Seeing the World Whole

Past, present and future.

In grammar, they are the three major tenses. In life, they are niches of time which flow into each other--a fluid motion which elude the grasp of historians like handfuls of water we can't quite contain.

Few of us are able to be productive at our chosen fields for more than perhaps 20 years. Before that we are learning and preparing to produce, to create, something worthwhile. After that, our minds and bodies tend to give out on us. We reach a point in our lives when we know we will not last forever. We like to believe that our lives have had meaning beyond the time we spent on this earth, and we make every attempt to control what will happen once we are gone.

Punish the past; predict the future.
In large part, that concept is what the law is all about. Predictability. Knowing what types of things have happened in the past. Creating a mechanism today to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Lawyers are trained in this mindset. Many, if not most, politicians and legislators are lawyers; all judges are. 

Therefore, most of the people who create and control the infrastructure of our lives are concerned, whether they actually realize it or not, with controlling the fluidity of these three tenses--past, present and future.

My realization of that fact led to the first fundamental step in my approach to history--isolating the characters and studying their genealogical backgrounds.

Whom you know does matter.
When I read (present tense) about a past events:
  • The first thing I want to know is WHO was involved in that event.
  • The next step is to document everything I can about that person--their parents, grandparents, where they went to school, who they met in school, who they married, where they first worked, and what they owned or invested in.
  • Those life documents place each person within a context that may reveal whether secret influences were at play in their lives--secret relationships such as government or financial intelligence networks.
What a person owns is important.

This research is time-consuming and often seems to lead nowhere. However, sometimes much later, the most trivial detail will make sense when we explore another character on the scene whose connection clarifies what was being hidden. All the details put the person in the historical context of what I call SEEING THE WORLD WHOLE. 

Only when viewed in such a rich historical context can people and events of the present be integrated into a world that makes sense, where myths and propaganda give way to reality. The purpose of the process is to recognize all the disparate parts that come together to produce an event. Recognition of the truth of what really happened can assist us in either stimulating the occurrence of positive actions or in discouraging those we deem to be negative.

The truth will set us free to create the world we desire. Read articles that utilize this tool to the fullest extent here:

  • Forbes Clan:
  • Boston Brahmin:
  • Family Mergers:
  • Heritage of Bush:
  •  Professional "Plums" and Political Networks
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