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3/01/2014

The Planet of Sorrows

"Why are we Alive?  Why are we Conscious?
What happens after death and before we are conceived?  Why?
What happened to advanced civilizations and continents (Mu, Atlantis)?
Shall we also face a global catastrophe?  When?  What?  Why?
What are the greatest dangers for humanity on earth?
Should we dream or act?  Can we change the system without hurting anyone?

Whoever seeks answers to any of the above will find this book truly fascinating.

There are no theories in this book, no wishful thinking or fantasy.  It is an exact witness report of the Reality of the Universe.

Are you ready?"
Those are bold statements coming from the back of a book that only has used copies on Amazon and has had its Wikipedia entry deleted twice.  But perhaps that's just how it would work in this crazy world.  Would you really expect to find pure, unmitigated, ultimate TRUTH to be found on the New York Times bestseller list or in the holy book of a popular religion?  It just figures that you would stumble upon a random pdf in the farthest corners of the internet and find the answers to the most important secrets of life, death, and the universe itself.

So let's cut to the chase.  In June of 1987, Michel Desmarquet left his home and family in Australia for nine Earth days.  During that time he was abducted by Extra-terrestrial Beings, the most spiritually evolved and technologically advanced in the galaxy, and they physically took him to their planet so that he could bear witness to the Truth, return to Earth, and tell us all about it.  He originally published his report as "Abduction to the 9th Planet", and it is now available as "Thiaoouba Prophecy", named after the home planet of Thao, who led Michel through his fantastic journey of time and space, mind and spirit.

Thiaoouba Prophecy tells the chronological account of how he spent those 9 days and what he learned while he was with Thao and her people.  In his report you will learn that we are not the only human beings in the galaxy, but far from it.  The billions and billions of stars in the universe are inhabited by humanoids who may look different than us based on the environmental conditions of their planet, but share a common spiritual purpose with us and all living creatures.  His report explains the mysteries of our planet and all the wonders of the ancient world, from the giant statues of Easter Island to the Bermuda Triangle and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.  It tells the story of the first humans to colonize this planet and of the various advanced civilizations that rose and fell before our recorded history.  His report tells us the most important truths from the Big Bang and the meaning of life and death to the future of humans on this planet - or whatever future we have left.  That is the reason Michel was chosen to bear witness and bring back this message at this time - it seems that we are at a turning point in our "civilization" based on the intersection of our current level of technology and our decadent culture.  This is our moment to either rise to the occasion and go to the next level of spiritual awareness or go the way of Atlantis and other ancient civilizations buried at the bottom of the oceans.

Before we proceed to review the message that Michel received, let me make a recommendation about how to think about this information, especially if you read Thiaoouba Prophecy.  Michel is adamant that his book is not a work of science fiction, that it is an "exact witness report of the Reality of the Universe".  Indeed, he challenges any physicist or anyone else to disprove a single statement in his book, and he declares that it would not be possible for himself, or anyone else, to make up this story.  In order to imagine one coherent and consistent account that answers all of life's mysteries you'd have to be a genius and a brilliant science fiction writer, a brilliant theologian, a brilliant historian, a brilliant physicist, etc. - and as Michel is the first to admit that while he may be a brilliant landscape architect, he is none of these other things.

But because we all hold beliefs, some or many of which may be in conflict with this book, particularly religious, historical, and political beliefs, you might find yourself "reading" Thiaoouba Prophecy while really just searching for statements that go against your preconceptions.  Aha!  This book can't be true, because the bible clearly states this, or the latest carbon dating clearly shows that, so this whole thing must be rubbish.  I encourage you to keep an open mind, and the best way to do that is to allow yourself to play with the ideas in this book.  Entertain them.  Read it as if it were science fiction, and ask yourself - what can I learn from this?  Does it have any good recommendations?  If this were true, how would it change my beliefs or require me to live my life differently?  My point is that truth doesn't come from authority.  A homeless man can speak a beautiful truth, and a PH.D. holding Nobel Prize winner can blather pure nonsense.  If Thiaoouba Prophecy does contains truth, whether Ultimate Truth or just enough truth to help you live a better life or help us all improve society, does it matter whether Michel is a humble genius who made this up, or if his fantastic journey to the 9th planet really happened?  The only question that matters is, what are you going to do about it?

The Reality of the Universe

"You have been chosen by us, to visit our planet, in order to report certain messages and to offer enlightenment on several important issues when you return to Earth. The time has come when certain events must occur.  After several thousand years of darkness and savagery on the planet Earth, a so-called ‘civilization’ appeared and, inevitably, technology was developed - a development, which was accelerated during the last 150 years.
It has been 14,500 years since a comparable level of technological advance existed on Earth.  This technology, which is nothing compared with true knowledge, is nevertheless, sufficiently advanced to become harmful to the human race on Earth in the very near future.
Harmful, because it is only material knowledge and not spiritual knowledge.  Technology should assist spiritual development, not confine people, more and more, within a materialistic world, as is happening now on your planet.
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The creator sought spiritual experiences through a material world.

Man exists physically for the sole purpose of developing spiritually.
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Universal Law decrees that man's principle obligation, regardless of which planet he happens to inhabit, is to develop his spirituality.
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In other words your technology, which is nothing compared with what existed on Earth more than 14,500 years ago, is dragging your civilization down, and pushing it closer and closer to moral and spiritual catastrophe.
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A certain percentage of these people are arriving at a very critical point in history and we feel that the time has come to try to assist them.  If they will listen, we can ensure that they take the right path. This is why you have been chosen..."
Those are quotes scattered throughout Thiaoouba Prophecy which set the stage for what is to follow - the Reality of the Universe.  Because the first question that comes to mind is this: Why would Thao choose to take Michel on this trip across the galaxy and back with this message, and why now?  But knowing that the purpose of our physical existence is to experience spiritual development, then any familiarity with the plans and predictions of Ray Kurzweil and other leading technocratic elites should make it clear that we are drifting farther and farther from our purpose in life at an ever increasing rate.  We're rapidly approaching the tipping point.  It's bad enough that everyone is addicted to smart phones, televisions, and social media instead of being present and engaged in the real world around them.  But if you take people like Kurzweil seriously, and imagine a world where we "upload our consciousness" and "merge with machines" - well that's just taking it to a whole new level, one that might warrant an interstellar intervention.

However, the abduction of Michael Desmarquet isn't the first time the people of Thiaoouba have intervened with the people of earth.  In fact, they keep a close watch over our planet, living among us in physical bodies or by projecting their astral presence here.  In some situations they intervene directly, such as influencing the behaviors of certain leaders.  For example, they prevented Germany from being the first nation to have use of the atomic bomb to avoid the calamity of a Nazi triumph of World War Two.  They also removed billions of "needles" from Earth's orbit that the U.S. Department of Defense released in 1963 as part of a telecommunications experiment, as they judged them to have been potentially disastrous for us.  So while they can lend us a hand or prevent our experts from playing with matches, they cannot save us from disaster automatically.  Not only would it be counter-productive, as it would be like a parent doing their child's homework for them and thereby preventing the child from ever learning his lessons, but more importantly, "serving the meal on a plate" would go against Universal Law.  What is Universal Law?  Let's start at the beginning - with the Big Bang:
"In the beginning there was nothing except darkness and a spirit - THE Spirit.

The Spirit was, and is, infinitely powerful - powerful beyond the comprehension of any human mind. The Spirit is so powerful that he was able, by the action of his will alone, to trigger an atomic explosion with chain reactions of unimaginable force. In fact, the Spirit imagined the worlds - he imagined how to create them - from the most enormous to the most minuscule. He imagined the atoms. When he imagined them he created, in his imagination, all that moved and will move: all that lived and will live; all that is motionless, or seems to be - every single thing.

But it existed only in his imagination.  All was still in darkness.  Once he had an overall view of what he wanted to create, he was able, by his exceptional spiritual force, to create, instantaneously, the four forces of the Universe.

