Hi, Richard. I hope you are well. Just read this email and I sense deep subtext here. Will there be part 2 of this piece? It is always a thrill and a privilege to hear from you and see what you are thinking, counter to most everyone else. Thank you. for all you do. TashaMariaTromer
Yes, my thinking definitely does run counter to all those who identify themselves with some faction, one that sees some other faction as ’the enemy’ – as with Red vs Blue. For me the problem is not in the issues they are fighting over, but rather in the fact that they consider one another enemies. We are all in this together, and yet we have become a society of warring factions, with no communication, apart from taunts and insults, between opposing camps. This is not a healthy situation for any kind of democratic process; it is the ultimate divide and rule. I find myself pointing out foibles in all the factions, so each assumes I must be on a contrary side. My attention is now turning to the question of how communication bridges might be built between factions.
I’m wondering what you mean by ‘deep subtext’. Perhaps you’re thinking of my allusions to paths, directions, and places we don’t want to go – the story of the planned dystopia. That may come up in conversation, but I’ve already written a lot about that, and the main ideas are condensed into a few articles here. There will be a part 2, but it will have to do with the onion of meanings, orthodoxy, factions, barriers, and ideas about communication. In the meantime I’m cleaning up the article a bit for a special issue of New Dawn Magazine that is devoted to the Great Reset. You might want to get a PDF of that issue. I think it will contain some very interesting material, all of it guaranteed to be unorthodox.
Brian Hill wrote:
For years I have been saying, ‘put yourself in the place of your perceiver and love will come’ – look at the situation through the eyes of the person(s) you are relating to, see how they see, and maybe common ground can begin. I agree, unless we unify, esp. the grass roots right and the grass roots left disaster will prevail.
Well said Brian. And I applaud you for all your work through the years building bridges in the grass roots. So often, down here in the grassroots, we find in the same family members of both the left and right, walking on eggshells around one another. If unity could begin to emerge at the family level, the impact on society would be awesome. Worth some thought.
Janet Hicks King wrote:
Thank you, Richard, for your excellent and insightful explanation of what we need to do in our conversations… A most important contribution to the coming issue of Dialogue!love & a hug,Janet
Thanks Janet for following my writing and picking out selections for your great magazine. I’ve included a link above, so people can check it out and subscribe if suits. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you, and I’m sorry our last attempt at a session in Nanaimo didn’t work out. In the new Covid Era it isn’t clear how much travel we’ll be allowed, as the lockdown rules solidify into a permanent set of new restraints. 9/11 was the right handcuff, and now COVID is the leftist one.
Robert Gregory wrote [condensed]:
Thanks for this very fine article – as I read, I thought there are some of us who have raised questions, been concerned at the silos and culturally limited bubbles or the authoritarians or… the people who reject questioning and curiosity. There are not many of us in my experience who transform into questioners. It is important that we support each other, continue to raise questions, seek those different alternatives, and build our own narratives that may be quite counter to those commonly accepted… I try to do that by sharing some of the very intriguing writing that I run across with a number of open minded people – and some of them do the same with me so that there is a healthy interchange of ideas and information, questioning and offering alternatives. Perhaps that is what cyberjournal began as, and so the role of cyberjournal remains essential and needs expansion. Keep up the workRichard – a big thank you.
Due to old-age lethargy cyberjournal has been rather quiet recently. But yes, in its younger days cj served as a vibrant forum for healthy interchanges and the development of shared narratives. My understanding has evolved with the help of those exchanges, and my writing has been an expression of that evolution.
I like your emphasis on ‘becoming questioners’. That’s something quite different than simply finding reliable open-source voices, and keeping informed that way. By thinking of the right questions, the ones not being answered in the story someone is telling you, you can notice what’s being hidden, and you can begin to imagine what the real story is. Like with the Skripal affair, I kept asking myself, why aren’t they exploiting this story? Why aren’t we seeing the Skripals in the hospital, attached to tubes? Why don’t we see interviews with attending doctors and nurses, pulling on our sympathy strings? And later, why have the Skripals disappeared? Why no interviews, and no TV specials on the horrors they went through, at the hands of those evil Russians. Why is this golden propaganda opportunity being squandered? From such questions I got a pretty good sense right away of what was really going on, or rather not going on, behind the scenes.
