Perspectives | Ep #0 | Negentropic (3-Feb-2017)

This is the pilot episode of a new series of podcasts I plan to release over the coming months. We have all taken different paths to arrive at our current outlooks and worldviews, and sometimes it can be useful to reflect on our journey thus far. By interviewing a range of individuals who have spent some time engaged in the process I refer to as ‘deprogramming’, my hope is to learn more about the Lie System in which we live, as well as the types of people who have spent their own time studying it. This is why the series is entitled ‘Perspectives’: each interview will offer the listener a deeper understanding the guest’s point of view: not only what it is but, just as importantly, how it came to be.

In this episode I spoke with Negentropic, a man based in the US who posts his thoughts across a range of messageboards including the David Icke forums. He is the man behind the ‘Negentropic Chronicles’, a series of marathon podcasts which feature clips from a variety of alternative/independent media outlets, archival audio/footage, and music you might not hear elsewhere. Neg’s experiences with the 9/11 ‘truth movement’ – and the various boobytraps and false prophets connected to it – offer invaluable insights into the broader ‘truth comunity’: how it operates, what kind of people are involved, and so forth.

Production Notes

Conversation recorded: 31-Jan-2017
JLB post-production recorded: 3-Feb-2017
Final (Negentropic edit) copy released: 7-Feb-2017

Links to audio used in podcast

Loose Change on CNN (September, 2006): Link
Kevin Barrett on O’Reilly Factor (19-Dec-2006): Link
Ace Baker on Jim Fetzer (6-Jan-2009): Link

Links provided by Negentropic

Negentropic Chronicles 13 – 12/06/2016 – (most recent pod):
https://archive.org/details/NegentropicChronicles13

Negentropic Chronicles Archives (1 thru 13)
https://archive.org/details/@negentropic

Comprehensive DIF links and notes for each episode:

NegChrons 1 thru 4:
https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=2650&page=80

NegChrons 5 thru 10
https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=2650&page=81

NegChrons 11 & 12
https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=2650&page=84

NegChron 13
https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=2650&page=88

25 Second 9/11 Truth Test for All Your Friends & Relatives (Still active and regularly updated thread started by Synergetic67 aka Negentropic in 2012 to pursue 9/11 Media Fakery research, especially that of Simon Shack’s) https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=224648

Simon Shack Mega-Pack at DIF – (post #1430 by Synergetic67 aka Negentropic):
https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=2650&page=72

Pre-2012 threads started by Negentropic at ConCen aka “Conspiracy Central” (note: my views on almost all of these topics are significantly different today, but especially on 9/11 Media Fakery):
https://concen.org/oldforum/search.php?action=results&sid=ab3574f84f924e6e18c175e68f471c2d

French Connection/Daryl Bradford Smith Archives:
https://archive.org/details/TheFrenchConnectionArchive-DarylBradfordSmith

“Daryl Beats Up Ognir in his own House” thread at Information Underground:
http://theinfounderground.com/smf/index.php?topic=13950.0

Daryl Bradford Smith’s Shitfits Against Former Partner Eric Hufschmid (whose sister is married to one of Rupert Murdoch’s sons):
Recording #1: Link
Recording #2: Link
Recording #3: Link
Recording #4 – Part 1: Link
Recording #4 – Part 2: Link
Recording #5: Link

12 thoughts on “Perspectives | Ep #0 | Negentropic (3-Feb-2017)

  • 08-February-2017 at 7:12 am
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    Great show.
    I have followed/listened to most of the same guys your guest mentioned: Fetzer, Barrett, Reynolds etc and I am not convinced these guys are all controlled opposition but instead “normies” in the truth movement. Fetzer is old and you don’t teach old dogs new tricks. Fetzer and Barrett come from universities, these uni guys usually are pretty brainwashed themselves and it is very difficult for them to make the leap. I think Reynolds has done some good job spreading the no planes info, I don’t know why Negentropic calls him a shill but to be honest I don’t care either.
    Alex Jones is 100% controlled!
    I have met David Icke in his home on the Isle of Wight, nothing fancy, just an old guy doing his job in a small study. After talking with Icke a couple of times I have come to the conclusion that he is the one whos wearing the blinders. I don’t think he is a shill, but I could be wrong. Some of the info he puts out can be spot on but complete nonsense the next second. 9/11 was such a massive manipulation on a grand scale that even the best researchers couldn’t grasp what went down. And now years later when it is obvious there were no planes, these old-timers have their ego what’s blocking them to see the obvious.
    I am 35 and been researching conspiracies for 10 years and I think the smartest pencils in the box have surfaced within the last decade or so. I don’t see old-timers discussing helio-lie, dino hoax, nuke hoax, no planes etc.

