On the Naming of Truths

Dear Friends,

You may recall the email sent me April 18 from L., asking to be removed from my news mailing list and the email I sent in response April 20, both emails being reproduced that same day in my daily news alert email to subscribers. Below is the follow-up email I promised this person, with the original two emails again reproduced as introduction for any who had not read them or who needs a review.

Letter from L.
18 April 2018

Dear Randall,

I would love to continue receiving the Omram quotes of the day, but have decided to ask to be removed from this political news mailing list. I very much appreciate your work in putting together these alternative news sources and a great many articles I have found though provoking, naming of truths, and interesting for seeing world events from different perspectives. Lately, though there have been some articles which seem to have seeds of hatred or too much divisiveness in them, and I am finding that it is interfering with my perspective and ability to hold the good while also naming evil. While I believe that it is important to be aware of Zionist agendas and how they are affecting our own government and the world, the recent article, “A Tale of Two Lies: The Holocaust and 9/11” by John Kaminsky was an example of one that I found too divisive and rather than naming truths in a knightly way (towards creating the future Rose of the World together) harmful.

Best wishes to you,
L.

1st Letter to L.
20 April 2018

Dear L.,

Thank you for sharing your reasons as to why you’ve asked to be removed from this ‘political news mailing list’ (but not only political!). According to your request, I have removed your name from that list.

I wish however to respond to the reasons you’ve given, and I beg your patience as I attempt clarity.

You say lately there have been some articles which seem to have seeds of hatred or too much divisiveness in them. You say that you are finding that [they] are interfering with your perspective and your ability to hold the good while also naming evil.

You cite as an example the recent article, “A Tale of Two Lies: The Holocaust and 9/11” by John Kaminsky.

https://www.johnkaminski.org/index.php/essays-by-john-kaminiski-american-writer-and-critic/holocausting-humanity/16-best-kaminski-stories/57-a-tale-of-two-lies-2

Have you read the gospels of late? Please let me quote a few passages:

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:34-39

Now that’s about as divisive as anyone can get, you’d think. Truth spoken sincerely and seriously in this world, it seems, never fails to divide: “I am the way, truth and the life,” Jesus said. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.’’ (Luke 15.26).

It seems to me that Jesus Christ was, in a certain way of reckoning, easily the most divisive human being ever to appear in history.

What he is saying of course is that if you value your blood relationship to others more than your relationship to him, you’ve come to the wrong person for your salvation. This is something that the Jews, I hear Kaminsky saying, have understood very well, much better than any other people on earth, to the severe detriment of all those other people, Christian or not.

How many true Christians have we seen so far, i.e., souls who have taken Christ’s words spoken above really to heart? To be sure, God only knows, but if you take saints as the criteria, not too many, I would say.

I consider that we are naïve if we think the Rose of World will be ‘created’ without a knighthood true to its three vows: courage, loyalty, and righteousness (justice). These days the word is the knight’s sword, in particular the word as truth. These knights, as I see them, must vow the courage to speak the truth, remain loyal to the truth, and live the truth, even unto danger, even unto torture and death. These qualities, I believe, are what is and what will continue to be specifically ‘knightly’ about present and future real warriors. As to how they communicate the truth (i.e., roughly, smoothly, offensively, gently, etc.), that would not be a matter of their essential knighthood, but rather a question of gift, characterological disposition, or moral tact, or all three, the last quality being something consciously developed over a lifetime.

Well, what about love, we might ask. Yes, of course, a Christian knight, just as a Christian monarch, serf, butcher, baker, or candlestick maker are each and every one called to bring into the world a special love called divine love, the kind of love that loves one’s own enemies: yes, that love most certainly would be the greatest force in the world, for sure, so let’s pray we do our part to bring it ever more into the world for as long as we are granted to live.

Speaking of the world, I also consider that we are naïve if we think that the ‘Rose of the World’ will be ‘created’ without much voluntary pain and suffering. This culture is to be the incarnation of Holy Sophia, after all, and there are many powerful, dark forces of ‘this world’ (gospel sense of the words) active against her coming. I consider therefore that we are naïve if we think harsh persecution in all spheres is not in store for all ‘true Christians who are born’ (on various levels of maturity, let it be said), and that same persecution will arrive sooner rather than later. Signs of it are even now appearing, and I think it likely that I, for example, who am 71, will not be allowed to escape it. However,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”
(Matthew 5.43-46)

Nevertheless, there will arrive the time, we fervently hope, when the Sophianic civilization will at last appear,

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, [and when] he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his righthand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…”

And, as we learn from Steiner and Tomberg, the great majority of souls (majority probably, but we can pray not so many) will choose the left hand path leading to the counter-Sophianic culture, the Ahrimanic civilization, a state in which even murder, we’re told, will be legal.

