The “Gleaners”, part I


 

Who hasn’t seen this picture?   The original oil painting was created by French realism and naturalism artist Jean-Francois Millet in 1857.  Reproductions of it can be found in almost any art shop, museum and poster store anywhere in the world.  The melancholy appeal of this painting is universal, almost everyone is strangely attracted to it.  The figures of the three women working in the field are obscured, one cannot clearly make out their features and the dusty atmosphere of the painting slightly blurs the images.  Yet, even still, there is a vaguely familiar feeling and sense about it.  We are drawn to it for some inexplicable reason.  For me, it is almost like a “deja vu” moment each time I see it.

The painting is of three peasant women helping themselves to the leftovers of harvest, picking up the bits and pieces of scattered grains left behind by an inefficient harvest, a practice known as “gleaning”.  And, looking at the images in the painting it would appear that the literal interpretation is accurate – the three working women are indeed “gleaning” the field of morsels leftover from the harvest.  In the background are massive piles of straw, an oxen-pulled cart, several other workers, a rider on a horse, several rooftops and the tops of some trees. 

Period political interpretation admonishes the painting’s depiction of the rural poor as an unwelcome reminder of the marginalized poor who are taken by the political and social elite to be a threat to society.  These wretched poor were considered to present the kind of grotesque images who had no place within the artistic realm.  At the time it was branded as a corruption of the Biblical depiction of Ruth, a virtuous and modest example of the way to God.  Millet’s painting was disdainly regarded by his current peers as a scandalous revelation on rural poverty and was dismissed as tastelessly political.

A subject of one of my earlier posts, the “Eighth Veil”, is a strange and largely philosophical attempt to draw a conclusive argument relating to our very limited human perception and understanding of the world in which we live.  It is a tenet about how both our human perceptions and the world itself are influenced and manipulated by progressively obscure and less tangible levels (veils) of powerful forces until the final veil – the “Eight Veil” – is reached, behind which God resides.  I had never given any real thought that might tie together Millet’s painting with the “Eight Veil” until I found the painting associated with an explanation of the “Eighth Veil” concept itself.  Before going any further, a quick review of the “Eighth Veil” hypothesis is in order:

  • Before the first veil:  Most of the (perpetually expanding) six billion+ people on the planet live and die without having seriously contemplated anything other than what it takes to keep their lives together and survive. 
  • The first veil:  Roughly 600 million of us will pierce the first veil to discover the world of politics.  We will vote, be active and have an opinion shaped by the physical world we perceive around us.  At this level, we will have a tendency to accept that government officials, network media personalities and other “experts” are voices of authority and believe that what they tell us is truth. 
  • The second veil:  Roughly 60 million of those will pierce the second veil and will explore the world of history, the relationship between man and government and the meaning of self-governance through constitutional and common law. 
  • The third veil:  Roughly 6 million will go on to pierce the third veil to find that all the resources of the world – including the people who live in it – are controlled by extremely wealthy and powerful families whose old world assets have, through the application of evolving extortion strategies, become the foundation upon which the world’s economy is based and indebted. 
  • The fourth veil:  Roughly 600,000 will pierce the fourth veil to discover the existence of the Illuminati, Freemasonry and the other secret societies.  These are the societies that use symbology and ceremonial rituals in order to perpetuate the generational transfers of arcane knowledge that is used to keep the ordinary people in political, economic and spiritual ignorance and bondage to the oldest bloodlines on earth. 
  • The fifth veil: Roughly 60,000 of those people will pierce the fifth veil to learn that the secret societies are so far advanced technologically that time travel and interstellar communications have no boundaries and controlling the actions of people is what their members do as offhandedly as we tell our children when they must go to bed.
  • The sixth veil: 6,000 will pierce the sixth veil where the dragons and lizards and aliens we thought were the fictional monsters of childhood literature are real and are the controlling forces behind the secret societies.
  • The seventh veil:  600 of us will pierce the seventh veil, where your soul is evolved to the point you can be the man Ghandi was or the woman Mother Teresa was, people so enlightened they brighten the world around them no matter what.
  • The eighth veil:  At any given time, only about 60 of the world’s population will have pierced the eighth veil.  Piercing the eighth veil probably reveals God and the pure energy that is the life force in all living things.

The “Eighth Veil” asserts that only 10% of us who exist behind each successive veil are even aware of the next level and capable of piercing through it to the next level of reality.  The “Eighth Veil” contention is that each veil cloaks the next level of consciousness from our understanding and that at any given point in time only .000001% of the world’s population are fully enlightened to the actual reality of matter, time and space that makes up our existence and that is hidden beyond the “Eighth Veil”. 

On the surface, the end point of this theorem seems much too minor and insignificant to even consider.  Come on now, .000001%?  Really?  .000001%?  We don’t have time for such foolishness.  After all, we have children to raise, jobs to work, bills to pay, dinner to cook, etc.  Right?  This is a ridiculous idea cooked up by some academic with too much time on his hands and too much grant money to spend.  It’s insanity!

Maybe but then again . . . maybe not.  Anything – literally, anything – is possible.  Think about it.  Who controls the “controllers” of the world’s human population?

Part II of the “Gleaners” tomorrow . . .

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