Sunday, 25 September 2016

Why did the Hippie/ New Age romantic revolution turn bad?

I put forward my understanding of this business in course of a review of a Hippie era novel set in Glastonbury, written by the Arthurian expert Geoffrey Ashe.

I identify three reasons (in reverse order): Sex & Drugs & Anti-Christianity:

http://albionawakening.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/review-of-geoffrey-ashe-novel-finger.html

Friday, 23 September 2016

Three months on... we have Brexit-In-Name-Only

It is hardly a surprise, but we are now three months after the Brexit vote and nothing has happened - zilch, zip, nada...

Lots has been said - but since all mainstream politicians are liars, then these words mean nothing - zilch, zip, nada...

We have an Anti-Brexit Prime Minister leading a group of Anti-Brexit or sell-out ministers, and all the parliamentary parties and all the British elite are Anti-Brexit... so it is unremarkable that they are working towards some change that is no change; some way that Britain can 'leave' the EU without actually leaving.

('Leaving' the EU but so that the elite corruption  and bribes are intact, and so that the British subsidy of and subordination to the EU remains; and Britain remains securely on its partly driven/ partly suicidal downward-path to spiritual and cultural oblivion.)

So, what next?

If I am correct; then now that the large majority of English realise that the Establishment has no intention of giving them what they voted for; some-thing is about to happen which will, in some way, reveal (to those with eyes to see) that the British Establishment is systematically lying to the British people and has malign intentions towards them.

What this 'thing' will be, I do not know - no doubt it will come from some unexpected and unguarded direction - because we are now dealing with divine intervention, lining-things-up behind the scenes.

But (if I am correct) it will happen and we will know it when it has happened.

And what then? Well, that depends on how people choose after they know...

People will know, they will choose, and they will then have to live-with the consequences of their choice.


How to set-about achieving a higher consciousness

by William Arkle

I am convinced by the overall validity of Rudolf Steiner's 1918 prophecy concerning the spiritual future of Western Man:
http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=steiner+prophecy

The bottom line of this insight is that within a Christian context the number one priority for modern Western Man is to expand and enhance consciousness such that we become aware of the spiritual world beyond the 'five senses', including the divinity of our fellow Men.

This enhanced consciousness aimed-at is not a matter of the kind of hallucinatory, dream or trance-state we associate with shamans and other mystics of former eras - but is to be achieved in and by lucid, alert and purposive thinking.

Overall, not so much about seeing new (and previously unseen) things, so much as seeing old things anew (see Arkle's painting above).

In other words, it is a particular kind of thinking which is to provide us with valid knowledge - but not just abstractly 'knowing about' stuff; but actual experience of the reality of knowledge.

(Why? My understanding is currently that there is a kind of thinking which is primary, spontaneous, and does not depend upon perception or any other kind of 'input' - and this comes form God-within-us, that which makes is children of God: and that is the reason why it is intrinsically valid thinking.)

The 64,000 dollar question is how do we do this? How do we raise our thinking to this level, and keep it there? Where do we even start on this task?

Having been reading Colin Wilson's Beyond the Occult recently, I think one general answer may be that we should start with any of the spiritual, paranormal or enhanced types of consciousness that we personally spontaneously experience. These go by many names, but could include peak experiences, synchronicity, self-remembering, clairvoyance, fore-sight, the sense of being transported to another time or place (what Wilson termed Faculty X)...

Or (especially) those 'magical' (or holiday) times of several or many minutes when we seem to be living inside a narrative or story or tableau, and in a state of awareness of connections and a providential unfolding...

In a nutshell, we can start with those moments or times when the ordinary and the everyday are felt to be meaningful, purposive and we are engaged by them.When this happens, we are inside the kind of thinking we are aiming-at, the kind of thinking we most need - these phenomena are (often) a sign that this is it.

That is the kind of thing we start-with, and what we need to remember, take seriously, and endeavour to build-upon.

Nothing we might do is more important - the task deserves our best efforts.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Tolkien's visionary Legendarium - an essay by Charles Ridoux

An essay by Charles Ridoux, translated from the French by John Fitzgerald:

https://notionclubpapers.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/charles-ridoux-essay-on-tolkiens.html


Why all the Alt-Right excitement? Because people are sniffing the chance of a lucrative sell-out; and selling-out is what the secular Right intellectuals *always* do (given the chance)...

The (online) excitement among the Alt-Right since they were mentioned in a speech by Hillary Clinton - and since it becomes clear that Donald Trump is (de facto) running unopposed - is palpable.

