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Thirteen Books that Changed my Life

 1. Ferdinand the Bull

About a bull who was dragged from his field and trained to fight in the ring. But he wasn't interested. No matter how much he was prodded and poked by the picadors and the matadors he wasn't interested in fighting. Eventually he was returned to his favourite field where he loved smelling the flowers. An impossible story and one which we know would have ended sadly for the bull, but as a child I was interested in no other book. My mother was compelled to read this same story every night for several years. I believe Ferdinand the Bull affected me in a way that no other book ever has. It taught me to love animals, to hate cruelty and to stick up for what I believe, even if what I believe is different to what everyone else believes.

2. The Sun is my Undoing - Maguerite Steen

An epic novel about three generations of slave traders. A righteous Christian dynasty that became wealthy and powerful as a result of their indescribable cruelty to African negroes. The plight of the slaves during their voyage to the Americas and their treatment on the plantations is described in sickening detail. The last part of this book describes the family's fight against the abolitionists and the final collapse of the slave trade. Marguerite Steen's book changed my attitude towards Christianity and its claim to compassion, and towards Britain and it's claim to greatness.

3. FailSafe -  Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler

During the 1950s and '60s the USA played dangerous games with the Soviet Union, flying nuclear bombers to within a few miles of the Russian border and then circle back. America boasted that its planes were never more than a few minutes from Moscow. This story concerned one plane that received a faulty command to continue past the border and to drop it's nuclear bomb on Moscow. The US President ordered the plane to return to base but the crew had been trained to ignore verbal instructions because the President's voice could be easily imitated. The book was made into a movie in 1962 but it was lame compared to the book. Also, 'Dr Strangelove' was based on FailSafe. It sent the whole thing up as a joke. It was hilarious but nevertheless disturbing. FailSafe taught me that despite the thaw in US/Russian relationships we are never more than one mistake away from disaster.

4. Nuclear Madness - Dr Helen Caldicott

I first heard Dr Caldicott speak in Auckland mid 1980s. Everything she said made sense to me, namely, that the build up of nuclear weapons in the USA, Russia and China would lead inevitably to global nuclear war. The result of such a war would bring about an end to all life on planet Earth. She predicted that India and Pakistan would develop their own nuclear bombs and in 1999 she predicted an outbreak of nuclear war within twenty years. Her book, Nuclear Madness, sold a few million copies, influenced a few people like me, but made little difference to the disastrous course we are on. Despite a few reductions there are still more than 20,000 nuclear warheads in the world, many of them on hair trigger alert. Several times since the Cuban Missile Crisis the world has come close to nuclear war but it would take so long to fuel and launch the missiles that cool heads prevailed and disaster was averted. http://GivePeaceaChance.net   The next time a mistake is made, an error of judgement, a computer glitch, a virus, the missiles will be launched within half an hour. The chances of this not occurring are close to zero.

5. The Krishnamurti Reader

Actually two volumes which are presently out of print. Compilations from Jidu Krishnamurti's numerous books dealing with religion, politics, and life in general. I read these books shortly after my involvement in a Hindu cult and I was pretty confused about the meaning of life. Referred to as the anti-guru guru, Krishnamurti gives scant instructions but he encourages the listener or the reader to observe the workings of his/her own mind. Thanks to this book I came to realise that the population of the entire world has been brainwashed to believe this truth or that truth and yet the chances are none of it is true. Wars are fought over various interpretations of the truth, families are divided, innocent people are murdered. Various sayings of Krishnamurti have stayed with me forever but my favourite is, "The mind gives meaning to anything, but the meaning it gives is meaningless."

6. The Primal Scream - Arthur Janov

Also The Primal Revolution. These two books explain how cruelty in the cot leads to chaos in society. An infant can only stand so much pain and rejection. After a while the personality, the ego, whatever you want to call it, splits. It takes refuge in an artificial environment in the brain completely divorced from reality. Such people can grow up to become powerful and influential as adults because they are not burdened with compassion. They make great army generals, serial killers and company executives. They live amongst us. The books set me off on a quest for normality. I didn't suffer from lack of compassion but recognised other traits described in the books that nailed me. For example, a feeling that I was disconnected from life on planet Earth, like an alien. Two years and a dozen raving, screaming encounter groups later I emerged a more together sort of person, but still as weird as hell.

