'There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.'
Life for mankind, as I'm told began in a garden, we became it's keepers until such time as we began to think in terms of progress, then we popped our idyllic bubble so to speak & here we find ourselves.
'Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.'
What is a city? What do cities achieve? What's it's purpose?
What is its role in the plan of nature?
Some would conclude it's part of the earths own natural development, the earth doesn't make mistakes etc... Others would say, as distinct from nature & being a spiritual entity, out of insecurity, man has devised certain control mechanisms for his fellow human being & I'm one of those proponents. I've mentioned before how the ancestors of both my mother & father belonged since at least Roman times to the hills of South Tyrone in what is now Northern Ireland. My mother was raised on a 600 acre farm with forest, peat for fuel, land to breed livestock, 6 lakes as well as many other amenities. The southern boundary of my mothers land was turned into the north-south Irish border in 1922 after the British (government, not people) partitioned it, as they had done to Palestine, India, Cyprus & many other places around the globe. Consequently, my grandfather went on the run in the 1950's after becoming involved in the Border War which subsequently resulted in me & my family growing up in the squalid back-streets of Manchester, Northern England. Suffice to say it doesn't sit well with me especially as my father was killed in a building site accident in Manchester town centre
when I was 3yrs old.
I wasn't told the extent of our loss until around 10yrs ago
(my mother was never able to speak of the past), so my representation of the big smoke may be a tad negative compared to proponents of city-life although it may be in convergence with Plato's thrupence on the issue as well as many others.
So I'd like to find out why we, like billions of others with similar sob-stories, ended up In Suburbia, as the Pet Shop Boys
so eloquently put it,
& see what answers I come up with, as life hasn't been pleasant I must say, hence one of the reasons for this Blogbook.
The thing is, we don't tend to find hordes of poor people or immigrants roaming the lush lowlands of Oxfordshire or the vinyards of the Loire Valley in France, not these days at any rate, nope, we're packed like quarantined dogs into the centralised areas of our metropolises, I wonder why the legions of Syrian, Iraqi, Kurdish, Libyan, Afghan & other migrants aren't distributed evenly among the 100's of 1000's of hamlets, villages & towns of European nations, where they'd be among the people responsible for their plight, they'd be much more comfortable?
We used to roam these areas though, before the
great guilds began springing up all over Europe
just prior to the Renaissance......& you know the rest.
Initially cities, usually walled & built by a river, emerged
(in Mesopotamia, now Iraq) out of the collective need for protection from neighbouring tribes. The following describes the situation at the time of ancient Greece,
who adopted it's Levantine neighbours practices;
'Without a powerful, centralized state, smaller governing bodies created political order. One such type of governing body was the city-state or polis. Initially, the term polis referred to a fortified area or citadel which offered protection during times of war. Because of the relative safety these structures afforded, people flocked to them & set up communities & commercial centers. Over time, poleis—the plural of polis—became urban centers whose power & influence extended to the surrounding agricultural regions, which provided resources & paid taxes.'
(Incidentally, the term police is derived from the ancient Greek polis)
As the cities increased in power, the more people were drawn in from the countryside in search of trade, occupation, education etc. & thus the municipalities began to effect & eventually dominate the political cultures of regions, naturally resulting in vast empires & of course wars. History seems to be the record of constant warfare, & it is, with the exception of the Mongols, it's rare in the annals of time do we find agrarian peoples embarking on long campaigns in far-off lands or even against it's neighbour, it's nearly always a city-centred power asserting it's will upon others, they have by far
the most proficient at it at any rate. One can imagine the advantages a series of strategically placed castles would have over the peasantry of Medieval Europe or the fort (originally Roman) of the U.S. Army against the Plains Tribes of North America for example. In other words, the rule of thumb would be, where there was built a city, surely, as Plato suggested it would,
warfare would follow.
Obviously Rome springs to mind when we think of such accumulation of power by force, but the Romans learned most from the Greek City States, not least the Spartans & Athenians, plus it was from these collective hubs the arts & sciences were first cultivated into the familiar disciplines our universities of today now practice & preach, i.e.....needless, worthless bollocks, most of it.
Granted much of the advances in science would objectively be considered of use, but at what cost? & for what ends?
We have a Flu vaccine, but we now have Aids, Motor Nuerone Disease, Parkinsons & a myriad of Cancers whereas before we didn't, plus we had to half empty the continent of Africa in the process. (See the history of the Royal Society).
