Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Lanzones Peelings as Mosquito Coil Essay 1. SUMMARY Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. Education for Sustainable Development requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practiced today. UNESCO is the lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) Sustainable development is a difficult concept to define; it is also continually evolving, which makes it doubly difficult to define. One of the original descriptions of sustainable development is credited to the Brundtland Commission: Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, p 43). Sustainable development is generally thought to have three components: environment, society, and economy. The well-being of these three areas is intertwined, not separate. For example, a healthy, prosperous society relies on a healthy environment to provide food and resources, safe drinking water, and clean air for its citizens. The sustainability paradigm rejects the contention that casualties in the environmental and social realms are inevitable and acceptable consequences of economic development. Thus, the authors consider sustainability to be a paradigm for thinking about a future in which environmental, societal, and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of development and improved quality of life A widely accepted definition is Ã¢â¬Å"development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needsÃ¢â¬ . Currently we are not even meeting the needs of the present let alone considering the needs of future generations. The United Nations have declared 2005 Ã¢â¬â 2014 as the decade for Sustainable development, in an effort to reverse Sustainability is now recognize to be a key area of development for the education sector. In particular, the policy and practice context points to the need to consider how best to embed it into higher education learning and teaching strategies and curricula. The Higher Education Academy is currently undertaking a program of development activity and capacity building so as to better assist institutions and subject communities in their development of curricula and pedagogy to equip students with the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably. This recognize the importance of increasing sustainability literacy among students and the growing demand for sustainability skills among employers. Current work includes a baseline research study to identify existing good practice in the sector. The impacts of global warming and climate change is said to be Ã¢â¬Å"the greatest injustice of our timeÃ¢â¬ . The worldÃ¢â¬â¢s poorest people have contributed least to its cause but they are the ones who suffer most from its devastating effects. Poor and developing countries are the most that are at risk due to long term flawed natural resource management practices and policies, increased population density and settlements in fragile eco-systems, increased demand on environment and natural resources, poor governance and prevalence of corruption. The acceleration of changing weather patterns due to global climate change aggravate further the underlying risk that many poor and developing countries are facing. Poverty incidence is higher in areas where natural disasters occur. The poor are mostly located in the rural areas and are dependent on agriculture, fishery and livestock that are inherently climate sensitive. Farmers and indigenous peoples in upland communities live in landslide prone areas and the poor in the urban areas live in hazardous areas like along riverbanks. Ã¢â¬Å"Poor households and poor nations throughout much of the world face two disadvantages: the inability to generate income and the vulnerability to physical social and economic downturns. Drought, flood, conflict, inflation, disease and recession hit these groups and countries hardest. Furthermore, repeated exposure to these downturns reinforces the conditions of poverty.Ã¢â¬ Whatever progress we make from our poverty reduction and community development initiatives; these are shattered the day after a disaster. These clearly states that disasters do not only worsen poverty in poor and developing countries but by the same token undermine past, current and future efforts to tackle poverty. DRR, Literacy and Education Over the past years, we saw the transformation of many disaster responses from emergency and relief response during or immediately after a disaster, towards a Mn ore comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) approach. Likewise, Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Programs using participatory approaches are being conducted in many countries by government and non-government organizations. Since the adoption by 186 UN member states of the Hyogo Framework for Action, promotion of DRR in education had been taken, specifically in the formal education sector. Policy guidelines, tools and methodologies had been developed to guide policy makers, implementers and practitioners in integrating DRR in education. This includes not only integrating and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in education but as well as developing guidelines in school building construction. The Philippines is one country where this initiative was pilot tested. Several materials related to this had been developed by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and other agencies and organizations. A wealth of DRR education materials had also been developed Ã¢â¬â the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU) Planet 4 module on disaster preparedness is one very good example. Literacy and education is crucial to Disaster Risk Reduction. Reducing risks and enhancing peopleÃ¢â¬â¢s resilient capacities to deal with disasters requires them to understand how they could best protect themselves. Literacy and education is a necessity in raising awareness on the nature and presence of natural hazards as well as the vulnerabilities and threats faced by the community. It plays a central role in building life skills that could make a difference in life threatening situations during disasters. DRR and ESD Since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, disaster reduction has been recognized as an integral component of sustainable development (Chapter 3 of Agenda 21) and the cross-sectoral nature of disaster risk reduction was again emphasized in 2002 during the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The linkage between disaster risk reduction education and sustainable development had been visible on other international agendas. Disaster Risk Reduction encompasses economic, political, cultural, social and environmental dimensions and that formal and non-formal education initiative under this theme is consistent with the frameworks of ESD in three important ways: 1. Education for disaster risk reduction is interdisciplinary. Therefore, important consideration is given to the impacts on, and relationship between, society, the environment, economy and culture. 2. Education for disaster risk reduction promotes critical thinking and problem solving and other social and emotional life skills that are essential to the empowerment of stakeholder groups threatened or affected by disasters. 