Well, I guess the truth is out there – the Internet has spoken. I have to come clean.
Yes, it’s true – I ‘fit with’ Nick Farrell, which means, yes, those trolls on Amazon trashing Nick’s book were obviously right – I simply parrot him. However, even more outstanding, the Internet has revealed a true image of me, and yes, I have to admit it – I AM PROFESSOR RONALD HUTTON. 🙂
Don’t you love the Internet?
Wiser folk than I have commented on the way the Internet screw things up. And on how it is wonderful fodder for the paranoid mind – both to be deceived and to deceive others. Now, while I would love to have the intelligence, acumen, access to primary resources and academic credentials of Prof Hutton, this misidentification is the result of a robot. Other more nefarious and conscious cases of misidentify have recently taken place in the Golden Dawn community. I am talking of David Griffin’s recent post claiming Nick Farrell is secret mole for Fundamentalist Christianity intent on destroying the Golden Dawn from within. Gosh. Wow. Jeepers. Pass the ginger beer.
On MOTO I have always tried to be polite and balanced, even when to paraphrase Mr Crowley, “contemplating the idiocy of these louts”. In fact Pat Zalewski, when commenting on the newly published By Names and Images, paid me a nice compliment when he said, “I have never known the man to blow his cool online.” However, this latest round of weirdness has got me on edge.
Of course, the standard advice from most folk is simply to ignore the likes of David Griffin, and eventually they’ll go away. Maybe so, maybe no. With his latest few missives David has shown himself to be a few olives short of a pizza. So, maybe we should not react too vigorously to his paranoia?
However, in the meantime the Golden Dawn looks likes it’s run by clowns having a bad acid trip. I don’t like that. I don’t like the fact that I have to warn people away from the Internet when they want to know about the Golden Dawn. I think there needs to be a counter balance for the ridiculous things out there, not just those by David. A countering of misinformation with information. I think this needs to be done on several forums by the whole community, calmly and sensibly without personal rancour and attacks. Hopefully then those approaching the GD and magic online will see the real and the silly, and make up their own minds.
With regards to David’s assertion that Nick Farrell is a secret fundie mole, I immediately thought of an episode of Seinfeld where the owner of a cobblers shop (‘mom and pop’) disappear overnight with a bunch of Jerry’s shoes. Kramer, ever the paranoid, thinks this was their plan all along. Elaine responds:
So. Mom and Pop’s plan was to move into the neighborhood…establish trust…for 48 years. And then, run off with Jerry’s sneakers.
So. Nick’s plan was to move to England, train for decades, research and write several books, start an international magical Order. And then tell us we’re all going to burn in hell.
See how stupid it is? Why a spiritual leader would think or suggest something like this is beyond me (Morgan has a go at analysis on his blog). Whatever the reason, it can’t be good – for him, his Order or the Golden Dawn as a whole.
PS: the image came from a search by my son, Googling his now-author father. 🙂