Yet another division!

Need it be said that I, for one, am committed to the redemption of all humanity, even the ‘most lost’ among us, and so committed to help regain one day humanity’s full unity? But it should also be said that the recovery of this unity is likely to take eons of time.

There is much more I want to write. I feel I have merely begun exploring the questions you have raised. I plan to send you a more adequate response within two weeks. The question of ‘seeds of hate’, I think, is a thorny one, needing much reflection, as are also the allied questions of ‘hate’ speech and ‘hate crime’, which you did not mention but seem important to address. There is also the centrally important question regarding ‘one’s ability to hold the good, while also naming the evil’.

Thanks again for bringing these questions which really need addressing. And just so that you know, I do not assume for a moment that you feel that my thoughts thus far answer your own misgivings.

Pax et Bonum,
Randall

2nd Letter to L.
23 May 2018

Dear L.,

Please accept my apologies for the lateness of this follow-up of the letter that I posted to you April 20 in which I said another letter would follow within two weeks. Prior obligations had to be met, much reflection needed to be made, before this could be written with the care it deserves.

Before I finish addressing your letter informing me of your wish to be withdrawn from the ‘political news mailing list’, I would like first to correct a possible misunderstanding.

From the outset, what I’ve been sending out daily for the last nearly ten years has had far more to do with truth, lies, and moral issues in political, economic, social and, lately, religious affairs, than to do with mere politics as such, far more to do with sincere attempts at exposing errors, half-truths, mistruths, untruths, and outright lies and bringing out the-honest-to-God plain truth, than narrating never-ending episodic struggles for power. It’s not as if, as Shakespeare’s King Lear might now have it, that we’re ‘poor rogues talk[ing] of court news … Who loses and who wins; who’s in, who’s out.’ No, we’ve bigger fish to fry than merely to shake ‘n bake who loses, who wins; who’s in, who’s out, and, after all, who cares anyway.

So the question before us is essentially this: can truth, or at least what one conscientiously and on good grounds and with good will sincerely holds broadly to be the truth, spoken forthrightly, sow seeds of hatred or cause too much divisiveness?

After due reflection, I have come to the following answer: ‘Yes’ to sowing seeds of hatred and ‘no’ to too much divisiveness. Please be so kind as to give ear to my tale of suffering nearly ten years of preparing daily lie-busting, false-flag-attack-unmasking, fake-news-exposing, non-corporate-covered-or- blacklisted-news-revealing emails to truth-seeking recipients. Although from time to time I have made errors in my choice of sources, I stand readily behind at least 95% of the articles and videos I have posted all through those years in confidence of their basic, overall veracity. Have the content of these emails sown seeds of hatred? Well, since I cannot claim to speak for anyone other than myself in this matter, here follows my confession.

On the principle that it is right and good to hate the sin, but not the sinner, to hate the evil done, but not the evil-doer, I state unequivocally that I have, over these ten years, hated much. Not any person have I ever hated during this time, however big the liar, however heinous the person’s deeds, nor ever have I hated any person’s nationality or nation or race, but days and weeks and months and years out of mind I have come to hate innumerable evils, occasionally with burning anger, sometimes with scorn and loathing, most often with a kind of shrugging heartbroken cynicism, but let me repeat, I have hated much and continue to hate much as I carry on in this matter of posting ‘real news’. This sort of hatred has arisen from truth written and spoken by lovers of truth, exposing routine mainstream media silence and deception. I should add that I have had bullets shot in my direction numerous times for simply posting or voicing contrary narratives to the officially sanctioned narratives spun out repeatedly by the corporate media. And all this, mind you, without any synergistic goodness and beauty that would make the mass of these hard, often brutal truths so much easier to sustain. Plato, I tell you, would be totally aghast and would likely book the first available trireme bound for Piraeus.

For this reason, out of a crying need for sheer psychic survival, I find myself turning more and more to philosophy, religion, and poetry.

