Strange the way.

Strange the way the mind works. Also strange the way in which life unfolds. Some have a clear idea of what they want to do by virtue of early talents being evident while some, like me, have no obvious direction or talent and, to some extent, find themselves led by circumstance or perhaps fate into areas and occupations not normally followed.

Musing on the fact that Christ’s very existence is disputed by some and I find myself wondering why the same couldn’t be said about Genghis Khan but who questions his existence. Strange – it’s not as if I ever think about Genghis Khan and I wasn’t looking for information about him but one of the sources that I occasionally enjoy via youtube is the newearth channel  and, a bit fed up with the expected Brexit complications and the coming attempt to reverse that decision to leave, I had a look at newearth’s recent work and found ‘Genghis Khan from the Fairyland’ - posted yesterday which, in itself, strikes me as a ‘bit amazing’ or coincidental.  A different view of Genghis Khan than is usually presented.

It’s not about historical fact – there are many historical facts which remain unmentioned by those who write the history. James Corbett has done an excellent series on World War 1 which lays bare the machinations leading up to the war and which served many purposes including providing a framework for a potential new world order that so many politicians now mention as though this would be ‘a jolly good thing’ for humanity.

I don’t subscribe to the idea that ‘history is bunk’ but neither did Henry Ford – his quote refers to the history of politicians and military heroes – however the further back in time that one looks the more vague the territory.

The Bradshaw Paintings are a case in point. Aboriginal rock art dating back at least 15,000 years and which are quite different to other Aboriginal rock art. That difference and the fact that the local Aboriginal people of the Kimberly area have no idea who produced these works has led to a minimising of that aspect of history and that is due to a possibility that the Aboriginal people were, perhaps, not the only people who inhabited this land in the distant past. As the dating of Aboriginal occupation gets pushed back to perhaps 40 to 60,000 years it hardly matters – to my mind anyway but it does illustrate how ‘certain sensibilities’ play their part in exactly what gets written in or omitted where history is concerned.

Before the excellent British series ‘The House of Cards,’ which was followed by an American version, revealed the devious nature of politics there was the delightful BBC series of ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘Yes Prime Minister’ which detailed much the same but in a humorous manner. Within one of their episodes was presented a case for and against the European Union and it was quite sobering to hear again, the other day, versions of ‘calamity approaches’ and ‘the sky will fall in’ when leaving the European Union was presented as an option.

Why ‘the sky should fall in’ is not established. Difficulties and complications are mentioned but so what – deal with it as the British people voted for in their referendum. It’s not impossible but there will be forces marshalled to create uncertainty. Those in favour of remaining will suggest – and more – that those who voted to leave didn’t really know what the implications were. I’d suggest that those happy to remain have little idea of the scope of a future European Union in which a European Union army is already a goal. Who voted for such an army?

I’m not a globalist, I don’t see a new world order as a ‘good thing.’ I don’t accept that countries should be ruled by ‘banks too big to fail’ but I’ll keep educating myself – it’s not so long ago that I accepted Darwin’s theories without question.

 

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