Self Promotion Examined
May 13, 2016
As a youth, I have vivid memories of being in front of my childhood blackboard and “my class” lecturing from a teacher's edition of a history book. “The little professor…” When I was a manager at a certain food establishment, I had a revelation relating to the reason why I enjoyed working there-I was always teaching-about the company, procedures and processes and, to a select few, astrology. Perhaps the worst aspect of my later career was those who could neither learn nor engage in conversation. As a great manager once said: “It is futile to teach boxes of rocks.” In the final analysis, the only career that combined libraries, research and teaching would be the ever exciting occupation of being an doctoral advisor for philological students.
During my youth, “Beyond Good and Evil” was in my personal library (I suspect “yard saling” is a distinctly Midwestern pastime.) and, although I did not read it until well into adulthood, I was intrigued by the title, as it begs the question: “What is beyond good and evil?”. Die Liebe ist's allein, where love is defined and understood as our highest virtues.
We recall the parable of the sower of the seed, and although Jesus offers one plausible explanation, parables, by their ambiguous nature, can have many possible interpretations or viable solutions. If the sower dispenses learning or wisdom, then, because of our long and painful experience, we can appreciate why most seeds do not flourish.
I am uncertain why I am hesitant to engage in self promotion, although most individuals do, to varying degrees of success, promote themselves. We will assign my reluctance not to Christian teachings of humility, rather we will suggest my lack of self promotion due to the nature of my accomplishments. We offer two possible explanations: either researching and writing is natural, so it is as difficult for me to discuss my eating and sleeping habits as it is to discuss new insights or, as my work is entirely in the realm of the intellect, it can only be appreciated by a select few. Of course, Apprentices, long term acquaintances and nephews are familiar with my work, again, with varying degrees of awareness. As of this writing, my website has well over 4,000 page views this week, so I am pleased that the monthly rate is approximately 20,000 page views.
By its nature, Occult Research lacks peer review and rarely are professional Occultists encountered that are not charlatans. We do not need to enumerate the significant accomplishments and influences of various amateurs working in many disciples over many centuries. Since Occult Research is not a formal discipline, amateur contributions abound (Caveat Lector), and since we are not beholden to universities or governments, we can synthesize various facts from diverse fields to support our efforts, that is, our methods are plastic, but our reasoning and conclusions should be based upon reason.
It seems highly unlikely that Yours Truly will earn a doctorate in this world, however we will readily accept honorary degrees from world class institutions. By our nature, Capricorns value quality over quantity, therefore degrees from certain, that is, most, universities cannot be accepted. Although we would relish being recognized for our accomplishments in service to the humanities by being granted the coveted title of “Doctor”, (we Capricorns do enjoy titles, such as CFO, maestro and CEO), we will remain secure in our knowledge that we have taught, and at times succeeded, and potential Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn for many years hence. Such is the nature of amateurism, and such are the its rewards.
The acknowledgement of my work by a larger audience would be nice, just as a mansion is nicer than a house. However, Gentle Reader, acknowledgment is not to confounded with either validation or value, as many things are acknowledged in this world that are of questionable worth, at best, and invalid, at worst.
G.D.O’Bradovich III, PhD