7. The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine

This book was the final nail in the coffin of Christianity for me. Leaning towards atheism I still wasn't quite certain whether the Bible contained some truths or not. Thomas Paine convinced me that the Bible is the cruellest, vilest, most revolting book ever written. It describes a deity that loved nothing more than inflicting diabolical cruelties on anyone and everyone. Jew or Gentile, this hideous god would condemn thousands of innocent people, including children, to the most horrible suffering for no reason other than to sate his enduring wrath. Or just for the sheer joy of watching people suffer. After reading this book my mind was clear. I wanted nothing to do with this hideous deity.

8. The Bible (King James Version and Modern American Bible)

Inspired by Thomas Paine I decided to read this ghastly tome myself. Christians advised me, "Read the New Testament" and so I did. I discovered a mad messiah who encouraged his followers to mutilate themselves - cut off a hand, gouge out an eye and chop off your testicles. This maniac cursed a fig tree to death for disobedience and he treated a man's mental disorder by casting the man's "unclean spirits" - or demons - into 2,000 pigs. He was such a racist he was loathe to heal a sick Canaanite child, calling the ailing girl a "dog". He instructed his followers to hate their relatives and to desert their families. As a parting gift he condemned more than 99.9% of the world's population to an eternity spent writhing in the flames of hell. I decided to write my own book detailing my discoveries about the brutal monstrosity known as 'God' and the raving lunatic known as Jesus the saviour. The Little Red Bible Book was the result. http://LittleRedBibleBook.info

9. The Atheist Handbook - Dr Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Shortly after hearing Dr Helen Caldicott speak in Auckland I was lucky enough to meet Dr Madalyn Murray O'Hair at Rationalist HQ. Both women agreed that the world is on a disastrous course and annihilation is nigh inevitable. O'Hair's book records a series of interviews she gave in the 1970s, most taking place at American universities. Her knowledge of the Bible and the history of Judaism and Christianity is breathtaking. No one, and I mean, no one, could win a debate with Madalyn Murray O'Hair on the subject of Christianity. She knew the Bible backwards. 'The Atheist Handbook' records a time when about a hundred intelligent and educated young Christian nincompoops tried to take her down but she wiped the floor with all of them. Madalyn Murray O'Hair taught me that knowledge is everything. Since then I have learned that no, or very few, Christians, bother to read the Bible. They convince themselves that they have read it but truth be told, all they know are the few little snippets jammed into their brains when they were young. Easily within five minutes, sometimes within two minutes, I can tell that they're lying. They've never read the Bible, not even the New Testament. Most have never bothered to read what is considered to be Jesus' most important sermon - The Sermon on the Mount - which takes just five minutes to read. They've heard of 'blessed are the meek' but they are unaware that they're supposed to gouge out one eye and amputate a hand. They have no idea that by attending church and praying in public they're condemning themselves to an eternity of suffering in the Lake of Fire - "where the worm dieth not!" Molten worms - whooopdy dooo.... See ya later alligator!

10. The Rolling Stone Record Guide

I call this book the most expensive book ever written. I bought it before the appearance of CDs. I owned a small collection of records, probably two dozen. At the time I was working for Radio Hauraki (NZ) as junior copy writer. I decided to impress my workmates with my extensive knowledge of rock music. Problem was, I became obsessed. Every album awarded five stars I had to own. Then I had to collect sets, like every record Lou Reed had ever recorded, and Frank Zappa, and the Beatles and the Rolling Stones... And I had to collect rare imports - Captain Beefheart, Neil Young, Bob Dylan... And then there were collectors' covers of records I already owned. I had to own the Japanese issue of 'Dark Side of the Moon'. And the German issue of... All up I spent over $40,000 on records between 1985 and 1998. And then, did I mention CDs?

11. The Fear of Freedom - Eric Fromm

'Escape from Freedom' in some countries. Mostly concerned with the Nazi era and the German propensity to worship the strong leader. I learned that most of us have a masochistic need to be controlled, to be led. Hitler was perfect for the German people because he gave them the dual role of persecutor and persecuted. The Nazis could beat up Jews in the street but everyone had someone above them who could have them executed. After reading this book I noticed that people in New Zealand where I was living at the time enjoyed being bullied by Prime Minister Rob Muldoon. Worship would be too strong a word but they idolised him. The more he bullied them the more they loved it. In Queensland Australia the same scenario was occurring under the boot of Jo Bjelke Petersen. Anyone who criticised these two strong leaders was likely to be beaten up by the police and the bulk of the population supported such tactics. And it suddenly dawned on me, yes, this is what Judeo/Christianity is all about. The God and the Messiah who love us, but who will murder us for the slightest misdemeanor and then condemn us to hell for eternity. Absolutely perfect for people who crave love while grovelling to Big Daddy.