    The no planes topic – it has come to my realization that the idea of no planes and 100% media fakery is too much for most people to handle, researchers included. Therefor I don’t think these people are all shills who oppose the no planes fact. They usually say “I can’t believe everything is fake”.

    I have written articles on 9/11 for about 5 years and only lately has the idea of no planes sunk in to the readers. I recently published a lengthy article on no planes and it is first time this idea went viral in Estonia titled “All 9/11 plane videos are fake”:
    http://www.telegram.ee/nwo/koik-911-terrorirunnakute-lennukivideod-on-voltsitud
    3000 likes, 35K shares, over 60 comments
    I guess if you repeat something long enough, they will get used to it 😀

    Keep up the great work John!

    • 09-February-2017 at 3:14 am
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      What you say about Fetzer and Barrett and Reynolds can also apply to Alex Jones since AJ also acknowledged that Sandy Hook was “completely faked from scratch, including all the victims.” But did he apply that supposed new “understanding” to any other PsyOps, never mind 9/11? Nope.

      Is this deliberate? I would say yes. Can I prove it “100%” as in produce an authentic video or document of Alex Jones sitting around a table with his CIA/Mossad handler plus the Watson brothers and maybe even Le Anne McAdoo and planning these things? Nope.

      Can you prove your “100% controlled” assertion? Nope. (After all, if “Infowars” is “100% controlled” then what is “The Young Turks” and its supposed over 1 billion hits on you-tube, which is far worse, 200% controlled”? lol ) But there is enough “proof” for me and you and anybody else “in the know” to never trust or rely on any information given to us by that particular fear-mongering blow-hard clown again. Yet we would still trust the gatekept Alex-Jones information more than the official mainstream media itself while looking for the knife in the back and the points of toxicity (“turds” or contradictions and two-faced hypocrisies in his punchbowl of “truth).

      When I said to John, we have to be aware of “hierarchies of shills,” what I meant and wasn’t able to clarify enough because we were going at 100 miles an hour and had limited time, is that “levels of MIS-trust” are different at the various levels of “trutherism,” yet a healthy skepticism is always essential and there are clearly observable reasons for mistrust at a more informed level of possible understanding (when there wasn’t too much at a more superficial level) such as Fetzer’s or Reynolds’s or Ace Baker’s (the refusal to accept any, even the most obvious, non-plane media fakery on 9/11 or any pre-Sandy-Hook PsyOps is the justified mistrust that unifies these 3 “No-Planers” with Judy Wood, Andrew Johnson, the Web Fairy and many others). When these reasons are present, they should be clearly expressed in their contradictions and the personages “called out” for their suspicious and dishonest bee-hive-ior, regardless of whether “intention” can be proven or not.

      For example, with regards to Alex Jones, we have these following more-or-less clearly researched facts of his 34 or more proven Jew advertisers, his half-Jew ex-wife Violet who supposedly converted to Christianity to marry him, his at-the-very-least 4 million dollar net worth exposed during the divorce settlement, his quarter-Jew children and his never mentioning of the holohoax or even Zundel’s imprisonment for 7 years on thought-crimes charges, that very much suggest an untrustworthy “shill” or “con-fidence artist.” We also have his promotion of the complete fraud William Rodriguez and his complete and utter rejection of all “No-Planer” theory on 9/11 from 2006 to this very day.

      https://alexjonesexposed.info/alex-jones-and-jewish-sponsors/

      http://letsrollforums.com//press-release-william-rodriguez-t24680.html?t=24680&highlight=rodriguez+traitor+executed

      My use of the term “shill” does not automatically or necessarily imply “government agent,” or “intentional acts of psychological manipulation that lay the groundwork for tyranny, i.e. “psychological sabotage.” What it does imply at all times is “confusion spreader and disinformation spreader,” intentional or not making no real difference to the end result: divide and conquer through endless quarrels and arguments between various factions of the “truth movement” making it a “bowel movement” instead (full of crap) where almost everything is believable but nothing clearly knowable.

