All the flouride info is quite interesting. I don't remember Railio mentioning flouride but he certainly drew our attention to censorship, contradictory propaganda and contradictory teachings. Railio mentioned "D-notices" quite often. These were censorship of the press by UK government. Another topic he returned to often was contradictory medical advice. They tell you to put butter on a burnt finger, then ten years later butter is the worst thing for a burn and you should run it under a cold tap. These were bits of Railio's home-spun wisdom. He mentioned needing to get letters from doctors, lawyers and the Archbishop of Canterbury before he could get to see some restricted books such as the Emerald Tablets or the Grimoires. He seemed to think that there was a contradiction in saying there were no flying saucers if men were now going to the moon in them. To Railio it seemed that if we could build spaceships then flying saucers must be real. His thoughts were often at that sort of simplistic level. Omen (Railio's son) was worse. Omen repeated the same sort of simple-minded ideas as his dad but couldn't pronounce some of the words correctly so, in Omen's version, the French saying "Honi soit qui mal y pense" was "Onny solly mally ponce" and Omen's version of the word "homunculi" was "homm-a-Queue-lie".
Anyway, flouride. As I say, I find the subject interesting. On the other hand, though, I've been drinking tap water in England all through my life and I don't suffer from thyroid problems or the inability to make up my own mind about things (at least, not since I got away from the Mine). I'm 59 years old, I still have hair and teeth, I still have my tonsils and my appendix, I can still run up a flight of stairs or calculate numbers in my head. The reason I'm in such good health is I don't go to doctors or dentists, I don't eat meat, fish or dairy, I don't smoke, take drugs or drink alcohol and I avoid coffee, so-called "energy drinks" or other things loaded with excessive caffeine and I also avoid excessively sugary things. I eat lots of fruit and veg, grains, pulses etc. I have never driven a car in my life and don't wish to. Car drivers are destroying the planet. They are also unhealthy through the effect of lack of exercise. That effect combines with stress and road rage.
I'm not worried about flouride but I'm enraged by the hypocrisy of people calling themselves environmentalists or lovers of the planet and then driving around in a car. Anyhoo... There's a report on flouride which has been going the rounds. Originally commissioned by the Christian Science Monitor and then, apparently, censored and not published.
None so blind...
There's not much purpose in replying to what NM said because she or he (it isn't always possible to guess someone's gender on the web) just did her/his usual thing of misinterpreting what I'd said and then criticising what (s)he thought it was. I know from past experience of about 17 years of web debating on many many issues that once somebody starts doing that thing of every so slightly misinterpreting what you've said and then arguing against what they think you said that there's nothing to be gained from trying to explain what you actually said, because it's right there on the page in front of them and they still managed to see something different... Well, no matter what I say that person will continue to see whatever meaning (s)he wishes to see.
Just remembered tomorrow is dustbin day. I'd better go and put the bins out. NM will probably want to root around in them to prove nothing is ever completely crap (and I never said it was completely).
I thought it might be appropriate to post 3 religious ideas which have meant a great deal to me over the years.
Firstly, the reputed philosophy of Pelagius in Europe in the Middle Ages. Now, I say "reputed" philosophy because the thing I most like from Pelagius is something which he actually denied saying. Roman Papal authority called him a heretic for saying it and he denied he ever had said it, but it's a great philosophy anyway, whether he said it or not, someone somewhere must have said it and I agree with it wholeheartedly. So what was it that Pelagius was supposed to have said which caused all the fuss?
He's supposed to have gone around saying that it didn't matter so much whether the miracle stories in the bible were actually true, as long as you were a good, kind person and lived a good life of virtue, kindness and charity. The goodness and kindness were the important part, not the stories or the miracles. I read that years ago and it made perfect sense to me. It still does. Regardless of whether Pelagius actually said or not I believe it still stands as an important guideline to life.
The second thing is from C. S. Lewis's series of children's books "The Chronicles of Narnia", in the volume called "The Last Battle" there is a religion which worships Tash, the god of all things vile and horrid. Emeth, a worshipper of Tash, believes Tash to be a good god and does good works in his name.
Aslan is the the opposite of Tash and represents good. However there are some who do wickedness claiming it to be in Aslan's name. At the end these wicked ones are rejected by Aslan but Emeth, who was good is accepted by Aslan, even though Emeth thought himself to be a worshipper of Tash. Aslan explains that all good works are always for Aslan, even if done by someone who doesn't know it is Aslan and thinks it is Tash. "No service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him".
The 3rd idea which I wanted to post here is from Matthew 7:16: "By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?" I believe this is very important. If a religion claims to be 99 different types of wonderful but actually does no good works in the world, it isn't good. If a philosophy describes itself as nothing very important at all but actually helps a lot of people back from starvation and homelessness, then it's good. It really is just like identifying trees by their fruit. You get apples on an apple tree and oranges on an orange tree. You get good works in the world from good people. You get lies, dissociation and mind-bending from lying, dissociative mind-benders. It's just the fruit of the tree.
(Copyright Peter-David Smith, Exeter, Devon 2013)