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1In the 1970s because I wanted to see it I acquired a 16mm print of Leni Riefenstahl’s film of Adolf Hitler’s 1934 Nuremberg rally, TRIUMPH OF THE WILL. I had first read about this picture in Siegfried Kracauer’s book, FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER, a psychological study of German film from 1915 to 1935.

It is an interesting book. It turned me on to a new way of thinking about motion pictures.

At the time my programs were at Rochdale College in Toronto. Rochdale started as a student high rise. Along the way it morphed into the boldest experiment ever undertaken in alternate education as well as the hippie drug mecca of Canada. As part of its mandate the authorities had agreed to look the other way while LSD, marijuana, mescaline and peyote were used/studied at Rochdale. I had believed everything I had read and heard about LSD until I first took acid. After that I majored in LSD. One should not believe everything one reads, especially about LSD.

1968 was a pivotal year for me. I was introduced that year to the Wilhelm/Baynes edition of THE I CHING. I decided to live the life it teaches. One of the things it teaches is that learning and doing can not be separated as then both become sterile. Another is that the Superior man works for neither kings nor princes. He sets himself higher goals. Another is that the Superior Man forgives both the conscious and unconscious misdeeds of others against his person before they happen. This has come in very handy over the last twenty years as it has allowed me to understand more deeply why we must forgive those who consciously set out to do us as much harm as possible. The desire for revenge rots the soul. Another thing THE I CHING teaches is that the wild goose when it finds food does not seek to horde it. It calls to its mates.

Don’t for as moment imagine me as some sort of mystic paragon. I miss the mark more than I hit it. At least, however, I know I miss the mark.

What this means is that for over fifty years I have consciously chosen to live a life which is absolutely crazy by Western 21st century standards. I never had a weekly guaranteed income, I deliberately turned by back on government funding (in saying the superior man refuses to ride in coaches, he prefers to walk THE I CHING makes it clear government support is to be refused). This really angered my uncle Douglas Hartt who served as Director General of Public Works Canada under Pierre Trudeau. He was furious with me for refusing what others were lining up for. One day he said, “There is only one person I want to meet.” “Who is that?” I asked. He said, “Jane Jacobs.” I told him, “She is my friend. I will introduce her to you.” He never let me do that.

Rochdale’s reputation kept many away which was one of the things I liked about my program there. A drug dealer in the building however got it into his head to open a fine dining restaurant in Rochdale so that Rochdalians who wanted to fine dine could do so without leaving the building. As I was using the biggest space in the building for my screenings I had to be eliminated. I got word a contract had been taken out on me. I laughed that off until I found out it was true.

I retreated. I moved my program to The Bathurst Street United Church at Lennox and Bathurst in Toronto. The first time I screened TRIUMPH OF THE WILL there the place was packed. At Rochdale I had gotten very few. This was a surprise. A bigger surprise came when Hitler’s plane landed. The audience almost to a person stood up and gave a Nazi salute.

I had naively thought this conflict over. Knowing that if I stopped the film there would be a riot during which I would get beaten up and the film would get stolen I let the moment pass. How did I know that? Well, the biggest guys were back by the projector where I was.

The next week when I showed the film I prefaced it with an introduction. We must always remember that the collective is formed of cowards with the biggest coward at the center. This time no one stood up. No one gave a Nazi salute when Hitler’s plane landed. When the presentation was over a group of people came up to me. One of them said, “We are from The Ontario Human Rights Commission. We are here because we got a complaint about your presentation of this film. You are doing good work. Keep it up.”

The people who had complained to THE ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION also complained to The Bathurst Street United Church. Jane Jacobs, author of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES, wrote a letter supporting my program.

Jane Jacobs wrote this. It is a powerful letter of endorsement and support.

Jane Jacobs wrote this. It is a powerful letter of endorsement and support.

Shortly after that I was invited to offer my programs at Innis College on the University of Toronto Campus. I showed TRIUMPH OF THE WILL regularly on Sundays. One woman came every Sunday for weeks. I thought perhaps she was a Nazi.

Finally I asked why she was coming so often to see the film.

Her answer floored me. She said, “I am in it.”

The first time she had come to see the film she had recognized herself, her father, her mother, her brothers and sisters leaning out of a window waving Nazi flags as Hitler’s entourage  rolled through the streets of Nuremberg.

She was Jewish. Her entire family had perished in the Holocaust. Those fleeting seconds on the screen were the only pictures she had of them. Shocked to the core by her answer I moved away in silence respecting her space.

That week I thought to offer her a frame blow-up of the sequence. I curse myself for not having thought to do that in the moment because she never returned.

Because I introduced the program people felt free to speak with me after it. Many of those who came were people who had suffered under Hitler. They brought their children to show them how it all had started.

I read and re-read everything I could find on the subject. If people suggested a book I found it. I learned things one can never learn in a classroom.

One day while posting flyers for the program on the street a woman came charging through the traffic from the southwest corner of an intersection where she was to the northeast corner where I was. I assumed she was going to give me grief for posting a picture of Adolf Hitler on the street. If we are going to do this we have to be prepared to take grief from others. I was and am.

But she did not give me grief. Instead she said, “So long as men want God on earth there will always be a Hitler.”

I thanked her.

She, of course, was and is right.

It is appropriate to remember this today as we move towards Christmas.

Jean Cocteau has said, “It is possible that everything we call progress is the elaboration of an error.”

This is certainly true of conventional Christianity.

The Buddha said, “The first generation that hears me will understand me. The second will come close. The third will miss the point and make me a God.”

Like myself and Jane Jacobs Jesus was dirt poor.

While we have today a plethora of schools that profess to teach Christianity Jesus, when asked by someone to be their teacher, said, “You have one teacher. God.”

John in his first letter writes, “You have no need that any man should teach you.”

The I Ching teaches that separating learning and doing causes both to become sterile.

John Taylor Gatto is his essay AGAINST SCHOOL (   )and in his book THE UNDERGROUND HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION  ( )  states that the goal of our education system is to produce slaves.

Two things attracted me to Rochdale College. The first was that Judith Merril, the mother of modern science/speculative fiction was at Rochdale as a resource person. The second was the Rochdale idea that each Rochdalian was called to be their own teacher. There were no teachers at Rochdale. This matched perfectly with what I had learned from THE I CHING.

In later years after Rochdale was shut down journalists writing about my work would say, “We will leave out Rochdale.” I told them, “Why? Rochdale was the best thing I did.”

So long as men want God on earth there will always be a Hitler.

That is a very good thing to remember at this time of year.

It is also a good idea to find out what THE GOSPELS actually teach as opposed to what we think or have been told they teach.

John 1

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become begotten children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The conventional teaching is that Jesus was/is the only begotten son of God.

The gospels reach that Jesus is the first of the begotten children of God.

We are called in Christ to see ourselves as more than most of us dare dream.

Luckily for myself I had/have no teacher but GOD.

“We have the seed of God in is. Hazel seeds produce hazel trees. Pear seeds produce pear trees. God seeds produce…..”–Meister Eckhart.

We are what we are becoming. The acorn is the oak in embryo.

Conventional teaching tells us Jesus alone could do what he did.

In the gospels Jesus teaches, “What I have done you can do and more.”

This is why you won’t find me sitting in a church. I have never found faith there. I have found faithlessness there.

As for those who say all this is untrue, well, we have a wonderful historical document which states boldly and clearly that it is true.

What document is that? It is THE SHROUD OF TURIN (  ).

On it is written the Passion, The Death And The Resurrection.

As Dame Isabel Piczek, who left us this year ( ) stated, “The Shroud Of Turin points to a whole new universe with wholly new laws.”

Yes, it does.

It points to the power of a love so great none of us can comprehend it.

So long as we choose to believe in something other than ourselves there will always be a Hitler.

Merry Christmas.

–Reg Hartt 12/22/2016.

“I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs.

“So long as (man) cannot operate as a savage or less than a savage, and think as a god, or better than god, he will suffer…A man who is full of God is outside of faith…When a man is truly creative he works single-handed and he wants no help. A man acting alone, on faith, can accomplish what trained armies are incapable of doing. To believe in one’s self, in one’s own powers, is apparently the most difficult thing in the world...Whenever an English artist of any value has arisen he has been marked as Public Enemy No. 1.”–THE COSMOLOGICAL EYE, Henry Miller).

“Invent nothing. Deny nothing. Speak up. Stand up. Stay out of School.”–David Mamet, TRUE AND FALSE.

“School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”–Ivan Illich.

“We get three educations. The first is from our parents; the second is from our schoolmasters. The third is from life. The last makes liars of the first two.”–Montesquieu.

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”–Bertrand Russell.

“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.”–George Bernard Shaw.

“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very great mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. Stay out of school.”—Albert Einstein.

“Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required to be a serious artist. Stay out of school.”–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.


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