OF FAREWELL TO SOME AND WELCOME TO OTHERS
Most of the people visiting this site probably do so because they wish to learn more about our beautiful country, especially about the little jewel hidden in its southernmost parts - the town peacefully resting in the eye of a thousand-year old harmonious interplay between the calm sea on its bay side and slopping hills wreathed with thick pine bluff hugging it from the hinterland.
And, in truth, nothing would be easier for me now than to just keep on caressing Cavtat with a bunch of rich attributes and dedicate to it the whole text. Naturally, somewhere between the next to the last line and the very end of the text, I’d realize that I… have completely missed the topic.
Nevertheless, Internet being its own universe with its own rules and laws, one simply cannot tell if a visitor, an admirer of Our Beautiful Homeland, is also a bit (perhaps a lot!) into enigmas and the unknown. In that case, I like to assume, that someone has clicked on the link with my name on it and commenced cruising throughout my humble articles.
Since I’m already assuming, might as well assume some more!
With a bit of (implied) self-critique, I am further going to assume that a certain number of visitors to my 'Twilight Zone' have concluded something along the lines like “not everybody’s home up there, Nino, are they?”, that all my writing here amounts to nothing but a pile of nonsense. Without regard for the actual (in my head), those visitors have probably just scuffed a hefty dose of sarcasm uttering “get a life, dude” or such, waved their hands in a dismissal sort of way and, with a single click, returned to the pages about the beautiful Mediterranean.
Farewell and enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!
But you who decided to stick around and are willing to delve a bit deeper into my text, this time you will find that I accentuated the diverse literature that explores this vast field of the unknown, the science of - let’s call it - "The Great Beyond”.
OF THE DANGER OF GETTING LOST
Any person who has even a tiny bit of interest in this kind of inquiry is in great danger of getting lost.
Namely, there are these big piles of trash that surround us and it’s become increasingly difficult to find a single good source-book. When it comes to the occult, esoteric teachings, astrology, parapsychology, and the interpretations of the mysteries and the “final answers” to the riddles they contain, there is today just such a heap of lies and gross pure nonsense floating around. Compared to any of the today’s writing (in any discipline whatsoever), the science of “The Great Beyond” seems to be the biggest breeding ground for all kinds of speculations, wrong interpretations, forgeries, even outright lies.
In my best estimate some 70% of literature about “The Great Beyond” is just one great collection of refuse and you-name-it-you-got-it products of the imagination of all kinds of sick folk, manipulators, liars, and whatnots yearning for a quick buck.
Nevertheless, it just baffles the mind how any human being with a normal or above IQ could get really tricked by it. Moreover, by the virtue of simply not dismissing it, such poor souls nourish it and keep it alive and well within the realm (that should be) reserved for the true and sensible.
To me this remains a mystery of its own. And not just to me! There is a whole score of psychologists and sociologist doing research worldwide trying to enlighten us about this one.
It’s quite interesting to note that most charlatans involved in the authorship and dissemination of the aforementioned shady knowledge don’t even bother to come up with, say, original titles, but always bet on the sales of the same ones. It came to the point I can just take a quick look at the a book, sometimes even just glance at one of its subtitles, and immediately be quite clear where to route it to: the bookshelf or the trash can (skip it).
Be that as it may, I've got to tell you, this saddens me a bit. It confirms that human nature has not changed much through all these - how many? - millennia since our kind first saw the light of day. I mean, the folks who bring forth and disseminate such texts with no intrinsic value not only bring disrepute to this otherwise reputable and very interesting scientific field, but also hamper the efforts of the scientists and enthusiasts alike who, if they wish for their research to be of some standing, are demanded to first sift through and reevaluate the piles of possibly worthless written material.
Accordingly, among the lay people especially, there is much confusion between what’s credible and what’s not. The fact that the low quality pulp-literature is by far the one more published and available, renders it easy to arrive at how and why the public eye views this whole field of inquiry.