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The Trivium: How Conspiracy Theorists And Skeptics Can Unite Behind One Philosophy

Since September 11th, 2001, the world has witnessed Western forces on a war path to prevent terror. The events of that day are marred in controversy, however, and the full story will probably never be known. September 11th has become this generation's John F. Kennedy assassination. Looking at that tragic event on November 22, 1963 and its passage until now, we see the conspiracy movement never reached a critical mass. They reached a minority of people but they could not rectify the pseudo Warren Comission, nor could they stop future acts of goverment terror. Alas, it seems that there will always be occasional mass events that effect the whole world and people will bicker over how it happened, by whom, and for what purpose. What if from these opposing sides, the defenders of the official story and those seeing conspiracy, emerged a solution that both could finally agree on? This article claims that the war between conspiracy theorists (i.e. skeptics to the official story) and skeptics (…of the conspiracies) is slowly coming to end with the emergence of an accepted tool to communicate truth, and that tool is the Trivium.

A Tool to Unite Them All

What is the Trivium? The Trivium is a three-in-one tool composed of the study and use of grammar, logic, and rhetoric 1). These three subjects were taught in tandem with the Quadrivium, or the subjects of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. They are known collectively as the Seven Liberal Arts and they were considered the philosopher's stone of learning for the free man. Simply put, grammar is the study of the parts of language; logic is the science of thought; and rhetoric is the means by which you communicate the truth found in the logic and grammar. The utility of this system is profound. It can be applied beyond language and used as a method for deducing truth wherever you put your mind.

Qaudrivium: Its as Simple as Numbers in Space and Time

The four aforementioned subjects of the Quadrivium are not random and actually comprise an irontight philosophy to understand the universe at the foundamental level. Arithmetic is the study of number; geometry is the study of number in space; music is the study of number in motion; astronomy is the study of numbers in motion AND space 2). Added to the Trivium, this creates a complete tool to investigate anything that comes your way. You will know the fundamental rules of the universe, both the physical universe and the universe of human language. Armed with these tools, one can engage new thoughts, for example a proposed conspiracy theory of history, and understand the grammar presented. They can use their science of thinking, logic, to understand how those pieces of knowledge are put together, and they can discern a person's rhetoric and if it solely communicates thought from one mind to another, or if it uses deception to confuse.

Meet Richard Grove, the Most Important 911 Whistleblower

Let's explain how this fits into the story of conspiracy theory in the United States. On September 11th, there was a computer software employee named Richard Grove who was contracted to work for Marsh and McLellan early in 2001. He was essentially creating software that helped convert corporate paper files to a digital system. He discovered that Marsh was overcharged by his company, SilverStream Software, to the tune of millions of dollars. He went to his bosses to point out that he was incorrectly paid for his work.

At this point, Richard expected his company was hiding how much they charged because he was paid a percentage of the bill. If they didn't tell Richard the actual bill, they could pocket his rightly earned money. SilverStream did nothing and so Richard went to Marsh and showed them that they were overcharged for their services. They told him to not worry about it. There is clearly more to the story when a corporate executive does not care that his company is being ripped off. Why could this be? At this point, Richard Grove stumbled upon a bigger secret then he was supposed to know and didn't figure out until after 911.

He brings his case to higher ups within Marsh. They tell him he is allowed to present his evidence on the morning of September 11th. (The one who arranged the meeting was conveniently sick that morning.) Incredibly, Grove ends up late in traffic and witnesses the devestation of 911 from the street. Months go by while he and the rest of Americans grapple with what just happened. He realizes that there was a backdoor built into the SilverStream software that Marsh new about and was probably paying extra (i.e. the ridiculous overbilling) to have it. But the extra software function was illegal and needed to be hidden…hidden in an innocent, overcharged bill. The backdoor allowed Marsh to hide documents and transactions as they came into the system, something the system was supposed to defend against 3).

Grove didn't put the pieces together until months and even years later. He created an audible story called Project Constellation (which can be found in the footnotes from the previous paragraph) as his first attempt to communicate to the public as a whistleblower. This began his journey into understanding what happened on 911 and his skepticism of the official story grew and grew. He became a moderately prominent whistleblower in the 911 Truth movement but never broke through even mainstream Truther news organizations. Grove was always known for his articulate and meticulous style of research, eventually stylizing himself as a forensic historian. He has produced over 1000 hours of educational material, much of it related to 911 and connecting conspiracies in finance, corporate corruption, and banking.

Secret Roads of Masonry lead to the Trivium

One day he discovered a secret as he was studying the depths of Masonry and its relation to the bigger picture of conspiracy. The secret was so profound that it added immediate clarity to his Work in this life and he never looked back.