3. Education for disaster risk reduction supports the Millennium Development Goals. Without considering Disaster Risk Reduction in development planning, all efforts including, decades of development initiatives could be destroyed in seconds. ESD in a Climate Changed World The nature of disasters in our climate changed world placed us to come into terms with our past and current behaviors, lifestyle practices and our views of society, the economy, the world, the environment and humanity in general. It bared the flaws of our past and current development models and paradigms that gave birth to our current environmental and climate predicament. It exposed who are vulnerable and who are accountable and revealed the cause and effect relationship between disaster and development from a global to local perspective. The risk posed by the threats of climate change to humanity is a strong urgent call for us to rethink the dominant views that influence the social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental dimensions of our lives. No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew. Our current challenges in the face climate changed induced disasters opens up an avenue to question the current dominant for m of development and education that brought us these problems. It gave us the reality of our current context to reflect on our current education frameworks and a platform to create the kind of education that will save us. Despite many International Agreements and Declarations on the Right to Education, millions of children and youth are still out of school and millions of adults are still unable to read and write. Without education, these children, youth and adults face a very bleak future and are denied of their ability to develop their full potential Ã¢â¬â a massive loss of human potential that could aid in eradicating poverty and in achieving sustainable development. Understanding the Right to Education As well as being a right in itself, the right to education is also an enabling right. Education Ã¢â¬Ëcreates the Ã¢â¬Å"voiceÃ¢â¬ through which rights can be claimed and protectedÃ¢â¬â¢, and without education people lack the capacity to Ã¢â¬Ëto achieve valuable functionings as part of the livingÃ¢â¬â¢. If people have access to education they can develop the skills, capacity and confidence to secure other rights. Education gives people the ability to access information detailing the range of rights that they hold, and governmentÃ¢â¬â¢s obligations. It supports people to develop the communication skills to demand these rights, the confidence to speak in a variety of forums, and the ability to negotiate with a wide range of government officials and power holders. Our Constitutions Bill of Rights provides that No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. Lack of education incapacitates an individual to assert and protect his own rights. The Right of Suffrage provides that no literacy requirements shall be imposed on the exercise of the right to vote. However, lack of education compromises a voterÃ¢â¬â¢s position to exercise his right to vote wisely for his and his countrys benefit. Education is a powerful tool that can provide people, especially the poor and vulnerable groups with the necessary knowledge, awareness, skills and competencies to transform their conditions. It is a primary vehicle by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty and obtain the means to participate fully in their communities. It has a vital role in empowering women, safeguarding children from exploitative and hazardous labor and sexual exploitation, promoting human rights and democracy, protecting the environment, and controlling population growth. It is a tool for empowerment Ã¢â¬â a powerful means to beat poverty. Unfortunately, these ideas however explicit remain poorly understood and internalized by our Ã¢â¬Å"educatedÃ¢â¬ policy and decision makers in government. Twisted priorities and distorted values even outright corruption have crept in such that construction of buildings, purchase of school facilities, task forces and even feeding programs have become the milking cow of those in certain higher echelons of government. Learning interventions, alternative education programs and other support services to address shortcomings of the educational system will remain as that Ã¢â¬â stop-gap, isolated and spotty no matter how heroic, noble and outstanding the efforts of certain public servants and civil society sectors are Ã¢â¬â because a makeshift solution can be sustainable only to a certain extent and can never take the place of a mandate and a policy on education bolstered by a Constitutional guarantee which is s till to be fully implemented. Neither the call for Charter Change nor the lip service of those in the business of education can bring about substantial change in the education system. Enlightened sectors in public and civil society need support and encouragement to enable them to show the way and serve as models for the process of education. Various issues affecting local populace can be opportunities for peopleÃ¢â¬â¢s organizations, community and area groups to galvanize and demand for their education needs and other rights. There has to be a consistent lobby for the state to deliver on its obligation on the right to education. For so long as structural and material projects are given precedence in public investments by government to the detriment of education and other social development projects, the quality of education and, consequently, even our overall economy will remain poor and stunted. 2. REACTION It is not unusual to encounter a study expounding that there is something terribly wrong with the country. But we dont know exactly what it is that were doing wrong. Thus the appeal of events like this launch. I must admit that in reading the Report, I cant help but feel alarmed. It is particularly stressing to read that the state of education continues to deteriorate. One of the most striking observations in the Report is made in its companion paper. It points out that the issues we confronted in the colonial times persist today. This strikes me deeply. Education has always been one of my core advocacies. So I found it personally illuminating that the Report used the education sector as the model for analysis. The significance of education is highlighted best during times of crisis. A well-educated citizenry is our best bet in taking advantage of the eventual rebound of world economies. When the upswing starts, our people must be there to compete. And the key here, as the Report points out, is to break the stasis in education. What drew my attention in the report was the presence of success stories. It is wonderful that out of all the issues, we do have successful endeavors to share. The Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP) and Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) are welcome developments. But beyond this, we should take note of the Reports more insightful points. For one, it is enlightening to read that contrary to traditional thinking, funding, may not be the biggest obstacle to educational reforms. This is a good point. Greater changes can happen if we address organizational culture, and improve professional managerial expertise. By saying this, the Report gives us the chance to effect reforms that are not heavily dependent on funding. Yes, the report is quite distressing. But I cant help but agree with its main points. If we are to do some good, we must change institutions. Piecemeal reforms produce piecemeal results. The same philosophy pushed me to spearhead the