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Of War and Peace (was: Theater/Poetry Note)

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  • Tarjei Straume
    The lukewarm, fickle support for so-called Peace Movements is a cultural problem as well as a philosophical one. It is illustrated, I think, by one of the last
    Message 1 of 31 , Jun 2 11:44 AM
      The lukewarm, fickle support for so-called Peace
      Movements is a cultural problem as well as a
      philosophical one. It is illustrated, I think, by
      one of the last exchanges between myself and
      Bobby Matherne, before a heated quarrel about the
      death penalty divided our paths. Bobby is a
      classic anthroposophical right winger.

      Bobby had been expressing a special interest in
      the Nobel Peace Prize for many years. In 2001,
      when Kofi Annan and the UN received the Nobel
      Peace Prize, I had listened to his acceptance
      speech and wanted to share a key point with Bobby:

      Kofi Annan:

      http://www.norway.org/News/archive/2001/200105speech.htm

      "Most nations have monuments or memorials to war,
      bronze salutations to heroic battles, archways of
      triumph. But peace has no parade, no pantheon of victory."

      Bobby's objection to Kofi Annan's entire speech
      was that he talked and talked about peace, but
      said nothing at all about *freedom", and that
      this was the problem with all such peace
      speeches. So in order to meet Bobby half way
      here, it may be argued that nations do not only
      have memorials to war, but also to freedom and
      independence. And Rudolf Steiner's major work is
      entitled "The Philosophy of Freedom", not "The Philosophy of Peace".

      Some people may be lukewarm and fickle towards
      the Peace Movement because they suspect that its
      members are willing to accept peace at any price,
      even at the price of freedom, liberty,
      independence, and personal courage. It should be
      kept in mind that Gandhi and MLK were not
      peaceniks, they were warriors, soldiers, engaging
      in fierce battles. Gandhi, who hated violence
      with a passion, also said that the use of
      violence, or conventional warfare, was preferable
      to any kind of cowardice, and could only be
      replaced by a new kind of warrior: The
      non-violent warrior. But it must be kept in mind
      that non-violent war is still war, not peace,
      although this may be a question of semantics if
      we take a profound statement by Gandhi into account:

      "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way."

      There may be additional reasons why there is no
      broad support for a Peace Movement, and one of
      these is the Orwellian newspeak issue. Nuclear
      missiles were called Peacekeepers - I even heard
      someone on a Christian TV channel call them
      "Missiles for Jesus"! - cops are called peace
      officers, you have justices of the peace and so
      on. And what's associated with "peace"? All nice
      and quiet, nobody shooting at anyone or hitting
      people over the head and so on. People smiling,
      giving each other flowers, make love not war, all
      past sins forgiven - it's like Heaven or
      Paradise. And that's the catch: The Peace
      Movement, if it has an ideology, is pursuing
      Paradise on Earth and seeks to have this
      implemented through parliamentary means, through
      legislation. An Anti-War Movement would be better
      than a Peace Movement, because that's a
      declaration of war against the politics of war, a
      specific war, and not a promise of happiness ever after.

      Back to Rudolf Steiner's role in all this:
      Steiner himself was never summoned to serve in
      the military, and he regarded the Great War as
      madness. At the same time, he saw the necessity
      of sacrificing all those young lives on the
      battlefield in order to provide etheric substance
      for living materialists, to help them overcome
      materialism. From this perspective, it may be
      argued that Steiner supported the war; he also
      praised the personal courage and patriotism that
      was associated with it. Furthermore, when young
      men came to him for help, for personal
      counselling, and they had problems with the
      military, Steiner advised them to enlist. One
      such example is the Russian poet Andrei Belyj
      (alias Boris Bugayev), who met Steinre privately
      on several occasions, and whose memories of some
      such meetings are published here:

      http://uncletaz.com/belyi.html

      Belyi doesn't mention any such details in this
      excerpt from his memoirs, but Peter Normann
      Waage, who has spent a great deal of time in
      Russia and is very well read on Belyi and his
      biography, summed it all up for me about ten
      years ago, that Belyi didn't want to enlist in
      the Russian army as required by law, and Steiner
      told him to go ahead and do it.

      So the issues of war and peace and the military
      and so on are complicated, and they certainly
      don't get better if we infuse them with all kinds
      of emotions and passions, and these passions are
      in any way colored by politics or ideologies.
      This is why the Uncle Taz Academy puts very
      strong emphasis upon spiritual and ideological
      neutrality. Incorrigible political zealots are
      sent to Frank Smith's political institute, where
      they can celebrate their Kennedy cult, Lenin
      cult, Bush cult, or whatever the case may be. The
      only political animal allowed on Uncle Taz Academy property is the eledonk.

