(The Renaissance Culture)
I was recalling images and words of the recent conversations with Aisling, snooping around for uncharted thoughts in Education, when she arrived from the shortcut behind the bushes, fluttering a magazine in the air.
“Look, Italy, the flagship of the Renaissance culture. You must be so proud of Italian Culture and Tradition! Look, Galileo! Michelangelo! Have you ever seen the Sistine Chapel for real? It must be magnificent, fabulous!” she said again firmly, finding a place at my side. “This is something to talk about, isn’t it?”
The sun was bright and no clouds could have dared to cross the sky without being spotted. Over the hedge, on the other side of the Park someone was playing football and the whistling and shouts of the players were reverberating and permeating the air all over.
“Concerning the Sistine Chapel a dispute was ignited while Michelangelo was still painting the vault, because the frescoes of Michelangelo were representing all the Deities and Saints naked and some bishops didn’t like the idea. Nowadays there are no naked Deities or Saints in the Sistine Chapel; none of the characters of the frescoes are portrayed the same as it was by Michelangelo.”
“What do you mean?” she queried surprised.
“Michelangelo, in the original version of the frescoes, has represented all the Deities naked, God included, but now none of the Saints portrayed in the vault are naked anymore. The naked version of God by Michelangelo was not accepted; same as the Gospel of Saint Peter, same as our freedom of thought we had from the most authoritative God of Nature. It is obvious something has happened during the time, to amend these things, and rather than admiring our contemporary frescoes resulting from layers of millenary censorship I rather wonder what was in the original project of Michelangelo, the reasons why Michelangelo did it his way, and why later the original frescoes have been changed, in the essence, and censored.”
“This magazine doesn’t say a word about censored frescoes. Are you sure of what you are saying?” she asked, testing my confidence.
“Sure I am sure, indisputable. If you like you may Google the Bishop Carafa and Daniele da Volterra [W19] [W20], or the fig leaf [W21] movement. I am not inventing anything. The bishop Carafa put pressure on Pope Julius II in order to cancel the nudity from the Sistine Chapel, and Daniele da Volterra, alias Braghettone, is the actual author of the final version of the Sistine Chapel people pay the ticket for. If you like, we may try to search on the Internet later; now I like to tell you something about the difference between the Dark Ages and the Renaissance time.
During the dark ages God was at the center of human life. It was God who decided Human destiny, and the people were just like puppets, deprived of the possibility to change the Design of God. But with the arrival of the Renaissance all of this was to change. At the time of Michelangelo there was a Cultural Revolution going on, and the ancient disputes concerning Free Will and Freedom of Choice were re-emerging from the abyss of the Dark Ages. After the Nicaea Councils, after millennia of cultural revisionism and intellectual censorship, the people were to rediscover the ancient value of freedom of choice, and the personal responsibility for the actions people choose to do. God was not the puppeteer anymore, deciding people’s life and destiny but people themselves were deciding, with their free will and their actions. It is in this regard, during the Renaissance, people are at the center of their lives, because of the rediscover of the freedom of choice and the consequent personal responsibilities for one’s own actions.
In this scenario Michelangelo was a man of his time, was a man of the Renaissance, and he depicted a summary of these heresies in his frescoes. It was not just a matter of nudity but Philosophy, Astronomy, Science, human destiny and God’s will. How would you consider yourself baptised if you were unconscious when it happened, and you didn’t choose it in conscience, with a Free Act of Will and Choice? The sacrament of Baptism was originally a matter of Will and Choice, and during the Renaissance people wanted that freedom back, the freedom to choose, eventually dissent, and be personally responsible for their individual choices. Martin Luther represented very well his moral dissent in the 95 Theses [W22] he posted on the entrance of the Cathedral in Wittenberg, but he was not the only one to feel embarrassed by the Roman Morality selling tickets to heaven to murderers, torturers and tormentors.
So, after the dark ages the Renaissance was a new age, demanding intellectual emancipation from the Moral Supremacy of the Catholic Tradition ruling Europe since the time of the Nicaea Council. The Renaissance shattered the European Catholic hegemony into pieces, and the Catholic Heresies well represent the reasons fuelling the revolt.
