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World history with a twist...

One of historian and writer John Lerwill's earliest website topics was a page on the history of the
city of his upbringing: Birmingham.


A fan of the Birmingham-based Aston Villa Football Club since a boy. He spent a long period researching the club's history, including a period as the club's official historian!



Or simply browse through all John's well-researched History Topics and research links.


Practical Re-Shaping Of The World


The following list of links reveals the amount of thinking that is going into looking at ways by which mankind can evolve from the environmental situation the world is in. ...
Please hover over this text to read more. This is a wonderful effort, but when are we going to understand that it is man himself who needs to change first? Surely the need is first for man to learn that his ego and acquisitiveness is the root problem, and until that is under control - and under self-control - no 'system solution' is going to work effectively. Within a generation or two, man would be back to his old ways.
Hence the pre-occupation of this website on the matter of 'thought' and 'spirit'.
My earnest view is that a massive re-education scheme about 'self' and its relationship to the cosmos is necessary - with emphasis on the young - in order to obtain success in the thinking of people at large, and for the very long term.
All we have to do is find the teachers, but I believe they will come to the fore before long - and mainly from the East.
Actually, the teaching is already here but few (just now) want to listen.


Enough is Enough
New Attitudes In Business
New Economics Foundation
Schumacher UK
Great Ideas Worth Spreading
Global Footprint Network
National Energy Foundation (UK)
Real Cool Futures
Climate Change Solutions (UK)
Climate Solutions
The Renewal Project
Climate Science from Climate Scientists
Societal Change
International Environment Forum
Eco-Justice Ministries
Earth Charter
Impact Hub Global Network
Advocacy & Action
On Sharing The World's Resources

AVAAZ - Petition Protest Medium
Emergence Magazine
John's Thoughts







Practical spirituality has everything to do with not only the individual, but also the relationship of the individual to society and to nature. So why not look at some challenging thoughts on this topic, here...
Challenging Thoughts at John's Blog
The Flower of Life motif is found throughout
the ancient world.
Click on the following image for a most interesting - and unusual - video on the topic.







To see details of John's future
and past books click here.
Details of the book "Billesley and Surrounds" - John's area of upbringing - can be found here.
Please click on the image to enlarge this
picture of Billesley. .

Billesley - Where I Was Brought Up
Mankind At The Crossroads

At The Crossroads

Planet Earth - from a distance - looks beautiful...but... climate change, wars, poverty and pollution have increased. Added to this the rise in mental health issues... and COVID.

Is our thinking not right?

Albert Einstein: "...with every problem there's a solution[; it's]
just a matter of taking action"
But does Love of God and Love of all creation oppose our life values and obstruct our ability to take action?
What (we might ask) can Love do?

By just looking at zero, you see nothing!
When you look through it, you see everything.


Thoughts On One-Ness

"Human nature was originally One and we were a whole." -Plato
"There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy." -Hippocrates
"There is one mind common to all individual men.[a] universal mind. The Over-Soul is that unity...within which every man's particular being is contained and made one with all other. Within man is the soul of the whole.the eternal ONE."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"To divide or multiply consciousness is something meaningless. In all the world, there is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the spatio-temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction. The category of number, of whole and of parts, are then simply not applicable to it...The overall number of minds is just one. In truth there is only one mind."
-Erwin Schrodinger, 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics
"The notion of a separate organism is clearly an abstraction, as is also its boundary. Underlying all this is unbroken wholeness even though our civilization has developed in such a way as to strongly emphasize the separation into parts."
-David Bohm & Basil Hiley, physicists


Both Western Science and Religion - as a sole solution for world problems - has failed, without doubt. Science needs to find its heart, and I would suggest that it is worthwhile breaking through the mould of outward religion to investigate what is the true or higher teaching of the originator of your religion. A teaching that, with Love as its essence, is the same as taught by all the great prophets and messengers.
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There would be no History without a Philosophy
- or at least a Thought -
put into Action.
The problem is: the Quality of the Thought.
So, with serious issues concerning climate change, pollution, conflict, cruelty, economic concerns, hunger and questionnable leadership predominating in the world today, perhaps we should re-examine our human values?
Selfishness and individual ambition now - more than ever - needs to be put aside wherever possible. An attitude of love and service to the planet and all its occupants should now prevail. But most of all an attitude of service to the Great Creator, He whose Thought it first was.
In fact, what otherwise was the
purpose of our birth?

