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This article was published by Tomas West under the title:
The Trump administration’s Moral Compass
It is estimated that sociopaths occupy about 1% of the general population. A small number, but they have a significant effect on their prey. Victims often experience a profound emotional response and may demonstrate symptoms akin to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading →
Sometimes you need a novel to break through the cultist mental manipulation?
Linda Smith wrote recently,
I just read an article on your webpage regarding Catholic Lay Movements with cultist attributes. Some former members of these movements questioned why some bishops are so slow to take seriously their concerns about these organizations.
The word ‘cult’ is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate a cult following for his eccentricity in artistry. Eccentricity in religion, if recent enough, is rarely welcomed with approving nods. And when eccentricity is welcomed by followers of a novel religion, those followers never designate the new religion as a cult. Such is the denigrating power of the word cult for religion. Continue reading →
The classic signs of cultism and cultist tendencies. Using celebrities to give emotional cover, they then disguise their clear attempts to enrich themselves. The use of volunteers to get the public to give more money as they see the generosity of the counsellors. Paul Kelly has managed the tools of playing on the heart strings and the human decency of the public, and the families of the victims. Subtle cover for abuse and the total scam at the heart of this organisation dedicated to assist the suicidal. A contempt for the horrendous despair at the heart of those caught in the lights of this condition. The lack of empathy while pretending to be concerned about the issue of suicide. This is not a cult of personality, but rather a nepotistic family cult. It is mundane and material, the stuff of normal life misappropriated and channeled for personal use. Donations given in love and through sacrifice made into cheap gestures of material gain. David Hall put it well. It is like an octopus with many arms sucking the truth out of suicide – the cult of death. Continue reading →
The Dalai Lama, head of the Tantric Hindu Lamaism movement holding hands with the founder of the Aum cult in Japan.
The False Guru Test
The False Guru test seems to have struck a cord here in the West because of the outrageous abuses and exploitation by gurus, many self-proclaimed and completely misguided. Continue reading →
We have had weeks of wall to wall 1916 coverage with children reenacting executions in schools and St Patrick’s Day parades doing likewise. Last night we had RTE people dressed up in military uniform on the Late, Late Show on the day we should have been moving away from 1916 and remembering the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 which provides the way forward to resolve historic differences.
When one seeks information about his TV appearance there is just a Sinn Fein reaction.
Suddenly an mp3 arrived in my inbox today, so felt it should be published
A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats
Geldof traces W.B. Yeats’ life, from his earliest family trips to Rosses’ Point in Sligo – which awakened a lifelong love of fairy tales and folklore – via international fame as the poet laureate of an emerging Ireland, to his Nobel Prize and role as Senator in the new Free State.
Controversially, he contends that Yeats deserves a place ahead of the martyrs of 1916 – because, he argues, rather than sacrifice his life for Ireland, Yeats stayed alive to fight for a secular, just and truly inclusive Ireland.
Through performances of some of Yeats’ most iconic poems by leading Irish and British cultural figures, Geldof reveals how Yeats and others built the scaffolding of a new independent Ireland decades before the Rising – but how Yeats’ vision for a modern, pluralist, inclusive Ireland was pushed aside by the narrow-minded Catholic élite of the new Free State: the “Banana Republic” that Geldof in turn rebelled against half a century later.
A Fanatic Heart is a captivating tale of mythology, nation-building, insurgency and disillusion – and how one man dreamed an entire country out of the ravages of famine and into a new dawn.
With performances of Yeats’ poems by Sting, Noel Gallagher, Edna O’Brien, Bono, Van Morrison, Olivia O’Leary, Liam Neeson, Stephen Fry, Dominic West, Richard E. Grant, Bill Nighy, Anne Enright, Colin Farrell, Ardal O’Hanlon, Shane MacGowan and more.