The Renaissance was not a point in time, or a place on earth, but was a matter of meanings, freedom of choice and personal responsibilities for one’s own actions. If you didn’t choose to be baptised, you were not really baptised, and this is the reason why several Reformers rejected the baptism of infants. On the other hand, with freedom of choice also comes the moral obligation to express personal dissent, which had never been an option since the time of the Nicaea Council.
Luther was not the first person to be excommunicated, and was not to be the last. In the big picture many more historical figures emerge, in all the branches of human knowledge. So, to continue, the Renaissance was a movement for the cultural and intellectual emancipation from the Catholic Tradition; it was a rebellion against the Cultural Regime, against the System and Corruption, the System of Indulgences [W23], simony [W24] and Saints above the law ruling Europe.
The Renaissance was the end of the Dark Ages, but on the other hand also nowadays I can clearly see some people are pretending Michelangelo made the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, and the same people are selling the tickets to admire the masterpieces. But the original frescoes have been censored; have been changed in order to cancel Michelangelo’s original meanings, and today there is no trace of Michelangelo left there. The funny part is that the Vatican knows all of this, but to them it doesn’t look like plagiarism, or fraud, and they have no reasons to feel like con-artists.
I also understand some people express their freedom of choice claiming that Italy is the flagship of the Renaissance Culture, but who do you believe may make that claim? Galileo, or Michelangelo? Italy is the most Catholic place on earth, and the Renaissance in Italy never took place, but the inquisition did. At the time of the Renaissance in Italy there was the Inquisition and the Counter-Reformation, working against the Heresies of the Renaissance Culture. There is no way the Catholic legacy may represent the Renaissance Culture, it is impossible; the Catholic Heresies have nothing in common with the Catholic Legacy, only the stake of the inquisition, and there is no possible confusion.”
“Eventually you may ask how the Renaissance Culture became intellectual legacy of the persecutors of the Renaissance Culture. It should help to highlight the Freedom of choice on one side, and absolute obedience on the other” she said continuing her last thoughts.
“Yes. But Luther was simply criticising the morality of the system of Indulgences and Corruption of the Catholic Tradition; he was commenting on the practice of the Church selling redemption from sins and crimes. The Church was selling tickets to heaven to everybody who could afford it, and was taking advantage of the fears of the poor people. In this scenario Luther was complaining about the exploitation of the most inner human feelings, about the system of corruption, indulgence and simony, and today we could file the very same complaints for the very same reasons. But did you ever wonder why Michelangelo represented God in the image of man, a naked man with all the details?” I asked.
“No. Not really, no” she said.
“Traditionally, from the Bible, we know that ‘God made mankind in his own image’ [B2; Genesis, 1:27]. So, Michelangelo in the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel in accord with the Bible represented God in the image of man, completely naked with all details, but soon the frescoes were censored, while Michelangelo was still alive. Apparently the problem was with the sexuality of God, but Michelangelo went further than that, expressing God as a Human projection. Michelangelo made apparent the Human origin of God, representing God in the image of man, surrounded by a crowd of Saints of well-known human origins, all looking the same as God. A crowd of man-made Saints, naked, staring from all over the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, this is what Michelangelo depicted, to remind the priests of their pretence playing God, and their human actions. Michelangelo represented God in the image of man, as a human projection. This is what he really did; with Michelangelo it wasn’t God creating Man in his image, but Men creating Gods in their image. This is the magnitude of the revolution of the Renaissance Culture; humans are not puppets anymore but create their Gods, and are Free to Act in accord with their Freedom of Choice. The rediscovery of the ancient value of the freedom of choice became the only way leading to heaven, not the blessing or the indulgence fees of the Pope, but people’s real actions, and the nude figures were only symbolic of the human condition; it was not a matter of nudity but philosophical meanings concerning the nature of Man and God.