Philosophy hasn't done the majority of us many favours either,
it did bring us the campaign for nuclear disarmament under the umbrella of closet communism admittedly, however, I seem to recall it came at the expense of a space race & the brink of atomic war, at least thats the picture we were painted whilst growing up.
State education isn't up to much for many in todays world as there are only so many places at universities, yes there's more becoming more available to poorer parts of the community who's parts are being filled with ever-more poorer people from every corner of the globe on a daily basis.
On that basis we can never catch ups with ourselves.
Besides, the last time I looked we were teaching our children
a pile of lies, witchcraft & uselessness.
So I can't think of too many benefits outweighing the detriments as far as the highly civilised Greeks & Romans legacy has come down to us including Hollywood, unless it's geared towards regulating a city's needs. This to me is indicative of the overall negative constitution of the city, it serves more for ill than for good.
Taking Manchester, England as an example, it was created in a modern sense during the Industrial Revolution of the 18/19th Cens, before then it wasn't much to shout about historically speaking, then suddenly, because of the growth of the British Empire, built upon the Slave Trade, conquest of America, Asia etc, it became known as Cottonopolis, because of all the cotton factories (much of it picked by slaves in the U.S.) that were created by merchants making vast fortunes from the fabrics they produced. Thus people flocked into Manchester from the hinterlands of Lancashire & Cheshire, but also from Ireland, Scotland etc.
Roads, canals, sewers, infrastructure of every department went into overdrive to build the facilities to house the newly acquired trade from the east & west & the ever-increasing working population. Frederick Engels, the great socialist thinker lived in Manchester for years where he had a sweatshop or two & wrote quite unflatteringly of the plight of the common man to his friend Karl Marx in private letters who recipricated Engels' thoughts,
publicly it was another story.
Most towns in England experienced a similar exponential growth. By the end of the 19th Cen something had to be done to distract the common man from his plight, thus a Football League was formed & great stadiums were built, just as they were in Emperor Nero's day, to pacify the masses, as the socialists call us. 1000's of taverns, already prevalent in England (courtesy of the Knights Templar) were supplied to finish the job,
as they were for the cities of America,
'Man cannot live on bread alone' it must be remembered.
Co-operative shops/banks were installed, social clubs for every denomination were introduced to instil a sense of belonging & it worked like a charm, today every effort is directed at pacifying the millions of West Indian/Asian families; - dole, benefits, rented housing, grants for businesses, drugs, temples etc etc. However, there are few, if any Asian or West Indin communities
outside of the towns & cities.
When I look around about me going to work every morning I wonder, what are all these people doing, what is their philosophy for life, what are they trying to achieve apart from chasing the dollar, what is their goal?
They are, for the most part, oblivious to the fact that someone, somewhere has contrived their situation for a definite end & it's not a politician. What good does a city create except for the goods & services owned by those certain monopolies with a philosophy on existence? I can't think of any apart from those devout religionists with a 'He who is last shall be first' doctrine, who, I can wager are becoming few & fewer in numbers, & that also by design, the design being, a socialistic world order, based on the Utopian literature of the post Reformation period
'the ends justify the means' as they say.
To me, people living in cities are merely feeding a bread-making machine, they are the cogs so to speak, I watched the above video about Manchester's Manchester Evening News (paper) today & thought how sophisticated the machinery looked compared to the people, how much expense had gone into propagandising/programming them into believing what they were doing was natural when it is not.
I live in a little island named Jersey now, however I consider myself one of the small folk I've been referring to above, I adhere also to the religious quote of; 'Many who are first will be last, & many who are last will be first' (Matthew:19), not in a malicious or vengeful way, rather it's a formal rejection of worldly acquisition. I can't see how one can live in this world without a creed of some description, it no sense otherwise.
Jersey is what's known as an Offshore Finance Centre, it used to rely heavily on tourism, when it was a quaint spot to visit, however, now massive, God-awful blocks of ice stand on what was protected land only as little as 20yrs ago, Manchester city centre is receiving a similar spot of urban redevelopment I've noticed so it's expecting an influx of some description shortly, Chinese I hear.
'& the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: & the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.'
- Book Of Revelation: Ch 21.
What I will say in Jersey's defence however, is it produces it's own milk, butter, bread & is famous for it's potato crop, thus it's possible for the local population to subsist on a diet of Potato Dauphinoise without having to import foodstuffs, albeit a morphed version of the classic French dish. But surely that's the point, having the means to do so constitutes a successful society, in such a society a healthy & rich culture should follow, the only problem there,
is the money system (as it is everywhere)......is one of usury,
& with all the carnage it brings, ensures all the trappings of modern living is rammed down everyones neck including a perverse, brainwashing programme, wherein the victim is taught to be
a good little.....