12. Inside Scientology - Robert Kaufman

My first volume was stolen and I discovered that Scientologists are under orders to seize and destroy this book where-ever it's found. The publisher went broke and at one time used copies of 'Inside Scientology' were available Amazon for a starting price of $US240. Since then it has been re-published and I believe it is still available. There are dozens of books on the market exposing Scientology for the massive fraud that it is but Kaufman's book was the one that blew my mind. A successful New York concert pianist, Kaufman joined the cult in the late 1970s. Within a year, hundreds of thousands of dollars lighter, he found himself within a darkened room, trying to locate a World War One fighter pilot wearing a long white scarf, flying past and leering at him. When he spotted this mirage he was supposed to yell, "Who goes there?" or some such nonsense. Kaufman was admitted to a mental hospital and when he recovered he wrote this book, detailing the absolute and sheer madness of this evil cult. As if I needed any reminder, 'Inside Scientology' confirmed my belief that human beings can be trained to believe anything - absolutely anything - no matter how absurd, crazy or dangerous. There is nothing the human brain can't be taught to believe, kill and/or die for.   http://xenu.net

13. Ingersoll the Magnificent - American Freethinkers Association

A small book which gathers together some of the most notable speeches by humanitarian, Robert. G. Ingersoll, Governor of Illinois. It is claimed that had he run for President of the USA he would've been a shoo-in but first he would have had to cease attacking Christianity and instead appease the god botherers. He refused. While Thomas Paine concentrated on the Old Testament deity, for Ingersoll the main culprit was Jesus, gentle Jesus, loving Jesus, forgiving Jesus - he who condemns most of humanity to an eternity spent writhing in the flames of hell. "The God of hell should be held in loathing, contempt and scorn. A God who threatens eternal pain should be hated, not loved; cursed, not worshipped. A heaven presided over by such a God must be below the meanest hell." Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1889). An orator of such rage, warmth and power, the likes of Robert G. Ingersoll may never again surface. Yes most people have never heard of him. Presently I'm  reading The Essays of Robert G. Ingersoll, a much fatter volume but one that convinces me that this man's writings should be included in all school curriculums, public and private, secular and religious. After reading Thomas Paine and Krishnamurti my mind is clear, after reading Robert G. Ingersoll my mind is free.

And yet despite all that, I'm still as nutty as a Snickers bar.

14. The People vs Muhammad - J.K. Sheindlin

Ordered from Amazon. I haven't read this book yet but I have a very good idea what to expect. According to its publicity 'The People vs Muhammad' exposes Islam for the dangerous and deadly religion it is. Most people have no idea what we're dealing with here. They've met a few very nice Muslims and so they make the determination that most Muslims are nice moderate people. Big mistake. The prophet Muhammad was a man that Adolf Hitler would have admired. Both men hated Jews. Both men dreamed of world conquest. Both men were mass murderers. Both men had homosexuals and 'infidels' killed or incarcerated. Muhammad demanded Jihad - struggle - of his followers. Hitler wrote a book - Mein Kampf - My Struggle. Hitler was attracted to pretty teenage girls, Muhammad married and raped a nine year old child. The only difference I can detect between the two men is that Hitler loved his dog, Blondie, while Muhammad hated dogs. 

And most importantly, both men demanded absolute obedience from their followers. Temporarily, Muslims living here are prepared to disobey their fuhrer, biding their time. But as can be seen in Belgium and France, once Muslims achieve ten percent of the population they start to assert themselves and all hell breaks out.

If the world is blown to smithereens in a nuclear war it won't matter which particular madness prevails. But annihilation and obliteration aren't certainties, just probabilities. The world might survive, and if it does, the last thing we need is global Nazism in the guise of a religion. Were that to be the case then annihilation is the better of the two options. Especially for women.

Kelly · 1756 days ago
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