In his art works Michelangelo represented the Renaissance Culture that he was living in, and truly the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo was representing the Revolution of the Renaissance Culture clashing with the ancient walls of the Vatican. So, Michelangelo represented God in the image of man, like a projection of man; a man that represents himself as God. It is like saying that God is man made, like all the Deities and Saints around Him, but it also suggests that the man pretending to be God only fools himself. The Renaissance was a Cultural Revolution, and Michelangelo depicted the inner meanings of that revolution all over the ceiling. This is the reason why the Sistine Chapel was censored, and nobody ever saw the original frescoes of Michelangelo.”
“Ok. This is a different scenario. I like this perspective of man inventing God” she said with a smile, like after a nice surprise. “But what about this magazine? What about the Italian leadership of the Renaissance Culture?” she asked.
“The Magazine is beautiful, the paper is exquisite and the photographs are great; I wouldn’t go any further than that. At the time of the Renaissance Italy didn’t even exist, and neither Michelangelo nor Galileo ever claimed to be Italian, because they couldn’t, because they never knew of a town or a country named Italy, but if they were alive today they would make exactly the same complaints, for exactly the same reasons.”
“What do you mean, Italy didn’t exist?”
“Pretending Galileo was Italian would be like pretending Julius Caesar was Italian” I said smiling. “I am sure he never said that, and for the same reasons as Julius Caesar neither did Michelangelo, 15 hundreds years later. At the time of Michelangelo, in the territory where actually Italy is, were a number of independent states, always fighting each other. There never existed a union, a league, or a flag to unify the states of the Italian Peninsula, never before the XIX century. That was ages after Galileo and Michelangelo died”.
“This is funny, yes. I don’t remember anybody saying that Julius Caesar was Italian, but a number of people pretend Galileo was, like also Christopher Columbus and many more” she said.
“To make this clear, the Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, an influential diplomat at the Congress of Vienna in 1814 [A31][W25][W26], concerning the Italian situation said that ‘Italy is only a geographic expression’, like Asia, or Africa. In fact, after the dissolution of the Roman Empire, the territory of the Italian peninsula was divided into a number of independent states, traditionally fighting each other, and there has never existed a league, a flag or an alliance to represent the united peninsula. Apparently the word, the term ‘Italy’, originated from an ancient Greek nickname [W27], but these are legends, like the Capitoline wolf [W59]. The Pre-Christian Romans made the Roman Empire, and never called themselves ‘Italians’, and before the movements for the Italian Unification in XIX century there never existed a flag or an alliance to represent the united peninsula; this is the evidence we can see from history. Anyway, despite the anachronism of pretending Galileo was Italian, I am feeling confident Galileo today would be disappointed exactly the same as he was, and exactly for the same reasons.”
“Here it is. Galileo, from Wikipedia” she said, showing her smart phone and introducing the reading.”
Quote from Wikipedia [W28]
«Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the ‘father of modern observational astronomy’, the ‘father of modern physics’, the ‘father of science’, and ‘the Father of Modern Science’.» [End Quote]
“I don’t agree completely but I’ve read something similar before, from the schoolbooks. Concerning the Wikipedia claim that Galileo was Italian, for consistency, this claim would make sense only if Julius Caesar also was said to be Italian. Concerning Galileo ‘Father of Modern Science’, there is more to say, and more interesting characters could be introduced in these terms, like Eratosthenes, Aristarchus of Samos, or Hypatia, living more than a thousand years before Galileo. Don’t get me wrong, Galileo understood that not all celestial bodies were stars; he understood the existence of other planets, and from the phases of Venus understood that earth is orbiting around the sun. He is to be admired, but some other people did it before him and their knowledge has been vandalized by the same censors of Galileo, ages before him.
Anyway, further down the page it should mention that Galileo was on trial for heresy, for a matter of planets and orbits; don’t believe it! It was not the stars of the sky who were offended, but the stars living on this planet.”
“Yes, here it is” she pointed out.
Quote from Wikipedia [W28]
«In September 1632, Galileo was ordered to come to Rome to stand trial. He finally arrived in February 1633 and was brought before inquisitor Vincenzo Maculani to be charged. Throughout his trial Galileo steadfastly maintained that since 1616 he had faithfully kept his promise not to hold any of the condemned opinions, and initially he denied even defending them.