creation of COMSTE, which works through a Technical Advisory Council of which Doctor Balisacan is a prominent member. Its job is to undertake a national review and assessment of the science, technology and engineering research and development system of the country. The intention is to make reforms that will boost competitiveness in key areas: science, math and engineering education, health services, energy and environment, food and agriculture, IT and IT-enabled services, and semiconductors and electronics. COMSTE operates on certain key assumptions. There have been technological, socio-political and economic trends that have changed the nature and practice in the targeted sectors. However, the laws and rules governing the regulation and practice of professions have not kept up. Indeed, these laws have not been updated for decades. In addition, our laws and structures governing the development of educational curricula and the hiring of experts have become too rigid. In a way that mirrors the theme of the Report, our curricula ended up being so tied down with formal rules, they suffocated. This gave rise to a culture of instruction that is unbending and incapable of adapting to rapid development. 3. RELATED TO THE LESSON From the time sustainable development was first endorsed at the UN General Assembly in 1987, the parallel concept of education to support sustainable development has also been explored. From 1987 to 1992, the concept of sustainable development matured as committees discussed, negotiated, and wrote the 40 chapters of Agenda 21. Initial thoughts concerning ESD were captured in Chapter 36 of Agenda 21, Promoting Education, Public Awareness, and Training. Unlike most education movements, ESD was initiated by people outside of the education community. In fact, one major push for ESD came from international political and economic forums (e.g., United Nations, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organization of American States). As the concept of sustainable development was discussed and formulated, it became apparent that education is key to sustainability. In many countries, ESD is still being shaped by those outside the education community. The concepts and content of ESD in these cases are developed by ministries, such as those of environment and health, and then given to educators to deliver. Conceptual development independent of educator input is a problem recognized by international bodies as well as educators.
Monday, January 20, 2020
Wind Power Energy production causes more pollution than any other industry in the country. Currently, nearly all of the electricity produced in the United States is generated by fossil fuel plants, nuclear plants, and hydroelectric plants. The build-up in the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels now threatens far-reaching climate change. In addition to global warming, conventional methods of electricity generation release the gases responsible for acid rain, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. In order to prevent further degradation of our environment and successfully transition to a sustainable society, we must change our current patterns of production and consumption. Conservation and switching to renewable sources of energy, such as wind power, are crucial steps to achieving this goal of sustainability. Wind power alone has the potential to meet 20 percent or more of the world's electricity needs within the next four to five years, (J ohansson, 157). Wind power, however, is still a developing technology, and is therefore far from reaching its full potential. How Wind Machines Work: Wind is the product of sunlight heating the surface of the Earth unevenly. Warmer air rises and cooler air tumbles in to replace it, causing everything from gentle breezes to raging tornadoes. Whatever the amount of power in the wind, it can be harnessed by a machine called a wind turbine. The most common type of wind turbine has a horizontal axis, with two or more aerodynamic blades mounted on the horizontal shaft, (AccessScience, "Types of Wind Machines"). As the wind passes over a turbine's blade, pressure forms on the downwind side, thrusting it upward like a propeller. In these... ... state's consumers the choice of who supplies their electric power and how that power is produced. With the implementation of at least some of these changes, wind power will eventually become a clean source of energy that all people can afford to rely on. Ã Sources: AccessScience.com. keyword: "Wind Power." Carley, Sanya, Sierra Curtis-McLane, and Galen O'Toole. "Renewable Energy at Swarthmore." April 15, 2001. Jacobson, Mark Z. and Gilbert M. Masters. "Exploiting Wind Versus Coal." www.sciencemag.org. August 24, 2001 Johansson, Thomas B. Renewable Energy: Sources for Fuels and Electricity. Island Press, Washington D.C., 1993. Raabe, Steve and Joey Bunch. "Advocates Say Wind Power Progressing from Novelty to Mainstream Practicality." The Denver Post Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News. April 20, 2003. www.newwindenergy.com www.pennfuture.org
Sunday, January 12, 2020
CHAPTER 60 SangrealÃ¢â¬ ¦ Sang RealÃ¢â¬ ¦ San GrealÃ¢â¬ ¦ Royal BloodÃ¢â¬ ¦ Holy Grail. It was all intertwined. The Holy Grail is Mary MagdaleneÃ¢â¬ ¦the mother of the royal bloodline of Jesus Christ.Sophie felt a new wave of disorientation as she stood in the silence of the ballroom and stared at Robert Langdon. The more pieces Langdon and Teabing laid on the table tonight, the more unpredictable this puzzle became. Ã¢â¬Å"As you can see, my dear,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said, hobbling toward a bookshelf,Ã¢â¬ Leonardo is not the only one who has been trying to tell the world the truth about the Holy Grail. The royal bloodline of Jesus Christ has been chronicled in exhaustive detail by scores of historians.Ã¢â¬ He ran a finger down a row of several dozen books. Sophie tilted her head and scanned the list of titles: THE TEMPLAR REVELATION:Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ THE WOMAN WITH THE ALABASTER JAR: Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail THE GODDESS IN THE GOSPELS Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine Ã¢â¬Å"Here is perhaps the best-known tome,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said, pulling a tattered hardcover from the stack and handing it to her. The cover read: HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL The Acclaimed International Bestseller Sophie glanced up. Ã¢â¬Å"An international bestseller? I've never heard of it.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"You were young. This caused quite a stir back in the nineteen eighties. To my taste, the authors made some dubious leaps of faith in their analysis, but their fundamental premise is sound, and to their credit, they finally brought the idea of Christ's bloodline into the mainstream.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"What was the Church's reaction to the book?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Outrage, of course. But that was to be expected. After all, this was a secret the Vatican had tried to bury in the fourth century. That's part of what the Crusades were about. Gathering and destroying information. The threat Mary Magdalene posed to the men of the early Church was potentially ruinous. Not only was she the woman to whom Jesus had assigned the task of founding the Church, but she also had physical proof that the Church's newly proclaimed deity had spawned a mortal bloodline. The Church, in order to defend itself against the Magdalene's power, perpetuated her image as a whore and buried evidence of Christ's marriage to her, thereby defusing any potential claims that Christ had a surviving bloodline and was a mortal prophet.