With these, he directed the first and the most gigantic atomic explosion of all time - what certain people on Earth call ‘The Big Bang’.  The Spirit was at its center and induced it.  Darkness was gone and the Universe was creating itself according to the will of the Spirit"
Thus, using the first of his four forces, the atomic force, the suns, the worlds, and all the atoms were formed over billions of years.  The planets cooled, continents formed, and some planets became habitable to life.  Then, using the second force, what they call the "Ovocosmic Force", the Spirit created the primary living creatures and plants with cosmic rays which ended up as "cosmic eggs".  And now we get to the good part: humans.  The Spirit always imagined experiencing feelings through a special creature, and thus he created that creature, man, with the third force, the "Ovoastromic Force".  "Blood that circulates thanks to the heart that beats millions of times independently of the will...lungs that purify the blood by means of a complex system...the nervous system...the brain which gives the orders, aided by the five senses...the spinal cord which is ultra-sensitive and which will make you [instantly] withdraw your hand from a hot stove so you won’t burn yourself."  All this for billions and billions of completely unique individuals; no two with the same fingerprints and no two having the same "crystalline" of the blood - pretty impressive stuff.  And now we come to the fourth force, the reason that our purpose in life is spiritual development:

"The Fourth force had a very important role to play: it had to bring to fruition all that the Spirit had imagined.  It ‘inserted’ thus, an infinitesimal part of the Spirit in the human body.  This comprises what you could call the Astral body, which forms one ninth of the essential human being and consists of one ninth of a ‘Higher-self’, which is sometimes called ‘overself'.  The Higher-self of man is, in other words, an entity which sends one ninth of itself into a human body, becoming the person’s Astral being. Other physical bodies are inhabited, similarly, by other ninths of the same Higher-self and yet each part remains integral to the central entity.  Further, the Higher-self is a ninth part of a superior Higher-self which, in turn, is a ninth part of a more superior Higher-self.  The process continues as far back as the source, and allows the enormous filtration of spiritual experience required by the Spirit."

The Astral body - our connection to The Great Spirit.  We are in constant communication with our higher-self via our cerebral canal, which acts as a transmitting and receiving post conducting special vibrations between our Astral Body and our Higher-self.  Through this mechanism (explored in books like The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe) our Higher-self monitors us day and night and can do things like save us from accidents, refresh us and bring us solutions to our problems in our sleep ("Night brings counsel"), and even perform the miraculous like healings that can't be explained by modern science or even resuscitating the dead (see DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences).

Nine seems to be the number of the universe.  Nine planets revolve around a sun, which revolves around a larger sun, each with nine sub-suns and nine planets each, which is again is one chain of nine to a larger sun, ad infinitum, all the way to the center of it all.  While for some periods of time a planet may disappear or appear, it always reverts back to a structure based on nine.

Michael is surprised to find Thao uses the Arabic number system, and in the appendix he shows how the numbers relate to their angles.  While snopes and other internet detectives have "disproved" this "hoax", I find it interesting.
So it is with us.  Each human being's Astral Body transfers to its Higher-self all the sensations experienced during its physical life, and "these sensations pass through the immense ‘filter’ of nine Higher-selves before arriving in the etheric ‘ocean’ that surrounds the Spirit."  If the sensations are based on materialism (a lifetime of staring at a smart-phone, perhaps?) then the higher-selves have trouble filtering this to get at the good spiritual stuff, just like a water filter clogs quicker if filled with dirty water than purified water.  Depending on the spiritual understanding we feed our Astral body during the course of our lives, it can take from 500 to 15,000 Earth years until our Higher-self has nothing left to filter.  At that point, one's Astral being is so spiritually advanced that it goes to the next stage where it contends directly with a more superior Higher-self.

Hence, there are 9 "levels" of planets, one for each level of humans and their associated Astral body.  And you guessed it, we live on a level one planet, sometimes called "The Planet of Sorrows".  Earth, like other first category planets, provides a learning environment like a kindergarten with an emphasis on teaching basic social skills.  As we are reincarnated and live various lives on this and other level one planets, we eventually graduate to a second category planet, like a primary school where further values are taught.  As we move up the chain and reach planets on the sixth, seventh, eight, and eventually ninth categories, both our physical bodies and Astral bodies reach a progressively more highly evolved state.  At the ninth level, they have the power to rejoin the Spirit and reach a point of "pure happiness" - definitely something worth working towards.

Alex Grey's "Godself" also shows nine - he must be on to something.
Thiaoouba is one of three ninth category planets in our galaxy, and they are like the adult supervision of our kindergartens and grade schools.  Their job is to guide us, to help with spiritual development, and in certain cases to help materially, whether that is to steer us clear of danger or even to punish us when our culture is particularly wicked.  But again, they must follow Universal Law: "If you make a mistake, you pay the penalty - immediately, in ten years time, or in ten centuries time, but errors must be paid for."  We can't count on them to always bail us out, otherwise, how would we learn our lessons and eventually graduate to the next level?

So there we have it, the meaning of life.  We all live on this planet in order to learn how to live, suffer, and die, but also to develop spiritually as much as we can.  Let's get to it.

The Dangers to Mankind

In order to maximize our time in this life towards spiritual development, we must be aware of the dangers we face.  Thao warns that it is not our physical bodies we should be concerned about, but dangers that brainwash our minds and corrupt our souls.  She advises four key areas that we need to be aware of:
"The real dangers on Earth, in order of ‘importance’ are: first money then politicians; third journalists and drugs and fourth religions.  These dangers in no way relate to nuclear arms.

If the people on Earth are wiped out by a nuclear cataclysm, their Astral beings will go where they must after death and the natural order of death and rebirth will be maintained.  The danger does not lie in the death of the physical body, as millions believe: the danger exists in the way in which one lives."
Money, the root of all evil?  The Venus Project people were right!  While there are a few passages that would seem to condemn money, when you take the lessons in context, it doesn't seem to be money as the medium of exchange that they warn against.  Money, as created by the market, is what enables the price system, which allows individuals to collectively economize scarce goods without the need for a controlling authority or technocratic elite to determine the infinite possibilities of what, how, where, and when to engage in the production process to serve fellow men.  Rather, it is the love of money, the singular pursuit of money and all that money buys to the exclusion of everything else that they warn against.
"The greatest danger concerns ‘materialism’.  The people of your planet seek money - to some it’s a means of attaining power; to others it’s a means to acquire drugs, (another curse) yet to others, it’s a way of possessing more than their neighbors possess."
So that makes more sense, especially in light of what we've learned about the Reality of the Universe.  Our Astral body can only be enriched spiritually - not materially.  Our physical body is just a vehicle we use to garble up spiritual experience, and when we die we can't take our toys with us.  So a life devoted to money and materialism is a waste of time or even a setback for our spiritual development.  That said, when considering the "hierarchy of needs", it seems money is necessary in order to facilitate trade and secure at least a basic standard of living.  Only once the bare necessities are taken care of do we have the time and energy left over to dedicate to the higher and nobler pursuits, including spiritual development.  So maybe we shouldn't abandon money and join the Venus project.  Not to mention, the Venus project assumes a technological elite that will dictate how humans interact.  Thao condemns all forms of authoritarianism - including communism.  But voluntary communism, when individuals choose to pool their resources together and share amongst themselves, whether that is the communism of the family or of small communities - there is nothing wrong with that.  In fact it may be very right!  It may not be as economical, meaning that scarce goods will not be used to satisfy the most urgently felt needs of all men engaged in the market process, but compared to moving up the spiritual ladder, maybe having the maximum standard of living isn't so all-important.