And it is natural; since the secular Right always sells-out, and opportunities for the secular Right intellectuals to be bought-off, co-opted and in general sell-out (for power, status, cash, sexual opportunity etc.) are looking very good, just at present.
http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/political-correctness-beats.html

No wonder the leading Alt-Right bloggers are so cheerful!

Of course, if one is hoping for some positive change in direction of The West, and the chance to step-off the down-escalator to mass damnation and cultural suicide... well, then all this is utterly irrelevant; since Trump and the Alt-Right are merely a part of the Leftist Media Establishment Fake Reality (they are on the same side, controlled by the same forces, as the Clinton/ Democrat Left and SJWs) - all of which we must see-through and repent before any positive change is possible.
http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/what-do-i-think-about-alt-right-it-is.html
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NOTE: It might be wondered why I am attacking the sincerity, strength and value of the Secular/ Alt-Right yet again (and I have been doing so since 2010 when this blog started, including in Thought Prison which was written from this blog - http://thoughtprison-pc.blogspot.co.uk
The reason is that I believe (on mostly intuitive, rather than evidential, grounds) we are now in a time when there is a chance of genuine, existential change in The West - which would require us to dump secularism and take a path which is initially spiritual and eventually religious. Triumphalism over yet another pseudo-Right movement - based on the identical utilitarian and this-worldly bottom line as the mainstream Left - makes such a genuine change less likely. This is why I wish to point out the motivational feebleness and covertly self-seeking nature of the Alt-Right (etc) movement.

Problems with re-incarnation

It is not that I regard reincarnation as impossible, rather that I believe it is probably very rare - and the reason I believe this is related to incarnation being irreversible.

We start-out as pre-mortal spirits - and we incarnate in order to make progress towards full divinity.

All Christians at least implicitly believe that to be resurrected - that is, to be incarnate, to die and then to be incarnated again with a perfected body - is 'better' in some vital way than simply to be 'a spirit'. That to be resurrected is a higher state than to be a spirit - otherwise why go to the bother of incarnation and death.

It also seems that there is a very general folk wisdom, spread across many religions and spiritual practises - that to die is to separate spirit from body, but that to be a spirit whose body has died is to be in some way maimed, incomplete, miserable, and indeed to be unselfed. This leads to the 'underworld' of post-mortem spirits - Hades, Sheol and the like - a world of partial and demented spirits, living in an eternal and unpleasant present.

What I take from this is that incarnation is progression, and it is also irreversible - once a spirit has had a body, the body cannot afterwards be detached from that spirit without some maiming, some irreparable damage.

Now - what this seems to mean for reincarnation is that it has to involve 'the same' person coming back. I think this is entailed, because the body would (I think) have to be remade from the surviving spirit - in something I imagine to resemble a complementary process.

In other words after death there is a maimed and incomplete spirit, and resurrection entails re-completing it with 'the same' body it had during life, but this time an immortal, perfect and pure body.

If this person was reincarnated then either they would have to return to earth with this immortal body - in which case they would be an incarnate angel rather than a resurrected human. An example would be the Moroni; who is an important human character featured in The Book of Mormon, and who then becomes the angelic agent for the rediscovery and traslation of the book by Joseph Smith.

(Note: There are also thought to be angels who are pre-incarnate or never-incarnated spirits.) 

A reincarnated human would, I take it, have to be re-born to human parents - and if a post-mortem spirit was indeed reborn in this way he would need to be provided with a new body that was nonetheless in some essential way the same body he had before - not necessarily the same in appearance, but the same in some essential fashion; because otherwise he would remain maimed; and also otherwise because if he had a different body when reincarnated, then he would not be the same person somehow reborn, but someone fundamentally different.

So I can imagine that a reincarnate might arise when (for whatever reason, perhaps a premature death such as being murdered - premature in terms of what they had been incarnated to accomplish, in a spiritual sense) - would instead of being resurrected, have their spirit 're-cycled' t be born again - but this recycling would be the same person, with a body that was the same in its ultimate essential quality (even if it did not look identical).

I expect that this thing has happened, and continues to happen - but such an idea of reincarnation apparently rules out some of the attributes and things it is supposed to achieve in Eastern religions.  It seems to rule out incarnation as other (non human) beings, and also the idea of reincarnation as a way of gathering very different experiences of being different kinds of person.