Ã¢â¬ Sophie glanced at Langdon, who nodded. Ã¢â¬Å"Sophie, the historical evidence supporting this is substantial.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I admit,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said,Ã¢â¬ the assertions are dire, but you must understand the Church's powerful motivations to conduct such a cover-up. They could never have survived public knowledge of a bloodline. A child of Jesus would undermine the critical notion of Christ's divinity and therefore the Christian Church, which declared itself the sole vessel through which humanity could access the divine and gain entrance to the kingdom of heaven.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"The five-petal rose,Ã¢â¬ Sophie said, pointing suddenly to the spine of one of Teabing's books. The same exact design inlaid on the rosewood box. Teabing glanced at Langdon and grinned. Ã¢â¬Å"She has a good eye.Ã¢â¬ He turned back to Sophie. Ã¢â¬Å"That is the Priory symbol for the Grail. Mary Magdalene. Because her name was forbidden by the Church, Mary Magdalene became secretly known by many pseudonyms Ã¢â¬â the Chalice, the Holy Grail, and the Rose.Ã¢â¬ He paused. Ã¢â¬Å"The Rose has ties to the five-pointed pentacle of Venus and the guiding Compass Rose. By the way, the word rose is identical in English, French, German, and many other languages.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Rose,Ã¢â¬ Langdon added,Ã¢â¬ is also an anagram of Eros, the Greek god of sexual love.Ã¢â¬ Sophie gave him a surprised look as Teabing plowed on.Ã¢â¬ The Rose has always been the premiere symbol of female sexuality. In primitive goddess cults, the five petals represented the five stations of female life Ã¢â¬â birth, menstruation, motherhood, menopause, and death. And in modern times, the flowering rose's ties to womanhood are considered more visual.Ã¢â¬ He glanced at Robert. Ã¢â¬Å"Perhaps the symbologist could explain?Ã¢â¬ Robert hesitated. A moment too long. Ã¢â¬Å"Oh, heavens!Ã¢â¬ Teabing huffed. Ã¢â¬Å"You Americans are such prudes.Ã¢â¬ He looked back at Sophie. Ã¢â¬Å"What Robert is fumbling with is the fact that the blossoming flower resembles the female genitalia, the sublime blossom from which all mankind enters the world. And if you've ever seen any paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, you'll know exactly what I mean.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"The point here,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said, motioning back to the bookshelf,Ã¢â¬ is that all of these books substantiate the same historical claim.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"That Jesus was a father.Ã¢â¬ Sophie was still uncertain. Ã¢â¬Å"Yes,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said. Ã¢â¬Å"And that Mary Magdalene was the womb that carried His royal lineage. The Priory of Sion, to this day, still worships Mary Magdalene as the Goddess, the Holy Grail, the Rose, and the Divine Mother.Ã¢â¬ Sophie again flashed on the ritual in the basement. Ã¢â¬Å"According to the Priory,Ã¢â¬ Teabing continued,Ã¢â¬ Mary Magdalene was pregnant at the time of the crucifixion. For the safety of Christ's unborn child, she had no choice but to flee the Holy Land. With the help of Jesus' trusted uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene secretly traveled to France, then known as Gaul. There she found safe refuge in the Jewish community. It was here in France that she gave birth to a daughter. Her name was Sarah.Ã¢â¬ Sophie glanced up. Ã¢â¬Å"They actually know the child's name?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Far more than that. Magdalene's and Sarah's lives were scrutinously chronicled by their Jewish protectors. Remember that Magdalene's child belonged to the lineage of Jewish kings Ã¢â¬â David and Solomon. For this reason, the Jews in France considered Magdalene sacred royalty and revered her as the progenitor of the royal line of kings. Countless scholars of that era chronicled Mary Magdalene's days in France, including the birth of Sarah and the subsequent family tree.Ã¢â¬ Sophie was startled. Ã¢â¬Å"There exists a family tree of Jesus Christ?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Indeed. And it is purportedly one of the cornerstones of the Sangreal documents. A complete genealogy of the early descendants of Christ.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"But what good is a documented genealogy of Christ's bloodline?Ã¢â¬ Sophie asked. Ã¢â¬Å"It's not proof. Historians could not possibly confirm its authenticity.Ã¢â¬ Teabing chuckled. Ã¢â¬Å"No more so than they can confirm the authenticity of the Bible.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Meaning?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Meaning that history is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books Ã¢â¬â books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, Ã¢â¬ËWhat is history, but a fable agreed upon?'Ã¢â¬ He smiled. Ã¢â¬Å"By its very nature, history is always a one-sided account.Ã¢â¬ Sophie had never thought of it that way.Ã¢â¬ The Sangreal documents simply tell the other side of the Christ story. In the end, which side of the story you believe becomes a matter of faith and personal exploration, but at least the information has survived. The Sangreal documents include tens of thousands of pages of information. Eyewitness accounts of the Sangreal treasure describe it as being carried in four enormous trunks. In those trunks are reputed to be the Purist Docum ents Ã¢â¬â thousands of pages of unaltered, pre- Constantine documents, written by the early followers of Jesus, revering Him as a wholly human teacher and prophet. Also rumored to be part of the treasure is the legendaryÃ¢â¬ QÃ¢â¬ Document Ã¢â¬â a manuscript that even the Vatican admits they believe exists. Allegedly, it is a book of Jesus' teachings, possibly written in His own hand.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Writings by Christ Himself?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Of course,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said. Ã¢â¬Å"Why wouldn't Jesus have kept a chronicle of His ministry? Most people did in those days. Another explosive document believed to be in the treasure is a manuscript called The Magdalene Diaries Ã¢â¬â Mary Magdalene's personal account of her relationship with Christ, His crucifixion, and her time in France.Ã¢â¬ Sophie was silent for a long moment. Ã¢â¬Å"And these four chests of documents were the treasure that the Knights Templar found under Solomon's Temple?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Exactly. The documents that made the Knights so powerful. The documents that have been the object of countless Grail quests throughout history.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"But you said the Holy Grail was Mary Magdalene.If people are searching for documents, why would you call it a search for the Holy Grail?Ã¢â¬ Teabing eyed her, his expression softening. Ã¢â¬Å"Because the hiding place of the Holy Grail includes a sarcophagus.