The end of the year is a time to turn to more ‘spiritual’ or reflective themes. This year two contrasting spiritualities, featured in previous end of year posts, have been headline news.
One set of posts has looked at Salvation through Technology.
In 2021, we have seen a flowering of these issues with some wealthy men, heavily endorsed by the American government, taking the first steps toward leaving the planet and its disasters behind, as prophesied by David Noble a decade ago. His Religion and Technology book was written just before he abruptly died of pneumonia, the kind of death that now seems typical for Covid.
Some of these rocketmen figure they might have a spiritual experience en route – a glorified big-dipper spirituality.
A prominent religious leader, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, climbed on board with this line of thinking, when the Vatican became the first State in Europe to mandate vaccines. Like Elon Musk solving his degrading planet difficulties with a technical solution – leaving it – so Jorge-Mario faced with the coronavirus has turned to a technical solution.
Jorge invokes the need to get vaccinated as an act of communal solidarity. But where is the communal solidarity in withholding clinical trial data from scrutiny. The vaccine trials have been the ultimate in Garbage in, Gospel out – with the Gospels in this case appropriately written by ghost-authors.
We have Albert telling us that Love of the people we know can overcome the Fear of the Vaccine but there is no sign of Love overcoming Albert or Pfizer’s Greed. Greed is one of the 7 Deadly Sins – Fear isn’t.
In 1995, when The Antidepressant Era was written, a turn to technical developments of this type looked inevitable to me – as I think this quote suggests:
As with many other aspects of the modern marketplace, therapeutics at present seems to be leading to an atomisation of distress. Just as the ideal market arrangements would have everyone living in a single’s apartment, each complete with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, so also treatment development in practice has disconnected individuals from their social milieu.
A recent article on Korean Untact industries shows that new A.I. based industries and the Metaverse are on the verge of offering a new option for those of us who have difficulties with people in general. We will soon be able to live alone interfacing with others or their avatars through our technologies.
Having said this, Jorge-Mario to give him credit has been known to admit mistakes. Several years ago, he accepted that he had made a mistake when he dismissed Chileans asking him to believe what they were saying about child abuse by the clergy. He apologized.
Here’s hoping an angel visits him some night over Xmas – perhaps with a vision of an Untact Xmas Future.
The other spiritual strand in end of year posts has engaged with something more difficult to capture in words. The Stone that the Builders Rejected is how a previous prophet tried to convey the idea. A latter-day prophet, Leonard Cohen, referred to The Crack in Everything, that’s How the Light Gets In.
Among the posts grappling with this have been:
This strand too has been exemplified in 2021 to a greater extent than in any other year. RxISK and DH have always been about those who have been harmed by treatment. The injured take centre stage in Shipwreck – El Naufragio de lo Singular.
This year there have not just been more people harmed by medical treatment than ever before but those who have been harmed have been rejected like never before. In the case of people harmed by vaccines:
Abandoned, they have been the only people with an incentive to do science while politicians, doctors, the media, and especially the Left, wrapped in the greatest concentration of fake literature on earth and ever in human history, proclaim the need to follow the science. The Pharisees, you could call them, proclaim salvation through treatment and regard asking questions or mentioning harms as blasphemous.
Once again, it turns out that the springs of new life bubble up within those who are rejected. What you get in the Temples looks increasingly soul-destroying. No light gets in there.
Back before the New Evidence Based Testament (Google/Facebook) got written, a doctor (sometimes the media or the courts) listened, interrogated, examined and between the person harmed and the doctor, or whoever, a case report got written and published in a good journal, alerting people to hazards and contributing to the case law that was medicine then.
The New Testament, however, denies that sacraments (treatments) can harm and so faced with a person obviously different to what they were a few days before, everyone is pressured to relocate the problem to the person’s mind or perhaps the mind of someone foolish enough, or screwy enough, to view this as anything but misinformation or an anecdote. Instead of endorsing this, it seems the Pharisees feel a need to hunt down the Svengalis who go around selling people on the idea that being nasogastric tube fed and confined to a wheelchair is not our natural state.
