Oil on Water

I’m right because it’s written!


In the age of COVID, ‘Fake-News’ and ‘Independent’ fact checkers, the search for objective truth has never been more controversial. In fact, you could say that the ability to tell the difference between ‘Fact’ and ‘Fiction’ has recently become a matter of life or death.

And this begs the question, “How can ordinary people tell what is ‘True’ and what is not within the written word?”

Once upon a time, if you were trying to convince someone of the validity of your point of view you would have prefixed your argument with the words, “It is written….”

In fact, for thousands of years, most text based religions (think Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, the Hindu religions) have relied on the written word in order to validate their own peculiar version of reality – a version of reality that they invariably want other people to share. And so it is today, except we now use the words “Scientists agree….”

Let me give you an example, every year, Jewish people celebrate the festival of Purim and read the book of Esther. As part of that festival many ‘eat the Ears of Haman’. Sadly, they don’t even notice that the story they revere promotes exactly the same genocide that has been brought down on the Jewish people time after time! How can they hear the story of the final massacre and not be revolted by the suffering it celebrates?



The words of Darwin, as much a religious text as all the rest, gave rise to the Eugenics movement and the concept of the German master race. Most people believe in ‘Evolution by means of natural selection’ without ever really understanding the theory, neither have they ever tested the validity of the man’s words for themselves.

It is evident then that words can deceive us. Looking back at history, it is also evident that we can be manipulated by the power of our subconscious feelings once they are touched by someone else’s words.

How you may ask. How can words manipulate people’s vision of the ‘truth’. The truth is that humans have evolved over thousands of years to think in words. But even so, it still doesn’t come naturally to us. Children and animals think in feelings and so do most of us for most of the time.


Words are just a veneer, a sheen, like oil on the water. Beneath that thin film of civilisation conjured up by our words there lay much darker runes. Like the bubbles in a bottle of soda, our words emerge from the depths of our feelings. Often we don’t even know why we think the words that we do and it is within this primal subconscious sea that our beliefs swim like shadowy leviathans sending shoals of thoughts rushing to the surface.

Like the bones of long dead fish washed up on the beach, the sacred scriptures, of all religions, are just the calcified and bleached remains of someone else’s words, and it is precisely those words that people try to use in order to validate their own beliefs and actions.

One man points to the Koran and justifies the murder of the helpless, while another will point to a verse and see only peace. So we ask, “How can that be? How can both be true?”

To some people, the written word can be like an imaginary friend: a comfort and an inspiration.  But be warned, when your text likes all the things you like and hates all the things you hate you should know that you are looking into a mirror. You are taking other people’s words and are seeing your idea of yourself magnified. Through their words you have become your own god.

So how can we interpret the texts that have been handed down to us, without descending into madness? Should we just ignore scripture? Of course that would be to condemn every generation to reinvent the world. We need to be smarter than that.

Any historical text must be understood from three points of view:

The writer:

What was the belief matrix of the writer? What was his subconscious feeling from which his words emerged? What was his historical environment? What was his intention in writing the piece?

The primary audience:

To whom was the text written and what was the literary context. What was the belief matrix of the original audience: What did they want from the text? How did the writer want his words to be understood?

Evidence for original understanding:

What are the archaeological and textual evidences for the original interpretation? Ultimately, if you can get into the mind of the author of a text, if you can respect them and find the inner strength to hear their words without colouring and distorting their meaning, then you may have a chance at finding the ‘truth’ as they saw it.

Ultimately, just because ‘It is written’ it doesn’t mean that it is true. Written truth is a window never a mirror.

If you enjoyed this blog, then you might like: ‘What is Spirituality and can it be found in a book?’ And, ‘Map or Instruction Manual

To learn more about the Historical Jesus –

Non-Fiction Book – The True Sayings of Jesus: The Jesus of History Vs. The Christ Myth

To learn more about Darwin and Eugenics –

Non-fiction book: ‘Quantum Mechanics For Your Soul – How to Repair Yourself and Save the World at the Same Time

Historical Fiction Book – The Last Letters of Jesus

Watch: Christ Versus the Jesus of History: The True Sayings

The True Sayings of JesusQuantum Mechanics For Your SoulThe Last Letters of Jesus


Consensus science is the Wizard of Oz

When I was young, scientists were queuing up to convince us of the health benefits of smoking cigarettes. Camel CigarettesMost good restaurants used to have a bowl of cigarettes on the table. Smoking in-between courses was normal. Scientists knew that it would kill us but they kept quiet. Why?

When did our governments and consensus science become the enemy of ordinary people?

Consensus science is the Wizard of Oz

In the second half of the twentieth century, ordinary people believed in ‘science’, in our governments and in the benefits of materialistic consumerism. We believed that the ‘doctor was always right’ and that policemen were ‘public servants’. In short, we trusted that the ‘establishment’ had our best interests at heart.

But, our naiveté has cost the world dearly.

Today, in this brave new world, all of us are condemned to live out our empty lives alone. We believe that our suffering is unique to us. We are told that we are ‘depressed’ or that we are Bi-Polar. Our symptoms become our identity.

Our relationships are temporary alliances rather than lifetime commitments. The only image of hope that we are now permitted is on some tampon commercial with a ukulele soundtrack and a really annoying cheerful whistle.

We all feel that there’s something wrong with the world but we don’t know what! The truth is that we are all trapped within the corrosive worldview our parents and grandparents left to us. We are lost and our only compass is pointing us in exactly the wrong direction: we have been trained to see the world entirely through the ‘Self of Now’.