Albert Einstein: "A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstein: "The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, 1967: "It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality."
Leo Tolstoy: "The learned men of today have decided that religion is not necessary and that it will be replaced by science, or already has been. Yet it remains the case that today, just as before, not a single human society, or rational being, has lived, or can live without religion. (I say rational person because an irrational one may live without religion, just as an animal does.) A rational being cannot live without religion because it is only this that gives him the essential guidance as to what to do first and what follows. Precisely because religion is inherent to his nature the rational man cannot live without it."


Do you believe that there is no true religion other than the Religion of Love, and that for those that are able, hands that help are greater than hands that simply pray?
If so, please take a look at this page.
I also invite you to download this wonderful short treatise:
40 Rules of Love



The Part That Thought Plays

The proper study of mankind is man.
Alexander Pope

Please hover over this text to read a little of Pope's ode on this topic. Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.
Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic's pride,
He hangs between;
in doubt to act, or rest;


Sai Snippets
Some wisdom from Sathya Sai Baba.
Please hover over each text heading.

The depth of God's presence... God is present as the power immanent in the atom. Since atoms are to be found everywhere in the universe, God too is immanent everywhere in the manifested universe. ... See God even in the smallest insect and the atom, and at the same time, realise that all these form a part of the cosmic nature of God.

The state of the world... Man forgets God not only in dealing with his fellow human beings but also in dealing with Nature. Thus it is that we see wide-scale destruction and ravaging of the environment and the eco-system. ... The ancients did not pollute the air, they did not pollute water, and they respected all the constituents of Nature, including all animals. But modern man, besides polluting heavily land, water and air, is also destroying entire forests, and wiping out many species of animals, without concern for eco- and bio-balance. Who is more stupid? Modern man who is wrecking all the gifts of God, or the ancients, who not only preserved what God gave them but also were thankful to God for the blessing?

The purpose of life... The purpose of life is to go back to God. From God you have come and to God you must return. This means that you must live your life such that it always takes you towards God, and never in any other direction.

For more on Sri Sathya Sai Baba,
please click here.

The solution to the world's problems
Ghandi on love
Jonathan Seagull

"All Is One"
There are over three hundred religions and sects.
Yet there is only One God.

Can you guess the origin of the following
6 spiritual precepts?

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to improve readability.

First: Man was taught that there was a Supreme Being, Infinite and All Powerful. That it was the Creator who created all things above and below. That man was created by this Almighty Being and having been created by Him, was his son-that this Almighty was man's Heavenly Father.
Second: When man was created the Creator placed within the body of man a spirit or soul which never died but continued on through eternity.
Third: When man was created it was ordained that his material body should return to the earth from which it was taken. When this material body died it released the soul which went into the world beyond, there to wait until it was called upon to occupy another material body. Apparently, as soon as his primitive mind could grasp the facts, he was taught that his soul was given a task. This task was for the soul to rule the material body by overcoming material desires. When this was accomplished his soul would be called back to the Great Source, and forever afterwards live in perfect joy and happiness. He was taught that one material life was so short that the soul could not overcome all of the material desires, so it was ordained that his soul should come into many bodies until the task was accomplished; that these reincarnations were the salvation of his soul.
Fourth: It was thoroughly instilled into his mind that the Heavenly Father was The Great Love and that this great love ruled the Universe and never died. He was taught that the love of the Heavenly Father was far greater than the love of his earthly father, who was only a reflection of his Heavenly Father. Therefore he should always approach his Heavenly Father without fear or dread and in perfect confidence and love, knowing that loving hands were being held out to receive him when he came.
Fifth: He was taught that all mankind were created by the same Heavenly Father; therefore all mankind were his brothers and sisters, and should be treated as such in all his dealings with them.
Sixth: Finally he was taught his duties on earth, how he should live to prepare himself to become fit to pass into the world beyond when he was called. He was especially reminded that he must follow the paths of Truth, Love, Charity, Chastity, with perfect love and confidence in his Heavenly Father.
From these precepts it may be gleaned that the fundamental principles of the first religion of man were: The Fatherhood of God and
the Brotherhood of Man.