Ã¢â¬ Outside, the wind howled in the trees. Teabing spoke more quietly now. Ã¢â¬Å"The quest for the Holy Grail is literally the quest to kneel before the bones of Mary Magdalene. A journey to pray at the feet of the outcast one, the lost sacred feminine.Ã¢â¬ Sophie felt an unexpected wonder. Ã¢â¬Å"The hiding place of the Holy Grail is actuallyÃ¢â¬ ¦ a tomb?Ã¢â¬ Teabing's hazel eyes got misty. Ã¢â¬Å"It is. A tomb containing the body of Mary Magdalene and the documents that tell the true story of her life. At its heart, the quest for the Holy Grail has always been a quest for the Magdalene Ã¢â¬â the wronged Queen, entombed with proof of her family's rightful claim to power.Ã¢â¬ Sophie waited a moment as Teabing gathered himself. So much about her grandfather was still not making sense. Ã¢â¬Å"Members of the Priory,Ã¢â¬ she finally said,Ã¢â¬ all these years have answered the charge of protecting the Sangreal documents and the tomb of Mary Magdalene?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Yes, but the brotherhood had another, more important duty as well Ã¢â¬â to protect the bloodline itself. Christ's lineage was in perpetual danger. The early Church feared that if the lineage were permitted to grow, the secret of Jesus and Magdalene would eventually surface and challenge the fundamental Catholic doctrine Ã¢â¬â that of a divine Messiah who did not consort with women or engage in sexual union.Ã¢â¬ He paused. Ã¢â¬Å"Nonetheless, Christ's line grew quietly under cover in France until making a bold move in the fifth century, when it intermarried with French royal blood and created a lineage known as the Merovingian bloodline.Ã¢â¬ This news surprised Sophie. Merovingian was a term learned by every student in France. Ã¢â¬Å"The Merovingians founded Paris.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Yes. That's one of the reasons the Grail legend is so rich in France. Many of the Vatican's Grail quests here were in fact stealth missions to erase members of the royal bloodline. Have you heard of King Dagobert?Ã¢â¬ Sophie vaguely recalled the name from a grisly tale in history class. Ã¢â¬Å"Dagobert was a Merovingian king, wasn't he? Stabbed in the eye while sleeping?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Exactly. Assassinated by the Vatican in collusion with Pepin d'Heristal. Late seventh century. With Dagobert's murder, the Merovingian bloodline was almost exterminated. Fortunately, Dagobert's son, Sigisbert, secretly escaped the attack and carried on the lineage, which later included Godefroi de Bouillon Ã¢â¬â founder of the Priory of Sion.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"The same man,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said,Ã¢â¬ who ordered the Knights Templar to recover the Sangreal documents from beneath Solomon's Temple and thus provide the Merovingians proof of their hereditary ties to Jesus Christ.Ã¢â¬ Teabing nodded, heaving a ponderous sigh. Ã¢â¬Å"The modern Priory of Sion has a momentous duty. Theirs is a threefold charge. The brotherhood must protect the Sangreal documents. They must protect the tomb of Mary Magdalene. And, of course, they must nurture and protect the bloodline of Christ Ã¢â¬â those few members of the royal Merovingian bloodline who have survived into modern times.Ã¢â¬ The words hung in the huge space, and Sophie felt an odd vibration, as if her bones were reverberating with some new kind of truth. Descendants of Jesus who survived into modern times. Her grandfather's voice again was whispering in her ear. Princess, I must tell you the truth about your family. A chill raked her flesh. Royal blood. She could not imagine. Princess Sophie. Ã¢â¬Å"Sir Leigh?Ã¢â¬ The manservant's words crackled through the intercom on the wall, and Sophie jumped. Ã¢â¬Å"If you could join me in the kitchen a moment?Ã¢â¬ Teabing scowled at the ill-timed intrusion. He went over to the intercom and pressed the button. Ã¢â¬Å"Remy, as you know, I am busy with my guests. If we need anything else from the kitchen tonight, we will help ourselves. Thank you and good night.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"A word with you before I retire, sir. If you would.Ã¢â¬ Teabing grunted and pressed the button. Ã¢â¬Å"Make it quick, Remy.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"It is a household matter, sir, hardly fare for guests to endure.Ã¢â¬ Teabing looked incredulous. Ã¢â¬Å"And it cannot wait until morning?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No, sir. My question won't take a minute.Ã¢â¬ Teabing rolled his eyes and looked at Langdon and Sophie. Ã¢â¬Å"Sometimes I wonder who is serving whom?Ã¢â¬ He pressed the button again. Ã¢â¬Å"I'll be right there, Remy. Can I bring you anything when I come?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Only freedom from oppression, sir.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Remy, you realize your steak au poivre is the only reason you still work for me.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"So you tell me, sir. So you tell me.Ã¢â¬ CHAPTER 61 Princess Sophie. Sophie felt hollow as she listened to the clicking of Teabing's crutches fade down the hallway. Numb, she turned and faced Langdon in the deserted ballroom. He was already shaking his head as if reading her mind. Ã¢â¬Å"No, Sophie,Ã¢â¬ he whispered, his eyes reassuring. Ã¢â¬Å"The same thought crossed my mind when I realized your grandfather was in the Priory, and you said he wanted to tell you a secret about your family. But it's impossible.Ã¢â¬ Langdon paused. Ã¢â¬Å"Sauniere is not a Merovingian name.Ã¢â¬ Sophie wasn't sure whether to feel relieved or disappointed. Earlier, Langdon had asked an unusual passing question about Sophie's mother's maiden name. Chauvel. The question now made sense.Ã¢â¬ And Chauvel?Ã¢â¬ she asked, anxious. Again he shook his head. Ã¢â¬Å"I'm sorry. I know that would have answered some questions for you. Only two direct lines of Merovingians remain. Their family names are Plantard and Saint-Clair. Both families live in hiding, probably protected by the Priory.Ã¢â¬ Sophie repeated the names silently in her mind and then shook her head. There was no one in her family named Plantard or Saint-Clair. A weary undertow was pulling at her now. She realized she was no closer than she had been at the Louvre to understanding what truth her grandfather had wanted to reveal to her. Sophie wished her grandfather had never mentioned her family this afternoon. He had torn open old wounds that felt as painful now as ever. They are dead, Sophie.They are not coming back.She thought of her mother singing her to sleep at night, of her father giving her rides on his shoulders, and of her grandmother and younger brother smiling at her with their fervent green eyes. All that was stolen. And all she had left was her grandfather. And now he is gone too. I am alone. Sophie turned quietly back to The Last Supper and gazed at Mary Magdalene's long red hair and quiet eyes. There was something in the woman's expression that echoed the loss of a loved one. Sophie could feel it too. Ã¢â¬Å"Robert?Ã¢â¬ she said softly. He stepped closer.Ã¢â¬ I know Leigh said the Grail story is all around us, but tonight is the first time I've ever heard any of this.Ã¢â¬ Langdon looked as if he wanted to put a comforting hand on her shoulder, but he refrained.Ã¢â¬ You've heard her story before, Sophie. Everyone has. We just don't realize it when we hear it.