      The rest on this topic is best said by our favorite poet below.

      Tarjei

      Gates of Eden
      by Bob Dylan

      Of war and peace the truth just twists
      Its curfew gull just glides
      Upon four-legged forest clouds
      The cowboy angel rides
      With his candle lit into the sun
      Though its glow is waxed in black
      All except when 'neath the trees of Eden

      The lamppost stands with folded arms
      Its iron claws attached
      To curbs 'neath holes where babies wail
      Though it shadows metal badge
      All and all can only fall
      With a crashing but meaningless blow
      No sound ever comes from the Gates of Eden

      The savage soldier sticks his head in sand
      And then complains
      Unto the shoeless hunter who's gone deaf
      But still remains
      Upon the beach where hound dogs bay
      At ships with tattooed sails
      Heading for the Gates of Eden

      With a time-rusted compass blade
      Aladdin and his lamp
      Sits with Utopian hermit monks
      Side saddle on the Golden Calf
      And on their promises of paradise
      You will not hear a laugh
      All except inside the Gates of Eden

      Relationships of ownership
      They whisper in the wings
      To those condemned to act accordingly
      And wait for succeeding kings
      And I try to harmonize with songs
      The lonesome sparrow sings
      There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden

      The motorcycle black madonna
      Two-wheeled gypsy queen
      And her silver-studded phantom cause
      The gray flannel dwarf to scream
      As he weeps to wicked birds of prey
      Who pick up on his bread crumb sins
      And there are no sins inside the Gates of Eden

      The kingdoms of Experience
      In the precious wind they rot
      While paupers change possessions
      Each one wishing for what the other has got
      And the princess and the prince
      Discuss what's real and what is not
      It doesn't matter inside the Gates of Eden

      The foreign sun, it squints upon
      A bed that is never mine
      As friends and other strangers
      From their fates try to resign
      Leaving men wholly, totally free
      To do anything they wish to do but die
      And there are no trials inside the Gates of Eden

      At dawn my lover comes to me
      And tells me of her dreams
      With no attempts to shovel the glimpse
      Into the ditch of what each one means
      At times I think there are no words
      But these to tell what's true
      And there are no truths outside the Gates of Eden

      Copyright © 1965; renewed 1993 Special Rider Music
    • Joel Wendt
      *DNA Evidence for Atlantis Beyond the Bering Strait - DNA Evidence Rocks the Boat* May 21, 2006 By Will Hart In recent years, genetic research has produced
      Message 31 of 31 , Jun 4 7:04 PM
        *DNA Evidence for Atlantis
        Beyond the Bering Strait - DNA Evidence Rocks the Boat*
        May 21, 2006

