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As Yet Unanswered Questions Surrounding the Presence of Evil in World Affairs, a Psychogram of Nero

As Yet Unanswered Questions Surrounding the Presence of Evil in World Affairs, a Psychogram of Nero

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Published by Julian Scutts

The essay combines an airing of a philosophical question with an inquiry into certain anomalies recorded in various reports. The psychogram emerges from a dramatic monolog, the ironies of which point to the flaws in Nero's personality. Finally you may view video clips pertaining to the eerie and paranormal, some of them having a humorous ring.

The essay combines an airing of a philosophical question with an inquiry into certain anomalies recorded in various reports. The psychogram emerges from a dramatic monolog, the ironies of which point to the flaws in Nero's personality. Finally you may view video clips pertaining to the eerie and paranormal, some of them having a humorous ring.

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Published by: Julian Scutts on Nov 19, 2012
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Contents.As yet unanswered questionsNero's problemVideo clips*********************************************
The as yet unanswered question surrounding thepower of evil in human affairs
The greatest deception perpetrated by the Devil is the belief that hedoesn’t exist, so says a character in a Hollywood film I saw a couple of yearsback. Real or not, the Devil plays an integral role in the Bible and some of greatest works of world literature such as Milton’s
Paradise Lost 
and Goethe’s
Faust 
tragedies. While most people believe in God as the source of universalgood and benevolence, they cannot ignore the occurrence of world wars,mass murder and natural disasters. The Bible, possibly grudgingly, apportionsthe Devil a central role in the story of mankind’s redemption. Salvation ispredicated on the success of the serpent’s successful temptation of Adamand Eve, and the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot prepared the way for theatoning death of Calvary. within this frameThe reciprocity and interaction of good and evil influences present adifficulty to the belief in an absolute duality dividing Good from Evil. From thebook of Job it is apparent that the Lord and Satan, unlike President Bush andthe Taliban, are at least on speaking terms. The solemn rituals of the Day of Atonement in the Bible demanded the sacrifice of two goats, one to the Lordin the Temple sanctuary and the other to the demonic Azazel in thewilderness.If we allow that the Devil possibly exists, we are most likely to trace hismalevolent influence in historical events that led to the dire calamities of recent history. If we admit that the Devil exerts supernatural powers, we dowell to consider certain eerie and unexplained phenomena within theirrespective time frames. Those I invite you to consider are: the beast of Gevaudan, the spooky exploits of Spring-Heeled Jack in Victorian Britain, andthe ‘Devil’s footprints’ discovered in the snows of Devon in 1855.The Beast of Gevaudan presents the story of a ferocious beast unlike anyknown to natural science that caused about a hundred deaths in amountainous area in southern France in 1765. Those seeking further
 
