Real History – Of the Liars, By the Liars, and For the Liars
The Biggest and First Lie: Divine Right: Rulers speak for the gods.
[Possibly the best and most lucid compilation and explanation I've seen exposing the manipulative fraud humanity has been subjected to by the rulers of every era. Share this with those that are awakening - it roots out the diseased, completely fabricated false info embedded in our collective conscious and splays open the reality of the big lie humanity is sold over and over. - Zen]
Let’s start with some basic concepts. You live in an age of lies. Every day of your life you are literally being drowned in lies. Lies by government. Lies by advertisers. Lies by the corporate media.
Truth has become such a valuable commodity that the government is economizing it!
Liars, meaning good convincing liars (i.e. sociopaths, who evince no guilt when they lie) , lie because they are able to get what they want from people, especially if those people are conditioned from childhood to tell and to believe that others will tell the truth.
It may seem that I am stating the obvious, but the point I want to make is that all ruling power is, is the willingness and ability to do things the ruled may not, or have been conditioned to believe they cannot do.
You are taught not to steal, yet government reserves to itself the right to steal, obfuscating the theft with words like excise, confiscation, pillage, taxation, and in the extreme, conquest.
You are taught not to murder, yet government reserves to itself the right to murder, obfuscating the killing with words like capital punishment, assassination, terminate with extreme prejudice, and in the extreme, war.
You are taught not to lie, and it stands to reason that in this area of human behaviors, rulers are as averse to the rules imposed on you as any other. As eager as rulers are to steal and murder, they are equally eager to lie to their people to get what they want.
In today’s enlightened age of alternative media and global internet communications, lies by rulers are quickly laid bare. Yet most people remain trapped by their beliefs of what they imagine their rulers to be, and greet each new revealed mendacity with, “What? Our ruler lied to us?” The question more properly ought to be, “When don’t rulers lie to us?”
The historical fact is that all rulers lie pretty much all of the time, and each newly revealed lie ought not to be thought of as a shocking isolated incident, but merely a continuation of standard operating bullshit! In short, the vast majority of what you are told by rulers is a lie, and the rare moment of absolute truth a rare and precious gem worthy of celebration.
Here are some examples from history.
The Biggest and First Lie: Divine Right: Rulers speak for the gods.
Rule by Divine Right is the oldest of the frauds perpetrated by self-declared rulers upon those they wish to rule. It is a simple system; merely claim there is an invisible power in the sky that has appointed yourself as his or her agent on Earth and promptly torture and burn at the stake anyone who demands to see the paperwork on such an absurd deal.
The most potent form of the scam, exploited by the Pharaohs to get the masses to build pyramids, was a promise of life after death, pleasant if one did as one was told, and quite unpleasant for anyone with a more independent spirit.
Once the dominant mode of rulership in primitive societies, this form of governance remains in a vestigial state in the many commercialized religions around the world that extract obedience and wealth from the masses based on some imaginary playmate in the sky.
Speaking of the Pharaohs…
Ramses “victorious” at Kadesh
In 1274 BC, Ramses II, or Ramses the Great (by his own admission) , was in the middle of his campaign to expand Egypt’s territory, not unlike the behavior of present day Israel and the United States. So, Ramses invaded the Hittite empire to the north, and fought a decisive battle at the city of Kadesh in May of that year. Tricked by two Hittite spies, Ramses led his men into a trap and almost lost his entire army at Kadesh. Ramses was forced to sign the Treaty of Kadesh, history’s earliest known non-aggression pact, and retreat back to Egypt, ending Egypt’s period of expansion to the north.
Treaty of Kadesh
Ramses the maybe-not-as-great-as-he-thought-he-was headed back home and started building huge temples to prove how manly he was. But Ramses II had a problem. The Egyptian people were brainwashed into thinking that Ramses II was the instrument of the gods, and that indeed he was a god himself, and therefore infallible. So Ramses II, knowing that the people of Egypt were hardly likely to ever travel into the Hittite Kingdom and find out what really happened, simply lied to his people. The walls of Ramses’ temples, the ancient Egyptian version of CNN, were covered with carved depictions showing Ramses DEFEATING the Hittites at Kadesh. (The Canaanites did find out, and emboldened by Ramses’ lack of victory, revolted, thereby ending Egypt’s dominion beyond the Sinai.) So successful was Ramses propaganda on his temples that his “victory” at Kadesh became the accepted version of history in the west, until the Hittite’s copy of the treaty was discovered in 1906 by Hugo Winkler!