"On Earth, there is a great need for discipline, but 'discipline' does not mean dictatorship.  The Great Spirit, the Creator himself obliges no creature, human or otherwise, to do anything against their will.  We all have free will and it is up to us to discipline ourselves in order to improve spiritually.
To impose one's will on another, in a way which deprives the individual of the privilege of exercising his own free will, is one of the greatest crimes that man can commit."
Allow yourself to ponder that statement and reflect on what it means for us.  That should give you pause.  The very foundation of our whole rotten society is based on violating the "greatest crime" of imposing our will on one another.  It's one thing to have a government that forbids malum in se crimes: murder, assault, rape, theft, etc.  But we live in a world where it's illegal to sell toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons per flush, where cops pull sting operations on unsuspecting women for operating a taxi without a license, where scholars estimate every American commits three felonies a day!

So if politicians are our 2nd greatest problem do the Thiaooubians recommend we adopt Rothbardian Anarcho-Capitalism?  Unfortunately not - but what can I expect from a Planet of Sorrows?  Instead, they describe how decentralized, democratic-monarchist political systems have worked with varying levels of success on other first category planets, where "leaders" operate within a very narrow range of action as opposed to "rulers" with unlimited power.

In the example of Mu (an advanced civilization that existed on Earth 14,500 years ago on a lost continent whose only remaining trace is Easter Island) it seems their laws only forbade malum in se crimes, and while the punishments were severe, crime was practically non-existent.  They made absolutely sure of the guilt of the person by using several mind-readers for hours at a time, and those mind-readers prepared separate notes which were then given to the judge.  If found guilty, murderers were thrown to alligators, rapists were covered in honey and buried next to an ant mound to be slowly eaten alive, and thieves had their primary hand cut off, followed by their second hand, followed by a mark on their forehead.  So rather than locking people up in cages and encouraging a new form of slavery via a private prison industry, people that were mortal threats were killed like rabid dogs, while thieves were free to live at the mercy of charity and as walking examples to deter theft.  Brutal, but certainly more just than our current system where the victims of crime are not given restitution and are wronged a second time by being forced to pay tax money to lock up and "rehabilitate" their offenders!

So while they don't recommend pure anarchism with private defense companies and insurance agencies offering protection and arbitration services, they do recommend something infinitely preferable to what we have today - limited republican monarchies with large swaths of voluntarism.  Not only did their example governments refrain from running amuck with malum prohibitum "crimes", but they also didn’t appear to claim ownership and dominion of every square inch of land - you are free to leave if you don't like it. And if you choose to be a citizen, then at least you have a very local and direct relationship with your leadership.  Thao gave examples from Earth and other first category planets where each town / village would elect elderly leaders known for their wisdom and common sense, and they wouldn't be paid anything for serving their community in this capacity.  They also mentioned the election was done with a hand vote, which clearly implies a very favorable representative ratio.

In representative-republican fashion, the seven leaders of a town would themselves elect a leader to represent them at the district level, from which they would elect a representative at the state level, where you then arrive at a wise council of seven for their kingdom, who then elect a "king".  While an analysis on the various forms of government is the subject for another blog, I did not need to be convinced that monarchism is preferable to democracy for those that value limited government and individual liberties.  I can thank Hans-Hermann Hoppe's Democracy - The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order for alerting me to that demonstrable fact.  So while I may be disappointed that we live on a planet whose people are so spiritually bankrupt that we may always need to have some form of an organization with a monopoly on violence, I do feel validated that the guardians of our galaxy recognize our second greatest danger as being "duped and led in circles by a structure of politician and bureaucrats."  But it's even better than that, they more or less validate the Non-Aggression Principle as a Law of the Universe!  Governments, should they be necessary at all, merely enforce punishment for malum in se crimes, while in every other capacity humans can voluntarily follow leaders and are otherwise destined to exercise their free-will in order to develop spiritually.  Libertarians of the world - we have a new moral high-ground!

"After politicians, you have the problem of journalists and reporters.  There are some among them, although unfortunately rare, who try to do their job of disseminating information honestly and sincerely, attending carefully to their sources; but we are greatly alarmed that most of them seek only sensationalism.
Your television stations too, screen more and more scenes of violence.
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The harm that such irresponsible reporting can do is unimaginable.  Thoughtlessness and irresponsibility are not qualities apparent in civilized nations.  That’s why I say, on Earth, you have not even achieved the first letter of the word civilization."
Not only do the journalists and reporters of our main stream media fuel the fires of our first two concerns, materialism and our political systems, they also have the power to influence the moral and spiritual development of millions of people.  As Thao says, sometimes they do good work, whether by acting as watch-dogs and alerting us of government corruption, or reporting on positive developments in the world, which are unfortunately usually regarded as not "real news" but instead "fluff pieces".  But that's the primary problem with media that Thao addresses - that journalists look for sensational stories full of blood, guts, and gore.  They figure "we'll give the people what they want" and completely neglect their responsibility they have based on their power over thousands or millions of viewers.

I've seen it mentioned before, but perhaps we'll take note when it's said by a 9th level being who is only one step removed from the creator of the universe: if we all agree that school shootings and other massacres are a bad thing, then why in the world does our media thoughtless devote so much time to immortalizing the sad, pathetic, lonely, confused lunatics who commits such atrocities.  For all the other poor souls who also want attention, this is a direct incentive for them to copy-cat these crimes in order take their place in the history books.  From a conspiratorial viewpoint, there are those in power who crave more power and therefore want to disarm every population that still retains their right to gun ownership and self-defense, and the more Prozac-heads that commit these crimes, and the more attention those crimes receive, the easier it will be to solicit a knee-jerk reaction and disarm the law-abiding population.

Regardless of their motivations, whether due to profit, ignorance, or more diabolical intentions, Thao has a common-sense approach to what responsible journalism would look like when tragedies occur:
"Journalists, reporters and anyone else whose function it is to disseminate information should devote no more than two to three lines to such cases of murder.  They could simply say: ‘we have just learned of the murder of seven people by an irresponsible lunatic.  This murder occurred at whatever location and is a sorry event in a country that considers itself to be civilized.’  Full stop’."
The other danger that we face, apparently tied with journalists, is the use of drugs.  While Thao doesn't give a run-down of exactly which ones are worse than others, the reason they are bad is not just their impact on one's physical health, but how they affect the psyche of the individual.  This is not just because it prevents spiritual development when you're in a drug-induced haze, but it can actually cause a reversal of your spiritual path:
"The Astral body can only be harmed by two things: drugs and the vibrations occasioned by certain kinds of noise.  Considering only drugs, it must be understood that they have an influence that is totally against Nature.  They ‘remove’ the Astral body to another sphere where it should not be.  The Astral body should be either in a physical body or with its Higher-self, of which it is a part.  When drugged, an individual’s Astral body is as though ‘asleep’ experiencing artificial sensations that completely distort his or her judgment.  It is in the same situation as a physical body is during an important surgical operation.  If you like, it’s like a tool that we bend or break by using it incorrectly or for a task for which it was not intended.

According to the length of time that a person is under the influence of drugs, his or her Astral body is going to decline or, more exactly, it is going to become saturated with false data.  ‘Recovery’ for the Astral body can take several lifetimes: for this reason, Michel, drugs should be avoided at all costs."
Religion: The hypocrisy of money, power, and war coming from a message of love turns Thao off just a bit.
The fourth greatest danger facing humanity is another drug once called the opiate of the masses: Religion.  In order to reconcile the most spiritually advanced people in our galaxy condemning religion, we must acknowledge that following an organized religion and being spiritual can be two completely different things.  The Thiaooubans continually fight against religions and particular sects because while on the face these organizations claim to help people worship God, they in fact "make it all much more complicated and quite incomprehensible by introducing rituals and laws invented by priests who look to their own personal interests rather than following nature and Universal Law."

Thao seems particularly upset when it comes to the double-standard and hypocrisy concerning religious organizations and money.  She goes on quite a rant concerning this:
"Sects and religions are a curse on Earth and when you see that the Pope sets aside millions of francs or dollars for his travel, when he could make do with much less, and use what money is available to help countries suffering from famine, you can not persuade me that it is the word of Christ which directs such actions.

