Parallel Architecture





​​​​​​​'The real question is whether the ‘brighter future’ is always so distant. What if it has been here for a long time already – and only our own blindness and weakness have prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it.' 





Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless
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Dear Reader,

Please treat what you are about to read with an aspect of 'provisional faith' or 'suspended judgement,' as opposed to premature judgement, or prejudice. In practice, this means waiting until the process is complete before deciding for yourself as to the content of Truth and knowledge imparted here. 

Thank you.





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Monkey See, Monkey Do!





I’ll begin by paraphrasing the great Vaclav Havel[1]: ‘Something is missing. Something has always been missing – and only our conditioning and blindness has kept us from developing it’. For eighteen years, I have been driven to create a work of this kind, a Parallel Architecture, if you will.

In abstract terms, parallel architecture is linked to the difference between the European and the Japanese mass psychology. Europe, in general, has a two-dimensional cult-ure[2] that has its roots in the dangerous misuse of Hegel’s[3] dialectical method of argument – Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis - by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who did not synthesise at all, for: ‘society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other – Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.’[4]

This insidious tactic, known as a false dilemma or false dichotomy, involves presenting two opposing views, options, or outcomes in such a way that they seem to be the only possibilities: that is, if one is true, the other must be false, or, more typically, if you do not accept one, then the other must be accepted – but under closer scrutiny and given more thought, it becomes evident there are many in-between or alternative options, not just two mutually exclusive ones [cannot both occur at the same time].

Today, as we drown in mass mind control technologies such as the television - only blind wishful thinking can permit us to believe we are not in an era of what psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton calls ’ideological totalism or in Lionel Trilling’s phrase, the language of nonthought’. Day after day, we are exposed to extreme, all-or-nothing modes of totalist language characterised by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorised and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis’.[5] Lionel Trilling:

‘A specter* haunts our culture - it is the language of non-thought. But it is the language which is developing from the peculiar status which we in our culture have given to abstract thought. There can be no doubt whatever that it constitutes a threat to the emotions and thus to life itself. The specter of what this sort of language suggests has haunted us since the end of the eighteenth century. When he speaks of the mind being violated by an idea, Mr. Eliot, like the Romantics, is simply voicing his horror at the prospect of life being intellectualised out of all spontaneity and reality.’[6]

*A visible disembodied spirit: ghost; something that haunts or perturbs the mind: phantasm. the specter of hunger.

The loading is much more extreme in ideological totalism, however, since the all-encompassing jargon expresses the social vision of our time – the vision of a self-anointed intellectual and political elite of our time: the ‘expert’. What is important about that vision are not only its particular assumptions and their corollaries†, but also the fact that it is a prevailing vision - which means that its assumptions are so much taken for granted by so many people, including so-called ‘thinking people,’ that neither those assumptions nor their corollaries are generally confronted with demands for empirical evidence. Indeed, empirical evidence itself may be viewed as suspect, insofar as it is inconsistent with that vision.

† a proposition inferred immediately from a proved proposition with little or no additional proof.

What a vision may offer, and what the prevailing vision of our time emphatically does offer, is a special state of grace for those who believe in it. Those who accept this vision are deemed to be not merely factually correct but morally on a higher plane. Put differently, those who disagree with the prevailing vision are seen as being not merely in error, but in sin. For those who have this vision of the world, the anointed and the benighted do not argue on the same moral plane or play by the same cold rules of logic and evidence. The benighted are to be made ‘aware,’ to have their ‘consciousness raised’ … Should the benighted prove recalcitrant, however, then their ‘mean-spiritedness’" must be fought and the ‘real reasons’ behind their arguments and actions exposed.[7]

[1] Vaclav Havel [1 Jan 1985]. The Power of the Powerless Mass. Citizens Against the State in Central Eastern Europe. Taylor & Francis Group.
[2] cult [n.] 1610s, ‘worship, homage;’ ure [n.] ‘effect, operation, practice,’ early 15c.
[3] Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel [1770-1831], possibly one of the greatest systematic thinkers in the history of Western philosophy.
[4] Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels [February 1848]. Manifesto of the Communist Party.
[5] Robert Jay Lifton [1961]. Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China. The University of North Carolina Press Chapel Hill and London, pp. 429.
[6] Lionel Trilling [1951]. The Liberal Imagination: Essays on Literature and Society, The Meaning of a Literary Idea. Butler & Tanner Ltd, Frome and London, pp. 285-286.
[7]. Thomas Sowell [1995]. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy. Basic Books, pp. 1-3.




