With thanks to professor Richard Miles for asking the important questions without which I would still be going in circles.
How to get maximum value from this guide
Here are two things only you can do to turn this guide into an interactive learning experience, to get rid of history—don’t panic, it is less dramatic than it sounds—and extend this guide into an evergreen experience.
Pay the bulk of your attention to words. There may be resistance, for it takes replacing an old habit with a new habit, and everybody knows how hard this can be.
Enjoy the ride. This should be effortless because you already know everything. This guide is just an uncommon way of looking at it. Though it may feel like watching new landscapes unfold, you know the landscapes have been there all along, the unfolding is you.
Five years ago, I decided to believe my eyes again.
If welcomed with “I believe my eyes again” at a garden party, I suspect we’d both run for cover in a hurry, with a difference. A garden party by any other name is still a garden party, but when you change the way you look at history, history changes too.
It is not about knowledge. There is more knowledge on Earth than anyone can handle anyway. We already know what to do, the hard part is doing it.
I am driven by what I feel and have never seen the point in tarting it up. I lament the legally approved wool pulled over people’s eyes as we speak, curse how the children are deceived at school, and despise the people behind it.
I have also never been good at beginnings and, therefore, am going to start The Ultimate Guide to History right at the heart of the matter.
The heart of the matter
History is a word.
And so is story.
And nobody knows the difference between the two.
The adults have learned to deal with it. But for the children, it is nothing but confusing. They might even wonder what words are about or for.
The children ask, “What history are we in? Or is it herstory?” to which the adults respond with, “Nobody knows. Deal with it. Next!”
Clearly, more of the same is not going to improve matters.
The Ultimate Guide to History is designed to answer the student’s question, as opposed to proving the adult right. It doesn’t mean I’m pro-kid or anti-adult, which would be grotesque, for without the adults I wouldn’t be here.
All I’m saying is let the children ask.
Q&F stands for “Questions and Freedom.” The two will always be together, for one without the other is like a storm without a calm, beyond imagination.
Answering the children’s questions promotes freedom. When you are free, there is no escape possible. And what we focus on expands. If in doubt about the importance of freedom, ask or think of the people who know Q&F from hearsay only.
The freedom to answer the children’s questions is, in part, what The Ultimate Guide to History is also about.
Nothing is true
Nothing is true until believed. There is nothing new about it, but with more truths than anyone can handle on handheld devices in the palm of children’s hands, and nothing more stable than change, what are we to believe in?
A profound belief today may well encounter another profound belief tomorrow. The best protection against beliefs later regretted, in fact, the only protection I know of, is to believe the opposite is true for a minute or two.
What has history got to do with it?
Well, many people believe history is the past, and except for those who ask the important questions, few of us spend much time wondering why the past is the way it is.
Who owns your past?
To understand who owns the past, you must return to when it all began.
Although the graphic covers the time from the birth of Earth to today, a total of 4,650,000,000 years, give or take, it does little more than return us to the heart of the matter.
If it’s in the past, it is a story. There isn’t a history to be found anywhere.
In the wordless world
In the wordless world, there is no history for self-evident reasons.
In the wordy world
In the wordy world, we’re stuck with it because a word’s existence can be questioned only by confirming it, and history is no exception.
Religionists claim history is, word for word, in a book they have a copy of, while scientists claim the universe is written in math. “It should be called the uni-math, not the uni-verse,” they demand. For the adults, it is okay for they have gotten used to it. But for the young ones, the sight of adults behaving like six-year-olds is confusing as hell.
That means, like it or not, all that’s left to do is decide what to do.
Hang on, we’re getting there, a step at a time.
How did history happen? Did it just show up happenstance, or was it discovered?
If the past is anything to go by…
…history is just like any other word, made up by a wordy for whom an existing word wasn’t good enough.
The common mistake
The common mistake people make with history, without realizing it will be in vain, is looking at it for meaning and more.
For the making of sense, history lacks the sensory organs. The one with the senses, the sensational one, is you.
Knowing what a word means, to you, no word can know it for you.
It is all up to you
We all wake up to the same words. The difference is how we respond.
Knowing what words mean takes work. Others are eager to do it for you, for free. Talk about someone easy to exploit. But in the long run, not doing what is necessary will hurt you worse than doing it.
If it’s a word, it is on the internet. After all, that is what the internet is for, to gobble up words faster than anything before.