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I don't understand.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"The Grail story is everywhere, but it is hidden. When the Church outlawed speaking of the shunned Mary Magdalene, her story and importance had to be passed on through more discreet channelsÃ¢â¬ ¦ channels that supported metaphor and symbolism.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Of course. The arts.Ã¢â¬ Langdon motioned to The Last Supper. Ã¢â¬Å"A perfect example. Some of today's most enduring art, literature, and music secretly tell the history of Mary Magdalene and Jesus.Ã¢â¬ Langdon quickly told her about works by Da Vinci, Botticelli, Poussin, Bernini, Mozart, and Victor Hugo that all whispered of the quest to restore the banished sacred feminine. Enduring legends like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, King Arthur, and Sleeping Beauty were Grail allegories. Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mozart's Magic Flute were filled with Masonic symbolism and Grail secrets. Ã¢â¬Å"Once you open your eyes to the Holy Grail,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said,Ã¢â¬ you see her everywhere. Paintings. Music. Books. Even in cartoons, theme parks, and popular movies.Ã¢â¬ Langdon held up his Mickey Mouse watch and told her that Walt Disney had made it his quiet life's work to pass on the Grail story to future generations. Throughout his entire life, Disney had been hailed asÃ¢â¬ the Modern-Day Leonardo Da Vinci.Ã¢â¬ Both men were generations ahead of their times, uniquely gifted artists, members of secret societies, and, most notably, avid pranksters. Like Leonardo, Walt Disney loved infusing hidden messages and symbolism in his art. For the trained symbologist, watching an early Disney movie was like being barraged by an avalanche of allusion and metaphor. Most of Disney's hidden messages dealt with religion, pagan myth, and stories of the subjugated goddess. It was no mistake that Disney retold tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White Ã¢â¬â all of which dealt with the incarceration of the sacred feminine. Nor did one need a background in symbolism to understand that Snow White Ã¢â¬â a princess who fell from grace after partaking of a poisoned apple Ã¢â¬â was a clear allusion to the downfall of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Or that Sleeping Beauty's Princess Aurora Ã¢â¬â code-namedÃ¢â¬ RoseÃ¢â¬ and hidden deep in the forest to protect her from the clutches of the evil witch Ã¢â¬â was the Grail story for children. Despite its corporate image, Disney still had a savvy, playful element among its employees, and their artists still amused themselves by inserting hidden symbolism in Disney products. Langdon would never forget one of his students bringing in a DVD of The Lion King and pausing the film to reveal a freeze-frame in which the word SEX was clearly visible, spelled out by floating dust particles over Simba's head. Although Langdon suspected this was more of a cartoonist's sophomoric prank than any kind of enlightened allusion to pagan human sexuality, he had learned not to underestimate Disney's grasp of symbolism. The Little Mermaid was a spellbinding tapestry of spiritual symbols so specifically goddess-related that they could not be coincidence. When Langdon had first seen The Little Mermaid, he had actually gasped aloud when he noticed that the painting in Ariel's underwater home was none other than seventeenth-century artist Georges de la Tour's The Penitent Magdalene Ã¢â¬â a famous homage to the banished Mary Magdalene Ã¢â¬â fitting decor considering the movie turned out to be a ninety-minute collage of blatant symbolic references to the lost sanctity of Isis, Eve, Pisces the fish goddess, and, repeatedly, Mary Magdalene. The Little Mermaid's name, Ariel, possessed powerful ties to the sacred feminine and, in the Book of Isaiah, was synonymous withÃ¢â¬ the Holy City besieged.Ã¢â¬ Of course, the Little Mermaid's flowing red hair was certainly no coincidence either. The clicking of Teabing's crutches approached in the hallway, his pace unusually brisk. When their host entered the study, his expression was stern. Ã¢â¬Å"You'd better explain yourself, Robert,Ã¢â¬ he said coldly. Ã¢â¬Å"You have not been honest with me.Ã¢â¬ CHAPTER 62 Ã¢â¬Å"I'm being framed, Leigh,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said, trying to stay calm. You know me.I wouldn't kill anyone. Teabing's tone did not soften. Ã¢â¬Å"Robert, you're on television, for Christ's sake. Did you know you were wanted by the authorities?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Yes.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Then you abused my trust. I'm astonished you would put me at risk by coming here and asking me to ramble on about the Grail so you could hide out in my home.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I didn't kill anyone.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Jacques Sauniere is dead, and the police say you did it.Ã¢â¬ Teabing looked saddened. Ã¢â¬Å"Such a contributor to the artsÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Sir?Ã¢â¬ The manservant had appeared now, standing behind Teabing in the study doorway, his arms crossed. Ã¢â¬Å"Shall I show them out?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Allow me.Ã¢â¬ Teabing hobbled across the study, unlocked a set of wide glass doors, and swung them open onto a side lawn. Ã¢â¬Å"Please find your car, and leave.Ã¢â¬ Sophie did not move. Ã¢â¬Å"We have information about the clef de voute.The Priory keystone.Ã¢â¬ Teabing stared at her for several seconds and scoffed derisively. Ã¢â¬Å"A desperate ploy. Robert knows how I've sought it.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"She's telling the truth,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said. Ã¢â¬Å"That's why we came to you tonight. To talk to you about the keystone.Ã¢â¬ The manservant intervened now. Ã¢â¬Å"Leave, or I shall call the authorities.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Leigh,Ã¢â¬ Langdon whispered,Ã¢â¬ we know where it is.Ã¢â¬ Teabing's balance seemed to falter a bit. Remy now marched stiffly across the room. Ã¢â¬Å"Leave at once! Or I will forcibly Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å"Remy!Ã¢â¬ Teabing spun, snapping at his servant. Ã¢â¬Å"Excuse us for a moment.Ã¢â¬ The servant's jaw dropped. Ã¢â¬Å"Sir? I must protest. These people are Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å"I'll handle this.Ã¢â¬ Teabing pointed to the hallway. After a moment of stunned silence, Remy skulked out like a banished dog. In the cool night breeze coming through the open doors, Teabing turned back to Sophie and Langdon, his expression still wary. Ã¢â¬Å"This better be good. What do you know of the keystone?Ã¢â¬ In the thick brush outside Teabing's study, Silas clutched his pistol and gazed through the glass doors. Only moments ago, he had circled the house and seen Langdon and the woman talking in the large study. Before he could move in, a man on crutches entered, yelled at Langdon, threw open the doors, and demanded his guests leave. Then the woman mentioned the keystone, and everything changed.Shouts turned to whispers. Moods softened. And the glass doors were quickly closed. Now, as he huddled in the shadows, Silas peered through the glass. The keystone is somewhere inside the house.Silas could feel it. Staying in the shadows, he inched closer to the glass, eager to hear what was being said. He would give them five minutes. If they did not reveal where they had placed the keystone, Silas would have to enter and persuade them with force. Inside the study, Langdon could sense their host's bewilderment. Ã¢â¬Å"Grand Master?