I think reincarnation is more of a second chance (or maybe third, fourth etc chance) to do what needs to be done - rather than a mechanism for incremental, stepwise spiritual progress. And this conviction of mine comes from my understanding of what happens to the spirit at death and resurrection.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The persistence of Pan in my back garden

The Wildest Place on Earth was published by John Hanson Mitchell in 2002. It is about the figure of Pan, including how he is manifested in the modern world.

JHM is a writer mostly about nature; whose best book is Ceremonial Time (1984), which I have discussed and reviewed (the first is from 2001 - before I became a Christian):

http://www.hedweb.com/bgcharlton/ceremonialtime.html

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/living-on-in-memory-solves-nothing.html 

'Wildest Place' is very well written, and certainly worth reading - however, it is also undercut by a kind of post-modern irony whereby Mitchell both takes-seriously and simultaneously brackets and mocks the idea of Pan - trying to have it both ways, which is (of course) ultimately impossible...

The final chapter of the book takes the stance that Pan, and the panic which is hallmark of his presence, is still a part of the modern world; but it likely to be found in familiar places under unfamiliar circumstances, rather than in true 'wilderness'. 

This conforms to my experience earlier today. I usually get up at 05:00h, and at this time of year it is completely dark at that time. This morning, while I was drinking my coffee and reading, I heard a 'blood-curdling' noise from nearby - so I went outside ('armed' with a torch) to investigate.

The sound was coming from two or three back-gardens away, and was a bit like a goose (or more than one goose) being slowly strangled to death - except that it stopped and restarted a few times over a period of about 10 minutes. I think it very likely to have been fox cubs playing - since they make a strange noise, and we have quite a lot of them in our part of the city and they will use our back gardens for foraging and recreation - unless they are sealed-off by intact fences (which mine, currently, is - I got sick of them digging holes in my lawn).

Nonetheless, I was beginning to feel unnerved - and this was just standing in the dark some six feet away from my back door, looking up at the gibbous moon and constellations: I was beginning to get a sense of having stepped into a primal world, where I didn't really belong and was unwelcome.

Then I heard some animal crashing through the treees or shrubs at the bottom of my garden and the probably through into nearby gardens.

I should point out to US readers that there are no dangerous animals (except for humans and pet dogs) in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, or indeed in England. And any animal capable of crashing through adjacent garden trees must have been a bird, and probably just a wood pigeon (they make a heck of a noise clapping their wings together and flapping branches around).

That is what I told myself... but I couldn't really convince myself that these noises were harmless; and I felt a slowly mouting congested panic welling-up in me. This in my own back garden standing just next to the back door!

After a minute or two, I gave up the struggle with myself, and slipped back indoors, quickly bolting my door against the night and sighing with relief!

That was exactly the kind of thing JHM was talking about. I didn't believe that Pan or one of his wild and dangerous servants was really present in my garden, and threatening my life; but neither could I convince myself that there was nothing to worry about.

I had slipped back into the primal mindset of a hunter gathere keeping watch in the night around the fire on the savannah, or in a clearing in the jungle or forest - alert and tingling with readiness to fight or run.

Civilisation does not run all that deep - it does not take all that much for us to reconnect with the animated world and the pagan gods.

How to do research into the spirit of a nation?

How do you set about discovering what has really happened in your country, or is happening, at the deepest level? A 'supersensible' level unreported in the media and unnitoced by the great majority of peopel?

One possible strategy is described by JRR Tolkien in The Notion Club Papers:

http://albionawakening.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/how-to-do-research-into-spirit-of.html

 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

More on Albion's spiritual history and destiny from Chesterton and Wildblood

Daily encouragement for those working for spiritual Christian revival continues at Albion Awakening

http://albionawakening.blogspot.co.uk/

All anti-Leftists (including Christians) want theocracy - but what kind of theocracy?

Theocracy: a form of government in which a deity is the source from which all authority derives.

1. All Christians want theocracy (properly understood).

2. Theocracy in the sense that the national life - its laws, rules and regulations, customs and habits, social practises - should be at-least compatible-with, and in practise supportive-of, Christian life.

3. The Christian life is (necessarily and always) individual, opt-in and voluntary - but it is susceptible to incentive: positive and negative.

4. So - Although Christianity cannot be enforced upon anybody (and even the attempt should not be made); and despite than any genuinely Christian society will always contain non-Christians (at least in this world) (and probably in a considerable proportion); given that there is a stark choice between either a pro- or an anti-Christian society (a steady-state of neutrality being logically- as well as practically-impossible) - All Christians may be presumed to want a theocracy.