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'The Japanese way of communication is full of emptiness; subjects of sentences are often left unsaid. Clarity in words is not always necessary, reaching an intuitive understanding in a silent pause is considered highly intelligent and sophisticated. This opposes the more direct western standards of communication, where nothing should be left for speculation, and conversations avoid the ‘awkwardness’ of silence.'



Kiyoshi Matsumoto




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A Cult-ure of Greys




On the other hand, Japan - prior to its one hundred years of 'uncompromising Westernisation' - has what the great Kisho Kurokawa calls a three-dimensional culture:  a ‘culture of greys’ derived from two foundational traditions; Shinto, the indigenous spiritual tradition of Japan and Buddhism, which was imported from mainland Asia. From Shinto came the high value placed on harmony in relationships and a focus on the connections - spoken and unspoken - that ties people together. From Buddhism came the ideas of emptiness and selflessness. These concepts, professor Mitsuru Kodama says: 'entail not engaging in any fixed ideas or actions’.

We see this in the concept of Ma [pronounced 'maah'] which relates to all aspects of Japanese life. It has been described as a pause in time, an interval or emptiness in space ... filled with nothing but energy and feeling. It speaks of silence as opposed to sound, of lack as opposed to excess. In culture, Ma can be seen in the respectful Japanese bow. People make a deliberate pause at the end of a bow before they come back up - to ensure there is enough Ma: feeling and respect. Another example is the silent pause in conversation: communication is full of emptiness; clarity in words is not always necessary, 

As opposed to the more direct western standards of communication, where nothing should be left for speculation, and conversations avoid the ‘awkwardness’ of silence.[1] Keiko Oyamatsu:

Generally, western people feel so uncomfortable with silence in conversation, they try to constantly fill in the gap with words. The 'awkward silence' can bedevil human interaction. Silence in conversation is perceived as those 'tumbleweed' moments, those 'angels passing', those thoroughly awkward vacuums in the conversation where everybody looks at the ground and hopes like hell that someone else is going to step in or else suddenly starts blurting out anything that comes to mind just to get rid of the silence'.

They feel more comfortable when there is a constant stream of sound, and modern day culture has developed so many ways of ensuring that we practically never experience real silence for any length of time. Everybody is listening to the radio, watching TV, on a cell phone, or with an mp3 player to their ears. The shopping malls and streets play continual [muzak*] at us. And this sense that sound should be continuous must be carried over into conversation. Once they start talking with others, they seem to feel the need to 'keep talking' without a pause until the conversation is formally ended. Quite a few people even find 'ending the conversation' hard to do - because it invites silence.

*A brand of background music used in businesses. It is 'scientifically' compiled of  innocuous and insipid music that is calculated not to offend anyone. Selections are carefully calibrated to the demographics of the target audience so that every age, sex, and ethnic group will be equally unhappy and unsatisfied. it is designed to subliminally motivate shoppers to shop and to motivate workers to work; Urban Dictionary [2015]. Muzak.

It is also a common knowledge in Japan that people who keep talking all the time or saying 'the obvious' are considered 'shallow', 'thoughtless', and 'tiring'. The Japanese value silences and pauses in between the conversation. Pauses and silences are the essential part of our communication, which is not to be feel threatened but to be 'sensed' ʻreadʼ and even 'enjoyed'. Historically in Japan, silence has been associated with truthfulness. This belief originated in Zen Buddhism, where the spoken word was discouraged and silence was encouraged, as it was believed that enlightenment can not be attained by talking.

The eastern religions and philosophy - Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism - have long cultivated an appreciation for silence. In their teachings, silence is essential to spiritual life. They see silence as a mark of spiritual maturity. The Chinese scripture called the Tao Te Ching says, 'Those revered as the holiest people in the East - gurus, bhikkhus, and Zen masters - are people of few words. They speak little because they believe'. Gandhi said that 'In the attitude of Silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.' That's why Zen and other Eastern meditations are best practiced in total silence. [2]

[1]. Kiyoshi Matsumoto [Apr 4, 2020]. Ma — The Japanese Concept of Space and Time.
[2]. Keiko Oyamatsu [2013]. The Presence of Absence. 




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'We who live in the Western world at the present time continue to suffer under the reign of a great tyranny - the tyranny of artistic modernism.'


Mark Anthony Signorelli & Nikos A. Salingaros



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Crimes in Concrete


In concrete terms, architectural space in Europe is generally, individually separate and distinct. It is created to conquer nature; it is in opposition to nature.[1]

Internally, walls are typically thick and heavy, expressing a clear distinction between a controlled interior environment and the exterior space from which it is isolated. We have the hermetically-sealed ‘picture window’ with nature as something 'out there,' something 'far away'. The air is processed, the temperature regulated. It is always the same. We have false electric lighting, which remains constant from morning through to night, from room to room. We are not aware of the ‘sky clock’ – the Sun, the Moon and the stars. Our internal clock – the so-called ‘circadian rhythm’ - is dulled.