Ã¢â¬ Teabing choked, eyeing Sophie. Ã¢â¬Å"Jacques Sauniere?Ã¢â¬ Sophie nodded, seeing the shock in his eyes.Ã¢â¬ But you could not possibly know that!Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Jacques Sauniere was my grandfather.Ã¢â¬ Teabing staggered back on his crutches, shooting a glance at Langdon, who nodded. Teabing turned back to Sophie. Ã¢â¬Å"Miss Neveu, I am speechless. If this is true, then I am truly sorry for your loss. I should admit, for my research, I have kept lists of men in Paris whom I thought might be good candidates for involvement in the Priory. Jacques Sauniere was on that list along with many others. But Grand Master, you say? It's hard to fathom.Ã¢â¬ Teabing was silent a moment and then shook his head. Ã¢â¬Å"But it still makes no sense. Even if your grandfather were the Priory Grand Master and created the keystone himself, he would never tell you how to find it. The keystone reveals the pathway to the brotherhood's ultimate treasure. Granddaughter o r not, you are not eligible to receive such knowledge.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Mr. Sauniere was dying when he passed on the information,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said. Ã¢â¬Å"He had limited options.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"He didn't need options,Ã¢â¬ Teabing argued. Ã¢â¬Å"There exist three senechaux who also know the secret. That is the beauty of their system. One will rise to Grand Master and they will induct a new senechal and share the secret of the keystone.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I guess you didn't see the entire news broadcast,Ã¢â¬ Sophie said. Ã¢â¬Å"In addition to my grandfather, three other prominent Parisians were murdered today. All in similar ways. All looked like they had been interrogated.Ã¢â¬ Teabing's jaw fell. Ã¢â¬Å"And you think they wereÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"The senechaux,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said.Ã¢â¬ But how? A murderer could not possibly learn the identities of all four top members of the Priory of Sion! Look at me, I have been researching them for decades, and I can't even name one Priory member. It seems inconceivable that all three senechaux and the Grand Master could be discovered and killed in one day.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"I doubt the information was gathered in a single day,Ã¢â¬ Sophie said. Ã¢â¬Å"It sounds like a well-planned decapiter.It's a technique we use to fight organized crime syndicates. If DCPJ wants to move on a certain group, they will silently listen and watch for months, identify all the main players, and then move in and take them all at the same moment. Decapitation. With no leadership, the group falls into chaos and divulges other information. It's possible someone patiently watched the Priory and then attacked, hoping the top people would reveal the location of the keystone.Ã¢â¬ Teabing looked unconvinced. Ã¢â¬Å"But the brothers would never talk. They are sworn to secrecy. Even in the face of death.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Exactly,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said. Ã¢â¬Å"Meaning, if they never divulged the secret, and they were killedÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ Teabing gasped. Ã¢â¬Å"Then the location of the keystone would be lost forever!Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"And with it,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said,Ã¢â¬ the location of the Holy Grail.Ã¢â¬ Teabing's body seemed to sway with the weight of Langdon's words. Then, as if too tired to stand another moment, he flopped in a chair and stared out the window. Sophie walked over, her voice soft. Ã¢â¬Å"Considering my grandfather's predicament, it seems possible that in total desperation he tried to pass the secret on to someone outside the brotherhood. Someone he thought he could trust. Someone in his family.Ã¢â¬ Teabing was pale. Ã¢â¬Å"But someone capable of such an attackÃ¢â¬ ¦ of discovering so much about the brotherhoodÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ He paused, radiating a new fear. Ã¢â¬Å"It could only be one force. This kind of infiltration could only have come from the Priory's oldest enemy.Ã¢â¬ Langdon glanced up. Ã¢â¬Å"The Church.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Who else? Rome has been seeking the Grail for centuries.Ã¢â¬ Sophie was skeptical. Ã¢â¬Å"You think the Church killed my grandfather?Ã¢â¬ Teabing replied,Ã¢â¬ It would not be the first time in history the Church has killed to protect itself. The documents that accompany the Holy Grail are explosive, and the Church has wanted to destroy them for years.Ã¢â¬ Langdon was having trouble buying Teabing's premise that the Church would blatantly murder people to obtain these documents. Having met the new Pope and many of the cardinals, Langdon knew they were deeply spiritual men who would never condone assassination. Regardless of the stakes. Sophie seemed to be having similar thoughts. Ã¢â¬Å"Isn't it possible that these Priory members were murdered by someone outside the Church? Someone who didn't understand what the Grail really is? The Cup of Christ, after all, would be quite an enticing treasure. Certainly treasure hunters have killed for less.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"In my experience,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said,Ã¢â¬ men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire. I sense a desperation in this assault on the Priory.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Leigh,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said,Ã¢â¬ the argument is paradoxical. Why would members of the Catholic clergy murder Priory members in an effort to find and destroy documents they believe are false testimony anyway?Ã¢â¬ Teabing chuckled. Ã¢â¬Å"The ivory towers of Harvard have made you soft, Robert. Yes, the clergy in Rome are blessed with potent faith, and because of this, their beliefs can weather any storm, including documents that contradict everything they hold dear. But what about the rest of the world? What about those who are not blessed with absolute certainty? What about those who look at the cruelty in the world and say, where is God today? Those who look at Church scandals and ask, who are these men who claim to speak the truth about Christ and yet lie to cover up the sexual abuse of children by their own priests?Ã¢â¬ Teabing paused. Ã¢â¬Å"What happens to those people, Robert, if persuasive scientific evidence comes out that the Church's version of the Christ story is inaccurate, and that the greatest story ever told is, in fact, the greatest story ever soldÃ¢â¬ Langdon did not respond. Ã¢â¬Å"I'll tell you what happens if the documents get out,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said. Ã¢â¬Å"The Vatican faces a crisis of faith unprecedented in its two-millennia history.Ã¢â¬ After a long silence, Sophie said,Ã¢â¬ But if it is the Church who is responsible for this attack, why would they act now? After all these years? The Priory keeps the Sangreal documents hidden. They pose no immediate threat to the Church.