Parables of Wisdom: On Non-Conformity with the Insane Masses

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The Parable of the Poisoned Well:

“There was once a wise king who ruled over a vast city. He was feared for his might and loved for his wisdom. Now in the heart of the city, there was a well whose waters were pure and crystalline from which the king and all the inhabitants drank. When all were asleep, an enemy entered the city and poured seven drops of a strange liquid into the well. And he said that henceforth all who drink this water shall become mad.

All the people drank of the water, but not the king. And the people began to say, “The king is mad and has lost his reason. Look how strangely he behaves. We cannot be ruled by a madman, so he must be dethroned.”

The king grew very fearful, for his subjects were preparing to rise against him. So one evening, he ordered a golden goblet to be filled from the well, and he drank deeply. The next day, there was great rejoicing among the people, for their beloved king had finally regained his reason.”

“A time will come when the whole world will go mad. And to anyone who is not mad they will say: ‘You are mad, for you are not like us.'”

~ St. Anthony the Great (attributed to)

Enlightening Talks: Mark Passio – The True Meaning And Purpose Of The 2nd Amendment

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This is the presentation Mark Passio gave at the monthly Philadelphia Liberty On The Rocks meetup on February 10, 2015.

In this presentation, Mark breaks down the entire 2nd Amendment in depth, explaining what each word and term in it means, as well as emphasizing its true intended purpose.

Wisdom Books: Studies in Occultism by H. P. Blavatsky

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This approachable introduction to Occultic knowledge is a concise and understandable starting point to your journey into the Mystic. The occult (from the Latin word occultus “clandestine, hidden, secret”) is “knowledge of the hidden”. In common English usage, occult refers to “knowledge of the paranormal”, as opposed to “knowledge of the measurable”, usually referred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to mean knowledge that “is meant only for certain people” or that “must be kept hidden”, but for most practising occultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences. The terms esoteric and arcane have very similar meanings, and in most contexts the three terms are interchangeable.

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Quotes of Wisdom: Jacob Needleman on Self-Development

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Man must have results, real results, in his inner and outer life. I do not mean the results which modern people strive after in their attempts at self-development. These are not results, but only rearrangements of psychic material, a process the Buddhists call *samsara* and which our Holy Bible calls *dust*.

~ Jacob Needleman

Enlightening Lectures: Neil Postman – The Surrender of Culture to Technology

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A lecture delivered by Neil Postman on Mar. 11, 1997 in the Arts Center. Based on the author’s book of the same title. Neil Postman notes the dependence of Americans on technological advances for their own security. Americans have come to expect technological innovations to solve the larger problems of mankind. Technology itself has become a national “religion” which people take on faith as the solution to their problems. Includes questions from the audience.