In addition, another kind of hatred toward a related phenomenon has risen in me over these years, namely the ten-foot-thick brick wall of widespread ignorance and indifference in the larger public that seems to care little for truth and seems happy to hate in many directions at once, according to how it is directed by the mainstream media via their deceptive narratives of the moment, a public instantly aroused to wondrous concentration toward yet another hate-induced war, whenever the military-industrial-congressional complex (Eisenhower’s original formulation) deems it necessary. This ignorance and indifference seems immune to all counter-information offered in person-to-person conversation, so powerfully these MSM narratives affect minds. I do not hate these persons, a number of whom I count as friends. I emphatically hate however the sorcery that has so captured their minds that they seem alarmingly unable to consider the slightest possibility that they are being assiduously deceived.

So what to do about all this hatred I’m admitting to? Here is a well-known psalm I recently re-wrote in an attempt to exorcize – or transform – the hatreds at times haunting me:

Psalm 83 (New Revised Un-standard Version)

1 O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O Holy One!

2 Even now your enemies are in tumult; those who hate you have raised their heads.

3 They lay crafty plans against true Christians who are born; they consult together against those you protect.

4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as Body of Christ; let the name of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church be remembered no more.”

5 They conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant—

6 the tents of international bankers and corporations, Zionists and globalists,

7 neoconservatives and neoliberals, cultural Marxists and super-patriots, the corporate media with many inhabitants of intelligence agencies;

8 bought-and-paid-for, blackmailed legislators have joined them; they are the strong arm of the industrial-military complex, big pharma, world finance, and GMO corporations.

9 Do to them as you now do to new-agers of all kinds, as to fundamentalists of all kinds, as to atheistic materialists of all kinds, as to transgender theorists of all kinds, Israel-firsters of all kinds, as to resentful post-modern, social-justice-warrior, ideologues of will-to-power of all kinds,

10 those who are destroyed in their thinking, whose thinking has become dung for the ground.

11 Make their notables like Bozo the Clown and the poly-anonymous Monty Python, all their princes like the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Noodly Goodness,

12 who said, “Let us take the children of God for our own possession.”

13 O Holy One, make their thinking and their speaking like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind.

14 As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,

15 so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane.

16 Fill their faces with shame, so that they may seek your name, O LORD.

17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed all through this god-scoffing torture of time; let their voices perish like smoke in disgrace.

18 Let them know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.

Now, I would be less than honest if I did not admit that letting myself rip in such a holy rant of ‘hate-speech’ didn’t feel really, really good, if I did not admit it had felt like maybe one of those deep cleanses ailing people from to time to time announce they’ve done. Rewriting this psalm in the way that I did has given me special insight, I can confidently claim, into ‘psalmist psychology’, i.e., the reason why the psalmist sometimes felt apparently compelled to write with the fiery anger he so deeply felt against the enemies of divine truth and justice.

The question that arises in me is this: can such hatred expressed with such anger be transmuted into some vigorous good, a good able to overcome the evils it wishes to annihilate? For surely the hatred of evil cannot of itself alone vanquish evil! I hate with a white-hot hatred—when my thoughts turn that way— the outrageous fact that the women of Fallujah in Iraq for years now have been giving birth to grotesquely deformed babies because of the hundreds of tons of depleted uranium the US military dumped on that city in its two massive sieges of it in 2004. I also hate the response an anthroposophist had when she first heard about this monstrous fact from me: ‘But,’ she asked rhetorically, ‘isn’t that their karma?’ Never mind that, according to Rudolf Steiner, war actually occasions, just as abortion does, much inference in individual human destinies. If even such a personal catastrophe were their karma, does that make the US government magically somehow innocent?

I could cite manifold evils like this endlessly, as I am sure you will imagine, but I desist. I will only observe that the greatest danger that can fall upon anyone following a spiritual path surely must be spiritual self-complacency. Instead, I answer that hatred of evil can be indeed transmuted and that there is a person—a woman—with precisely the right ‘strategy’ we can follow so that this overcoming of evils in the world to arrive at world peace can be truly accomplished. But it should be said right off that this ‘strategy’ is a plan directed to the heart rather than to the intellect.