5. Different types of Christian will, presumably, want different types of theocracy. The best known would be the divine monarchy of Byzantium or Holy Russia; or the dual system of Pope and his anointed monarch under spiritual authority; but have also been decentralised and non-episcopal and non-priestly models of theocracy such as Calvin's Geneva and other 'puritan' polities (eg. in New England up to the early 1800s) - and Brigham Young's Prophet-led Mormon republic of Deseret.

6. Many other versions of Christian theocracy are, in principle, possible. But one or another theocracy is the only viable destiny of any possible future Christian society.


Monday, 19 September 2016

The Old Magic

If you like fantasy fiction, The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner (1963) is a must-read. It is not necessary to read the prequel The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - I didn't, when I first encountered Gomrath.

What I find most exciting about this book is that it is about the re-emergence of The Old Magic into the modern world; and what this implies:

http://albionawakening.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/the-old-magic-from-alan-garners-moon-of.html

Would it be 'a good thing' if The Old Magic came back into this world? Well, it would not be the best possible thing, for sure (we are supposed to go forward not return) - but maybe it would not be the worst thing.

It would be, essentially, turning the clock back and trying again from the perspective of human destiny  - but at least it would be an acknowledgement that we had failed: which would be psychologically healthy.

Was the decline and extinction of the Roman Empire a sign of its deep spiritual malaise - should be have rejected that more decisively? It sometimes seems that the Renaissance was (overall, in net effect) a rebirth of the worst of ancient knowledge - rather than the best; a regression rather than the progression it is commonly depicted to be. That was associated with a resurgence in the High Magic such as astrology and alchemy - which seems like an error, overall and in effect.

Anyway - we can all thrill at the Old Magic - in fiction, at least; and it is never all that far away in fact.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Christianity by steps and stages

If or when there is to be a spiritual revival (soon) - then it will not be Christian from the get-go - even if (as it would need to) it eventually or even quickly becomes Christian; it would start-out as something not-fully-or-perfectly-Christian - and only become Christian by steps and stages.

This should be expected, and not fought-against. The difficulty, the trick, is to be able to discern the real thing of an embryonic Christian revival from the impersonations of it.

http://albionawakening.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/problems-in-christianising-albion.html


Why God is not always and obviously present in our lives - from William Arkle

There are three aspects to the great gift of God to his children: 
1. the separate life given to us out of the Creator’s own life; 
2. the intelligent understanding of the significance of the qualities inherent in that life; and lastly 
3. the strength and integrity to carry and sustain that life. 

The more these facts are considered and realised, the more we come to realise the value of our earthly life, and the Creator’s thoughtfulness in not being present in a dominant personal form which would have prevented us knowing about and developing individual independent characteristics and identity.

Because, how could we have gathered such an important part of the gift if the strong and dominant person of the Creator had been at our side in a form which we could have recognised? We would have been merged into duplicates of his own nature if our God had done that, and then what value could we have for him as friends? 

But if we are being given such a great and real gift then there must also be a risk that we will not enter into the spirit of the gift sufficiently to take it. There must be a possibility that we will wilt and fade in our spirit.

If we can have real success we must also be able to have real failure, and I think this is why we sense that there is a beautiful heroic yet tragic element in life. We must become aware of its failure as well as its success. 

Only our Creator can know what is real failure, but we can share the grief which he must feel for his children that he nearly wins, but who then slip away from life and from his love.

Edited from the essay Creative Friendship - The Great Gift, by William Arkle (1977)
http://williamarkle.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/creative-friendship-from-great-gift.html

Friday, 16 September 2016

What do I think about the Alt-Right? It is just another Leftism pursuing a subtype of mortal utility

I summarised my views three years ago, at a time when the Alt-Right was being called Neoreaction:

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/what-does-neo-in-neoreaction-signify.html

In a nutshell, there is no such thing as 'The Right': there is only Religion (or Religious systems) or The Left.

(i.e. The Right is an incoherent concept.)

A nation is either run with a religion as the bottom line; and politics, economics, law, the military and police, education, science, health the media etc - all other human activities - being ideally and ultimately subordinated to that goal. Religion is the organising principle...

Or else a nation is run on Leftist lines with 'mortal utility' as the bottom line - that is to say: the utilitarianism of mortal life is the Leftist goal; under the assumption that nothing else exists, or matters.

In sum: A nation can be run on Religious lines (as all nations were in the past, and many still are); or else it can be Leftist - which means it pursues mortal utility

And that is The Left, in its various guises - communist, National Socialist, socialist, fascist, New Left/ Political Correctness, Democrat, Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, and all the flavours of Alt-Right/ Neo-conservative/ Neocameralist/ Dark Enlightenment or whatever.