The Long War

For the last two hundred years, a secret war has been fought for the hearts and minds of the people. On the one hand, materialism tells us that there is nothing real that is not material. Confusingly, on the other hand, organised religions tell us that there is nothing real that is not spirit.

Religions only recognise the life of the spirit, while materialism won’t even consider the possibility that there is such a thing.

Neither of these two worldviews have a good track record and it is an historical fact that they have both, whenever they’ve had the chance, created hell on Earth and still do!

However, once you deny materialism the quasi-religious status that it demands, the questions it has failed to answer present us with an opportunity to find a middle-way between these two toxic extremes.

Dogmatic religion just as much as dogmatic materialism obscures the truth of our lives by telling us exactly what questions can be asked and which can’t.

Christianity insists that all life is inherently evil but ignores the evidence that children are born innocent.

The materialist professor insists that all consciousness is an illusion; an accidental product of natural selection but ignores his own inner life and the fact that forming an independent opinion demands independent thought.

I think it was the Dalai Lama himself that said, ‘Transcendental truth cannot be found through logic but once found it should not, itself, contradict that logic’.

It is not logical to insist that something isn’t true just because you don’t want it to be true. Both the materialist and the spiritualist models fail because they have to deny or ignore so much of the human experience and observable truth.

Separation of ‘Consensus science’ and the State

You’ve only got to look at European history to understand why it’s a very good idea to separate the Church from the State. Unfortunately, nobody has yet realised that we desperately need to separate science from the State as well!

Just like Christianity, science has become a religion. More worryingly, it has also become a system of mass indoctrination. This virulent and aggressive form of ‘science’, which we will call ‘consensus science’ as a way to differentiate it from ‘real science’, has bullied the world into submission.

Please don’t take my word for it! Try asking a question that challenges the consensus.

Risks from SmokingYou will find that there are many questions that ‘consensus science’ will not allow. You will be told that your question is a non-question or that you wouldn’t understand the answer.

More often than not you will be pointed to evidence that independent scientists have already debunked.

Consensus scientists are just a group of people who think they are better than everyone else. They don’t like to listen to new ideas because they are too busy listening to their own opinions. They don’t seem at all troubled by the questions they can’t answer; they just call them ‘illegal’.

If you know any consensus scientists, you may have noticed that they can often seem very narrow and dogmatic in their views.

Convincing us of the benefits of tobacco smoking wasn’t the first time that scientists have betrayed the trust of the people and as it turns out it wasn’t the last!

If you enjoyed this Blog, then you might like ‘My God is better than Yours!

This Blog is taken from the non-fiction book: ‘Quantum Mechanics For Your Soul – How to Repair Yourself and Save the World at the Same Time

Quantum Mechanics For Your Soul

Harvey Weinstein

What is Good and What is Evil?

It is Written

ReligionsEvery religion since time began has tried to come up with an answer to the question of human suffering.

Religions try to deal with our suffering by telling us what is good and what is evil.

The implication of all religions is that ‘suffering’ is caused by doing what is ‘evil’.

Some religions tell us not to kill, while others tell us that the only way to heaven is to kill in the name of God. One religion insists that we have free will but another demands that we submit. All religions tell us that, without them, we are condemned to hell.

Invariably all religions fail and for the same reason; they all tried to create an answer based on their own ideas and their own cultural and/or racial bias.

Holy BooksThey all try to find ‘God’ in the written word rather than in the objective reality of their own lives.

The problem is how can we become aware of the objective reality of our own lives?

Have Zombies taken over the world?

Most people live their entire lives as a reaction and are, to all intents and purposes, entirely unconscious. If you live your life on autopilot are you really alive? When you talk to people who only react automatically are you really talking to them or their answer machines?

Take poor old Harvey Weinstein, the God of Hollywood, he had more stuff than anyone could shake a stick at but it wasn’t enough to make him happy. He had an urge, a voice deep inside of him that made him want what other people could only dream of. He had a voice in his head that said that it was OK to abuse his position of power. Obviously he never questioned that voice. He lived his life as a reaction to urges and thoughts that he couldn’t understand.

I’m sure that for most of his life that might have felt great! But all the time, for all of those years, he was damaging something deep inside of himself and leaving suffering out there in the world.

Eventually, the suffering, the humiliation and the hurt that he had caused rolled back over him like a tidal wave and destroyed his life and his legacy.

How do I know? Because I’m the same and so are you! We all are.

We all are victims of our deepest thoughts and urges, none of which we understand.

Happiness on a Corrosive Planet

Broken CarIt is a fact of life that you can’t fix your car if you don’t know what’s wrong. Most people go through life reacting automatically to the accidental events of their lives. Indeed, most people are so unaware that they don’t even know how unaware they are.

The question of human suffering and how to find happiness has occupied the minds of philosophers and sages for thousands of years. Most of their answers are limited by their own cultural and personal bias and are therefore of no real use to us in the modern world.

In order to find a universal answer to the question of suffering we will have to examine objective reality and leave cultural fantasy behind us. Happiness can only be found in what is real.

We will only find those answers when we learn to see life, ‘just as it is’. Unfortunately, in order to do that we need to learn to look at life in a completely different way.

Taken from the Book – “Quantum Mechanics For Your Soul: How to Save Yourself and Save the World at the Same Time

Quantum Mechanics For Your Soul

Read the Blog – “Automatic Reactions