Ramses’ temple at Abu Simbel
Ramses’ propaganda carved in a temple wall. At least there are no commercials for anti-depressants in between the lies.
So today, if you visit Egypt, you will see carved in stone a lesson for the ages. Rulers bullshit their own people, spend vast wealth to do it, and they have been doing it for thousands of years!
The Donation of Constantine
Pope Sylvester I and Constantine
Prior to the time of Constantine, Kingship was either won in battle or inherited from father to son. There was no specific ceremony upon taking the throne (although one finds records of some very wild parties held in celebration involving lots of intoxicants, naked women, and the heads of enemies impaled on lances). But in the time of Constantine, the church invented for itself the ritual of coronation, in which the Bishop of Rome prayed over Constantine and then slapped a crown on his head (catching Constantine by surprise, by all accounts) , thereby sending out a clear message that the church claimed credit for Constantine ‘s earthly power and authority.
Following Constantine’s death somewhere between the 8th and 9th centuries (he was baptized on his death bed, too weak to refuse), a document appeared popularly known as the “Donation of Constantine.” This document purportedly donated the imperial regalia of Rome to the church, with the request that it be “loaned” to all future rulers of the Roman Empire . From that day on, the loan took the form of the ritual of coronation, in which the holy oil of anointment created the king, rather than conquest or the bloodline. Coronation added the imprimatur of God’s will to the legitimacy of the monarch, and as an inevitable corollary, nobody could ascend to the throne without the permission and blessing of the church.
It is now known that this document, which literally reshaped the political history of Europe for half a millennium, was a complete forgery, created to steal for the church the “right” to declare who would or would not be kings of Europe. The “Donation of Constantine.” also legitimized the church’s overthrow of the Merovingian Kings and transfer of rulership to the Carolingians, whose bloodlines were not a threat to the “Apostolic descent” of the Papacy. In exchange for helping the Carolingians usurp the throne, King Pepin the Short gave Pope Stephen II most of Northern Italy, which became the Papal States temporal power base for the next eleven centuries.
There is another lesson here. Bullshit is shoveled out of places besides the civil government.
The (Un)Holy Crusades and Prester John
Muslim siege during the crusades
In the 1130s, the Turkish Empire under the leadership of Imad ad-din Zengi began to encroach on the Crusader Kingdoms of the Holy Land, stolen during the First Crusade. Most of the European Crusaders had gone home, considering their vows to the church fulfilled. They could sin and still get into heaven because they had murdered a bunch of Saracens. This departure of the main military force left the Pilgrim road from Jaffa to Jerusalem under the guard of the newly emergent Knights Templar (who actually seemed to spend all their time digging under the Temple Mount).
The Knights Templar, although able to guard a road when not shoveling dirt, were insufficient a force to hold off an entire invasion, and in 1145, Hugh, Bishop of Jabala, was sent to meet the newly enthroned Pope Blessed Eugene III to ask for help. Pope Eugene, far less bloodthirsty than his predecessors, balked at a new and costly crusade so soon after the last one. Hugh told the Pope that a new crusade to preserve Christian dominion over the Holy Lands would be easy and cheap, because somewhere far to the east of the Holy Lands was the Kingdom of Prester John.
Map to Prester John’s Kingdom, after it was “moved” from the far east to Africa
Prester (or Presbyter) John was a Christian King; a direct descendant of one of the Magi who had visited the infant Jesus, and reportedly whose kingdom was powerful, wealthy, and peaceful. According to Hugh, Prester John was committed to preserving Christian rule over the Holy Lands, and awaited only a sign of equal commitment from the armies of Europe .
Rumors of the impending intervention of Prester John bolstered the courage of the Christians of the Crusader Kingdoms and of Europe, and based in part on the promise of Prester John as an ally, Pope Eugene launched the Second Holy Crusade, led by Louis VII of France and Conrad III of Germany .
But Prester John did not show up as promised. The Second Crusade ended in the rout of the Crusader armies at Damascus, and the Christians found themselves holding less of the Holy Lands.