There is a passage in your Bible that says: ‘It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Paradise.’

The Vatican is certainly the wealthiest church on your planet, and yet the priests have made vows of poverty.  They have no fear of being damned, (yet they believe in damnation), because they say it is the Church which is rich, not them.  This is really just a play on words since they make up the Church.  It’s like the son of a multi-billionaire claiming that he is not rich - only his father is."
The other problem they have with religions is how holy teachings that preach peace and love can be twisted by religious leaders to promote wars and other atrocities.  From the times of the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, you had supposed Christians killing and enslaving their fellow men all in the name of Christ.  While those are older examples, have we really gotten much better?  Laurence Vance writes extensively on the intersection of American Christianity and our dual-support for any and every War the U.S. empire launches, no matter how pathetic the target or how ridiculous the justification.  When churches fly American flags, pray for the troops, and generally turn a blind eye to the sick realities of an unjust, aggressive, and morally unsupportable war - you have to ask if they care more about their 501c3 tax-exempt status than being the modern day messenger of the Prince of Peace.

While it's not something Thao specifically mentioned, my concern is that religion is used by politicians to incite ignorance, hatred, and an all-encompassing Sharia Hysteria in our people to support bombing 3rd world countries who pose no justifiable threat to us, while also using these boogeymen as the excuse to restrict our liberties at home.  With America's good name being tarnished worldwide when acts of torture, spying, and other crimes against humanity are made known, we may be setting ourselves up to be the bad-guy in the next World War.  So it seems that the four greatest dangers that face humanity are conjoining sides to the same object - money, politicians, journalists, drugs, and religions are all tools used by elites, secret societies, and other enemies of mankind to corrupt us or at least keep us distracted from what we should be truly focused on - spiritual development through living a code of love, peace, and tolerance.

What Should We Do?

Probably the most objectionable parts of Michel's report, especially for those that consider themselves religious, will be the sections that describe the history of human life on Earth including the first peoples to migrate from another planet, the histories of our religions including Judaism and Christianity, and the rise and fall of ancient civilizations over the last 1,350,000 years.  I find this part fascinating, especially as it describes such wonders of the world as the 887 giant statues of Easter Island sitting out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (it's the remnant of the lost continent Mu) and the true purpose of the Great Pyramids - not slave-built tombs, but technology used to channel energies to communicate with other planets.  Anti-gravitation, the secrets of cutting rock using 'electro-ultra-sounds', the long skulls of Peru, controlling the weather, the secrets of the moon, and other mysteries found on the History Channel now form a coherent story when seen through the lens of Thiaoouba Prophecy.

While not as important as the meaning of life and death, Thao also sheds light on the Wonders of the World.
But while those things may be interesting, we come back to the practical questions: What does it matter?  How would it change the way I live?  What do I do with this information?  Luckily, there are some valuable lessons contained in the histories of the peoples that colonized this planet from another first category planet, from which Michel met an ambassador during his travels.

First, we can learn from the bad example of Earth's first interstellar immigrants.  1,350,00 years ago, on the planet of Bakaratini of the constellation Centaur, a decision was made by the leaders of that planet to send expeditions to the planets Mars and Earth.  By the time they decided to explore our uninhabited planet they had become very spiritually advanced, but that came at the price of some very hard lessons.  They were like us, having relatively advanced technology but also enormous political barriers between themselves.  Things escalated until they finally destroyed themselves with the atom:
"A nuclear war broke out on such a grand scale that the entire planet was plunged into darkness and temperatures fell to minus 40 of your degrees Celsius.  Not only did atomic radiation destroy the population, but cold and lack of food accomplished the rest.  It is a recorded fact that a mere 150 black people and 85 yellow people survived the catastrophe, from a population of seven billion black and four billion yellow humans.  A register of survivors was taken just before they began to reproduce and when they had stopped killing each other.
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Because of the lack of food, when the weakest died, they were eaten; then, in order to eat, they had to kill each other - and that was the worst catastrophe on the planet.
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All of this occurred, in spite of all the warnings they had received.  It should be said that before this almost total decimation, both the black race and the yellow race had attained a very high level of technological advance.  The people lived in great comfort.  They worked in factories, private and government enterprises, offices - just as happens now on your planet.

They had a strong devotion to money which, to some, meant power and to others, wiser, it meant well-being.  They worked on average 12 hours per week.

On Bakaratini a week comprises six days of 21 hours each.  They tended to the material rather than the spiritual side of their existence.  At the same time, they allowed themselves to be duped and led in circles by a structure of politicians and bureaucrats, exactly as is now happening on Earth.  Leaders fool the masses with empty words and, motivated by greed or pride, they 'lead' entire nations towards their downfall.

Gradually, these two great races began to envy each other and, as there is only one step from envy to hate, eventually they hated each other so much and so completely that the catastrophe occurred.  Both possessing sophisticated arms, they achieved their mutual destruction."
So that is an example of how things could go very badly for us.  Luckily, Michael also comes to us with an example of how to avert a nuclear war scenario that he learned from a fellow first-worlder named Arki.  He came from a planet very similar to Earth but about twice the size and with 15 billion inhabitants.  They had experienced two nuclear holocausts as well as many of our problems, including "dictatorships, crime, epidemics, cataclysms, a monetary system and all that is associated with it, religions, cults and other things."  But 80 years ago something happened which can be an example for us: how a small group of people can peacefully resist their government, and how that example can inspire an entire nation to withdraw their consent and gain their freedom:
"The reform was set in motion by a group of four people from a small village on the shores of one of our largest oceans.  This group, comprising three men and one woman, preached peace, love and freedom of expression.  They traveled to the capital city of their country and requested an audience with the leaders.  Their request was denied for the regime was dictatorial and military.  For six days and five nights, the four slept in front of the palace gates, eating nothing and drinking little water.

Their perseverance attracted public attention and by the sixth day, a crowd of 2000 had gathered in front of the palace.  With feeble voices, the four preached to the crowd of uniting in love to change the regime - until guards put an end to their ‘sermon’ by shooting the four and threatening to shoot members of the crowd if they did not disperse.  This they quickly did, in genuine fear of the guards.  Nevertheless, a seed had been sown in the minds of the people.  On reflection, thousands of them came to realize that, without a peaceful understanding, they were powerless, absolutely powerless.

Word was passed around among the people - rich and poor, employer and employee, worker and foreman, and one day, six months later, the entire nation came to a standstill.
...
The nuclear power stations shut down, transport systems halted, freeways were blocked. Everything stopped.  The farmers didn’t deliver their produce; radio and television networks ceased transmitting; communication systems shut down.  The police were helpless in the face of such unity, for, in a matter of hours, millions of people had joined the ‘cease work’.  It seemed, for that time, the people had forgotten their hates, jealousies, differences of opinion as they united against injustice and tyranny.  A police force and an army comprise human beings and these human beings had relatives and friends among the crowd.

It was no longer a question of killing four subversive individuals.  Hundreds of thousands would have had to be killed just to ‘liberate’ one power station.

In the face of the people’s determination, the police, the army and the Dictator were forced to capitulate."
This story reminds me of two things from our own planet, the historic speech by Mario Savio and the essay The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de La Boétie.  Mario Savio speaks of the realization one comes to when the system around you is so corrupt, so morally and spiritually bankrupt, that you can no longer walk through life as a single piece in this great puzzle, because even though your own individual actions may not amount to horrible sins, the system you are supporting is committing great evils.  By doing nothing and continuing to play your role, to be nothing but a robot in an assembly line, your sin is one of omission.  For not doing all you can to stop the "banality of evil" you share in the responsibility.