      This subject is vastly complex in that it deals with how human beings even come to an understanding vs. just “knowledge” or “pseudo-knowledge” in the first place. I suggest listening to these two audios by Aldous Huxley

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBqOqCszAjc

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uarTcONu6mw

      a few times which will give you back, if you comprehend what he’s trying to say, the most important perspectives towards the process of “thinking” itself that have to kept “in mind” before accurate and non-dogmatic thinking can even have a chance to get its footing. We have to go beyond the more out-dated and worn-out symbols and metaphors of verbal (or any other, including mathematical and musical or visual) language regularly. New terms have to be coined that synthesize the truest aspects of older ones, make navigation of that area of the psyche mapped smoother and the best it can be for the time being. Quite a few verbal fictions considered “reality” are anything but “realism” but merely temporarily useful constructions maintained mainly because they serve the interests of power, forced and unearned priviledge and the win-lose dialectic of the parasite by trapping people in symbolic/verbal prisons rather than the win-win of the producer and creator that is always engaged in busting you out of prisons or at the very least expanding the walls. The walls of symbolic prisons are expanded through new metaphors, though new language, new literature, new poetry, new art, new science, new technology, etc., down through the hierarchy of knowledge-&-understanding (two different things) from root philosophical concepts (t-roots) down or up through the leaves of be-leaf word-of-mouthing themselves through society.

      Most new knowledge has to arrive at a paradox (something seemingly illogical and contradictory at a lower level of understanding which becomes “logical” on a higher level) before it can be converted to understanding by temperately synthesizing the contradictions within the paradox into a new “truth” which can then be be incorporated, non-dogmatically, and without compromising either the values of the old truths or the new truths synthesized out of it, into the intellectual discourse of that society and eventually find its way, even if only through a drop or two of elixir not clearly understood but appreciated through “pleasurable feeling,” to the middle class or largest portion. Everything IS relative and yet some truths have eternal form or shape-shifting ability and maintain their influence through all syntheses. As the Greeks wrote over 2000 years ago: “Temperance is not compromise.” A hue-man being having a million hues that have to have their shades and modalities and colors constantly balanced with others and adjusted in order to have the smoothly functioning and “beautiful” ultimate work of art that is the healthy individual human being does not mean there are no more-or-less “eternal” black-&-whites of more-all-ity (such as the initiation of force and fraud being wrong and the making of vices into crimes being wrong) that also have to be recognized in and maintained through a thousand-&-one potential camouflages and disguises and morphed forms.

      We have to be able to check the premises or foundations or initial dialectics of any “logical” thinking structure not just once but on an ongoing basis and make sure they’re sound and as “true to reality,” not just some verbal dogma maybe “useful at one time” but now outdated, as possible.

      “If telling the truth marginalizes you, then that is the place to be. After all, if enough people are willing to be marginalized, then before you know it, society has developed a different center. This is the politics of truth.” — E. Martin Schotz

      The problem, of course, is that not “enough people” are willing to be marginalized. However, as we saw in the 1960s, plenty of people will become marginalized into a counter-culture (whether you think it was “nefariously created” from the start as John and Jan Irvin seem to think or co-opted and steered as I tend to think) IF it makes them “feel good” through great rock bands and music and sexual freedom and “the freedom to dream,” etc.

      Note: in the quote below Schotz calls what Huxley calls “knowledge” belief and what Huxley calls “understanding,” “knowledge.” However, they are more-or-less talking about the same thing.

      “On Belief Versus Knowledge

      It is so important to understand that one of the primary means of immobilizing the American people politically today is to hold them in a state of confusion in which anything can be believed but nothing can be known, nothing of significance that is.

      And the American people are more than willing to be held in this state because to know the truth — as opposed to only believe the truth — is to face an awful terror and to be no longer able to evade responsibility. It is precisely in moving from belief to knowledge that the citizen moves from irresponsibility to responsibility, from helplessness and hopelessness to action, with the ultimate aim of being empowered and confident in one’s rational powers.”