In 1165, just as the situation in the Holy Lands began to deteriorate further, a letter began to circulate around Europe purportedly from Prester John. The letter again promised support for the Christian armies of Europe . The letter included descriptions of the wonders of Prester John’s kingdom. The letter was so popular it was copied far and wide, and portions of it set to music!
But again, Prester John did not show up when promised, and in 1187 Jerusalem fell to Saladin. This prompted the start of the Third Crusade. Once again, rumors of Prester John’s armies attacking the Muslims from the East bolstered the invading forces.
Fanciful illustrations of the wonders of Prester John’s lands
Prester John was the invention of the church; a propaganda device to trick Europeans to join a war in which they were clearly outnumbered by the opposing force. As Marco Polo and other travelers brought tales of the Orient back to Europe in the 13th century, church leaders grew alarmed as Christians learned of powerful and advanced civilizations to the east that existed without any awareness of Christianity. Following a brief period when the Dominicans unsuccessfully denounced Marco Polo‘s writings as heresy and fraud, the church again revived the legends of Prester John to prove that Christianity did rule in the far east. Highly fanciful maps were produced of just where Prester John’s kingdom would be found.
The legends of Prester John persisted from the 12th to the 17th centuries even though John himself could not have lived that long. Numerous expeditions to find the Kingdom of Prester John were mounted, all without success. As the map of Asia became filled in accurately with no sign of the fabled Christian Kingdom, the legend was altered to claim that Prester John’s Kingdom was actually in Ethiopia, then as the African map started to fill in, further south in “Darkest Africa.” The realm of Prester John eventually became one of the fabled “Lost Kingdoms of Africa ” that lured explorers into the Congo, often to their deaths.
As for the letter purportedly from Prester John; like the Donation of Constantine it was a clever forgery. In its original version it was apparently derived mostly from Otto von Freisingen’s historical account of the story told by Hugh, Bishop of Jabala to Pope Eugene. The story of Prester John’s palace was actually a description of the palace of St. Thomas the Apostle. As the letter was recopied through the centuries, the stories it contained grew ever more fanciful, filled with strange and wonderful creatures and amazing feats of magic and science. In the 18th century these stories of the land of Prester John were revived as part of the tales of Baron Munchausen. In 1988, the stories of the land of Prester John again surfaced in Terry Gilliam’s film, “ The Adventures of Baron Munchausen .”
The motto here is: A really good pile of bullshit can last a long time, and there may even be a movie deal in it!
Columbus did NOT discover America
The Pinta Columbus did not “discover” the New World. That bit of verbiage was used by Spain to claim ownership over the Americas. The fact is that Vikings had shared the knowledge of the far side of the Atlantic with the Arabs, the Arabs shared it with the Templars, Templar families had survived in Portugal, including Columbus’ wife (and one of my ancestors) , which is where Columbus got his maps (or did you not wonder why Columbus’ ships had the Cross of the Templars on the sails? )
The Seven Cities of Gold
The treasures of Cibela,one of the Seven Cities of Gold
In the year 711, General Tarik ibn Ziyad led his forces across from Africa to Iberia, and commencing with ‘Tarik’s Mountain’ (Gibraltar) conquered all of Spain in mere months. As would be the case with the Templars following their arrest and execution by Philip Le Belle, stories abounded of the treasures of the Spanish Churches smuggled away from the invading armies by seven Bishops and hidden from view.
Spain was eager to conquer and exploit their new lands, but Columbus had brought back reports of a coastal civilization barely out of the hunter gatherer phase, with little in the way of useful resources. Convincing soldiers to make the dangerous voyage to conquer cornfields was difficult. Rather than offer more pay in what was already looking to be a low-profit venture, the Spanish government resurrected the old story about the Seven Bishops who had fled Spain in 711 had somehow made their way to the New World, and used their treasure to found Seven Christian cities. Like the Kingdom of Prester John, these were rumored to be cities of immense wealth.
