and it was part of the popular history of Carthage in the 18th and 19th centuries.
‘But in the 20th century, people increasingly took the view that this was racist propaganda on the part of the Greeks and Romans against their political enemy, and that Carthage should be saved from this terrible slander.
‘What we are saying now is that the archaeological, literary, and documentary evidence for child sacrifice is overwhelming and that instead of dismissing it out of hand, we should try to understand it.’
#Pedogate has been exposed. So what now? Find the motivation behind the abuse, trafficking, and torture of children, find the solution.
— Grace (@FranSeenWrites) March 1, 2017