By Wayne Saalman

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ONE OF THE GREAT MINDS of the Renaissance, Francis Bacon, once said, “Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.”

This short and simple insight is stunningly spot on. Millions of people choose to believe what they prefer to be true, rather than what the facts make so vividly and abundantly clear to anyone who is willing to follow the facts where they happen to lead.

It appears to be a common perception today that we live in a “post-truth” era politically, socially and culturally. In these times, “facts” are not…


By Wayne Saalman

IF 21ST CENTURY NEWS CYCLES have been dominated by any one ideological perspective it is that of right-wing extremism. From the violence perpetrated by fundamentalist religious zealots to that of the numerous vicious uprisings of armed political authoritarian sympathizers guns have blazed and bombs have blown. As a result, our screens have grown inundated by rampages and outrages in ever greater numbers.

In brief, what we have been witnessing is religious and political theater at its most dramatic, most captivating and menacingly best.

One must immediately qualify that last word, however, the word “best” with a clarification…


By Wayne Saalman

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THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALMOST ALL conspiracy theories in the West these days, many historians contend, goes back at least as far as the split between the Pagan, Hebrew, Christian and Muslim faiths in earlier epochs. As these historians have pointed out, once the Christians splintered away from their Hebrew origins (after the Hebrews themselves had splintered away from their Egyptian oppressors), animosity quickly developed, while the Romans, who had the greatest army in the world at the time and worshipped their own Pagan gods, came to dominate both of these religious groups…


By Wayne Saalman

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IF WE HAVE A HIGH DEGREE of empathy for others, if we have compassion for every human being on the planet and for every living creature, as well as for the planet itself, everything changes for the better. Our fellow human beings are treated with respect and kindness, and the same goes for the planet as a whole. With a high degree of empathy for the environment, it too is treated with respect and kindness. We cease polluting and trashing it, and look after its welfare with greater care instead.

No one person…


By Wayne Saalman

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WHAT WE SECRETLY BELIEVE, or profess to believe, whether to ourselves alone or to others in private, or again to others in a public setting, says so much about who we really are. This is especially true when it comes to conspiracy theories, which are currently proliferating as never before thanks to social media.

There is no mystery about this latter point. Social media, as we all know by now, is a total free-for-all. Anyone can say anything he or she wishes and with as much passion, fervency and vitriol as desired.

Having…


By Wayne Saalman

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EVEN WITH STANDING ON the proverbial shoulders of giants, few of us seem to be able to perceive that every social, political and religious institution on this planet is as much founded on a thread of fiction as on a myriad of facts. In other words, events occur and then we humans decide, via opinionated consensus, what those events mean.

“Meaning”, however, is always a subjective phenomenon. It is down to what people “make” of any particular tapestry of events, which having occurred are forever perceived to be the stuff of “fact”.

As…


By Wayne Saalman

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THE JOY OF JETTING OFF to distant cities and foreign lands immersed in the excitement of anticipation was once a luxury that millions of us took entirely for granted.

Not anymore.

Now we find ourselves pondering the idea of wandering through exotic cultures and wondering — in the wake of a global pandemic — just how safe it will be. At the moment, the privilege of journeying off across the world seems almost like a fairy tale.

Nevertheless, we do still live in an era when air travel, which was once a routine…


By Wayne Saalman

EXTREME CHALLENGES REQUIRE EXTREME MINDFULNESS. Certainly in the midst of a pandemic there is no other choice. After all, this viral horror presents us with a life and death challenge, one that has upended virtually everything in our lives. We each must, therefore, look after our own welfare — and the welfare of our loved ones — with the tenacity and mindfulness of those at war living in a country occupied by a brutal, merciless enemy.

This sounds grim, but fortunately most of us in the world do not have soldiers in the street with guns and…


By Wayne Saalman

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IN HIS CLASSIC WORK, ECSTATIC RELIGION, author I.M. Lewis wrote that, “Out of the agony of affliction and the dark night of the soul comes literally the ecstasy of spiritual victory.”

Humanity is collectively in such a dark night of the soul at this very moment. There is both conflict and affliction; there is pain and suffering. …


By Wayne Saalman

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CALL IT “CRINGE TV”, call it a world gone crazy, but what we are seeing on the tube these days is anger, chaos, violence, mass unrest, political division and the lethality of a pandemic to boot. All of which makes it hard to feel good about life, love and the pursuit of happiness in general…

In brief, the world just plain seems fractious and calamitous these days; it seems shockingly dystopian, in fact, and there is a terrible sense that the situation is only going to get worse.

From disorder will come a…

Wayne Saalman

Wayne Saalman is the author of The Dream Illuminati, The Illuminati of Immortality, Dragonfire Dreams & Crimson Firestorm Mars. He was born in the USA.

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