Map supposedly showing the location of the Seven Cities of Gold
The lure of these mythical cities aided the Spanish explorers in recruiting men for the dangerous business of sailing the Atlantic followed by conquest of an unknown land. A shipwrecked sailor, Cabeza de Vaca, claimed to have seen cities decorated with huge gems. Following Vaca’s descriptions, Fray Marc os de Niza in 1539 claimed to have seen cities with tall gold buildings. It is possible that Niza actually saw adobe buildings shining with silica and pyrite in the sunlight from a distance, but following the killing of his servant avoided close approach to the indigenous people. Despite the absence of provenance, the stories of the Seven Cities of Gold drew both Cortez and Coronado deeper into the new world. The natives quickly realized the lethality of denying the existence of the cities of gold, and simply pointed the Spaniards further inland, promising that the cities were just over the next mountain range. While they never found any Bishops, did find and conquer the Mayan and Aztec empires, which were then looted of their gold, in His infinite mercy. In the end, there were no cities of gold. They were a propaganda device used to motivate the explorers’ crews in the conquest of the New World, and while they did find gold, the real result of the tale of the Seven Cities of Gold was that Spain pushed all the way into what is now California and New Mexico.
The motto here is that even with gold plating, bullshit remains bullshit.
Torturing a witch
In the year 1200, Europe entered a period of prolonged cooling which lasted until the mid 1800s. This is called the “Little Ice Age.” Europeans did not understand climate, and owing to theocratic rule following the collapse of Rome had turned their backs on science. All that happened was presumed the will of God. Priests prayed to God to halt the glaciers advancing on the villages. But as the villages succumbed to the ice, the church, rather than admit to failure (not unlike Al Gore), began to blame supernatural magical forces for the increasing cold. Seeking a scapegoat, the church set upon those individuals who still held knowledge outside that allowed by the churches. These educated and wise people, people with “wit” were declared heretics and “witches.” A phrase in the Bible, “Thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live” was re-translated into “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”, and the church now had the perfect scapegoat to blame the unstoppable cold on.
For the next three centuries, up until the incident at Salem, Massachusetts, innocent people were blamed by the church for everything that went wrong. If something bad happened that God could not make go away, it was because of the witches. If something bad happened that God could not make go away, it was because of the witches. Cold weather? Blame the witches. Plagues? Blame the witches. Failed crops and livestock? Blame the witches. Waxy yellow buildup on your kitchen floor? Blame the witches.
Witch-hunting became a full time profession. The accusers and prosecutors grew rich on the confiscated wealth of the condemned. Politicians, business competitors, and even jealous wives quickly learned that they could dispose of a rival with impunity with a simple accusation of witchcraft.
Joan of Arc being burned at the stake
We all know today that there are no witches, at least as they were conceptualized by the church. No witches able to hop on a broomstick and interfere with passenger jets. No witch was ever able to transform himself or herself into an animal. It is all make-believe, and it makes for great books and fun movies, but the evil crimes depicted in the Maleus Malificarum never occurred. The confessions on which the church assurances of witchcraft were based were extracted under torture, some forms of which are sadly still in use by the United States today.
Waterboarding in 1651
For three centuries religiously induced terror and horror stalked across the landscape in Europe. As the grains and cereals on which Europe had fed failed, much hardier potatoes were introduced. But the church declared them the food of the devil because they grew in the ground. Millions starved standing on an abundant food supply, afraid that eating the potato would condemn their souls to hell. When the plagues hit Europe, religious flagellants traveled from town to town, spreading the disease in the droplets of blood flung from the ends of their whips. As the epidemic accelerated in the wake of such rituals, the church fanned the blood-lust for the witches.
Nobody really knows how many people were tortured and killed during the witch trials. The numbers increase and decrease depending on the agenda of who is reporting the numbers. Conservative estimates of victims executed for being witches is a quarter of a million. Estimates of those tortured and then released are considerably higher.
Of all the madness and self-delusions man has collectively engaged in, the search for and execution of witches stands as a monument to all that is dark and fearful in the human mind. A few grew rich and powerful while around them a million people writhed in agony and death. If there is a moral to be found here it is that the execution of accused witches in Mexico in the 1990s (and the evils of Guantanamo Bay) proves that we are not as far from the rack and the stake as we would like to pretend. We comfort ourselves with the idea that the dark ages are long ago and far removed from our modern enlightened age, but the truth is that fanatics can tear down civilization rather quickly. You burn the Library at Alexandria, flay the librarian alive, burn the rest of the books to heat the public baths and set fire to anyone who refuses to bow to the bovine excrement.
[Hat tip: John]