So, do you think the above precepts are derived from Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Islam or even ancient Egyptian religion?
Please hover over this text to
find the answer.
The answer is that James Churchward claims to have discovered the above essence of spiritual teaching in a 70,000 year-old text originating from the lost continent of Mu. These precepts form the central teaching of many of the religious teachings of today, primarily excepting Christianity.
More about Mu and its connection with everything can be found in my History Topics link.

"Know   Thyself!"

There would be no history without a philosophy - or at least a thought - translated into action. But man's history of recent eons is mostly not a proud one, despite scientific advances. Sadly, ego has tended to predominate.

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To achieve peace through harmony, right action follows right thinking. Peace in communities and between countries rests on the ability of people to find peace in themselves. The wise say that the real task of life is to unselfishly manage our thoughts (and thus our actions) to obtain that result, even as the ancients did if we would care to investigate.
People often want to change their behavior - but not their thinking. Therefore they do not experience a breakthrough even though wanting to be free. It all has to start with examining one-self: action is needed to change those thoughts. Some simply suggest forms of willpower or side-tracking of the mind. They may help, but simply (and only) forcing one-self is not the intended method.
Remembrance and meditation on the statement of Jesus, about the over-riding commandment, should help more: "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and thy mind, and love they neighbour as thyself." When facing a problem, simply ask one-self: "What would Love do?". The solution should follow if meditated on sufficiently well, and some time to allow the answer to materialise.
Seek and thou shalt find, but not by relying purely on empirical science.

Science is merely a glow-worm in the light and splendour of the Sun. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba) ... Read more.


One Great Thought

The replacement of fear by love and the provision of equal opportunity must be the highest tasks for mankind. By unswerving commitment to these goals and to faith, we will ultimately find the greatest opportunity to achieve peace. Then all will come together as one.
A Thought For The Day


Other Great Thoughts...

From the Dalai Lama:
We cannot solve this problem [of terrorism] only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem.
From Benjamin Franklin:
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
From Al-Ghazali:
Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see - Egoism, Arrogance, Conceit, Selfishness, Greed, Lust, Intolerance, Anger, Lying, Cheating, Gossiping and Slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.
From Abraham Lincoln:
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
From Goethe:
Remain human with your own souls! Do not become mere human things which allow to have stuffed into them souls which are adjusted to the mass-will and pulse in measure with it.
From Benjamin Franklin:
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
From Shams Tabrizi:
No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
From Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
But merely accepting authoritarian truth, even if that truth has some virtue, does not bring skepticism to an end. To blindly accept a truth one has never reflected upon retards the advance of reason. Our world rots in deceit. . . . Just as a tree bears the same fruit year after year and at the same time fruit that is new each year, so must all permanently valuable ideas be continually created anew in thought. But our age pretends to make a sterile tree bear fruit by tying fruits of truth onto its branches.
From Robert Kennedy:
Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things ... the gross national product [GNP, or GDP] does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.
From Noam Chomsky:
Governments are supposed to lie to their citizens.
From Jim Wallis:
Your political viewpoint IS your spirituality demonstrated.
From Mahatma Gandhi:
A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.
From Harold Pinter
(2005 Nobel Prize speech):

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. - It is in fact mandatory.
From Margaret Mead:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
From Mahatma Gandhi:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
From R. Buckminster Fuller:
I know that I am not a category,
a hybrid specialization.
I am not a thing - a noun.
I seem to be a verb -
an evolutionary process -
an integral function of the Universe.
And so are you.

Some Inspirational Modern Writers


Some Articles

There follow some articles based on results of historical researches I have done over the years...

Edward Capern, the man once known as the Postman Poet, lived most of his life in North Devonshire, but also lived for a period near Birmingham. More here...

In Oppenheimer's expansive book, Eden In The East, there is a hint that there was some great, now lost, ancient empire that left traces around the Pacific. Francis Churchward and others point to the lost continent of Mu (Lemuria) as being that ancient source. More here...

I spent many decades delving into my family history. This page relates to the Lerwills and this page relates to another ancestor who fought with Wellington.

Articles to Download