Book Review: The Secret History Of The World

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Nothing happens anywhere in the cosmos except in interaction with the human mind.
–Mark Booth (a.k.a. “Jonathan Black”)

I’ve just read through Mark Booth’s 2010 book The Secret History Of The World for the 3rd time, and I thought I should just dash off a quick review while it’s still fresh.

With the all-seeing eye on the cover and provocative title, The Secret History Of The World does initially seem like one of those fringy Illuminati!!!-type tomes purporting to tell you what They have been trying to hide from the public. And yeah…there are certainly parts like that. But this book is more about the history of religion and philosophical thought throughout recorded history…and in that sense, it’s something that you can get value out of regardless of whether or not you choose to hang out at the edge of the rabbit hole or dive in.

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The First Conspiracy

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Today I want to talk to you about the First Conspiracy: the conspiracy behind all other conspiracies. It is essential that you thoroughly understand the First Conspiracy in order to make sense of all the others, and to not let yourself get distracted with a lot of hype and assorted craziness.

The First Conspiracy was to convince human beings that they were no more than the bricks and blocks of this material world, bound by its apparent borders & locked up within the meat of their brains. This includes the denial of an immortal soul, the denial of psychic energy and abilities, and convincing them that they were the only form of intelligence in known existence.

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Everything Is Natural

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This is for health food fiends, the natural-fabrics gang, and all those green-head environmental hustlers who stomp around in the “natural”: Your key word is meaningless. Everything is natural. Everything in the universe is a part of nature. Polyester, pesticides, oil slicks, and whoopee cushions. Nature is not just trees and flowers. It’s everything. Human beings are part of nature. And if a human being invents something, that’s part of nature, too. Like the whoopee cushion.
–George Carlin, “Braindroppings”

More to read about on Butterfly Language:
George Carlin On Sleep
Waiting For The Captain (Or, What To Do When Your Ship Capsizes)
How To Become Who You Really Are

“Meaning” Is Not Life

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There is no meaning in life. The meaning is in sentences, meaning is in symbols that symbolize life. Life itself does not have a meaning because that’s what meaning refers to, meaning refers to life. To look for meaning in life is like looking for trees on a map. You can find squiggles that represent trees but you won’t find the trees there. The squiggles only represent the trees or the rivers. You can’t wash in a river on a map, you gotta find a real river.

—Robert Anton Wilson

More to read about on Butterfly Language:
Born On This Day: Robert Anton Wilson
I Say “Meow” And You Say “Bow-Wow”
How Robert Anton Wilson Changed My Life

Getting Clear On What The New Aeon Is And Is Not

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Sometimes, I get intuitions on things. Sometimes, I don’t wholly agree with the intuitions that I get. But I listen to them anyway. I give them a fighting chance to get through my discernment.

And so one of the powerful sort of intuitions I had last week involved what the “New Age”—the new Aeon—is, and what it isn’t. And I really didn’t “like” it. But it sort of made sense anyway, even from a non-esoteric point of view.

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Cover-Up Life vs. Authentic Life, Via “Iron Man”

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This clip from the end of the 2008 film Iron Man really encapsulates for me the difference between living the “Cover Up” life and the Authentic life.

Tony Stark, a well-known public figure, has just been embroiled in some kerfuffle involving men in robotic suits beating each other up + massive damage everywhere. But a “cover” for him has been provided by essentially the CIA (SHIELD) so he can “get out of it” and nobody will know he was really one of the guys in the suits.

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Reality Tunnels, Religion, And You

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“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”
—The Dude

In 2015, the Christian groups One Million Moms and the American Family Association protested FOX’s then-upcoming television show Lucifer because, well, The Devil.

Said One Million Moms:

“The program previews mischaracterize Satan, departs from true biblical teachings about him, and inaccurately portrays the beliefs of the Christian faith. By choosing to air this show, FOX is disrespecting Christianity and mocking the Bible.”

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