      — Unpublished letter, E. Martin Schotz to Vincent J. Salandria, May 14, 1992

      The above quote I first encountered in the writings of Jim Fetzer whose own paraphrase goes something like this:

      “Well, what you’re telling me is that this is a group created to manage research on 9/11, not to pursue it. The objective of disinformation is not to convince you of one point of view or another, it is to create enough uncertainty so that everything is believable and nothing is knowable. ” — Jim Fetzer

      He who smelt it, dealt it.

      If Fetzer knows about all this consciously and clearly and has even read articles or books of psychology on it which he quotes, then why is he engaged in exactly the same kinds of activity when it comes to Media Fakery? Why are he and so many other supposedly smart people with higher degrees in the “truth” movement hypocrites and why does he continue being one even if others point out his hypocrisy to his own face as One Born Free and Simon Shack have done many times not just on their own websites but in the comment sections of Fetzer’s sites?

      For all these reasons and many more (including calling William Rodriguez “an honest guy” because he had dinner with him, lol), I don’t trust Fetzer further than I can throw him. Although I’m willing to throw him a bit less far than Kevin Barrett, who actually interviewed the complete boo-hoo-hoo-on-cue fraud fraud Bob McIlvaine and never even asked him a single tough question such as “Hey Bob, you pathetic douche, why are there only 3 photo-shopped pictures of your supposed dead ‘9/11 victim’ son on the entire internet?” or “Hey Bob, you low-life prostitute and traitor, why does your ‘dead son’ not even have a Social Security Death Index entry, never mind a valid death certificate or autopsy or even a valid last-address-of-residence like all the other supposed “victims”?

      “Alas, I can see that you do not know what it means to be alone. Wherever there have been powerful societies, governments, religions, or public opinions – in short, wherever there was any kind of tyranny, it has hated the lonely philosopher; for philosophy opens up a refuge for man where no tyranny can reach: the cave of inwardness, the labyrinth of the breast; and that annoys all tyrants – — Friedrich Nietzsche, “Schopenhauer as Teacher”

      “Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.” ~ Marshall McLuhan

      “Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity.” -Marshall McLuhan

       “See, the ‘Big Lie’ professionals in the business of deceiving this entire world’s population on a daily basis probably know better – when it comes to fooling BOTH the experts and the average Joe Public. The BIG LIE has to seem too bloody stupid in the eyes of the experts – and too bloody smart in the eyes of Joe Public. There is no quest either for the lowest or the highest common denominator in these psy-op schemes – or much less to target any specific IQ group (if you may pardon this unsavory way to put it). The aim is to strike the human consciousness somewhere ‘in the middle’ – so as to befuddle EVERYONE – and of course – to make EVERYBODY endlessly quarrel with each other.” —  Simon Shack, December 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      “Independence is for the very few; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it even with the best right but without inner constraint proves that he is probably not only strong, but also daring to the point of recklessness. He enters into a labyrinth, he multiplies a thousandfold dangers which life brings with it in any case, not the least of which is that no one can see how and where he loses his way, becomes lonely, and is torn piecemeal by some minotaur of conscience. Supposing one like that comes to grief, this happens so far from the comprehension of men that they neither feel it nor sympathize. And he cannot go back any longer.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, “Beyond Good and Evil”

      “One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many. ‘Good’ is no longer good when one’s neighbor mouths it. And how should there be a ‘common good’! The term contradicts itself: whatever can be common always has little value. In the end it must be as it is and always has been: great things remain for the great, abysses for the profound, nuances and shudders for the refined, and, in brief, all that is rare for the rare.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, “Beyond Good and Evil”

      “What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms—in short, a sum of human relations which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what they are; metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins.

      We still do not know where the urge for truth comes from; for as yet we have heard only of the obligation imposed by society that it should exist: to be truthful means using the customary metaphors—in moral terms: the obligation to lie according to a fixed convention, to lie herd-like in a style obligatory for all.

      Now man of course forgets that this is the way things stand for him. Thus he lies in the manner indicated, unconsciously and in accordance with habits which are centuries’ old; and precisely by means of this unconsciousness and forgetfulness he arrives at his sense of truth. From the sense that one is obliged to designate one thing as red, another as cold, and a third as mute, there arises a moral impulse in regard to truth. The venerability, reliability, and utility of truth is something which a person demonstrates for himself from the contrast with the liar, whom no one trusts and everyone excludes. As a rational being, he now places his behavior under the control of abstractions. He will no longer tolerate being carried away by sudden impressions, by intuitions.