What makes something The Left is that what is ultimately aimed-at is human psychology - e.g. maximising economic 'utility' during mortal life; and its proxy-measures such as subjective happiness, reported or inferred human flourishing, well-being, self-esteem; or proxy objective measures such as wealth/ income/ consumption. Or the inverse goal/s of minimizing pain, suffering, violence, humiliation...

Even if military glory, national pride, or racial supremacy is being pursued - these are merely version of mortal utility and therefore types of Leftism - based on a different theory about who most matters and what counts as maximum utility. 

In other words all the Leftisms are types of utilitarianism in some kind of groupish abstraction - universalism, humankind, the nation, state, class, region, a sex or race, or some other unit.

The disagreements on the Left, the differences between the secular Leftisms listed above - which may be very bitter - are merely concerned with the identity of the group for which utility is to be maximised, and how best to maximise utility - that is all.

Since the only way of not being Left, is to be Religious: then we are each faced with the a choice of a Religion - with different views of what (other than mortal utility) we ought to be aiming-at. And there are, of course, huge differences in this respect between religions, and even within religions.

If you do not accept The Left, and reject its ideology; then you must put a religious goal into the place of utility.

Step back from politics - cease having it as a central interest and concern in your life. Because from where we are now, there can be no genuine improvement in politics. Better politics can only come on the other side of a spiritual revival: a revival both personal and civilisational. 

Therefore, unless you already are religious, you need to embark on a spiritual quest to find your religion.

The Snake-eyed ones: The Establishment and those they have corrupted

The situation seems to be that the whole of the developed world, The West, lives in a fake simulation (a 'Matrix') - mostly in the mass media but sustained by the official bureacracy, the legal system, education and so forth.

Reality is buried deep in the subjectivities of people - hardly, if ever, communicated. It seems the only way that any sense of this reality can be obtained is through the eyes.

To one who is not corrupted, the eyes are a give-away for those who have sold their souls. A normal human (not someone especially good, but just a normal person) has eyes which are a picture of their thoughts. We give ourselves away - or rather we reveal our common and shared humanity, by the eyes.

(Of course there are other ways too - but the eyes are the usual, and they are a kind of quick and sensitive shortcut.)

The corrupted ones have eyes that are blank like stones, like snakes - no matter how the face changes, no matter what is said or done, the eyes stay the same - staring, observing, gathering information for manipulation.

To any normal person, this is a horrible sight, something from which we turn with mingled horror and disgust - often with fear tinged with pity.

Much of modern fashion, technology and indeed the sexualisation of everyday life is designed to distract us from those eyes - the sunglasses, the contact lenses, the distracting hair, clothes, torso, legs, revealed flesh... They are all saying in different ways Look At This (Don't look at the eyes...)

But although we notice the blank eyes, and react with horror - we should not fear them - we never should fear; that is exactly what the snake-eyes are supposed to do - paralyse us with fear, make us submit.

Those who are themselves corrupted, the ones with the stony eyes, cannot actually read the thoughts of others - they have no empathy; all they can do is see that there are thoughts, that the person being dealt with is still a real person and therefore this needs to be dealt-with - sooner or later.  

Some people try to hide the fact that they are alive and real from the snake-eyed, demon serving ones - but this cannot be done. If we learn to shiedl our eyes, so they do not 'give away' our souls we become like them - and the very act of trying to conceal our true natures from the snake-eyes begins to turn us into one of them.

I have seen this happen so many times - I mean the corruption of decent, real people into snake eyes - sometimes by fear, sometimes by greed and craving for status and success, sometime by trying to be cool or trying to avoid being mocked as a fool: always by self-deception.

Example: I meet again somebody I used to know and who I haven't seen for a while - and I can see in a moment, with a flash of dismay, the snake eyes - and I realise with a jolt they have gone over to the dark side.

People with normal eyes are good and bad, wise and stupid, likeable and loathsome - but they are at least people. The snake-eyed ones are functionally non-human, they live in the Matrix and believe it - even as they manufacture it, and that - for them - is both reality and nightmare (because their 'reality' has no bottom-line in truth, but is manipulation all-the-way-down to the nighmarish supreme entities).

Of course, somewhere buried-deep and walled-behind the unblinking, stony stare is a human soul - shrivelled,  despairing and unable to help-itself because actively rejecting of help. Beyond human reach - but not beyond divine influence, if such influence would be accepted.