Externally, a lack of human scale and what is now derisively called ‘ornamentation’ combined with the imposition of ‘geometric fundamentalism’ – minimalist square cubes and rectangular slabs overwhelmingly deployed in industrial materials like glass, steel, and ‘brutalist’ exposed concrete - aggressively promotes gigantisms and barrenness, nausea and revulsion.[2] Theodore Dalrymple, writes that 'the modernist visual hell that [scour our] eyes … do not owe their preternatural ugliness to lack of funds, but rather to the incapacity, one might say the ferocious unwillingness, of architects to build anything beautiful, and to their determination to leave their mark on the city as a dog leaves its mark on a tree'.[3]

In their immediate external vicinity, the strict separation of societal functions in the city e.g. working, residential, shopping and ‘entertainment’ zones and the resultant reliance and dominance of the car or automobile, means more than half of our land is dedicated to the monotonous, unnourishing gruel of tarmacked streets, roads, avenues, car parks and driveways. Where form and void coincide – what is often labelled as ‘urban cracks’ or ‘wasteland’ – concrete covers whatever foliage would grow from the ground. There are no ‘wild’ animals, mammals, or birds. No food grows anywhere. There is no life between buildings. Only ‘dead space’.

Most of us give little importance to this change in [our] experience of the world, if we notice it at all. We are so surrounded by a reconstructed world that it is difficult to grasp how astonishingly different it is from the world of ‘idyllic simplicity’ prior to the Industrial Revolution; and that it bears virtually no resemblance to the world in which human beings lived for thousands of years before that. That this might affect the way we think, including our understanding of how our lives are connected to any non-human system, is rarely considered.

As we go, however, I hope it will become apparent that the most compelling outcome of these sudden changes in the way we experience life is the inevitable [psychospiritual] one. Living within artificial, reconstructed, arbitrary environments that are strictly the products of human conception, we have no way to be sure that we know what is true and what is not. We have lost context and perspective. What we know is what other humans tell us.

Therefore, whoever controls the processes of re-creation, effectively redefines reality for everyone else, and creates the entire world of human experience, our field of knowledge. We become subject to them. The confinement of our experience becomes the basis of their control of us. The role of the media in all this is to confirm the validity of the arbitrary world in which we live. The role of television is to project that world, via images, into our heads, all of us at the same time.[4]

[1]. Kisho Kurokawa [1988]. Rediscovering Japanese Space. Wetherhill, New York.

[2] Mark Anthony Signorelli & Nikos A. Salingaros [2012]. The Tyranny of Artistic Modernism. New English Review; Nikos A. Salingaros; Michael W. Mehaffy [2006]. A Theory of Architecture. UMBAU-VERLAG Harald Püschel;
[3] Theodore Dalrymple [June 2019]. Crimes in Concrete. First Things.
[4] Jerry Mander [1978]. Four Arguments For The Elimination Of Television. HarperCollins Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks.




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The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.


EDWARD BERNAYS, PROPAGANDA [1928]



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The Rape of the Mind


Television is the most important single source of images in the world today. If people are ingesting television images at the rate of four hours a day,* then it is clear that whatever uses people have for the images they carry in their heads, television is now the source. When you are watching television all categories of your own image-making capacities go dormant, submerged in the television image. TV effectively intervenes between you and your personal images, substituting itself.

* Allowing eight hours for sleep and eight hours for work, roughly half of the adult non-sleeping, non-working time was spent watching television. Considering that these are average figures, this means that half the people in this world are watching television even more than that.

You have opened your mind, and someone else’s daydreams have entered. The images come from distant places you have never been, depict events you can never experience, and are sent by people you don’t know and have never met. Your mind is the screen for their microwave pictures. Once their images are inside you, they imprint upon your memory. They become yours. What’s more, the images remain in you permanently. I can easily ‘prove’ this to you.[1]

‘Wolves in sheep’s clothing have pulled the wool over our eyes. For almost 500 years, the masses have been thoroughly deceived by a cosmic fairy-tale of astronomical proportions. We have been taught a falsehood so gigantic and diabolical that it has blinded us from our own experience and common sense, from seeing the world and the universe as they truly are.[2]

Through the pseudo-science of ‘sun worshipping’ theoretical astronomers like Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton: world-wide institutionalised heliocentric propaganda via art, music, literature and other cultural modes of expression; televised ‘moon landings’ by Freemasons[3] and computer-generated imagery courtesy of NASA - the world has been systematically brain-washed, slowly indoctrinated, into the unquestioning belief of the greatest lie of all time.

