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the mystery of Rennes-le-Château

The story of Rennes-le-Château is fantastical, even mystical. Or is it? One school of thought claims it's a complete hoax. Another believes it is one of the greatest mysteries of our time. Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in-between.
the believer's version
Bérenger Saunière, a humble priest, discovers coded parchments concealed inside a Visigoth pillar while restoring his church. Seeking assistance in deciphering the ciphers, he travels to Paris and mingles with the Parisian elite, including Opera singer Emma Calve, who is rumoured to be his lover. He visits the Louvre and acquires replicas of three paintings, including Nicholas Poussin's 'The Sheppard's of Arcadia'. The painting features an ancient tomb with a mountainous landscape identical to the setting of a tomb near Rennes-le-Château.

Upon his return, Saunière renovates his church, home and village in a lavish, esoteric fashion, concealing his discovery in a veil of symbolism. He excavates th…

complex reality

Reality is much more complex than any judgment of right and wrong encourages you to believe. When you really understand the ethical, spiritual, social, economic, and psychological forces that shape individuals, you will see that people’s choices are not based on a desire to hurt. Instead, they are in accord with what they know and what world views are available to them. Most are doing the best they can, given what information they’ve received and what problems they are facing. - Michael Lerner