What should we do in a world where humans are increasingly ruled by the snaked-eyed ones? And whereso many people, even children, are themselves becoming snake-eyed: we can see the shutters closing over their souls, or their vividly expressive eyes crystallizing into glittering stones. 

It is quite simple: be courageous and loving and do not conceal the fact. Including; when we are confronted with snake eyes, and spontaneously feel horror and revulsion in our souls, let it show - don't try to block it.

And take whatever consequences... which may be good; and will anyway be much less bad than the consequences of imprisoning your soul and becoming youself one of the snake eyed.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A short modern fiction about the Holy Grail by John Fitzgerald at Albion Awakening

https://albionawakening.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/dwellers-on-thethreshold-fictional.html

Synchronicity is awareness that life is like a dream - made of meaningful relationships between living entities

Synchronicity is not about communication - it is about relationships - it is what would be expected when we are in a relationship with reality.

We misconstrue synchronicity if we describe it from the assumption of a baseline state of reality as meaningless; acausal, random occurrences without direction or purpose; life as something which (mostly) 'just happens'.

Synchronicity is supposed to arise like an island of meaning against this sea of meaningless background: like a picture emerging from random dots, a tune emerging from 'white noise'. Synchronicity is sometimes seen as being like a 'coded communication' - an indirect attempt to communicate some piece of information to us by some arrangement of 'coincidences'.

But this understanding of synchronicity assumes that Life is nearly-all discrete, granular, autonomous and unconnected events: just 'bits' of information.

In contrast, synchronicityis 'telling' us the opposite about Life - that in reality our Life is a web of relationships between conscious entities - like a dream.

The point of synchronicity is really very simple, and does not need decoding - because it is not a informational message. Synchronicity is the sudden awareness that Life is a web of connected and pusposive relationships; and that there are many entities around us involved in these relationships - things as well as people.

Synchronicity is not information, it is the awareness that there is life and consciousness, meaning and purpose all around us and everywhere: it is a recognition that real life partakes of the quality of a dream; with the implication that there is a dreamer, a creator.   

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Embrace your inner conspiracy theorist...

http://albionawakening.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/this-is-conspiracy-theory-blog.html

Liars should not be believed --- The Establishment are Liars

There is a difference between telling a lie and being A Liar.

Telling a lie means being untruthful - there may be various reasons for it; but being A Liar means that a person does not even try to be truthful. It means that they are habitually dishonest. It means that the truth of their statements and behaviours is subordinated to other strategic priorities - greed, lust, power-craving...

Modern public life is full of Liars and essentially nothing but Liars. It is not that the people sometimes lie it is that truthfulness is simply not a factor in what they say or do - their orientation does not include truth. It is not that they are aiming to be truthful but are weak and set this aside too readily - it is that they are indifferent to truth as a value.

When a wise child knows that somebody is A Liar, they realise that there is no way of sifting truth from them; what A Liar says must be ignored and decisions made on what they have done, not what they say.

Politicians are Liars. It is not that they tell lies - they Are Liars - that is their identity. There is no point in listening to what they say, no point in discussing it - a statement may be true, completely false, or any combination of the two. A statement may be technically accurate, yet creating the opposite impression - everything they say is misleading.

Public Officials are Liars: the mass media are Liars. The leadership of Education, Science, Law, the Military and Police, and major religions are Liars.

Institutions are Liars - all modern institutions that have power, wealth and official authority are now Liars - whether in government, NGOs, charities, colleges, corporations. 

The whole modern Establishment are Liars: solidly, systematically, habitually - lying is enforced and rewarded and institutionalised - it is deep, it is solid, it is a positive value.

We should not listen to what Liars say - especially not to what they say they Will Do. We cannot make any sense out of it - it may mean anything or nothing but we have no way of knowing.

We need to make up our own minds about things on the basis of our own criteria - but for Heaven's sake we should not pay attention to debating or analysing their statements.

Liars have no right to expect to be believed about anything. It is outrageous that they do! When (as often) A Liar asks 'Are you calling me A Liar' there can be only two acceptable responses: Say Yes or Say Nothing.

But we should never reassure A Liar that he is believed about anything.

The fact is, if we are wise we will not believe Liars, and nothing they can do or say will make us believe them.  The harder they try to make us believe them, the more we should resist believing them - or indeed disbelieving them. What they say means nothing

Only experience can change our views - if A Liar repents and change his behaviours over a long time despite inexpedient outcomes - then and only then will they cease to be A Liar and earn the right to be believed.