        By Will Hart

        In recent years, genetic research has produced unexpected results that have
        opened the doors to many historical mysteries. The surprising outcomes have
        also provoked unintended controversy. The reasons that these DNA
        investigations have sparked intense debates in the fields of anthropology,
        history and even cultural evolution will become clear as our story unfolds.
        The genetic probes began innocently enough with geneticists wanting to see
        what secrets human genes might reveal about our complex, mysterious and
        often disputed history. Anthropologists and historians had long thought that
        the America's had been populated by Asians crossing a land bridge that
        connected Asia and North America during the last Ice Age. This was referred
        to as the 'Bering Strait Crossing' theory and was believed to have occurred
        about 12,000 years ago.
        Genetic analysis on Native American DNA samples began in the 1980s. However,
        the research effort greatly accelerated in the 1990s due to rapid
        technological progress in the field. In fact, the early results confirmed
        the generally accepted theory showing a clear link between Native Americans
        and DNA samples collected from native peoples in Siberian-Asia. Nevertheless
        as the studies both deepened and broadened to include Asians across the
        continent, the increasing data revealed that the migration pattern had been
        more complex than anthropologist's had envisioned.
        The early results showed that Native American tribes were comprised of four
        distinct mtDNA haplogroups, A, B, C, and D. The haplogroup designations
        represent four different (maternal) lineages. These four lineages are found
        throughout North, Central and South America. However, only three of them A,
        C, and D were discovered in the Siberian-Asian populations. The B haplogroup
        was traced to aboriginal population groups in Southeast Asia, China, Japan,
        Melanesia, and Polynesia.
        Before proceeding we should briefly clarify what mtDNA is. There are two
        types of genetic material used for analysis, cellular and mtDNA, the latter
        is found in human mitochondia outside the nucleus of cells and is only
        transferred down generations through females, hence mtDNA stands for
        maternal DNA. This type is simpler than the cellular DNA and it evolves
        faster,so it is used to distinguish human groups that evolved in separate
        geographic areas.
        In historical terms, what the genetic evidence obtained from mtDNA samples
        translated into was a much more diverse and complex migration pattern that
        included people arriving to the America's in boats. Thor Heyerdahl had
        hypothesized that this was the case by showing that it was possible during
        his Kon Tiki expeditions across the Pacific Ocean to Peru.
        While orthodox anthropologists embraced the results of the earliest DNA
        findings, the later results caused consternation and controversy. They not
        only showed that the Americas were settled by many different racial groups
        coming from many different parts of Asia, the genetic findings also
        demonstrated that the migration events took place much earlier than
        previously thought.
        Anthropologists, archaeologists and historians had postulated that the
        migrations had taken place less than 20,000 years ago. DNA analysis placed
        the initial wave of migration at between 38-50,000 years before present.
        This finding too raised eyebrows in the orthodox community. However, in
        recent years radiocarbon dated materials from South America, California and
        the Southwestern United States has come to light and the dates agree with
        the conclusions of the DNA research.
        Clearly, the genetic investigations had produced a mixed bag of outcomes for
        orthodox anthropologists and historians. In general, their long held
        theories about a north Asian origin for Native American populations were
        proven correct. Nevertheless, their narrow focus on Siberia, the single
        land-bridge migration route and their chronology had been in error. Some of
        the Asian immigrants did come from Siberia along that route but other groups
        came from Japan, Polynesia, etc., in boats and their journeys began in
        remote antiquity.
        Genetic researchers determined that 96% of Native Americans fell into one of
        the four A-D haplogroups and while these mtDNA types were also found in Asia
        they are not present in Europe or Africa. This too indicates that Asia was
        the ancestral region of most Native American tribes. Then in 1997 another
        lineage was discovered, which geneticists dubbed X. This discovery ignited a
        storm of controversy that has not died down to this day. The X haplogroup
        needs careful,thoughtful, and deep historical analysis because this group
        may well hold one of the most important keys to unlocking the secrets of our
        collective past.
        Obviously about 4 percent of Native Americans, from Alaska to the tip of
        South America, do not fall into one of the four major haplogroups.
        Scientists assumed that these minority lineages came from interactions with
        European and African groups since the time of Columbus. This proved to be
        true for about 1.5% of Native Americans however 2.5% were found to belong to
        the X lineage. Once this small mtDNA group was identified as a distinct
        genetic type, the race was on to ascertain their place of origin.
        This is where the mystery really gets complicated and interesting. In spite
        of the fact that the previous genetic data was forcing the orthodoxy to make
        some alterations in their migration scheme and chronology, as we saw their
        basic paradigm had been confirmed. But the discovery of the X haplogroup
        changed that situation dramatically. It was known to exist in Europe in
        about 5% of the population and unknown in Asia and Africa at the time. The X
        lineage was ascertained to have arrived in the Americas from about 38,000 to
        10,000 years ago. What could this mean?
        At first anthropologists argued that since Europeans had not traveled across
        the Atlantic at such a remote point in time the X group had to be the
        outcome of post Columbus contact and intermarriage. However when researchers
        analyzed ancient DNA samples, found in the Great Lakes (Mound Builder)
        region, which dated back long before Columbus they identified some of the
        samples as belonging to the X group. This proved they were not the outcome
        of any post-Columbus contact and were not of recent origin.
        When investigators compiled the genetic data on the distribution of the X
        haplogroup in the America's what they discovered sent shock waves through
        the conventional and alternative history camps. The X lineage was only found
        in a handful of tribes scattered across the country, the Yakima and Sioux in