We have been taught, contrary to all common sense and experience, that the seemingly motionless, flat Earth beneath our feet is actually a massive moving ball spinning through space at over 1,000 miles per hour, wobbling and tilted 23.5 degrees on its vertical axis, while orbiting the sun at a blinding 67,000 miles per hour, in concert with the entire solar system spiralling 500,000 miles per hour around the Milky Way and careening across the expanding universe … at an incredible 670,000,000 miles per hour, but that you feel and experience none of it! We have been taught that a mysterious force called ‘gravity,’ a magical magnetism responsible for keeping everything from falling or flying off the spinning ball-Earth, is just strong enough to hold people, oceans, and the atmosphere tightly to the surface, but just weak enough to allow bugs, birds and planes to take off with ease! Neville T. Jones:

‘Whilst we sit drinking our cup of tea or coffee the world is supposedly rotating at 1,039 mph at the equator, whizzing around the Sun at 66,500 mph, hurtling towards Lyra at 20,000 mph, revolving around the centre of the 'Milky Way' at 500,000 mph and merrily moving at God knows what velocity as a consequence of the 'Big Bong.' And not even a hint of a ripple on the surface of our tea, yet tap the table lightly with your finger and ...!’

We have been taught that the apparent orbit of the Sun, planets, and stars [but not the Moon!] around the Earth are all optical illusions, that it is in fact the Earth beneath our feet which moves, and our eyes that deceive us. Special exception is made for the Moon, however, which is said to revolve around Earth just as it appears. Since we only ever see one side of the Moon, we have been taught this is because the Moon’s supposed 10.3 mph West to East rotation combined with its 2,288 mph orbit of Earth just happens to be the exact motion and speed necessary to perfectly cancel out the Earth’s supposed 1,000 mph East to West rotation and 67,000 mph orbit of the Sun, thereby creating the perpetual ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ illusion! Oh really!?[4]

Though the Sun and Moon appear to be relatively small equal-sized bodies revolving around a stationary Earth, we have been taught that this too is an optical illusion, and they are in fact thousands of miles divergent in diameter! They say the Sun is actually a whopping 865,374 miles across, 109 times wider than the Earth, and, contrary to all experience, experiments, and common sense, that we revolve around it! They say the Moon is 2,159 miles across, a quarter the size of the Earth, and why they appear the same size is because the Moon is ‘only’ 238,000 miles away, while the Sun is an unfathomable 93,000,000 miles away from the Earth, and these just happen to be the exact diameters and distances necessary for a viewer from Earth to ‘falsely’ perceive them as being the same size! You don’t say!?[5] Thomas Winship:

‘Modern astronomical teaching affirms that the world we live on is a globe, which rotates, revolves and spins away in space at brain-reeling rates of speed; that the sun is a million and a half times the volume of the earth-globe, and nearly a hundred million miles distant from it; that the moon is about a quarter the size of earth; that it receives all its light from the sun, and is thus only a reflector, and not a giver of light; that it attracts the body of the earth and thus causes the tides; that the stars are worlds and suns, some of them equal in importance to our own sun himself, and others vastly his superior; that these worlds, inhabited by sentient beings, are without numbers and occupy space boundless in extent and illimitable in duration; the whole of these interlaced bodies being subject to, and supported by, universal gravitation, the foundation and father of the whole fabric. To fanciful minds and theoretical speculators, the so-called ‘science’ of modern astronomy furnishes a field, unsurpassed in any science for the unrestrained license of the imagination, and the building up of a complicated conjuration of absurdities such as to overawe the simpleton and make him gape with wonder; to deceive even those who truly believe their assumptions to be facts.’[6]

We have been taught that the height of stupidity and naivety was when our ignorant ancestors believed the Earth to be flat, and that if any man somehow still thinks the Earth to be the immovable centre of the universe, that they must be the most primitive kind of ignoramus. Nowadays the label ‘Flat-Earther’ has become literally synonymous with ‘moron’ and is a common cliché and derogatory term for insulting someone’s intelligence. Upon seeing a book titled ‘The Flat Earth Conspiracy’ your ingrained instinct [is] to laugh, mock the messenger, and deny the very possibility.[7] Marshall Hall:

