I think it is just that I need a certain release – to be able to express how I feel – because it is rather strange and rather challenging. My father was strongly against organised religion. I proclaimed myself an agnostic at school and got myself exempted from religious assembly. It feels strange coming back to what I felt then. Realising that religions are human constructs is quite a simple thing and one that has taken an inordinate amount of time come about but it is like a huge cloud of confusion has been lifted. When you think about it, most religious founders never intended to found religions at all, but rather to express a certain viewpoint and object to certain abuses in the social system of their time. It was those around them who protected themselves by encysting it into a religion with all the hierarchy and complex dogma and ritual that goes with it. Muhammad is interesting in that he did set out to found a religion but that was probably the only way his views could be taken seriously.
In the modern world there are two deceptive and destructive systems that are unjust and pose a huge threat to the peace and well being of humanity and the environment.
On the one hand there is the western world which is dominated by the power of the banking system and rule by fear and technological control and surveillance. It claims moral superiority by purportedly encouraging critical thinking and open information – even though in effect it destroys that by a surfeit of consumerism and entertainment to make such critical thinking unattractive and unnecessary.
On the other hand there is the Muslim world which is dominated by a feeling of being attacked and insulted. It claims moral superiority over western sexual licentiousness and debauchery and the authority of Divine, unalterable law which cannot be challenged – even though by defending itself against attack it makes itself look completely silly. The trouble is that it is dangerous, murderous and cruel. The western world, of course, is also dangerous, murderous and cruel but has better PR.
The weakness inherent in both these systems is that educated people who have travelled can see them for what they are. They both depend entirely on the co-operation of their own citizens and subjects for the continuation of their respective mind control. Without that control they would both crumble.
Questioning. Not apologising. Not asking permission. Not obeying stupidity. Recognising when enormities are piggy-backed onto reasonable propositions and demanding they be treated separately. Not accepting disproportionate demands. Above all having the courage and habit of refusing things we don't want or need. This is the education syllabus that is needed to train the youth of the world to defeat these evil giants.
Tuesday 12 February 2008
Tuesday 12 February 2008
I am delighted that you want to leave Gringoland and I hope you can make your escape soon. It was because Airstrip One is doing everything in its power to dismantle any pretence at being a welfare state – no correct that, ‘welfare state’ has nowadays taken on a pejorative tone – ...to dismantle any pretence at being a human collaborative society and emulate the enormities perpetrated in Gringoland that I left the place. In fact it is not so much the government of Gringoland but the government's masters, the English speaking bankers, petroleum and munitions industries that are the real oppressors. This is why I feel so uncomfortable teaching English and submitting to the incredible pressure put on people to learn it. It is not that I don't appreciate the language and its heritage, but it is because it is being taught only as the language of the masters so that the slaves and servants know how to obey.
and writing are not being taught or emphasised. It is all about being able to understand what others are saying to you. How to get into an English speaking university so that you can pay all the overseas fees and living expenses and get a piece of worthless paper which means you can get a better salary in an ‘international’ company. In many ways the YUK is the cuckoo in the European nest. De Gaulle was far-sighted in refusing the two Harolds. Reading
Indonesia has the advantage for someone earning an income amounting to the same as the UK dole to live quite comfortably and to be able to think and function without the feeling that megacorporations are trying to suck you dry. There are annoying aspects too but they pale in comparison to the state and corporate oppression in YUK and, by obvious extension, Gringoland. For me I only need to survive for three more years and then I can start claiming a local government pension which is miniscule and impossible to survive on in
Europe, but which is pretty much the same as I am earning now. is, at the moment, intellectually relatively free. It is one of the delights of teaching that you can try to subvert people into thinking. Difficult sometimes because they are trained to think like identical robots, but every now and again you get a spark of awareness. I would like to spend some time in Indonesia France: , which I loved when I visited, or elsewhere. Brest