        the northwest and the Navajo in the southwest, in about 5% of their
        populations. However, the greatest concentrations by far occurred in the
        Ojibway, Oneota and Nuu-Chah-Nulth tribes where almost 25% of the tribal
        members fell into the X lineage.
        Moreover, the vast majority of tribes contained no X members. In fact, it
        was not found in any native tribes in Central or South America. Again, what
        did these patterns mean? Independent researchers associated with the Edgar
        Cayce Association (A.R.E.) quickly pointed out that the data supported some
        of the material found in the Atlantis readings that the 'sleeping prophet'
        had given in the 1930s. Cayce noted that some Atlantis refugees had
        immigrated to the northeastern region of the United States and later formed
        the Iroquois nation. It was in those tribes that the highest concentration
        of the X haplogroup was found.
        The Cayce readings also claimed that some of these refugees went to the
        American southwest and others migrated to the Mound Builder region and
        formed that civilization. Odd that his psychic information would so closely
        parallel the distribution pattern of the X lineage. Cayce had also given the
        dates that these migrations had occurred and they too agreed with the DNA
        findings. The plot was surely thickening in a most fascinating way. If the
        story stopped here it would be enough to hold interest and provoke thought
        however it goes farther, much farther.
        The apparent widespread presence of the X lineage across what is now known
        as the United States appears to show a wide initial dispersal. One could
        postulate a west-east migration of this haplogroup from Siberian Asia. But
        that scenario poses two serious obstacles:1) the greatest concentration of
        this group is found in the northeastern region of the United States and 2) X
        is virtually absent in Asia.
        Like a good detective novel, all of the clues had not been uncovered in the
        late 1990s when the X group had been identified and was being hotly debated.
        Geneticists pressed forward and launched a probe into the Altai tribe
        located in the Gobi desert and found the X lineage in small numbers. This is
        the only population in Asia that exhibits this haplogroup and as such they
        comprise a tiny, isolated genetic island. Orthodox anthropologists were
        elated when the news reached their ears. They seized on this finding as
        smoking gun proof that the X group in North America had its ancestral roots
        in Siberian Asia, end of story.
        To say that this was an unscientific rush to a final conclusion that just
        happened to agree with their long held beliefs is an understatement. Let us
        pause and use logic and commonsense and try to walk through what we are
        being asked to accept. The Gobi Desert is about 8,000 miles from the
        northeastern section of the United States. We are being told that this tribe
        trekked that distance and transferred their genes from their ancestral
        homeland to the Great Lakes without depositing the X group genes in any
        other part of Asia, Alaska, Canada, and the region between Washington and
        the Northeast America.
        Everyone agrees that any such migration would have taken place during the
        harshest of conditions since the Ice Age still held this entire region in
        its frigid grip. Furthermore, we are being asked to suspend our disbelief
        raised by the notion that a tiny tribe trekked these vast distances across a
        frozen landscape for unknown reasons. Why would any small tribe risk
        everything and wander half way around the globe during an ice age when they
        did not know what lay beyond the next horizon? In fact, anthropologists and
        historians know that this is not the way human tribes have operated since
        the dawn of time.
        On February 16, 1932 Cayce related some information during a reading that is
        extraordinarily cogent to this unfolding genetic mystery story. When asked
        about the position of the continent of Atlantis he replied:
        "The position the continent Atlantis occupied, is that as between the Gulf
        of Mexico on the one hand - and the Mediterranean upon the other. Evidences
        of this lost civilization are to be found in the Pyrenees and Morocco on the
        one hand, British Honduras, Yucatan and America upon the other."
        Now, we must pick up the trail of clues on the other side of the Atlantic.
        Let us keep in mind that when Cayce gave this reading DNA had not yet been
        discovered and there was no such thing as mtDNA analysis. Nevertheless, he
        mentioned "evidences" in two specific locales, the Pyrenees, a mountain
        range sandwiched in between France and Spain where the Basques live, and
        Morocco where another ancient group, the Berbers resides. Astonishingly,
        these two populations contain the highest frequencies of the X lineage found
        in Europe and North Africa.
        The Basques have long puzzled anthropologists, linguists and historians
        because, although they are Caucasian they do not fit in with the rest of the
        European populations. Their language is not related to any other tongue in
        the world. Prior to the advent of genetic research tools investigators used
        the ABO blood groups to study the relationships between human populations as
        well as their migration patterns. The Basques turned out to be unique in
        terms of blood types as well. As a population they contain the highest
        levels of Rh- 'O' negative blood in the world and among the lowest type B.
        Now, what Cayce was suggesting is that some of the people that fled the
        sinking continent went west and settled and became the Iroquois. Others went
        east to the Iberian Peninsula then the Pyrenees (Basques), and the West
        Coast of North Africa then the Atlas Mountains (Berbers). Turning to the
        Berbers we find yet another group that contains the highest frequency of
        haplogroup X in the world. Is it a coincidence that these disparate peoples
        share a very rare mtDNA lineage?
        It is unfortunate that the Berbers have never received much attention from
        science over the years. Here we have a Caucasian race living in North Africa
        of all places. Anthropologists dismissed them because they did not fit well
        into the 'Out of Africa' scenario and it was assumed that they had back
        immigrated southward from somewhere in Europe. However, that theory has been
        abandoned and scientists now accept the fact that they are an indigenous
        people, which they believe go back to the Stone Age. But how can this be we
        must ask since the rest of the continent below the Sahara is black African?
        Article from: http://www.genesisrace.com <http://www.genesisrace.com/>
        Posted at: http://www.red-ice.net/specialreports/2006/05may/atlantisDNA.html
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