However, he was eventually persuaded to admit that, contrary to his true intention, a reader of his Dialogue could well have obtained the impression that it was intended to be a defence of Copernicanism.» [End Quote]
“And further down it continues” she said, scrolling the text.
Quote from Wikipedia [W28]
«Galileo was found "vehemently suspect of heresy", namely of having held the opinions that the Sun lies motionless at the centre of the universe, that the Earth is not at its centre and moves, and that one may hold and defend an opinion as probable after it has been declared contrary to Holy Scripture. He was required to ‘abjure, curse and detest’ those opinions.
He was sentenced to formal imprisonment at the pleasure of the Inquisition. On the following day this was commuted to house arrest, which he remained under for the rest of his life. His offending Dialogue was banned; and in an action not announced at the trial, publication of any of his works was forbidden, including any he might write in the future.» [End Quote]
“Scary. So, Galileo was on the list of the prohibited books” she said, commenting on the reading with a smile.
“Yes he was, and if he were still alive he would probably ask how the Catholic Heresies became Catholic Legacy, starting from the freedom of conscience of having a personal opinion, in philosophy, cosmology, science and the arts.
There is no way Galileo knew about Italy, and the only Roman Culture he knew was the Roman Catholic he had experienced with the Inquisition. The Inquisition represents the Catholic Renaissance much better then Galileo or Michelangelo ever did. Still today in Italy there is no salvation except the Catholic option, and this is the reason why today Galileo would be disappointed exactly the same as he was then.
Maybe it's my fault, and I shouldn’t be surprised if some accredited journalists re-publish their schoolbooks as magazines, pretending that Italy is the flagship of the Renaissance Culture. After the education people paid for, what are they supposed to do? Criticize themselves for the prejudice and preconceptions they have learned from their expensive education? Probably I shouldn’t be surprised if, after all of this indoctrination, this is the selected intellectual class we’ve got, ready to convert and renovate the Catholic Heresies as Catholic Legacy, exactly the same as Mussolini did. We have a ridiculous intellectual class, haven’t you noticed that?” I asked.
“So, Galileo was not Italian” she said smiling, writing in her notebook.
“Well, the Catholic Heresies have never been Catholic Legacy, and if someone today has the courage to pretend on the side of the Renaissance of Michelangelo was also a Catholic Renaissance, we should underline that the Inquisition was representing the Catholic Renaissance very well” I repeated smirking with confidence. “Try again. In the presentation Wikipedia said Galileo was titled in several ways, like father of modern science, astronomer and more”.
“Yes, I remember that” she said with a nod.
“Well. Galileo was not the first to imagine the spheroid shape of earth. Long before Copernicus arrived, more then 200 years before the birth of Jesus, a man in the ancient pre-Christian Greece did measure the circumference of earth, with surprising precision. I mean he measured the circumference of earth with empirical calculations. He was named Eratosthenes [W29], and lived 18 hundred years before Galileo arrived, long before the Nicaea Council flattened the Earth. In the same period of time also lived Aristarchus of Samos [W35], who is actually known as the first person who placed the sun at the center of the universe, with the earth orbiting around it. Then 600 years later the Nicaea Councils arrived, with the Inquisition and the dark ages, and all of this knowledge was lost, destroyed, devastated and persecuted. This is what happened to the science and knowledge not conforming to the Holy Scriptures, and this is the archaeological field we are supposed to dig; the trace of millenary ashes leading to how the Catholic Heresies became Catholic Legacy. Is it possible nobody ever asked? What is responsible for this confusion, the arrogance of someone or the weakness of others?
I wonder about the arrogance, claiming Galileo as the father of modern science, when at most he was only one of several victims of Modern Censorship. Furthermore Galileo abjured, he didn’t pay the highest price like many others. He didn’t have the courage of his own words, he didn’t stand for his freedom of conscience, and because of renouncing his freedom he was rewarded with his life. On the other hand, Giordano Bruno [W31] was burnt at the stake because of his consistency in sincerely expressing his feelings and his personal opinion. But again, we can’t forget that Copernicus didn’t have the courage to publish his book before his own death, because of fear of the Inquisition, despite the fact that he was a priest.
