I watched a double documentary about Martin Luther recently on the BBC, marking the 500 years anniversary of his ‘reformation’ of the church in Germany. It made me proud to be living in a Protestant country, although I don’t believe in the monotheistic god. Luther was more like the historical Jesus Christ than the wealthy and elaborate church he revolted against. I also watched the David Starkey historical documentary about it.
Luther was greenYgrey Moderate?
The programmes depicted Luther as a moderate compared to Muntzer, which is how I’ve always viewed and portrayed my writing theme: greenYgreyvolution rather than revolution.
Russell Brand seemed to be my Muntzer, a ‘revolutionary’ extremist, who the Anonymouses expected to lead them on Westminster, now dubbed Pestminster; bet the SAS were quaking in their boots!; after practises I’ve been writing about for a decade in university and work have become headline news.
Ironically, Russell ‘Pied Piper of British Grooming’ Brand will be crowned the Stylist women’s magazine man-of-the-year next weekend, above all the men who’ve been battling to save the Yazidi sex-slave-raped-tortured victims of I.S. genocide; not to mention the British and European ones of I.S. affiliates; African and Asian too.
Irish Victims of Religion
While the British liberal left, such as Brand, Corbyn and McDonnell, usually side with Irish republicans against the British establishment, the Republic of Ireland is still under the strict control of the Catholic Church, with all its illiberal dogma.
Irish women such as Sinead O’ Connor have been rebelling against that all their lives, showing that most cultures and nations have their own bad practises and rebels, in line with the old idiom that the grass looks greener on the other side, but often isn’t once you get to know them.
Sympathy for the Devils
Ironically, I had some sympathy with Russell Brand, and criticism of Sinead O’ Conner recently. When she’d sounded suicidal on social media, Brand tried to console her, and O’ Conner responded by saying maybe they should have sex!
It reminded me of George Galloway, who I also criticised a lot during the greenYgrey years. When he responded to Charles Kennedy’s death due to alcoholism by tweeting or something ‘better a drunk Charles Kennedy’ than somebody, he was lambasted on social media for being insensitive.
Far From the Madding Crowd
I watched Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd recently, and thought that the frugal faithful Gabriel Oak contrasted with the dashing lying unfaithful charmer Sergeant Francis “Frank” Troy were kind of like me and Brand, with Bathsheba Everdene representing the educated women who support and promote him; especially when she still tended his grave even after his failings and falseness were revealed.
However, I did like Troy’s faithfulness and support for poor Fanny Robin, who could be representative of the working-class girls, such as those groomed and raped by higher classes and richer immigrants over my lifetime; and perhaps forever.
I also watched a documentary about Bobby Sands recently, and was reminded of his death in 1981, when I was 16, and he was 27. I looked like this:
27 is the ‘mythical age of rock star death’ (Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix etc), and it was a year after I’d got into heavy metal and rock in a big way, with the death of AC/DC’s Bon Scott one of the catalysts. John Lennon died the previous year to Sands, in 1980.
Sands reminded me of Scott and AC/DC, so I got quite caught up in it, feeling sorry for him, but I also saw the bomb attacks in Britain and Ireland, so the I.R.A. were still the enemy to me, as I remember it.
Argentina was too when they invaded the Falklands the next year. My main previous knowledge of them was hosting the 1978 World Cup, which I’d loved, so I found it hard to understand how a country that had created such joy, had now declared war on us.
While most Irish rebels seem to have been against the British establishment, I related to Paddy Mayne when I watched a documentary series about the S.A.S. earlier in the year, where Mayne was depicted as a great soldier who drank too much and was always getting into trouble and rebelling against the hierarchy.
I Am Rebel not Coward
While I haven’t emulated Mayne’s sporting or military achievements, I have rebelled against authority to the point of self-destruction, and primarily when I’ve felt it was the powerful’s GBH: Grooming, Bullying and Harassment.
I stopped talking to lifelong friends, and basically gave up my youthful life memories when I heard they’d betrayed me. In university, I left after thinking I was being treated unfairly, especially after I thought the reason was because the two Heads of Department considered me a love rival for their student/secretary!
Local Liars Losers (3 x 5 starting with L)
In work, some male and masculine managers seemed a mirror reflection, grooming their staff while trying to put them off me. I wasn’t looking for a relationship there anyway, with none fitting the description I publicised throughout: ‘slim, beautiful, 21-40, single, unattached, blonde or brunette’.
Without being snobby, at my age and with my education a relationship with a young relatively uneducated woman would probably not work, although like Far From A Madding Crowd‘s Troy, I still like and respect the good and intelligent among them.
Instead of being an ethical moralistic mini-martyr as I’ve tried to be, and think I have been, my double-negatives (Elon Musk’s naysayers) try to depict me as a desperate loser, who has been defeated in battles I never wanted and never fought.
The local liars depicted me as their enemy and threat when I didn’t ask to go there, and never really wanted to be there. Therefore, most people who listened to them didn’t even have the first ‘truth’ right, so got everything else wrong; as you would if your first basis for world truth is that it is flat, and the sun circles us; as humanity has thought for most of its recorded history.
Elon Musk said about critical theory: ‘Do you have the right axioms, are they relevant, and are you making the right conclusions based on those axioms?’
Amber Heard: Female Russell Brand?
Talking (writing) of Elon Musk, would I still want to go out with Amber Heard now, and would I be a hypocrite if I did, as she does seem to be a bit of a female Russell Brand.
I’m going from her relationships with Depp and Musk. I don’t know what happened with Depp, but people close to Musk said he’d broken off their romance because Heard had been manipulative. Heard has played that kind of character to the point of stereotype, such as in The Rum Diary, where I first ‘fell in love’ with her; All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and 3 Days To Kill.
There are many other movies she has starred in that I haven’t seen, so I don’t know if she also plays different characters.
While I tried to support the nice and loving women, now I think Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ video is more in line with how women need to be: strong psychology, rather than Taylor Momen’s devilish defeatism; although I hope Momsen’s doing well, and still love her look, voice and music.
However, I’d still most like a hippyish woman with a heart of gold, who likes to dress nicely, kind of like women like Cressida Bonas and Rosie Huntington-Whitely seem, but to be like that all your life you kind of need a ‘sheltered life’ away from the ‘real world’.
As all the power-GBH revelations have shown, the ‘real world’ is even there in the most respected and prestigious environments, such as academia and the media.
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