      First he universalizes all these impressions into less colorful, cooler concepts, so that he can entrust the guidance of his life and conduct to them. Everything which distinguishes man from the animals depends upon this ability to volatilize perceptual metaphors in a schema, and thus to dissolve an image into a concept. For something is possible in the realm of these schemata which could never be achieved with the vivid first impressions: the construction of a pyramidal order according to castes and degrees, the creation of a new world of laws, privileges, subordinations, and clearly marked boundaries—a new world, one which now confronts that other vivid world of first impressions as more solid, more universal, better known, and more human than the immediately perceived world, and thus as the regulative and imperative world.

      Whereas each perceptual metaphor is individual and without equals and is therefore able to elude all classification, the great edifice of concepts displays the rigid regularity of a Roman columbarium and exhales in logic that strength and coolness which is characteristic of mathematics. Anyone who has felt this cool breath [of logic] will hardly believe that even the concept—which is as bony, foursquare, and transposable as a die—is nevertheless merely the residue of a metaphor, and that the illusion which is involved in the artistic transference of a nerve stimulus into images is, if not the mother, then the grandmother of every single concept. But in this conceptual crap game ‘truth’ means using every die in the designated manner, counting its spots accurately, fashioning the right categories, and never violating the order of caste and class rank.”

      ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense” (1875)

      http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl201/modules/Philosophers/Nietzsche/Truth_and_Lie_in_an_Extra-Moral_Sense.htm

      “O, what a world of unseen visions and heard silences, this insubstantial country of the mind!

      What ineffable essences, these touchless rememberings and unshowable reveries!

      And the privacy of it all! A secret theater of speechless monologue and prevenient counsel, an invisible mansion of all moods, musings, and mysteries, an infinite resort of disappointments and discoveries.

      A whole kingdom where each of us reigns reclusively alone, questioning what we will, commanding what we can.

      A hidden hermitage where we may study out the troubled book of what we have done and yet may do.

      An introcosm that is more myself than anything I can find in a mirror.

      This consciousness that is myself of selves, that is everything, and yet is nothing at all — what is it?

      And where did it come from? And why?”

      ~ Julian Jaynes

      “Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” ~ Lord Byron

      “I think I am, therefore I am, i think…” — George Carlin

      “Machines were mice and men were lions once upon a time. But now that it’s the opposite it’s twice upon a time.” — Moondog

    • 20-February-2017 at 7:37 pm
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      I am surprised to learn that you met David Icke in his home. Was it part of a group tour, or were you invited individually? Either way, I would be curious to hear more about this encounter. My own view on Icke is that he seems to receive too much establishment media coverage, and spends too little time focused on tangible/proven issues/topics, for me to believe he is a regular person, or a legitimate truth-teller. That said, I am open to the possibility. Anything is possible in this crazy world.

      I agree with you that ‘no planes’ is usually beyond even those who are already on board with the ‘inside job’ narrative, and I suggest that this is because the regular conspiracy theories are themselves just another layer of programming. That is, those who have already gone down the Alex Jones or Richard Gage rabbit hole have more programming in their heads than the typical normie. This may even be the intended effect.

      I saw that in your article (which I used google to convert to English) you mention Baker’s PsyOpera alongside Shack’s Clues. What are your thoughts on the Baker ‘suicide’ live on Fetzer? This ought to be ‘required reading’ for all would-be deprogrammers, in my opinion. If a prominent ‘conspiracy’ interviewer, can host a prominent conspiracy film-maker, and a live on-air suicide can take place, that should tell us a lot about who and what the leading ‘conspiracy’ characters are here for – and also what their audiences are here for.

  • 08-February-2017 at 10:28 pm
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    John,

    Excellent interview/dialogue.

    Neg is one of my favorite commenters at my place. Very insightful and he always offers a balanced, researched perspective. He has stuck with me for a long time, even through my worst rants.

    I am not positive, but I think I came upon your work via Neg.

    You two made a great team. I look forward to more of this.