Within the arcane symbolism of freemasonry are lessons to be learned, lessons that supposedly give the adept what he needs to help him create his own Magnum Opus, or Great Work. Masons call god the Great Architect of the Universe, and the Universe was his Magnum Opus. In the massive tome of Morals and Dogma, Albert Pike expresses how the great secret of Masonry is nothing woo-woo mystical, it is the Trivium subjects of grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Armed with these tools, the adept of masonry can accomplish what he desires. Grove recognized that the subjects were flipped, with rhetoric coming before logic. Sure enough, other Masonic sources show the same consistency. It was not a coincidence 4). Accepting rhetoric before logic destroys the function of the art. If you accept rhetorical arguments before understanding how they are logically composed, you are starting with arugments that you cannot understand and therefore whomever gave you those rhetorical arguments to start with could determine the direction of your studies and understanding. Recognizing the importance of an education that empowers, Grove breathed new life into his media productions by introducing the Trivium to his listeners and earnestly began studying.

Grove realized Masonry (and other organizations as well) use corrupted forms of important tools to partially control their understudies. What good is it to have the lost tools of learning if the tools are corrupted? It became clear to him that more important than solving JFK assassinations or the events of 911 was ascertaining the proper method of discovering truth. The problem was not so much that we can never expose the true cultrits of these conspiracies, he argues, but rather that the common people don't own the tools necesssary to even try. Immediately, he began focusing less on the events of 911 and more on a new model of education for individuals who desire truth but cannot be sure that they have it. To this day on his Peace Revolution Podcast, he makes references to the conspiracy of 911 but focuses on financial and corporate fraud and free education (which he dubs “intellectual self defense”).

Whistleblower Turned Educator

For years now he has been operating Tragedy and Hope Magazine and online network, where he and his team create podcasts and documentaries that advance their goal of spreading the use of the Trivium (and by association the Quadrivium) to ascertain truth. Indeed, a thorough history of the Seven Liberal Arts by Kevin Cole and Richard Grove reveals that even the Trivium itself was used to control the intellectual elite with a prescribed grammar and logic 5). Instead, Cole, Grove, and the Tragedy and Hope team adovacate a Trivium Method which does not prescribe any grammar and truly is a tool for the free man. Tragedy and Hope has produced multiple films that have 100,000s and even millions of views on youtube. Because of his focus on general education and well being and not conspiracies, he is attracting more and more big players even in the mainstream media. Grove made a mindblowing 5 hour interview with New York City teacher of the year John Taylor Gatto 6); a 2 hour interview with CEO of Overstock.com Patrick Byrnes 7), and most recently an interview with Getting Things Done guru David Allen 8). Richard Grove is arguably the most successful 911 whistleblower in his ability to reach non conspiracy theorists and people do not even realize that his advocacy for the Trivium Method is the first nail in the coffin to the conspiracy debate.

Grove Supports the Language of Real Skeptics

This brings us around full circle. As 911 conspiracy theorists began to sprang up, they lacked a medium by which they could communicate the conspiracy. Many theorists were regular Joe Schmoe types and lacked even basic debate or rhetoric skills. In came the logicians and grammar snobs to destroy their poorly built arguments with logic. Indeed, the James Randi Forums were the skeptic's homeland where the logical and rheotorical slaughter of all things conspiracy occurred 9). James Randi is the stage magician who made a career out of being skeptical to mystical claims and outing hucksters his whole life.

The problem was two fold. Conspiracy theorists lacked the ability to communicate effectively. They inadvertantly used appeals to emotion and other fallacies in attempting to persuade others to believe in the conspiracy. Skeptics of the conspiracy theorists tended to be well versed in the rules of logic and rhetoric and amply pointed out the errors in reasoning. However, the debate was so lopsided from a Trivium perspective that skeptics frequently got away with using Sophist techniques to run circles around conspiracy theorists.

One Philosophy to Unite Them All

Ask any skeptic of conspiracy theorists' claims and they will typically tell you their arguments lack sound logic. If there was one thing a skeptic could ak for, it would be for the Truthers to study and learn grammar, logic, and rhetoric and speak clearly, without fallacious statements. The fact that 911s biggest whistleblower is prostelytizing the study and use of Trivium to his conspiracy followers is nothing short of a astounding solution to a hegelian dialectic. Hegel proposed history progessed forward through three mediums; a seminal thesis event, an antithesis reaction, and in time a synthesis that balances the oddities of the thesis and antithesis. Conspiracy theorists with their emotional arguments were the thesis beginning. Skeptics with their rational heads were the antithesis reaction. The fact that conspiracy theorists are happily using the Trivium and spreading the word means that the age of Conspiracy vs. Skeptic is coming to a close.

What will the future of historical debate look like if we don't have conspiracy theorists and skeptics? It is most certainly not the point of this article to suggest that future political events will not birth vehement disagreements from any and all sides. That seems to be a guarantee for the forseeable near term future. But a tool like the Trivium is now sought after by both sides. It has been used to varying degrees of success and deception but the tool is not well known. In the next generation or two, the more each side can agree on this tool, the better for humanity's future. It should be our duty, whether skeptic or conspiracy theorist, to call out poor arguments when they are made. It should be our right to have access to learning tools that allow you to think for yourself and not be told what to think.


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