information on this phenomenon are advised to consult any of the numerouswebsites on this subject. I wish to refer these to their historical context in thesituation that led to the French revolution 25 years later. Horace Walpole, thewriter of the first Gothic novel, regretted that he learned about "the Beast"too late to incorporate allusions to it into his works of fiction. The Beast canwell be interpreted as an augury of ill portending
la Terreur 
. In 1765 JohnWilkes was residing in France to avoid a prison sentence imposed on him forseditious libel. Together with a fellow rake and flippant Satanist Sir FrancisDashwood, he staged events imitating the black mass in his countryresidence near Aylesbury. It was Wilkes who set the mood for the age of revolution by orchestrating riots under the banner “Wilkes and Liberty.” Notethe twin horn-like shape on Wilkes’ head in Hogarth’s depiction of theagitator in his picture.http://www.artoftheprint.com/artistpages/hogarth_william_john_wilkes.htmWilkes’ influence on the ideals of the American revolution finds a distantecho in the name of Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, who committed hiswicked act on Good Friday.Spring-heeled Jack presents a case that still begs an adequate explanation. This strange figure was reported to jump to heights not even the best athletecould ever attain. Blue flames were seen emanating from his mouth. Hishideous eyes glowed like brands. He accosted young women and may havecaused a girl to drown or get swallowed in sludge when he threw her off abridge over Folly Ditch in the notorious Jacob’s Island on the south bank of the Thames (described as a hellhole in the fiftieth chapter of Dickens’ Oliver Twist). His first appearance was in September 1837, the first year of QueenVictoria’s reign. His last appearance was 67 years later in 1904. In three wayshis appearances suggest connection with the world of things military. First hisattire: witnesses remarked on the strange helmet he wore. Apparently hewore jackboots or the like. A guard at a military installation in Aldershotreported that the strange figure, who must have crept up on his sentry boxunnoticed, slapped him in the face with his cold claw-like hand. He wasreported immune to rifle bullets. His prowess at the high jump might recallthe Salii, the leaping priests of Mars. His last appearance in 1904 precededthe outbreak of the First World War by ten years and ushered in a decade of mounting animosity between Germany and Britain through the cementing of the Entente Cordiale in 1904.There was of course another infamous Jack in Victorian England. Although Jack the Ripper gave no direct evidence of possessing supernatural powers,he shared with Spring-Heeled Jack a perverse delight in taunting theauthorities as when he mailed a kidney to the London metropolitan police andrecorded his address as ‘Hell’. His murderous and sadistic activity occupied atime span of 70 days in 1888, the fateful year in which three emperors
 
occupied the throne of Germany, the last of whom was Kaiser Bill, whosemegalomania set Germany on the course for global conflict. Norman Mailer ,no less, attributed Hitler’s conception in 1888 to the power and influence of the Prince of Darkness.On February the eighth in 1855 people in Devon woke up to discover a lineof strange markings in the snow. These markings formed a straight linewhich, as it later transpired, ran for almost a hundred miles from north Devonto the town of Totness from where the river Dart leads to the coast of southern Devon. The path of the thing or creature that caused these hoof-shaped markings remained straight without deviating, no matter whatobstacles lay in its path, whether these were buildings or walls. The locationand date of this phenomenon evoke associations with Lord Palmerstone asthe line of marks in the snow skirted past Palmerstone’s Devonshireconstituency during the very week that Palmerstone himself succeeded LordAberdeen as the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Back in 1842 Palmerstone,then Foreign Secretary, conducted a bellicose policy of supporting Britishmerchants promoting the opium trade within China in one of the leastsavoury episodes in British imperial history. He has also been accused of encouraging the secession of the South from the Union prior to the outbreakof the American Civil War in order to preserve Britain’s position of globalsupremacy. In view of remarks made earlier about John Wilkes, it isnoteworthy that a relative of his almost managed to provoke a war betweenthe Union and Great Britain through an act of naval aggression.At the time of writing the world’s financial markets are in turmoil, and Imust agree with the remark of a leading economist that this crisis was notforeseen by the great majority of financial experts nor have its fundamentalcauses been diagnosed, making a prognosis for its cure impossible. Hogarth’spicture satirizing the South Sea Bubble of 1770 affords valuable clues aboutthe spiritual malaise that underlies all major economic crises, notable theWall Street crash of 1929. The picture recalls the Monument, a columncommemorating the Great Fire of London of the year 1666.http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/historicalreturns/fb/slide9.html Even the associations of proper names can be sinister. The insane anti-Semitism of the twentieth century was anticipated by the campaign againstColonel Dreifuss, who was exiled to Devil’s Island. The German prime ministerat the opening of the First World War was Bethmann-Hollweg, and Hollwegevokes the notion of "the path to Hell.” In this connection another odd casecomes to my mind: A couple of year before Hitler's take-over a horrific serialkiller named Peter Kürten caused alarm and terror in Düsseldorf. No rhyme orreason was discernible from the pattern of carnage he produced and it wasonly a coincidence that led to his arrest. Like other serial murderers he felt nopangs of conscience or remorse after his fiendish acts. Experts in the field of 

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