Definitively, the freedom of conscience of having a personal opinion is the most controversial heresy of all time, the most persecuted, but the same heresy was also the most precious Value for several other people. In this scenario of intellectual inquisition and repression, Galileo was playing chicken, like a coward, abjuring. Maybe this is why, now, he is portrayed like a hero of modern science, because he gave up, became renegade and betrayed himself. But probably Galileo is just one out of many, scared to death, like they did to me. You should know something by now; I told you what they did to me, and I have shown you evidence of indisputable facts above any reasonable doubt. I will tell you more sometime, if you like; but concerning Galileo, isn't it clear the Censorship he had to face is the same Censorship we have today, the same quality and brand since the time of the Nicaea Council?”
“Definitively Galileo was not the first person to be threatened with the stake of the Inquisition, and was not the last either” she argued, before reading a few words from the Wikipedia page of Eratosthenes.
Quote from Wikipedia [W29]
«Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He invented the discipline of geography, including the terminology used today. He is best known for being the first person to calculate the circumference of the Earth».
«His calculation was remarkably accurate. He was also the first to calculate the tilt of the Earth's axis (again with remarkable accuracy). Additionally, he may have accurately calculated the distance from the Earth to the Sun and invented the leap day. He created the first map of the world incorporating parallels and meridians, based on the available geographical knowledge of the era.»
«Eratosthenes was one of the most pre-eminent scholarly figures of his time, and produced works covering a vast area of knowledge before and during his time at the Library. He wrote on many topics, geography, mathematics, philosophy, chronology, literary criticism, grammar, poetry, and even old comedies.»
«Unfortunately, there are only fragments left of his works after the destruction of the Library of Alexandria.» [End Quote]
“Eratosthenes… His work is mostly lost. Devastated during the destruction of the library of Alexandria” she said, repeating the Wikipedia. “This is the destruction of the Idols, at the time of the Nicaea Council, isn’t it? The early Catholic Inquisition we said some time ago?”
“Yes it is. The library of Alexandria was devastated and set on fire a few times, but thanks to some brave librarians from the Middle East some copies of the original pre-Christian Greek books have been saved, and a few centuries later the discovery of these books was to re-birth the Philosophies at the origin of the Catholic Heresies. Also consider the improvements in Astronomy developed in the Middle East during the Western Dark Ages, and the critique to the Ptolemaic System coming from there [W61] [W62]. So, after ages of intellectual repression and Holy Wars, the heresies persecuted by the Inquisition in Philosophy and Astronomy were to bloom again, propelling the Renaissance culture with new values and new meanings of life, rooted in the ancient pre-Christian freedom of conscience, the most inner feeling of self. After ages of darkness, the Catholic Heresies were shining once again in the sky; definitively, the Renaissance Culture is a pile of Catholic Heresies from the deepest roots.”
“And what about the Renaissance in Italy? What about the revolution of Michelangelo and Galileo?” she asked. “Look at this picture in the magazine, the Sistine Chapel!”
“Well. We said something about Michelangelo, and you did right coming with the magazine. It is a good example, like the school textbooks. I only wonder why our best schoolbooks never mention the bishop Carafa and Monsignor Sernini [W19] who organised the protest against the immorality of Michelangelo, depicting naked man-made Saints all over the ceilings. But Michelangelo was simply expressing the values of the Renaissance Culture, in which humans are free actors of their lives, and there is no God’s destiny to decide for them but only their freedom of choice and their actions.
The Renaissance, when Michelangelo was alive, was rediscovering the ancient values of the freedom of choice and freedom of will, the values of one’s own actions, and his frescoes have been censored because God in the image of man was unacceptable, because the viewers would have think being Gods, free to choose and decide. So Michelangelo represented God completely naked in all details, as a projection of man, in order to emphasize the human origin of God. Beside that, he also portrayed the mysteries no man will ever know, like the mystery of death, and the human desires to control also the afterlife. He symbolized the human condition, it's limits, and that crowd of Deities only represent the human desire of omnipotence: humans pretending to be above everything, above the laws of God made nature, and above God Himself.
