I'm going to have to stop writing these blog entries for awhile, because I've determined that I've developed a sort of allergic reaction to working on this study. By that I mean, that just by "picking up the pen" to address any part of it, by association, a state of high stress kicks in, which I'm concerned could be life-threatening (blood pressure, heart sensations, etc.). I don't have money to get it checked out, and being in my 60's, I'm just going to have to stay away from it for awhile. For several years running, I would get up in the wee hours of the morning, work feverishly on this project (my first book), and then at 10:30 begin my caretaking day for my Mom, who was living with me during her last years. I did that 24/7 for about three years, and the stress didn't ease up when I moved here, to Portland, Maine, as there is the stress of moving and adapting to a new place, plus I was writing my sequel, plus almost daily blog entries.
But there is plenty of material here; and whatever is presented piecemeal, in the Archives of this blog--and more--is presented in a more organized way in my two books. That second book is now at least as fascinating as the first, if I dare say so, myself.
Recently, I discovered that Mathew Franklin Whittier (myself in the 19th century) mentioned the books he eagerly studied, as a child of eight years old, in his family home. Out of "two cabinet shelves'" worth--or, the official Whittier biographer says, about 30 books--there was, apparently, the "History of the Earth, and Animated Nature," by Oliver Goldsmith, in four volumes--this edition having been published the year before Mathew's birth, in 1811. Or at least, that's the edition I found available for download on Archive.org. I started reading it for a hoot, but now I see how significant it is.
What may be a past-life "hit" just came to me, and that is that the reason the encyclopedia was in the Whittier farmhouse, is because a salesman talked them into it. No way to prove that. But the frontispiece looks distinctly familiar--a young man would definitely notice this representation of "animated nature":
Perhaps that, at least in part, is what Mathew was alluding to when he wrote:
...and ye, fair realms of Nature's history whose pictures we tormented all grown persons to illustrate with more knowledge...
Keep in mind that Mathew's brother was five years older, and "we" probably includes a 13-year-old.* This was an era when a young man was fortunate to see a lady's ankle, no less a shoulder, or...but modesty forbids.
Seriously, this should be required reading for anyone who goes into science. Because it shows us where we've come from, and what we wisely, or unwisely, discarded. Scientists of the 18th and early 19th century assumed the existence of God. They were right. Modern, materialistic science has thrown the baby of spirituality out with the bath water of sloppy or magical thinking.** Materialism, in science, is a fad, a pendulum swing, not a true advancement, as we are taught to believe. So I am now seeing, first-hand, different aspects of the "baby" that were mistakenly thrown out. It's well worth the read.
While I'm doing that, I strongly urge you to buy my e-books and immerse yourself in them. They are ready, now. There isn't a single wasted word in them, despite their length; nor is it tedious, if you truly want the information. Anything is tedious if your mind is fighting you. That doesn't mean it is inherently tedious--in fact, if you have a sense of humor and you like detective logic, it's fascinating. I now invite the seekers of the truth, and the truly open-minded, to the feast.
Stephen Sakellarios, M.S.
*Mathew's account probably takes place during the same severe winter that John Greenleaf Whittier described in his famous poem, "Snow-Bound," but you won't see this mentioned in the poem.
**There was plenty of magical thinking which tried to incorporate the religion of Christianity--but today, there is plenty of magical thinking which tries to incorporate the religion of Materialism, as well. For example, to dismiss NDE's as mere hallucination is magical thinking, when it is known that some NDE's contain elements which can be objectively verified.
Music opening this page: "The Great Jehovah is Our Awful Theme,"
by George Frederic Handel