History couldn’t be missing from the world wide web and, indeed, it is there, among the other of the alphabet’s words, letterally letter by letter, as opposed to literally liter by liter.
Somebody has decided this is what the internet is for, either because or despite the fact some of the people on the internet are children.
It doesn’t take rocket science to see the above-pictured pages do more harm than help. They ought to be taken down, not by law, but by the love of the children.
If not, what chance of ending up less confused than their parents do the children have?
Religion and science have agreed. Don’t get carried away, on just one thing which, at first sight, doesn’t sound like anything worth writing home about. Nevertheless, it is more than religion and science have agreed before or since.
They are calling it “The Historic History Is A Word Agreement.” According to the press release, the agreement could be reached only after even the staunchest deniers have either died trying or given up on denying the fact a word can be denied only by confirming it.
Were it true, it would be beautiful, however, you’ve seen this coming, I’ve only made it up. But for a good cause, to get you dreaming of how simple it could be.
Well, there is no need to wait for the religion versus science-fight to end for the love of the children.
Just do it
Get rid of history…
…and clear up the mess, now.
This is a golden opportunity and completes The Ultimate Guide to History. However, it doesn’t spell the end of the road. On the contrary, history is in your hands now.
“Get rid of history”? It is simple, but like all things simple, it can be explained or made complicated.
Both the word technique and the time-tested method below have been designed with nothing but explain/do-not-complicate in mind, both have been tested with history, and history has passed the test with flying colors every time.
The word technique
Accept words for what they are. That’s the hard part.
The rest is technique.
Ensure the captain on your ship is you, for being the captain of your words is all it takes to be in charge also of your history.
Understanding what history means on other ships is a must in marketing because marketers must know the lay of the land, well, I guess the lay of the sea, but for everything else, nothing beats being the captain of your words. Keep in mind, you is a word, too.
The time-tested method
Get rid of history as you get rid of an old page on the internet, with a re-direct to the new page.
Practically speaking, every time history comes up, re-direct it to a word with a fair chance of knowing what you’re talking about, such as story or past.
It takes work, but on the upside, you must do this only once.
The last thing you want to do is ask others to stop using history, too. Knowing the truth about history is not a victory march.
Be guided by what you want people to feel, not by what you want them to know. If you’re driven by helping others, be sure to help only in ways others want to be helped.
Early in life, we are taught…
…to accept words for what they are not, without asking questions, but to feel dumb if we don’t have an answer. Why this continues to this day is a different story entirely. Fact is, if words control you, means everyone else can control you. Talk about someone easy to exploit.
When you change the way you look at history only, only history changes. But when you look at world in a similar way…
…then everything changes.
There are no truths here, only words, the full benefits of which can be understood only after the fact, which you will.
About the author
Some years ago, never mind how long precisely, having lost everything money can buy, and kicked out of the home he couldn’t pay for anymore, the author of The Ultimate Guide to History, Beat Schindler, decided to get to the bottom of it, where he discovered a book that hadn’t be written yet and, inspired by…
“If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
…he set about writing it, and in the process discovered, among other things, the most successful lie of all time. Because of this, five years in the making, The Story of the World According to Words was published in the year 2019.
Since then, Beat Schindler, who besides doing his best to be his best, is also coaching others eager to follow their bliss, and when not busy with that, loves to share his times, loves, and laughs with his family and friends. More about the author, if interested, can be found on his website, at www.schindlersword.com
End of story?
On the contrary. The story of history doesn’t have an end, and no beginning either. All we know is where we are, caught in the middle of it where I’ve seen grown wo/men knock-knock-knock on history’s door until their fists fell off, and I happened to be one of them. But when you change the way you look at history, the following can happen…
Having read The Ultimate Guide to History, you acknowledge and agree that no book is so good that it can’t be made silly, that The Ultimate Guide to History is no exception, subject to change without notice and warranty, and the sole responsibility of the reader.
Specifically, you release the author from any liability with regards of what you decide next. The words are provided as is, without guarantees of any kind, and may include the opinions of people not related to the author.
As the book is written in Swinglish, a mix of Swiss and English, you may realize or realise curious now can later be curios, but you accept this is no reason to take the author to court.
Results, if any, will vary from person to person, are never typical, and hard to predict. You must obtain professional advice before taking any action based on the words here.