It was the Bishop Carafa who led the opposition to the Sistine Chapel, when Michelangelo was still painting the ceiling; then the Council of Trent [W32][W20] condemned the representation of nudities in Religious Art Works, and Braghettone took over and covered up the frescoes of Michelangelo, while Michelangelo was mysteriously sick in the bed where he died soon after. Like if he was poisoned”
“Are you suggesting he was murdered?”
“I don’t know if Michelangelo was murdered or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he were; he wouldn’t be the first. But the point I am trying to make is that if I were to exhibit a fake Michelangelo pretending it was original, I would be prosecuted for fraud, but they are not prosecuted. What am I supposed to believe, nobody knows? It is clear the Sistine Chapel is a scam, but it is justified, by High Moral Values above the law; same as the magazine and the schoolbooks.
Back to the point, concerning the magazine we only have two options. Option one, this magazine is simply Catholic propaganda and plagiarism, like the tickets to pay to see the masterpiece Michelangelo did in the Sistine Chapel. In this case it could still makes sense, otherwise, option two, it doesn’t make sense at all. But these pictures are beautiful I agree. I only hope you didn’t spend too much on it.”
“Don’t worry. I had a coffee with a friend, a hairdresser. She has plenty of magazines and I borrowed this one. By the way, there is a travel agent at the end of the article, and maybe this is the sponsor.”
“Concerning the Italian Renaissance, I really wonder how the Renaissance Culture become Catholic Legacy. Is it possible nobody ever asked? How did the Renaissance Culture become intellectual legacy of the persecutors of the Renaissance Culture? Because I only see the reign of terror established by the Catholic Inquisition. Just look at what happened to Galileo and Michelangelo, or Giordano Bruno. The real revolution feeding the Renaissance is not to be found in Italy but in the discovery of the ancient Greek books of philosophy, the philosophical foundation of the Catholic Heresies. Copernicus, and Luther are the heroes of the Renaissance, with their freedom of choice and scientific curiosities, but they came ages after Eratosthenes, Aristarchus, and Hypatia of Alexandria.”
“Hypatia. Who was she?” she asked, typing on the invisible keyboard of the smartphone.
“Both Eratosthenes and Hypatia [W33] lived in Alexandria, but Eratosthenes was preceding 500 years; Hypatia was contemporaneous with the first Nicaea Council. She was professor of mathematics, philosophy and astronomy; she understood the elliptic orbit of earth, which is not a perfect circle as described in the Ptolemaic System, and was killed inside the library of Alexandria, during one of the devastations of the library.”
“I believe I have seen a movie with a similar story, is it possible?”
“It is very possible, because there is a beautiful movie about her, entitled ‘Agora’ [A21], the director was Alejandro Amenábar”.
“So, what about Italy, and Galileo?” she asked puzzled.
“Galileo was under house arrest for life, in accordance with the Italian Renaissance of the Catholic Inquisition; and concerning Italy, there is no salvation from the Catholic option” I said smiling.
“Are you trying to scare me again?” she asked.
“I am serious. The Nicaea Council was the first time the Catholic Moral Supremacy was enforced by the law. After Nicaea, it was just the destruction of everything; art, science, philosophy, astronomy, culture and traditions, starting from the judicial system, it was a total destruction. They have flattened the planet, for thousands of years, and in this scenario it is obvious Galileo is Italian, father of Modern Science; same as Columbus discovered the Americas, Michelangelo made the Sistine Chapel, and the Catholic Heresies are Catholic Legacy.
I only wonder who that may be, the mastermind of this well organized confusion? Who is the mastermind behind this knowledge filter and confirmation bias the professors Cremo and Thompson discuss in the Forbidden Archaeology [W17]?”
“I see your point, but I believe Galileo did the right thing” she said.
“Sure he did” I replied promptly, sharing the point “But concerning the freedom of conscience as a legitimate human right, stated by the law, is still has a long way to go.
Galileo was perceptive enough to have a personal opinion but he had no right to express it, and Freedom of opinion will became political matter and a personal right only after Lafayette and the French Revolution outlined and proclaimed for the first time Human Civil Rights [W34].”
“Sure, there was no freedom of conscience at the time of Galileo, just obedience and the death penalty. Probably some people consider Galileo as Italian, because he followed the Catholic Tradition” she said.
“Maybe, but it was not his choice. Maybe it is because of the education they had, but they don’t really know what it means to be responsible for one’s own action. They vanish people, and then pretend it was an Act of God, despite of their signature on it.
But today I don’t like to talk about them. I will tell you more some other time, about the honourable Ambassadors and Consuls of Italy, faking documents in the legal offices of the Consulates. Like Paolo Galli and Pasquale Aragona, the Ambassadors when my passport and my degree went missing. At that time also the legal suits went missing, in the Courts of Justice, sacrificed to the High Moral Values of the Italian institutions. They fake documents in public offices. They are counterfeiters, mobsters and scumbags; just look at their moral leader, pretending to sell Braghettone with the signature of Michelangelo. Street scammers, I wish they could be responsible for their actions, and this is what also the Police said, they should be prosecuted, but how? Bribery and Corruption in Italy are values, custom and tradition; consequences are not prosecuted, and people are blackmailed for documents they have rights for. This is why also the European Union sent a copy of my Legal Suit concerning the vanishing of my degree and Passport, and the Prosecutor Corrado Carnevali in Milan swept the claim under the carpet, because in his understanding it was an Act of God. So I could be without a passport for a bit longer.”
“Really, when you try to be rude, you are just funny. Seriously, don’t hold back because I like it” she said smiling, almost inviting me to continue.
“I noticed you enjoyed my acting. Next time I will remember to play a few minutes for you, to cheer you up. Promise.” I said, returning the smirk.
“Now I tell you what happened this morning, this is also funny. Do you remember yesterday we discussed the characters, how to represent and to describe them, and what style to use for the dialogues? This morning I was searching Google for suggestions when I found a book, with the title so close to the one we are doing. Believe me, I was really shocked. I was having my breakfast when I found the ‘Dialogue Concerning Heresies’ by Thomas More. It ruined my coffee. Because I couldn’t recall any Thomas More, and the description was promoting the book like «The best English style ever», «The best dialogues ever». I read more, with growing fear, but I couldn’t recall any Thomas More. Then I found out it was a mirage, or better, a man-made mirage, a marketing illusion, a booby trap. Because Thomas More is not a contemporary novelist, but the same Jesuit I studied at the University under the name of Saint Thomas. I wish Mr Thomas More, alias Saint Thomas, could put his nose in this and comment concerning Hypatia, Eratosthenes and so on. But he could truly say, in conscience, he never knew. Anyway, Saint Thomas was portrayed as an English Renaissance writer, but the name of the author on the book should have been Saint Thomas, and not Thomas More. I had to re-heat my breakfast because of that confusion between Catholic Heresies and Catholic Legacy. The only Renaissance Saint Thomas may represent, is the Renaissance of the Inquisition. As I said before, may be he was alive at the time of the Renaissance, but he was living in the dark ages of the Nicaea Council. Thomas More, alias Saint Thomas, was a very obedient man, very obedient to the will of the Roman Tradition. He could never be a man of the Renaissance, like my favourite Henry the VIII.”
“Oh no!” she said, stifling a scream. “Henry VIII was a murderer, he was awful!”
“Yes, I know this version of the story. But I prefer to believe he loved his wife, more then he loved his Pope. The Pope was clear, Henry could have killed his wife but he loved her, and he made a war against God for her. It was not because Henry killed his wife he got all the trouble, but because he didn’t, and showed his dissent to the Pope, and this is what the storytellers should say. He changed the Country forever, for her; but it is also possible Henry VIII asked himself who was really ruling the Country, if he, the King, was not allowed to make laws in his Kingdom. I completely agree with the Act of Supremacy of Henry the VIII, stating that Civil Laws are above the laws of the Church [W35] [W36].
Forget the Renaissance of Saint Thomas ‘The Roman’. There is no Renaissance in Saint Thomas, but eventually the revival of the millenary tradition of the Inquisition. Nevertheless it is important to remind ourselves of the origin of our System of Values, and the Moral Supremacy of the Church above the laws. It helps to remember that concerning the Bible the point in discussion is not the Bible itself, but the meaning of Morality and Justice that come with it, including the System of Corruption and Indulgence.
We have no Justice by the law, and the values of Justice are not to be found in the laws; there is a market of Indulgence and Simony wide open in the churchyard, exactly the same as it was at the time of Martin Luther. It is exactly the same system of corruption, the same racket of mobsters, the same brotherhood ruling society from behind the scene with favours and blackmails. Nothing has changed since the time of Martin Luther, ages ago.”
“Corruption, let me check my notes” she said turning a few pages. “Corruption. There are fees to pay to the Pope. Indulgence [W23] is buying forgiveness and a way to heaven, while simony [W24] is buying a job, titles and privileges here on earth. Is that correct?” she asked.
“Yes, it is a system selling all possible papers people may need, but historically kings and nobility could have been dethrone, deposed and excommunicated if not conforming to the High Moral Values of such System of Values, made of corruption, indulgence and blackmails.
Now, after you spent thousands and thousands of pounds for your education, imagine you would like to know what morality may pretend to transform the Catholic Heresies into Catholic Legacy, or Thomas More into an English Renaissance Humanist?
Can you see the bias from these High Moral Values above the law is influencing the life of people, concerning the value of the Law and Justice, but also personal freedoms, knowledge, and all aspects of life? I wonder if you could see this education is indoctrination and brainwashing, flattening the Earth and the people on it. Can you see it is intentional, and we are manipulated like puppets in the name of these High Moral Value above the law?”
“Well,” she paused for a smile, “I am here, trying to help. I agree, the education we had was not the education we needed, or rather, the education we had is not for this world” she said, adding something to the notes. “Our education is not of this world” she said again with a smile “It is not there. It is foolish!”
“Yes, it is inconsistent. A few days ago on the Internet I found a funny page concerning the Renaissance. You know Renaissance means re-birth, the re-discovery of the ancient Greek Pre-Christian Philosophy and Culture. On Wikipedia there is someone claiming his freedom of conscience distinguishes the northern and southern Renaissance, like it could be a matter of geography.”
“You know, Wikipedia is for children; it is very popular, but is made out of schoolbooks. It is not really possible to quote Wikipedia, because the text is unstable, and the Universities don’t accept it as a reliable source. It is obvious the Roman Catholic persecuted the Renaissance Culture; and it is obvious the Catholic Heresies, as heresies, have nothing in common with the Catholic Church. For us, it is important to underline that the Catholic Heresies will never be eradicated, because they are part of human nature. Freedom of thought and freedom of choice are part of human nature, the essential part of self, the inner nature of the human being. This is why we are all different from each other, and we have different opinions. We have to emphasise this” she said decisively.
“Sure, this is from the book of nature. This is the human condition no one is above. But concerning the quotes for our writing, if the Universities accept only themselves as sources, and the Catholic Heresies have never been part of the School programs, where are we to find our sources?
We will never find any quote from the reliable texts of the Universities. What can we do to organize bibliographic references on how the Catholic Heresies have become Catholic Legacy?” I asked, expressing my concern.
“The contradictions are so many and so evident, in philosophy, science, art. Everything is screaming out asking how the Catholic Heresies became Catholic Legacy. From the Courts of Justice, to the telescope to admire the sky. Wherever you turn, there you find the Catholic Heresies shining in the sky” she said reassuringly. “It is all self-explained, clear evidence with no explanation needed. But if you still need evidence, try exploring the many different versions of the Bible and ask yourself about Eratosthenes or Galileo. He would be disappointed exactly the same as he was, the same as you, and exactly for the same reasons” she said, repeating my words and waving the leash in the air, just before she walked away.