Howard Switzer wrote:
Yes indeed, Richard.Yeah, I’ve lost friends because I hadn’t recognized they were in the bubble. I had watched the buildings fall that morning on TV and when the first one did I jumped up and said ‘those fuckers!!! because I know a controlled demolition when I see one as just about any architect or engineer worth a shit knows. When the second one went down I said “Alright, now we have them, no ones going to believe those airplanes knocked those buildings down.” Boy was I wrong. Like Hitler said ‘the bigger the lie the easier it is to get people to believe it,’ or something like that. One of the commentators that morning when it happened, clearly in awe, even said , “it looked like a controlled demolition.” I think he only said it once and the meaning was soon planted but I remember. So when I started telling people about it, as an architect myself which I thought would carry some credibility, I discovered who was in the bubble and who wasn’t and it turned out to be a lot of the people I knew. If I had kept my mouth shut and listened to them first, I might have been able to figure out a way to talk to them but it was VERY emotional for some and I was out. Of course I had already been ostracized by many of them for joining the Green Party.Fort Orthodox indeed, built by the best Social Management System money can buy.Howard Switzer
Thanks Howard for sharing your experiences with us, and I think all of us can identify with you. My comment, when the towers went down, was also about a controlled demolition, which had to involve the government. The response I got from an in-law was, “Don’t even go there. They wouldn’t do that to their own people”. I almost went down the path, “Do you really know what kind of people ‘They’ are?” But I dropped it instead, as that’s our way of staying friends.
Diana Jewell wrote:
Hi, Richard;Good to see you still in there pitching! Great article, as usual–I’m going to send it to some of my propagandized friends to help them see what’s really happening.Coincidentally, we just watched Amanpour & Co. on PBS, and discovered this professor at Duke related to your topic. Maybe you’re already aware of him, but if not, here’s his book they were discussing:The Catalyst – how to change anyone’s mind, by Jonah Berger.Nice to hear from you Diana, and many thanks for sharing the article with your friends. Thanks even more for telling me about Catalyst. It’s absolutely just what I need right now – proven best-practice methods for opening communication and changing minds. I got the book from audible and I’m already well into it. I recommend it to everyone. You’ve made a substantial contribution to this investigation! Thanks for that..David Thrussell wrote:…simply brilliant RKM…eloquent and wise…thank you……might make a nice piece in New Dawn or such?…thanksddtThanks for your kind words, and even more for the suggestion! With that prompt, I contacted David Jones and voila, the article will reach a wider audience. You too have made a substantial contribution to this work!.Thomas Greco wrote:Thank you, Richard, for that excellent contribution that helps people to understand our deepening human predicament. We have a monumental task before us in escaping the matrix. I’ve been trying hard to present credible information that forces people to question the official narrative and think more deeply about what’s going on. I’d like to post an excerpt of your well written article on my website with a link to the full article on your site.Regards,TomBeyond Money: http://beyondmoney.netMy latest book, “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization”Of course you are welcome to post any or all of the article – it’s a contribution to the open-source world. And I do appreciate getting the back link, which can introduce people to the cyberjournal site.Keep up your good work!.Tom later wrote:Okay, Richard,the post has gone live at https://beyondmoney.net/2020/08/24/orthodoxy-and-the-meaning-of-events/cheers,Tom.Peter Meyer wrote:Hi Richard,A brilliant article. I suppose I may add it toI’ve put up a lot on my home page re the pandemic, but I’m not adding much else, or much more.Best wishes,PeterYes, please do add the article, and thanks for creating and maintaining your own curated collection of my articles through the years. Of course I link to the collection from my website, and I sometimes go there and look over the titles, remembering steps along the journey.rkmShare: