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December 4, 2014 / adgerellis

Heavens to Betsy! Trivium and Gnostic Heresy

Etymologist Charles Earle Funk published Heavens to Betsy! and other curious sayings in 1955, and wrote that the expression’s origin was unknown, but was first found in print in the year 1857.

 “…Trivium is a systematic method of critical thinking used to derive factual certainty from information perceived with the five senses — sight, sound, taste, tact, and smell. In the medieval university, the trivium was the lower division of the seven liberal arts, and comprised grammar, logic, and rhetoric.[1]    …” From Wikipedia

“…Gnostic  [Heresy] (from Ancient Greek: γνωστικός gnostikos, “learned”, from γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge) describes a collection of ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world created by the demiurge and embraced the spiritual world.[1] Gnostic ideas influenced many ancient religions[2] that teach that gnosis (variously interpreted as knowledge, enlightenment, salvation, emancipation or ‘oneness with God’) may be reached by practicing philanthropy to the point of personal poverty, sexual abstinence (as far as possible for hearers, completely for initiates) and diligently searching for wisdom by helping others.[3] However, practices varied among those who were Gnostic. In Gnosticism, the world of the demiurge is represented by the lower world, which is associated with matter, flesh, time and, more particularly, an imperfect, ephemeral world. The world of God is represented by the upper world and is associated with the soul and perfection. The world of God is eternal and not part of the physical. It is impalpable and timeless. To rise to God, the Gnostic must reach the knowledge, which mixes philosophy, metaphysics, curiosity, culture, knowledge, and the secrets of history and the universe.[4][5]  Gnosticism is primarily defined in a Christian context.[6][7]…. ” From Wikipedia

Heavens to Betsy! A lot has changed in education and learning since the Middle Ages. Ohhhh, grammar, (Classical) logic and rhetoric are certainly very important even today for a truly educated person and personally this Blogger finds those subjects extremely interesting. The Middle School, Junior High, or what ever the proper term that is used, was actually called a “Grammar School.” No misnomer that, because the school between the years 1954 and 1956 was heavily into teaching grammar, even diagramming sentence structure though I, at that time did poorly. The logic, and rhetoric was good, that I believe came from being sick and listening to the BBC broadcast in the 1940’s  war years, generally no “dangling participles,” ( See https://www.google.com/search?biw=1600&bih=759&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=dangling+participles+funny&oq=dangling+participles&gs_l=img.1.1.0l2j0i5j0i24l6.154282.453957.0.456389.1.

1.0.0.0.0.160.160.0j1.1.0….0…1c..58.img..0.1.159.pruaaxsasls  and no contractions, or misplaced modifiers…

See Link https://www.google.com/search?q=misplaced+modifiers+funny&biw=1600&bih=759&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=JdCAVLrbMs72yQTd04H4Dw&ved=0CB8QsAQ

Blogs like this are NOT scholarly essays. To this Blogger, “venting hot air,” idle speculation and opinion is all that is intended. If you want “gnostic” wisdom and factual erudition this Blog is NOT the place to find those concepts. That, if understood, “let me vent.”

Personally, ever since the  “…Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people converged in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Although hippies also gathered in major cities across the U.S., Canada and Europe, San Francisco remained the epicenter of the social earthquake that would come to be known as the Hippie Revolution.[1] Like its sister enclave of Greenwich Village, the city became even more of a melting pot of politics, music, drugs, creativity, and the total lack of sexual and social inhibition than it already was. As the hippie counterculture movement came farther and farther forward into public awareness, the activities centered therein became a defining moment of the 1960s,[2] causing numerous ‘ordinary citizens’ to begin questioning everything and anything about them and their environment as a result.

This unprecedented gathering of young people is often considered to have been a social experiment, because of all the alternative lifestyles which became more common and accepted such as gender equality, communal living, and free love.[3] Many of these types of social changes reverberated on into the early 1970s, and effects echo throughout modern society.

The hippies, sometimes called flower children, were an eclectic group. Many were suspicious of the government, rejected consumerist values, and generally opposed the Vietnam War. A few were interested in politics; others focused on art (music, painting, poetry in particular) or religious and meditative movements. All were eager to integrate new ideas and insights into daily life, both public and private.[4]…” (= From Wikipedia) this Blogger has NOT been a materialist. Now, do not go all crazy. Yes (!) Yes (!) Adult must act responsible and pay bills, do their “civic duty” obey laws as best they can under the circumstances, but as the lyrics in the song goes…”And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They did not know how …” Ha ! Ha ! They still will not listen, even after all the horrible wars, the murder of Civil Rights workers, the killing of US Presidents and the terror of 9/11, on and on, but wait, maybe artificial intelligences are causing these problems. NO, sorry, maybe Alien hybrid clones are causing these problems. NOW, the latest and best conspiracy theory is that something call “MILAB” is the cause of all our problems, (From Wikipedia  -> “(neologism) A deceitful military operation performed to convince the targets of the operation that they have had an encounter with extraterrestrial beings which is actually a staged ploy  [quotations ▲]

  • 1996 Helmut Lammer Ph.D. Preliminary Findings Of Project MILAB: Evidence For Military Kidnappings Of Alleged UFO Abductees published at The Alien Jigsaw, Mind Control Forums and on many other web sites.
    Recently, some UFO abductees have reported that they have also been kidnapped by military intelligence personnel (MILAB) and taken to hospitals and/or military facilities, some of which are described as being underground.
  • 1999 A letter from Dr. Helmut Lammer of the Austrian Space Agency to Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project, published in Greer, Steven M. Extraterrestrial Contact: The Evidence and Implications. Crossing Point Inc, ISBN 978-0967323800, page 8.
    I will send you today a copy of the MILAB (Military Abductions) manuscript for review.
  • 2004 Encyclopedic entry in William J. Birnes The UFO Magazine UFO Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Single-Volume UFO Reference in Print, Pocket Books, ISBN 978-0743466745, page 215
    Military Abductions (MILABS)
    Abductions conducted by members of the U.S. military for the purposes of either learning what happened to real alien abductees or as part of a military or CIAmind control” program.
  • 2003 Brenda Denzler The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of UFOs, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520239050, page 62
    Whatever the answer might be, the idea of military involvement in abductions became a standard feature of the abduction scenario by the mid-1990s and, like the subject of implants, became a specialized focus for an on-going study by a small group of ufologists who formed Project MILAB….” You figure it out ! I sure don’t know. However, what ever the cause the Gnostic heresy and the Trivium may help a little, but if our problems on Planet Earth are as complex as they appear to be from the above quotes, we all have to do some serious “re-arranging of the furniture on the sinking ship-of-state, all “Hyperbole (/hˈpɜrbəl/ hy-PUR-bə-lee;[1] Greek: ὑπερβολή hyperbolē, “exaggeration”) is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally.[2][3] Hyperboles are exaggerations to create emphasis or effect….” From Wikipedia.

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