Incidentally, Sumer in Mesopotamia is where our story begins.
The Sumerians gave rise to the Babylonian culture,
& it's this culture we see developing ariund us,
from Tokyo to Timperley.
'com - prefix
variants: or col- or con-Definition of com- (Entry 2 of 2)
: with : together : jointly —usually com- before b, p, or mcommingle'
- Merriam Webster
Many love their city & that's cool, then again Aldous Huxley spoke of how people will;
'Love their servitude', well, it's difficult not look back with fondness at ones friends, relations etc, when times were good & we had lots of fun (guilty). I know people who marvel at the architecture of towns & cities & that's grand, even more the art galleries, their musical heritage (guilty) etc etc & all is good there, northern English towns are renown for their competitive but gregarious natures, the people there are as warm & generous as you can find anyplace, we know all about the goodness of the peoples in those situations, they are the best there is, however,
I find it hard to swallow that Manchester's symbol; The Bee has become ever more prevalent after the city was
bombed by Isis in 2017,
it's difficult because Isis is another term for Freemasonry, whose;
'Great hieroglyphic has always been the bee'
By which he means the worker bee.
So then, what is the point of the city?
'The United Nations predicts the world’s urban population is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050 from 55 percent at present after becoming majority urban for the first time around 2008.'
'& I saw a new heaven & a new earth: for the first heaven & the first earth were passed away; & there was no more sea. & I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from
God out of heaven,' Book Of Revelations: 21 (7-7-7).
'From these things it may be known, who they are of whom the new heaven consists; & thereby what its quality is, namely, that it is altogether unanimous. For he who lives the life of faith & charity, loves another as himself, & by love conjoins him to himself, & thus reciprocally & mutually; for in the spiritual world, love is conjunction. Wherefore, when all act thus, then from many, yea from innumerable individuals consociated according to the form of heaven, unanimity exists, & they become as one; for
then nothing separates & divides, but everything conjoins & unites.'
- Emmanuel Swedenborg (1758)
'I will not cease from mental fight. Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand. 'Til we have built Jerusalem. In England's green
& pleasant land' - William Blake.
It may be worth mentioning to my fellow Mancunians that the Mormon Church adopted the symbol of the beehive in 1848. The Mormons have been much in the news of late because of the musical about them written by the creators of the cartoon Southpark, it actually ran this summer at the Palace Theatre in Manchester town centre funnily enough. This religion wishes to establish Zion on earth & has a blood vendetta against the United States, which probably explains why mormons make up the bulk of the C.I.A, in any event,
their founder Joseph Smith grew up in Manchester, New York in the States, he was also a Freemason, & the Church Of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism) is based on Freemasonic symbols & rituals.
Below is a sample of their doctrine;
'On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer & our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some — especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures & the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ & Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father &, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel who was in authority in the presence of God, a son of the morning. (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25-27.) Both Jesus & Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge & influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer's older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)'
- Jess L. Christensen, Institute of Religion director at Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
The Gnostics were/are anti-materialists, they wish/intend to bring, via Alchemy, mankind to a purely spiritual state, which to them,
is a world where reason dictates & mans psychic nature is brought back to it's previous condition, prior to how it was before his Fall,
symbolised in allegorised in fable by the destruction of the ancient city of Atlantis, as recounted by both Plato & Sir Francis Bacon, the man credited as being the progenitor of modern
Freemasonry & Rosicrucianism.
It should be obvious to anyone we are being tempered, everyday there's a plethora of gloom & doom on our televisions, radio & other media outlets, nothing good & it's been this way since I can remember, the law of averages dictates we should have been in for a major windfall years ago but it never came.
It's not coming either, instead, we're all set for the Utopian
Golden Age, the consumation of the Great Work envisioned & carried out by Freemasonry. To this end people, who the Mysteries see as slaves to their five senses, must be changed from being consumers, or materialists, into enlightened spiritual beings,
only this will ultimately be mans saviour/redeemer/messiah/christos/salvation.
City's rarely serve for anything other than material benefit
(the U.S.A. is portrayed likewise, hence the destruction of the World Trade Centre),
thus we are being brought through a period of Tribulation,
as outlined in the Book Of Revelations, until those of us deemed fit to enter into the New Golden Age have survived the initiations of fire, as recounted in the allegory/symbology of Mozart's Magic Flute, believe it or not,
for what fate awaits the rest of us,
God only knows.