posted on Mar, 7 2008 @ 05:00 PM
Okay, you are really taking us into left field now. First, understand that I am not that familiar with James Shelby Downard and his writings and
secondly, once you start down the rabbit hole of alchemy, synchronicities and symbolism, you are in danger of losing your bearings unless you have
your head screwed on pretty tight to begin with.
I am familiar with the argument that the JFK assassination was Masonic in character and there are facts to support this – Dallas being on the
33-degree latitude, Dealey Plaza being close to (but not on the banks of) the Trinity River and that many participants (Earl Warren, J. Edgar Hoover,
Gerald Ford among others) were Freemasons. The main problem here is that one can no more lay blame on all Freemasons than one can blame all members of
the CIA, US military, Mafia, Cubans, etc., although elements of all these seemed to have been employed in one way or another.
To even begin to truly understand the reality (if there is such) behind alchemical and metaphysical matters, requires much study and contemplation. I,
like you, started out a child of the 1950s and 60s, schooled in math, science and disdainful, if not fascinated, with anything smacking of magic or
the occult. But as I have aged and learned more and more, I am no longer constricted to such a narrow mindset. I have come to know, not just believe,
that there are indeed more things under heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophies (to rip off Shakespeare). As the gap of knowledge
widens between one and his fellow humans, the chance that they will begin to think of him as mentally impaired grows smaller.
Since you (and perhaps a few others reading this) seem to seek more and better information of the topics addressed by Mr. Downard, let me recommend a
trilogy entitled “Sinister Forces” by Peter Levenda (published by TrineDay) and “The Secret History of the World: as laid down by the Secret
Societies” by Mark Booth (published by The Overlook Press). But be warned, these works are not for the superficial and narrow minded. To appreciate
these issues requires both a broad mind and a broad knowledge of history as well as historical personages and philosophies. I cannot say I buy into
all that Downard, Levenda and Booth present or conclude, but it makes for fascinating and thought-provoking reading which, in turn, cannot help but
promote better understanding and that leads to wisdom.