Étienne de La Boétie's great work approaches this aspect from a slightly different angle.  Rather than deciding to "throw yourself upon the gears and upon the wheels" of the machine, he takes a hard look at the reality of voluntary servitude and recommends that you merely walk away from the machine and it will fall apart on its own accord.  Stop propping up your government, stop consenting to be ruled, and you will be ruled no longer:
"Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed.  I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces?"
So the first brave four of Arki's revolution took the path of Mario Savio, they decided they had nothing left to lose, they could no longer take part, even passively take part, in the evils of their government, and they sacrificed themselves as martyrs by being an example of peaceful resistance and non-compliance.  For this they were killed, but like the Tank Man, a seed of resistance and realization was sown in their countrymen.  Bullets could kill those first four, but the idea could not be stopped.  As this idea spread like a virus through their country, the recommendation of Boétie became a reality.  By using the power of numbers and inertia, by merely not going to work in an organized and systematized effort, the individuals may have each lost a day's wages but the owners of the system lost billions.  This was how they won their freedom and saved their nation from disaster, and if they can do it on their Planet of Sorrows, then so can we.

Conclusion


In the postscript of Thiaoouba Prophecy, Michael recommends that the book is read three times, and he says that at the end of the third reading you will fall into one of three categories:

  • The first, who form the majority, have said they still don’t believe I went to another planet, but have admitted they were moved by the book.  In any case, they have said, it doesn’t really matter whether or not it happened, what matters is the powerful underlying message. 
  • The second, is the former sceptic who, having read the book three times in a row, is convinced that my story is factual, and this reader is right. 
  • The third, is already more evolved from the outset, and knows from the outset that this is a true story.

If you've gotten through this blog, then my recommendation is more humble.  Read it once.  There is so much more to this book and I was only able to scratch the surface.  If you prefer physical books like myself, you can pick up a new copy for $27 here.  After you read the book, you can watch a lecture Michel gave regarding his trip to Thiaoouba.

I don't know how much it matters whether you fall in the first, second, or third categories of readers that Michel described.  But I do think reading this book is important.  After having read the book, the most important question isn't whether or not his journey really happened, but if there is truth contained in his story, and if so, what are you going to do about?  Maybe you won't lead the revolution yourself, but at the least this book will challenge many of your basic assumptions and foundational beliefs.  Not only that, but it's so interesting!  Once you've read it you can join me in the fun game of finding stories in the news that validate things in Thiaoouba Prophecy.

When I watch the documentary Thrive and it shows the free-energy technologies that are being suppressed, I say, "interesting, Thao described that."  When ancient cities are discovered deep in the oceans and evidence of advanced technology is found in the relics I am not surprised.  As technologies develop that allow us to see Auras I feel relief, as Thao says it is imperative that our experts invent the special equipment necessary to perceive the Aura so that we can make the correct choices in the times ahead.

But the main benefit I've received from Thiaoouba Prophecy is peace of mind.  Especially helpful for those in the liberty movement that follow every news event in great trepidation of the acceleration towards the Big Event, the words of Thao allow me to keep perspective on the big picture and remind me to focus on controlling the controllables.  It is a comforting feeling to know that, even in the worse case scenario, if the tensions in the Middle East or on Russia's doorstep lead us to nuclear war, that this is part of the natural cycle that first-category planets go through.  It wouldn't be the first and it wouldn't be the last time this has happened on a Planet of Sorrows like ours.  I don't want to come off as nihilistic, we should most definitely do everything we can to follow the path of Arki's revolution and not of the Bakaratinians.  But in the end the only person we can truly control is ourselves, and if we each work on our own spiritual development by living a code of friendship, tolerance, peace, and love, then even if we don't save this world, at least we'll each have a better chance of moving on to the next level!

Keep it simple: Focus on improving yourself, it's the only person you can truly change.

6/12/2013

Oblivion: Pro-Humanity, Anti-Illuminati

At first glance Oblivion is just another post-apocalyptic science fiction film that is strong in the special effects department but weak in the storyline.  Rotten Tomatoes gave Oblivion 55% with a consensus of "Visually striking but thinly scripted".  The professional reviews more or less agreed, with CNN declaring "Oblivion shoots for the moon and falls short", and Breitbart feeling that awkward questions were left unanswered.  NPR was particularly nasty, saying Oblivion is the "most incoherent piece of storytelling since John Travolta's Battlefield Earth" before wondering if "Cruise was trying to beat out fellow Scientologist John Travolta for the worst plotted sci-fi movie ever".

Like every other conceivable topic, radio-host Alex Jones had a radically different take on Oblivion.  When I heard him praise the movie and call it an anti-illuminati tour de force, I decided to give it a shot despite the unimpressive previews and the mixed reviews.  I'm certainly glad I did, as Oblivion is the only movie I can remember seeing twice in the theaters.  It now ranks amongst my all-time favorite "everything is a lie" movies where the protagonist wakes up to an earth-shattering paradigm-shift such as They Live, Solyent Green, and The Matrix.  Oblivion is an amazingly profound movie with a plot that is air tight as long as you understand the symbolism and the messages it is promoting.  Unfortunately, I think that was lost on most viewers, but I'm happy to explain in the hopes that Oblivion receives the credit it deserves.

Symbolism - Jack Harper and the Tet

The year is 2077, and Tech 49 Jack Harper believes he is one of the last humans on planet Earth.  Sixty years ago an alien attack destroyed the moon causing cataclysmic events on Earth, which was followed by a ground invasion by the "Scavs".  The surviving humans were able to defeat the aliens using nuclear weapons, but at the cost of making the earth mostly inhospitable for human life.  The humans built a giant tetrahedral space station called the Tet and migrated to Titan, a moon of Saturn.  Jack is a member of the "mop-up crew" on planet Earth, watching over flying power stations that create fusion energy from sea water.  His mission is to protect these power stations from the remaining Scavs by repairing the autonomous, weaponized drones, which protect the power stations and hunt down Scavs.  Due to the criticality of his mission, Jack's memory was wiped out 5 years ago, but in two short weeks he will go with his partner Victoria to reunite with his human brethren on Titan.  At least, that's what he thinks.

As Jack Harper discovers during the course of the film, the reality concerning his own identity, the Scavs, and the Tet is the opposite of what he was lead to believe.  The Scavs are not the alien menace he thought, but are the tattered remains of human civilization that live underground and disguise their appearance to avoid the murderous drones.  The Tet is not of human creation, but is itself the source of the alien attack that destroyed the moon and most of the life on planet Earth.  And finally, Jack Harper is not a man with a mere 5 year memory wipe, but is one of countless clones of a NASA pilot who was captured by the Tet 60 years ago.  The first wave of the Tet's ground invasion consisted of armies of Jack Harpers programmed to destroy their own kind.  Now in the next phase, the Jack Harper clones serve the more efficient role of repairmen, delegating the job of hunting and killing to the drones.

So what does the Tet symbolize?  When Jack has his final confrontation with the Tet he encounters a sentient, upside-down pyramid with an all-seeing eye that says "I am your God!".  The Tet exists to destroy humanity while controlling them like cattle when they can serve its purpose.  The Tet has perfected the art of concealing the truth and programing human beings with a false reality so that these "useful idiots" may assist in the fulfillment of its master plan.  The Tet is the Illuminati.

The final villain is a pyramid with an all-seeing eye, could the symbolism be more obvious?  Like Brave New Bookstore, Oblivion inverts the Illuminati symbol as a sign of resistance and disrespect to their top-down power structure.

For those only familiar with the Illuminati and its symbolic all-seeing eye pyramid through Dan Brown novels, the National Treasure movies, or the back of the $1 bill, the historical Illuminati was a secret society founded by Adam Weishaupt on May 1st, 1776 in Bavaria.  The ruler of Bavaria later banned all secret societies, including the Order of the Illuminati, and this resulted in many of their secret documents being seized and published in 1787 as their members fled and disbanded.