    • 20-February-2017 at 7:24 pm
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      Thanks for the kind words, BM. The words ‘balanced’ and ‘researched’ are apt. Like a walking encyclopedia of the history of the ‘truth movement’, with humility to admit to being led down the wrong path by certain characters. Relative newcomers to the scene, people like myself who arrived here in the period following the Boston Hoaxathon and Sandy Hook, have a lot to learn from the experiences of those who have ‘seen it all before’, if only we take the time to listen. Speaking of which, I don’t suppose you fancy a guest spot on a future episode of Perspectives?

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  • 18-February-2017 at 7:58 am
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    Where’s the 4th comment? I only see 3 here John and now with this added it shows 5 comments with the 4th comment still missing.

    • 18-February-2017 at 8:47 am
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      Hey Neg, all of your comments are here. Check your email, I have sent you through an update.

  • 18-February-2017 at 12:32 pm
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    I didn’t make the comment that’s missing here, John. On my computer I only see 5 comments posted now, including the very long one I made a few days ago, but the headline still shows 6 comments (with this one added it will show 7). Is this a mistake of the software for adding up the comments wrong or was there actually another comment by someone that I can’t see?

    • 18-February-2017 at 1:14 pm
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      I see what you mean. It may be a wordpress issue, because there are definitely no comments missing or in the spam folder. At the time of my writing this comment, this post had received three comments from yourself, one from me, and one each from BuelahMan and Hando. I suspect the listed number of comments includes ‘pingbacks’ because in my comments folder is a ping from Fakeologist who linked to this post.

      http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/02/09/useful-idiots/

  • 24-February-2017 at 12:05 pm
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    The Bollyn – Hufschmid – Murdoch “Coincidence”

    http://www.takeourworldback.com/bollynhufschmidmurdoch.htm

    The most comprehensive source of links. This stuff is old news but Bollyn’s theory is the one still being championed by almost all the anti-Judaic as well as all the WN sites that are also “conspiracy-wise” or at least do not believe the official version of the 9/11 fable. Notice that even this guy, despite not trusting Bollyn and collecting all this data on him, still is a plane-hugger / no-media-fakery guy caught in his net and the wider net cast by gatekeeping of Loose Change and Alex Jones.

    “PAST, n. That part of Eternity with some small fraction of which we have a slight and regrettable acquaintance. A moving line called the Present parts it from an imaginary period known as the Future. These two grand divisions of Eternity, of which the one is continually effacing the other, are entirely unlike. The one is dark with sorrow and disappointment, the other bright with prosperity and joy. The Past is the region of sobs, the Future is the realm of song. In the one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential prayer; in the sunshine of the other Hope flies with a free wing, beckoning to temples of success and bowers of ease. Yet the Past is the Future of yesterday, the Future is the Past of to-morrow. They are one –the knowledge and the dream.” ~ Ambrose Bierce

    “It is quite natural that we should adopt a defensive and negative attitude towards every new opinion concerning something on which we have already an opinion of our own. For it forces its way as an enemy into the previously closed system of our own convictions, shatters the calm of mind we have attained through this system, demands renewed efforts of us and declares our former efforts to have been in vain. A truth which retrieves us from error is consequently to be compared with a physic, as much for its bitter and repellent taste as for the fact that it takes effect not at the moment it is imbibed but only some time afterwards.

    Thus, if we see the individual obstinately clinging to his errors, with the mass of men it is even worse: once they have acquired an opinion, experience and instruction can labor for centuries against it and labor in vain. So that there exist certain universally popular and firmly accredited errors which countless numbers contentedly repeat every day. Most of these are repeated parrot fashion without much thought being given to them and merely because when people first heard them said they found them very wise-sounding.

    What the pathetic commonplace heads with which the world is crammed really lack are two closely related faculties: that of forming judgements and that of producing ideas of their own. But these are lacking to a degree which he who is not one of them cannot easily conceive, so that he cannot easily conceive the dolefulness of their existence. It is this deficiency, however, which explains on one hand the poverty of the scribbling which in all nations passes itself off to its contemporaries as their literature, and on the other the fate that overtakes true and genuine men who appear among such people. All genuine thought and art is to a certain extent an attempt to put big heads on small people: so it is no wonder the attempt does not always come off.

    Intellect is a magnitude of intensity, not a magnitude of extension: which is why in this respect one man can confidently take on ten thousand and a thousand fools do not make one wise man.”

    ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Philosophy and the Intellect”

    “False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.” ~ Joseph de Maistre

    “Where children have the grand advantage over grown-up people is in their freedom from the weight of authority and tradition. They are forced to behave properly at meals and lessons and never to make themselves a nuisance; but in their play-time, which is of course the bulk of their time, the majority of children even ‘only children,’ are left to invent their own ‘games’ as they are called. Now this use of the word ‘games’ for the great purposes of children’s life is extremely misleading. Older boys and girls play games of course; and as they play them they accept them as games; and the younger children are often cajoled or bullied into learning the arbitrary rules of these pastimes. But the passionately intense inner life of children, that imaginative existence which is to them the whole purpose and vital interest of their days is not a game. It seems a game to the grown-up people around them. But so far from envying the grown-up reality of this ‘older person’s life,’ or admiring it, or thinking how to imitate, children have a permanent underlying contempt for it as lacking in the one thing important.

    This one thing important is magic. Children are unable to explain this! They do not know what the word means. I confess I am not perfectly clear about that myself. But whatever it is, it implies two things. It implies the feeling of a living power over matter and over nature. And it implies a great gap in space, a pure clear void in this whole system of things, where absolutely new reactions to life rise, like fairy bubbles, and go floating off into the unknown! It implies a lot else besides. But the great point is that the most thrilling moments of happiness with a child are secret and magical and come from a level of reality which is completely different from the level of reality of grown-up people. Children do not play ordinary conventional games unless they are encouraged to do so by the older boys and girls. Children’s ‘games,’ strictly speaking, are not games at all. They are the child’s inmost reality! They are the child’s life-illusion. They turn back to them with a sigh of relief from the impertinent intrusive activities of grown-up people.

    The truth is, children are not half-men and half-women, or half-boys and half-girls. They are a race sui generis. They are a race of beings to themselves. And it is in the power of this curious race of beings to plunge into the secret of life more deeply than all other mortals. More deeply? Ah! The whole problem of the blunder of our Western civilization is implicit here; for it concerns the nature of what we call reality.

    Real reality is entirely of the mind. It is partly good and partly evil. But it holds the lower reality – that mere plastic agglomeration of matter and material force – in subjection. It creates and it destroys this lower reality at its wilful and arbitrary pleasure. This is why it is only vulgar and ill-bred people who give their children expensive toys. To a real child anything will serve as a toy. Cheap toys do no harm; and they give these unique beings incalculable pleasure. But it is always their old toys, however cheap, that children cling to. Why? Because they are no longer simply toys. They have become the mediums, the bridges, the ladders, the trap-doors, the magic carpets by which they enter the kingdom of heaven; enter, in other words, the rainbow-land of their own imagination!

    Fumbling about, as my imperfect memory is doing now, among the scanty impressions of those Shirley days I ask myself what dominant urges of my after-life can be traced as far back as this and what cannot. The desire to be a magician is there without any question! When I was suddenly transported with rapture in that little lane going down the hill to the village, as I stumbled along the muddy ruts in front of Littleton’s perambulator, pretending to be ‘The Lord of Hosts,’ it was a desire for some obscure magical power that inspired me.

    What I cannot find in my memory, do all I can to find it, is the faintest evidence of that conscious embracing of Nature with a psychic-sensuous ecstasy in which I came to experience later my deepest sense of the purpose of life. I am convinced that many people looking back on their childhood before the age of seven can recall moments in which they cried aloud with entrancement: ‘Oh, I am so happy! Oh, I am so happy!’ simply and solely from their conscious awareness of what Wordsworth calls ‘the pleasure which there is in life itself.'” – John Cowper Powys, “Autobiography” (1934)

    “Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow, and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” — Seneca

    “You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms. You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.The message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered as a set of emotional and spiritual values rather than products. This is terrifying news. Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”” ~ Terence McKenna

  • 19-July-2017 at 11:11 pm
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    I’m making my way back through your posts.

    I like the podcast format. I don’t listen to podcasts normally, but I should develop the habit, it would help me consume way more content. I can listen while at work or during long bike rides or while cleaning the house.

    I especially like the last 4 minutes of this podcast. I want to make a separate file out of the last 4 minutes and add it into my music playlist.

    I still owe you a proper reply to the questions you enailed me, I hope to complete that in the next 48 hours.

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