‘Keep in mind that a rotating, orbiting earth is not counted as a mere hypothesis or even a theory anywhere in the world today. Oh no. Rather, this concept is an unquestioned 'truth'; an established 'fact' in all books and other media everywhere, church media included. Copernicanism, in short, is a concept that is protected in a bunker under a 50 foot thick ceiling of solid 'scientific' concrete. It is meant to be impregnable. It is a concept that has become ensconced in men’s minds as the indestructible cornerstone of enlightened modern man’s knowledge. Virtually all people everywhere have been taught to believe - and do believe - that this concept is based on objective science and dispassionate secular reasoning.’[8] Chas Brough:

‘Ninety-nine people out of a hundred would give the same answer to the interrogation; and that same answer would be to the effect that ‘the earth is a globe which revolves round the sun.’ The ninety-nine who make this reply would do it because they ‘know it is the case!!!’ ‘How do they know it?’ Let this question be put to them, and they will bestow upon you a withering smile of pity at what they conceive to be an imbecility of mind on your part, and answer you in something like the following style: ‘It always has been so. We learnt it at school. Clever men say so; and then lose their temper at ‘the very idea‟ of the globular theory being incorrect, and a haughty ‘there can’t be a doubt about it,’ will close all they have to say on the subject. Now, if the ears of these ninety-nine could only be gained, they would be shown in an irresistible manner that the philosophy which would speak of a round and revolving world is a false philosophy.’[9] David Wardlaw Scott:

‘I confess that I cannot imagine how any human being, in his proper senses, can believe that the Sun is stationary when, with his own eyes, he sees it revolving around the heavens, nor how he can believe that the Earth, on which he stands, is whirling with the speed of lightning around the Sun, when he feels not the slightest motion.’[10]

Unfortunately, the puppet-masters say today's human being is 'the smartest, most advanced individual to ever strut the planet, the most relatively liberated being in history. Even as they dance to the tune of the puppet-masters of human behaviour, they scoff with great derision at the idea of the existence and operation of a technology of mass mind control emanating from the media and government. Modern man [and woman] is much too smart to believe anything as superstitious as that!

Japanese philosopher George Ohsawa stated that there was only one incurable sickness - arrogance. If a patient does not regard himself as sick, he cannot submit to a cure. The arrogant man does not need to see - he already sees almost everything and what he thinks he has yet to learn, he believes ‘the experts’ will one day show him. Who are these ‘experts’? They are not really doctors of the soul. They do not have the man's
interest at heart. They are in fact his worst enemies, his most cunning manipulators who lead him to do their bidding like any slave master since Egypt.[11]

[1] Jerry Mander [1978].
[2] Eric Dubay [2014]. The Flat-Earth Conspiracy.
[3] ‘Masons are men on a quest to become part of something bigger than themselves, constantly seeking deeper insight into the mysteries of the universe. This curiosity and pursuit of knowledge is a driving force that binds brethren together. It is also why Freemasonry has seen its fair share of pioneering men within its ranks throughout the centuries. Among the intellectual titans that have graced lodge rooms across the globe, few have taken their path to the heights - literally - as … Brother Edwin Eugene [Buzz] Aldrin, Jr. - the first Mason on the moon and a member of the Apollo 11 expedition - [who] has had an extraordinary journey as a man and as a Freemason; Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry [October 8, 2020]. Among The Stars: Freemason Astronauts, https://scottishritenmj.org/blog/masonic-astronauts. Accessed the 1st of May 2023.
[4] Eric Dubay [2014]. 
[5] Ibid.
[6] Thomas Winship [25 Jun. 2016]. Zetetic Cosmogony: or Conclusive Evidence that the World is not a Rotating Revolving Globe but a Stationary Plane. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
[7] Eric Dubay [2014]. 
[8] Marshall Hall [1991]. The Earth Is Not Moving.
[9] Chas Brough [1872]. The Zetetic: Volume 1, Number 1.
[10] David Wardlaw Scott [1901]. Terra Firma: The Earth Not A Planet. Proved From Scripture, Reason, and Fact. Cornell University Library.
[11]  Michael A. Hoffman II [June 1992]. Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare.




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'
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?'



Friedrich nietzsche



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Soul Sickness




The question, or questions, is this: 'So what if the Earth is flat?' 'Why is flat Earth important?' Why does the shape of the Earth even matter? What difference does it make to our lives?' Why should anyone care whether Earth is a level motionless plane, or a tilting, wobbling spinning space ball?

Firstly, the thing of crucial importance is the lie, not the shape.

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CoverPC Garden, Shizuoka, Japan [2013] by Kengo Kuma & Associates
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