While no one denies that the Bavarian Illuminati existed, any reference to such a group after their suppression in Bavaria is pure conjecture and the object of ridicule.  Various conspiracy theorists will point to the hand of the Illuminati pulling strings and planning events ranging from the French Revolution, the Federal Reserve System, JFK's assassination, and the various maneuverings towards a one-world government, or a New World Order, up to this day.

Take a close look at a $1 bill and ask yourself, when did an all-seeing eye pyramid become an American symbol?

Whether or not the Illuminati exists a la Eyes Wide Shut, the prevalence of its concept and symbolism is hard to deny.  Consider the pyramid and the all-seeing eye.  The bottom of the pyramid is the foundation and the widest part of the structure.  Here lie the masses that prop the power structure up and are in turn dominated by those above them.  Each succeeding level of the pyramid represents fewer people with a higher level of understanding and greater power over those below them.  At the very top of the pyramid you reach "illumination" with god-like power and knowledge.  This symbol would accurately represent the functioning of any secret society, such as the Masons, where it is argued that "porch Masons" at the bottom think their organization is all about charity and fraternity, but only select members that advance through the ranks to ultimately reach the status of the 33rd degree would be made privy to the true secrets and goals of their organization.  This compartmentalized structure common in all secret societies makes plausible the claim that the Illuminati did not disband after Bavaria, but merely infiltrated other shadowy organizations.

With a secret society being, by definition, officially non-existent, the same group may be referred to by various names such as the Illuminati, the New World Order, or the Insiders.  Call it what you will.  However, credibility becomes an issue when you cannot point to anything more concrete than a hypothetical shadowy group, so it is important to note these claims are not only found on obscure websites where people can say anything.  Dr. Carroll Quigley of Georgetown University wrote Tragedy and Hope, which exposed the true role that elite secret societies have played in the historical events of the last 100 years.  He also wrote The Anglo-American Establishment, which documented how Cecil Rhodes used his fortune to set up secret societies known by various names, including the "Round Table Group" and the "Milner Group", which in turn created front organizations including the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Institute of Pacific Relations, and the Council on Foreign Relations.  In his books Quigley made it clear that he was aligned with this nameless secret society, he agreed with their methods and goals, he just believed that their true role in history is too important to be left in the shadows.  And the shadows is exactly where they would prefer to stay.

So if the Tet represents the Illuminati, what does Jack Harper represent?  The original NASA pilot Jack Harper was captured by the Tet, with his last memory being engulfed (illuminated?) in a bright white light.  Fast forward 60 years, and Tech 49 Jack Harper is one of countless clones created, grown, and programmed by the Tet.  Jack Harper has been taught an official story to explain his surroundings, and as long as he obeys authority and doesn't go outside of his prescribed boundaries his reality is mostly coherent.  Day by day he wakes up, puts his pants on one leg at a time, and does his job of repairing drones and killing Scavs, waiting to be rewarded for his service with his retirement on Titan.  Jack Harper has no idea that his actions are serving a sinister agenda that he would take no part in if he understood the full truth.

Jack Harper could be generally thought of as the American booboisie.  He is a man born in America, numbered and tracked from birth, raised in a government school that teaches him that everything good in the world comes from government and that it is perfectly normal to have every activity he wants to engage in licensed, regulated, and dictated by his superiors.  Jack Harper is the man who is taught that the highest form of morality is to obey authority, whether that is the teacher, the drill Sargent, or the President.  Jack Harper is the American who swears an oath to protect and defend the constitution, but has no idea what it means.  He is the man that sheds a tear at the pledge of allegiance, but has no concept of the principles that America was founded upon.  Jack Harper is the 18-year old high school senior that wants to serve his country, puts trust in the authority of those around him, and ends up massacring innocent people in 3rd world countries.  Perhaps the closest comparison is to the 22 year-old serial-killer drone pilot, as he, like Jack, doesn't get up close and personal to the Scavs he believes are his enemies, and is thus prevented from recognizing their common humanity.  It's hard to be angry at a Jack Harper, pity is the most appropriate response.  All you can try to do is wake him up, and if that fails, forgive him because "he knows not what he does".

The Implications of Serving the Tet

Recognizing the Tet as the Illuminati, or whatever name you choose to give the power behind the throne, and Jack Harper as the useful idiot who serves them, several powerful messages are readily apparent.  The first is to recognize that Jack Harper and those like him that serve evil usually think they are doing good.  Creating such a person is accomplished through instilling the belief in obeying authority rather than thinking for oneself, being brainwashed with a false history, and staying within very narrow confines of reality that constitute one's compartmentalization.

For Tech 49 Jack Harper, the compartmentalization couldn't be more obvious.  Jack is told that the whole world is radioactive and inhospitable, such that he never leaves the designated area that he is assigned to monitor.  Whenever his spacecraft approaches the edge of the box that he is confined in, flashing lights warn him to turn around before he enters the deadly radiation zone.  As long as he stays within the boundaries of his pre-approved reality he will continue to be a trusting and obedient servant to his masters.  But the moment he breaks out of the radiation zone and comes face to face with Tech 52, a clone of himself, he realizes that his entire life is based on lies.

Drones aren't so cool when they're pointed at you.  As Tech 49 Jack Harper says, "It's just a machine, I'm the weapon."

Another of Oblivion's messages is that you can't join evil.  You may serve it, but you are still the enemy.  Jack Harper and Victoria of station 49 believe that their 5 year duty is almost up and they'll finally get their just rewards on Titan.  But that's not the way the Tet works.  If they continued to serve the Tet then they'd only have 2 weeks left before they would be liquidated and replaced with new clones off the factory line.  The odds of beating the Tet may seem insurmountable to Jack, but at least by facing reality and turning against his true enemy he has a fighting chance, and more importantly, is not willfully working towards his own destruction.

While Tech 49 Jack Harper at least shows curiosity and a willingness to disobey authority, his partner Victoria represents the willfully ignorant.  She never questions authority, and she never disobeys.  Jack sees beauty in a flower and brings it to her, but all she sees is a violation of their regulations such that she quickly throws it away under the excuse that "it could have germs".  When Jack commits an offense against authority so severe in her eyes she betrays him and turns him in to the Tet, it's not only Jack that the drone turns against, but it actually kills Victoria first.  Thus, there is no winning when serving evil.  You can, like Victoria, turn away from the awful truth and say, "I don't want to know!" while sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich.  But that's what the evil wants, it depends on your naiveté, your inability to comprehend the darkness in the heart of man.  When your head is in the sand you are a much easier target.

A Message of Hope: Wake up and Fight!

The most uplifting message in Oblivion is that it's never too late to wake up, regain your humanity, and join in the fight against evil.  Many complain, myself included, about the dangerous tyranny that seems to be accelerating towards our front door, but what do we face compared to the living nightmare of Oblivion?  And yet there is hope.  No matter how much propaganda and disinformation the system puts out, all it takes is someone with a little curiosity and love in their hearts to recognize the lies for what they are and break out of their conditioning.

Jack is curious, but he is also courageous.  He is irrevocably changed when he witnesses a drone killing human beings in sleep pods that crash-landed in his sector.  When he interposes himself between a total stranger and the drone that he was responsible for fixing, totally willing to die in order to save the life of another, he has crossed the tipping point.  Morgan Freeman's character is a leader of the Scavs / Humans, and he remarks that he first thought Tech 49 Jack Harper was different when he saw him pick up a book and display curiosity, but when he saw Jack risk his life to save another from the drone, he knew Jack was the one he was looking for.

Mentioning the Illuminati requires a reference to numerology: note that Tech 49 Jack Harper and the main drone he fights, #166, both add up to 13, which is supposedly a sacred number to the Illuminati, referring to their 13 bloodlines.