This New Testament leads doctors to gaslight people who are harmed, perhaps give them a possible death sentence by refusing to endorse a medical exemption.
It leads politicians to show the kind of leadership that the Brits did with The Charge of the Light Brigade or in World War I. Who cares – its just the plebs.
theirs is not to make reply,
theirs is not to reason why,
theirs is but to take and die
into the valley of death….
Even Jorge Mario gets to twist himself into a Pretzel invoking communal solidarity without asking where the solidarity is in not enabling full access to all the data and asking about the wholly ghost writing of the New Testament.
The story about Jorge’s role in Argentina’s Disappeared remains unclear. On the seventieth anniversary of the Charter of Human Rights he cited the unborn, prisoners, those in gig economy type jobs, and (it was widely noted) the disappeared as people we need to remember.
Those injured by vaccines and drugs are likely to wonder how he squares this with his refusal to engage with them and the lies that have led to their disappearance.
He has been offered opportunities to intervene but has passed on by.
Leonie Fennell wrote to him in 2013 about her son Shane. See an Irish Epidemic. You can read more about Leonie’s letter and the response, a pouring of water over Jorge’s hands by a man called Peter Wells in Silent Night in the Vatican. In his response on behalf of the ‘Holy Father’, Wells also sent the trinkets below.
A year later, Leonie and I took the harms that antidepressants can cause to the then Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Martin. Perhaps he was seduced by the thought of meeting (an attractive woman) a poor soul whom all of Ireland and especially Dublin knew had been visited by an unspeakable horror. He didn’t look like he expected to be informed about the scientific sin of withholding all clinical trial data on drugs and the ghostwriting of all articles on on-patent drugs in the new liturgy, or that in addition to homicide SSRIs lowered fertility, caused abortions and birth defects.
We told him that these were issues that needed input from someone of his stature. He didn’t have to take sides but he was in a position to open a debate in Ireland so people knew there was something that needed to be addressed. He did nothing. Not even dangling abortion can induce the Catholic Church to even think about asking the questions that need asking.
I was also surprised that he was prepared to have me at a meeting about psychotropic drug as two years before Joe Ratzinger (Pope Benedikt) had nixed me from just such a meeting, apparently for the mortal sin of terming the Anthony Fauci, Charlie Nemeroff and Siegfried Kasper types of this world as Cardinals and perhaps for using the picture below when making the point – a photo op taken when Karol Wotyla got the US cardinals together to manage the child abuse scandal (something of a non-event).
I’ve since been nixed by YouTube – see The Handmaid’s Vaccine. But the Vatican got there first.
Companies are now using Jorge, and others of his vintage, as the pretext to jab any 5 to 16 year old innocent they can find – and pretty soon even younger. Companies are also making sure everyone gets to hear about Jorge’s view that people are crazy not to get vaccinated.
Jorge likely gets letters from thousands of people. He cannot respond to all of them, and functionaries, like Peter Wells, aren’t likely to take any initiatives.
But he has been directly approached by people who have attempted to let him know about the life-altering injuries they have had. Mentioning harms, though, seems to lead Jorge to call people anti-vaxx.
Passing someone by on the road who has been injured is not what we expect of a good person – lets not use the word spiritual.
This is not simply a matter of being good by doing what the rules say we should do – helping our neighbour or fellow human being.
Clearly the person on the roadside is in a life-changing position if we make them disappear.
But we who pass by also disappear. No amount of Temple going can stop this change from happening. We might be able to keep the image of ourselves as a Temple-going person in place but the person behind that image will have changed .
The things we do or do not do change us. The things we do or do not do make us who we become. It is when we meet others where they are, the springs of life start to bubble up.
A willingness to engage with people who have been harmed is where both their and our redemption comes from.