This woman, whose name of course is the Blessed Virgin Mary, disclosed her plan of action in Portugal at Fatima in 1917 and has been urging essentially the same plan to human beings ever since: at Beauraing, Belgium in 1932; at Banneux, Belgium in 1933; at Heroldsbach, Germany from 1949 to 1952, at Garabandal, Spain from 1961 to 1965; at Akita, Japan from 1973 to 1981; at Betainia, Venezuela from 1976 to 1990; at Cuapa, Nicaragua in 1980; at Kibeho, Rwanda from 1981 to 1989; at Medjugorje, Bosnia from 1981 to the present; at San Nicolas, Argentina from 1983 to 2016; at Naju, Korea 1985 to 2002; at Hrushiv, Ukraine in 1987; in Quenca, Ecuador from 1988 to1990; at Agoo, Philippines 1989 to 1993.

Her strategy? That everyone should pray—and meditate upon—the Rosary daily. She also urges daily attendance at Mass and the regular offering up of reparations. If this can happen, she assures us, there will be world peace. Immediately and inevitably of course pops mentally the remark, Oh come on now, get serious! Everyone? How in the world could that ever happen?

The answer to that question is quite simple. By everyone, she means specifically every person who hears her and who loves her, the Holy Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary—especially everyone who has consecrated him-or herself to her Immaculate Heart or who feels drawn to do so. Any others who hear her message, needless to say, are urged to join in as well. This, I believe, is what she means by ‘everyone’. ‘If you love me’, said Christ to his disciples, ‘you will do as I command.’ (John 14.15) Well, the Blessed Virgin says the same to those who love her—even to those who might consider themselves exceptional souls who inhabit a level of meditative space more rarified than that of the ‘mere’ rosary: OK, fine, but whatever you do as daily spiritual practice (e.g., Core Inner Radiance Exercise, perpetual Novenas in Honor of the Divine Mercy, Mass of the Lamb and His Bride, three daily offices of the Breviary, Foundation Stone of Love meditation, Litany of the Sacred Heart) do this also, I hear her telling me.

With the Rosary, meditation is within the reach of everyone. ‘Thinking in the heart’, this in its simplest form is what meditation is, and this thinking is relatively easy to accomplish when applied to the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries, twenty in all, five mysteries each day, throughout the week.

John S. Johnson, author of the Rosary in Action (TAN, 1954) writes that this ‘thinking in the heart’ amounts to

… considering how to bring about the things we desire. Meditation in this sense can be secular or religious. It is the laying of plans to bring to successful conclusion. Anyone who can think at all has done some meditating. There are those who do not really think about anything. They run after sensations, and drift with the current into trouble and out of trouble, but never cause the slightest difference in direction the world takes. Usually a few determined souls have directed the affairs of this world upward or downwards, according as the men of strength stood with or against the strength of God. However, if there would come forward large numbers of simple people who had some thought of what they wanted this world to be, the so-called leaders who drag it their way could make no headway. Our Lady [wants] millions upon millions of simple unknown persons to say the rosary everyday so as to give the world a spiritual outlook [my emphasis]. Herein lies our salvation, both in this world and in the next. It is not difficult to see in saying the Rosary the fulfillment of Mary’s prediction that if we say the Rosary there will be peace; if we do not say the Rosary great evil will come upon the world. The reason is, of course, that the secular spirit is so widespread that even persons of religious bent have been tainted.

These words in 1954! Surely we must regard the words as prophetic, when we look about us in 2018 and assess the present human situation from all aspects. Anyone who is at all awake can see that the situation is intensely ominous and overwhelmingly beyond any merely human ability to turn it toward a positive direction. We desperately need help and that help has been offered consistently and continually for a long time.

My intention in re-activing this blog, The Fiery Mind, is to help advance a ‘Catholic friendly’ Marian-Sophianic spirituality, a spirituality able effectively to address the abysmal crisis humanity is facing—this in response to the Blessed Virgin’s oft reiterated appeal, at many times and in many places over the last century, faithfully to pray daily the Holy Rosary. In other words, I hope to awaken wider and deeper interest in others to take up the daily meditative prayer of the Rosary. I hope to effect this through what I will write here (1) of my own experiences in this practice, (2) my own reflections upon this practice, (3) my own contemplations and meditations arising from this practice, (4) whatever research I am able to offer regarding this practice by others (and any matter appertaining thereto). In addition, I hope this will be also effected through (5) whatever contributions others may offer regarding their own rosary practice.

I contemplate similar treatments of the Holy Mass, the ideal of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, and the spiritual significance of Holy Mother Church, all with a view to unveiling the ‘submerged reality’ (as author Michael Martin calls it) of Divine Sophia therein.

I wish you all best and hope you will see fit to visit this blog often.

Pax et Bonum,
Randall

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