Once Jack Harper obeys a moral law rather than the law of authority, once he chooses to protect a stranger against the drone that he is ordered to serve, not only does the system turn against him, but he finally sees the truth of the world around him.  His entire paradigm is turned upside down in a moment.  This is the symbolic death of Tech 49 drone-repairman Jack Harper and the rebirth of someone new, someone like the NASA pilot captured 60 years before.  As bad as things are, the system always has a weak spot because it is built on a foundation of lies and it completely depends on the Jack Harpers of the world to follow orders and never cross outside of their designated zone.  But all it takes is a little curiosity, a willingness to disobey authority, to ask "why?" rather than to say "yes, sir", and the whole evil system can be brought down in the blink of an eye.

Conclusion: Recognize the reborn Jack Harpers all around us

When Jack Harper sees the drone that he is ordered to serve murder innocent people in front of his eyes, all of his training, programming, and brainwashing goes out the window.  He risks his very life to stand up against a gross injustice, even though it goes against everything he was taught to believe.  He is a hero, and we should learn to recognize the heroes around us that answer to a higher morality than that of blindly obeying authority.  When our overseers call them traitors, we need to ask just what have they committed treason against - good or evil?

They called him a traitor, now we call him a hero.
Think of Hugh Thompson, the helicopter pilot that stopped the My Lai Massacre when he flew his helicopter between the fleeing civilians and his own troops and ordered them to stop massacring women and children or he would open fire.  Though he was trained to see the Vietnamese as sub-human Scavs, he broke out of his conditioning to stand up for what was right.

Think of Bradley Manning as he rots in a secret prison somewhere.  He too saw that his supposed enemies did not deserve to be shot like dogs in the street, and he risked everything, his very freedom, to expose the "collateral murder" that occurred in his name.

Today the cries of treason are being launched against Edward Snowden.  He has risked everything he is and has to expose the blatantly unconstitutional violations committed by our government, explaining that he doesn't want to live in a world where everything he says and does is recorded.  The question is the title of a hundred articles, is he a traitor or a hero?

Whether you decide traitor or hero for a particular circumstance, at least we still live in a world where human beings have the capacity to choose whether to follow orders or obey a higher law.  As is made terrifyingly clear in Oblivion, weaponized, autonomous drones will not question orders.  They will obey their masters, always.  We're not there yet, and we should make every effort to keep it that way.

5/12/2013

The Choice is Yours


Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you choose to react to it
To be a sophomore in college without a care in the world, what a blissfully ignorant fool I was.  At that time the fun police had not yet conquered Iowa City, and it was still legal for an 18-year-old to go to the bars.  The rationale for this wonderful state of affairs was that young people just want to dance and socialize.  The reality was that they go to the bars for the same reason everyone else does.  The culture was so lax that bouncers didn't bat an eye as one ID was used to get 5 guys into a bar via the "pass-back" method. 18-year-olds were treated like the adults they supposedly are.  It was glorious.

But at the same time it was all a racket.  Cops would enter the bars and start handing out tickets like shooting fish in a barrel.  Iowa is consistently ranked as a top party school, and I'd wager we also ranked at the top of colleges whose graduates have a criminal record.  Adopting the 'work hard, play hard' philosophy, I quickly contributed to that statistic.  By the end of my sophomore year I had used both of my life-time deferments in the State of Iowa.  The final straw was being charged with a DUI, driving under the influence, when I was neither drunk nor driving.  I put the key in the ignition, I saw cherries, and I took the key out of the ignition.  The single beer that allowed me to blow over 0.0 but far below the legal limit put me in the slammer.  When you're under 21 there is "zero-tolerance" for this kind of thing, so one drink is the same as being blacked-out behind the wheel.  It seemed an injustice at the time, and still does, but little did I know this incident would lead to the best decision I ever made.

I recognized that if I stayed in Iowa City I would not stop going out and drinking with my friends because it was too much fun and too easy to "get away with."  Realizing that a misdemeanor charge for possession of alcohol no longer meant a $100 slap on the wrist, but jail time for violating probation and throwing away the $2,500 I had spent on a lawyer to get my DUI deferred, I did the only logical thing I could: I exiled myself from Iowa City for two summers by joining the Southwestern Company's door-to-door sales program.

What I Learned as a Door-to-Door Salesman

14 hours a day, 6 days a week, cold-calling door-to-door as an independent contractor on straight commission all alone in a state far away from your friends and family.  What's not to like?  I was a book-man, and Yuba City, California was my territory.  I couldn't understand why anyone else would sign up for this, but my reasoning was simple: no matter how challenging selling books door-to-door would be, it definitely beats rotting in jail.  That was my story, and I decided to stick to it.

Once the decision was made that I would finish my summer, that quitting was truly not an option, the next life-changing decision came naturally: I would drink all the Kool-Aid the Southwestern Company served.  Some people warned me to stay clear of Southwestern, they said it was a cult.  But if their cult would brainwash me to succeed and make a lot of money, then sign me up.  Ultimately, by eagerly gulping down the Kool-Aid with both hands, I would be a top first year dealer and bring home over $10,000 in profit my first summer.  But looking back on my door-to-door career I don't think of the money that is long gone, but at the success principles that I was taught, and which I still use today.

All companies talk about core-values, but few walk the walk.  A book-man doesn't hold these beliefs on faith, he knows they are true from first-hand experience.

Cultivating the Habit of a Positive Attitude
"Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts." - Og Mandino, Scroll VI, The Greatest Salesman in the World
It's noon on a Wednesday in California.  I haven't had a sale all day, and instead of being focused on the next door, I'm praying for a "sit-down demo" of my books just to get out of the heat.  But instead of getting invited into an air-conditioned living room with a glass of lemonade, I get the door slammed on my face.  Meanwhile, my friends are back in Iowa City relaxing in the pool and boozing with beautiful women.  What was I thinking?

But Southwestern's sales school prepared me for this.  They told me that the job would be hard, that I would want to quit.  They told me this job would give me my highest-highs and my lowest-lows.  This is what I signed up for.  I looked my sales manager in the eye and promised that come hell or high-water I would finish my summer and see him in Nashville in 11 weeks and not a day sooner.  Would I keep my promise?

While it is possible some people are born with a positive attitude, for most it only comes through force of habit.  And how does one make positive thinking a habit?  By first changing the existing habit of being negative.  Thus, we were taught to launch a pre-emptive strike against the negative thoughts that were sure to come by saying positive phrases out-loud.  It might make you look like a crazy person running around talking to yourself, but you're crazy like a fox.

So every morning at 5:59 AM we'd shoot out of bed saying "Great day", "Today is the best day of my life", and "I love my job".  We'd have post-it notes with these cheesy one-liners all over our room and the bathroom mirror to remind us to say them out-loud.  And before we'd hit our first house of the day, we would read aloud one of the scrolls from Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman in the World.  Scroll III, "I will persist until I succeed", and Scroll VI, "Today I will be master of my emotions", were my two favorites.  And that wasn't the end.  In between every house, all day long, the positive phrases were a constant companion.  Every time I could feel a negative thought like "this sucks", "this isn't for me", or "I want to quit" coming along, I'd counter-attack by shouting a positive phrase from my arsenal of one-liners.

By the requisite 21 days needed to form a habit, the negative thoughts occurred less and less, and the positive phrases became more and more natural.  When someone would ask "how are you doing", the quasi-negative answer of "not bad" would be naturally replaced with "today is the best day of my life".  Was it really?  Objectively maybe not, but the motto was "fake it till you make it".  If you say "today is the best day of my life" long enough, you will begin to believe it, and then amazing things begin to happen.

"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.  A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes.  It is a catalyst...a spark that creates extraordinary results".  No surprise that Successories, the company that makes these inspirational posters, was founded by a book-man.

Control the Controllables

While there are obvious benefits to cultivating the habit of a positive attitude, including health benefits, a positive attitude is not necessarily an end in itself.  Life is full of tragedies, and sometimes it is impossible or inappropriate to find the "positive" in those situations.  This is where the book-man motto "Control the Controllables" comes into play.

