Piers has now let us have his script and it is well worth reading. He apologises for any short-comings in the sound of his talk and which the autoscript struggled with at times.
As I thought when listening to the talk, it is quite poetic and Piers has presented it in more or less blank verse with punctuation but no capitals. (Notice the internal rhymes and rhythm). If you read it to yourself it sounds quite like a ‘rap’ – and maybe ‘a wrap’. I thought that on Thursday night but struggled to hear it whilst also having an ‘unstable internet connection’.
Some people thought the talk was a bit ‘black and white’ or a bit one-sided but it doesn’t come across like that (to me anyway) when you read it. Perhaps Piers is a little uncritical of China but his point there really is that we are exposed to a one-sided view and propaganda in our own media. (But I imagine Piers’ suggestion that the Dalai Lama is in ‘the pay of the CIA’ is the view of Chinese state propaganda which is (just/almost?) as nefarious as the CIA.)
I have added the script as text (html with a couple of hypertext links) to the original page about Piers talk here and the pdf is here. The audio file can be found in the usual place by scrolling down on the home page.
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To open the New Year Piers Maddox will share his presentation, Path of rightness in time of civilizational change, on Thursday 6 January at 7PM UK time by Zoom.
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The QM+CC Working group (Gisela Creed, John Senior, William Purser, and Kiera Faber)
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