When despite your best planning life doesn't go your way and the unfortunate happens, you are left with the choice of how to respond.  Your options are divided into two logical categories: the things you can control, and the things you cannot control.  This may seem self-evident, but by consciously analyzing your situation along these lines you immediately improve your situation.

Why worry about something you can't control?  What does it buy you?  It might make you feel better to call up a friend or family member and relate the story of the horrible thing that happened to you, but how has that materially changed your situation?  With this attitude towards things you can't control, the mere act of identifying them automatically frees you of any further injury they could cause.  The bad thing happened, it's over, it's done with, now what?  At least the bad thing that you can't control won't make matters worse by taking up your time thinking about it and keeping you from acting on what's truly important: the things you can control.

In the middle of my first summer I was struck with an ingrown toenail which required a surgical procedure at the local hospital to have the offending piece of nail removed.  I couldn't do anything about the fact that the ingrown toenail happened, I couldn't do anything about the pain, and I couldn't keep up the pace I had grown accustomed to.  Those were the things I couldn't control.  But I could control my attitude, and I could decide to get back to work and get as close as possible to 30 demos a day.  While the temptation existed to milk the injury for all it was worth and maybe spend a few days on the couch to rest up, I decided to work the hours I pledged, even if that meant limping door-to-door.

As I discovered, even though I sold far more books on other days, I was most proud of those few days I spent hobbling around with a bandaged toe.  I was even more focused on getting "sit-down demos" instead of "door-demos" then before, as every invitation inside meant an opportunity to change my bandage and soak my toe in warm salt-water as the doctor instructed.  Ironically, maybe some of the sales I got were due to sympathy and wouldn't have been achieved without the injury!  Words from sales school rang true: act with integrity by doing what you say you will do, real success is doing your personal best, and if the path you're on isn't a difficult one, then you're going in the wrong direction.

The Power of Taking Responsibility

With a positive attitude and a mindset of "controlling the controllables", the next lesson I learned on the book-field was the power of taking responsibility for my actions and my attitude.  But first I have a story that can only be told by Mort Utley, National Speakers Association Hall of Famer, as he gave the keynote address to Southwestern in the late 1980's:


Remember the Pony.  This story serves two purposes for me.  On the one hand, it's the perfect way to lighten up the mood and help you stay positive when something bad happens.  Another door slammed in my face after crashing my bike, cutting up my knees, and losing my lunch in a puddle?  Wow, I must have a big pony coming my way!

On the other hand, there is obviously no direct connection between the trials and tribulations you face and how "big" the ponies will be, that is, as long as you are looking at it from the short-term material perspective.  However, if you view the ponies not as your sales, but as the lessons you learn and the growth in character that you acquire by overcoming challenges and persisting in the face of adversity, then the direct connection is very real.

Every challenge you face can be viewed from two perspectives, it can be the bad thing that happened to you which becomes your excuse for not meeting your life goals, or it can be the story of how you turned the challenge into an opportunity to accomplish something you never thought possible.  It's a slight twist on the phrase "whether you think you can or you can't, you are right."

It makes no sense to take responsibility for things you can't control, and with a negative attitude focusing on your responsibility risks sinking into the depths self-pity and depression over past mistakes.  But with all three techniques you can become very powerful.  Consider two people who have experienced the exact same scenario, Smith and Jones.  Smith explains how the bad thing in life "happened to him", and he can relate a perfectly reasonable and compelling explanation for why his past victim-hood caused him to fail in his goals.  Nods of sympathy all around.  But Jones tells a different story, the bad thing that happened is not the heart of the story, instead he focuses on how he failed to control his emotions.  He takes responsibility for his failure to control the only thing he could control, his attitude, and he looks forward to an opportunity to learn from his mistake and succeed in mastering his emotions the next time tragedy strikes.  Question: Who is the more powerful person?  Who is in a better position in the future?

The answer seems so obvious and perfectly rational, and so it begs the question: if it truly is in our best interest to take responsibility for our actions, why don't people do it?  I asked my sales manager a similar question after my first summer.  I couldn't understand why people would go out for the summer only to not follow the lessons learned in sales school.  We all gave up our college summers to go work hard and make money, so why in the world would you suffer the pain but not take the extra steps to gain?  I didn't think it was rational, but he gave me a very insightful explanation: "They get to be right".

By not following the techniques to cultivate the habit of a positive attitude, usually because it appears so lame and cultish to people on the outside, the negative thoughts are a constant companion: "I hate this job", "This isn't for me", "I should quit", "No one likes these books", "I'm not cut out for sales", "I'm bothering people", "I have a bad territory", "This is a scam".  These thoughts influence your mood, and your mood will influence your actions.  You can give the exact same demo word for word, but if your heart isn't in it, if you don’t have a positive, service-minded attitude, your potential customers are far less likely to want to do business with you.

So what do you get out of it?  You get to be right.  Every slammed door is another confirmation of your negative bias, that you were right all along, that selling books door-to-door really isn't for you.  Smith says, "Another mom that doesn't want my books, I knew my territory sucks.  No one cares about their kid's education here!  If only I had Jones' territory, then I'd succeed.  This isn't fair, I quit!".  Jones says the only territory that matters is the 6 inches between his ears, he thanks the mom for her "No", because he is one door closer to a "Yes".  And the crazy thing is, they are both right.

Success Principles for Libertarians

This world can be a lonely, scary, and depressing place for a libertarian.  Society seems to be moving further and further away from the principles of freedom and towards the principles of violence, compulsion, and coercion at an accelerating rate.  Violations of our rights that would have been unthinkable 5 or 10 years back are now touted as the only option.  Every country's economic policy is based on a fallacy that should have been put to rest 160 years ago.  What can a single man do versus all the power of the state?

For one thing, a libertarian can focus on controlling the controllables.  We can't turn the world into a libertarian paradise overnight, but it turns out there is quite a lot we can control in our daily lives that adds up to big changes in the aggregate.
With our attitudes ultimately being the one and only thing that we can control 100%, this is the most important thing libertarians should focus on.  When a new activist goes down the rabbit hole and understands the depths of our problems, the initial reaction is commonly to tell everyone, everywhere, all the time.  This leads to disappointment when the masses aren't readily convinced and don't immediately join us in our noble cause.  This rejection often leads to activists "burning out" and choosing to disengage from activism because they don't readily see fruit from their labors.

But what if libertarian activists started applying the success principles outlined above, starting with reading the scrolls from The Greatest Salesman in the World?  After all, we are salesman, we sell what we believe to be the truth, and we make a sale every time we introduce that truth to a new mind.  Every day we can have little victories.  Every conversation with a friend, family member, co-worker, or complete stranger is one step closer to our ultimate goal of liberty in our lifetime.  And even if that conversation doesn't immediately wake the person up, you have planted a seed that could bear fruit days, weeks, or even years later.  Imagine what would happen if every morning every libertarian activist started his day by reading aloud Scroll III, I will persist until I succeed, and took that lesson to heart.  Forget liberty in our lifetime, we'd have it within 2-3 weeks tops.
"I will persist until I succeed.

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I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.  I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd.  I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep.  I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.  Let them join the sheep.  The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

I will persist until I succeed.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.  Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never will I know how close it lies until I turn the corner.

Always will I take another step.  If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.  In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.

I will persist until I succeed.

Henceforth, I will consider each day's effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak.  The first blow may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third.  Each blow, by itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence.  Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble.  So it will be with my efforts of today.

I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger; the star which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid.  I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete my undertaking.

...

I will persist until I succeed.

I will try, and try, and try again.  Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal and a challenge to my profession.  I will persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm.

...

I will persist until I succeed.

Nor will I allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.  I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist.  For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win.

I will persist.

I will win."
Libertarians can also learn from Scroll IX, "I will act now", by focusing our energies where we can achieve liberty that doesn't involve waiting 4 more years to "kick the bums out".
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