Ã¢â¬ Teabing heaved an ominous sigh and glanced at Langdon. Ã¢â¬Å"Robert, I assume you are familiar with the Priory's final charge?Ã¢â¬ Langdon felt his breath catch at the thought. Ã¢â¬Å"I am.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Miss Neveu,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said,Ã¢â¬ the Church and the Priory have had a tacit understanding for years. That is, the Church does not attack the Priory, and the Priory keeps the Sangreal documents hidden.Ã¢â¬ He paused. Ã¢â¬Å"However, part of the Priory history has always included a plan to unveil the secret. With the arrival of a specific date in history, the brotherhood plans to break the silence and carry out its ultimate triumph by unveiling the Sangreal documents to the world and shouting the true story of Jesus Christ from the mountaintops.Ã¢â¬ Sophie stared at Teabing in silence. Finally, she too sat down. Ã¢â¬Å"And you think that date is approaching? And the Church knows it?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"A speculation,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said,Ã¢â¬ but it would certainly provide the Church motivation for an all-out attack to find the documents before it was too late.Ã¢â¬ Langdon had the uneasy feeling that Teabing was making good sense. Ã¢â¬Å"Do you think the Church would actually be capable of uncovering hard evidence of the Priory's date?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Why not Ã¢â¬â if we're assuming the Church was able to uncover the identities of the Priory members, then certainly they could have learned of their plans. And even if they don't have the exact date, their superstitions may be getting the best of them.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Superstitions?Ã¢â¬ Sophie asked.Ã¢â¬ In terms of prophecy,Ã¢â¬ Teabing said,Ã¢â¬ we are currently in an epoch of enormous change. The millennium has recently passed, and with it has ended the two-thousand-year-long astrological Age of Pisces Ã¢â¬â the fish, which is also the sign of Jesus. As any astrological symbologist will tell you, the Piscean ideal believes that man must be told what to do by higher powers because man is incapable of thinking for himself. Hence it has been a time of fervent religion. Now, however, we are entering the Age of Aquarius Ã¢â¬â the water bearer Ã¢â¬â whose ideals claim that man will learn the truth and be able to think for himself. The ideological shift is en ormous, and it is occurring right now.Ã¢â¬ Langdon felt a shiver. Astrological prophecy never held much interest or credibility for him, but he knew there were those in the Church who followed it very closely. Ã¢â¬Å"The Church calls this transitional period the End of Days.Ã¢â¬ Sophie looked skeptical. Ã¢â¬Å"As in the end of the world? The Apocalypse?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"No.Ã¢â¬ Langdon replied. Ã¢â¬Å"That's a common misconception. Many religions speak of the End of Days. It refers not to the end of the world, but rather the end of our current age Ã¢â¬â Pisces, which began at the time of Christ's birth, spanned two thousand years, and waned with the passing of the millennium. Now that we've passed into the Age of Aquarius, the End of Days has arrived.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Many Grail historians,Ã¢â¬ Teabing added,Ã¢â¬ believe that if the Priory is indeed planning to release this truth, this point in history would be a symbolically apt time. Most Priory academics, myself included, anticipated the brotherhood's release would coincide precisely with the millennium. Obviously, it did not. Admittedly, the Roman calendar does not mesh perfectly with astrological markers, so there is some gray area in the prediction. Whether the Church now has inside information that an exact date is looming, or whether they are just getting nervous on account of astrological prophecy, I don't know. Anyway, it's immaterial. Either scenario explains how the Church might be motivated to launch a preemptive attack against the Priory.Ã¢â¬ Teabing frowned. Ã¢â¬Å"And believe me, if the Church finds the Holy Grail, they will destroy it. The documents and the relics of the blessed Mary Magdalene as well.Ã¢â¬ His eyes grew heavy. Ã¢â¬Å"Then, my dear, with the Sang real documents gone, all evidence will be lost. The Church will have won their age-old war to rewrite history. The past will be erased forever.Ã¢â¬ Slowly, Sophie pulled the cruciform key from her sweater pocket and held it out to Teabing. Teabing took the key and studied it. Ã¢â¬Å"My goodness. The Priory seal. Where did you get this?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"My grandfather gave it to me tonight before he died.Ã¢â¬ Teabing ran his fingers across the cruciform. Ã¢â¬Å"A key to a church?Ã¢â¬ She drew a deep breath. Ã¢â¬Å"This key provides access to the keystone.Ã¢â¬ Teabing's head snapped up, his face wild with disbelief. Ã¢â¬Å"Impossible! What church did I miss? I've searched every church in France!Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"It's not in a church,Ã¢â¬ Sophie said. Ã¢â¬Å"It's in a Swiss depository bank.Ã¢â¬ Teabing's look of excitement waned. Ã¢â¬Å"The keystone is in a bank?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"A vault,Ã¢â¬ Langdon offered. Ã¢â¬Å"A bank vault?Ã¢â¬ Teabing shook his head violently. Ã¢â¬Å"That's impossible. The keystone is supposed to be hidden beneath the sign of the Rose.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"It is,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said. Ã¢â¬Å"It was stored in a rosewood box inlaid with a five-petal Rose.Ã¢â¬ Teabing looked thunderstruck. Ã¢â¬Å"You've seen the keystone?Ã¢â¬ Sophie nodded. Ã¢â¬Å"We visited the bank.Ã¢â¬ Teabing came over to them, his eyes wild with fear. Ã¢â¬Å"My friends, we must do something. The keystone is in danger! We have a duty to protect it. What if there are other keys? Perhaps stolen from the murdered senechaux? If the Church can gain access to the bank as you have Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å" Ã¢â¬Å"Then they will be too late,Ã¢â¬ Sophie said. Ã¢â¬Å"We removed the keystone.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"What! You removed the keystone from its hiding place?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Don't worry,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said. Ã¢â¬Å"The keystone is well hidden.Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Extremely well hidden, I hope!Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"Actually,Ã¢â¬ Langdon said, unable to hide his grin,Ã¢â¬ that depends on how often you dust under your couch.Ã¢â¬ The wind outside Chateau Villette had picked up, and Silas's robe danced in the breeze as he crouched near the window. Although he had been unable to hear much of the conversation, the word keystone had sifted through the glass on numerous occasions. It is inside. The Teacher's words were fresh in his mind. Enter Chateau Villette. Take the keystone. Hun no one. Now, Langdon and the others had adjourned suddenly to another room, extinguishing the study lights as they went. Feeling like a panther stalking prey, Silas crept to the glass doors. Finding them unlocked, he slipped inside and closed the doors silently behind him. He could hear muffled voices from another room. Silas pulled the pistol from his pocket, turned off the safety, and inched down the hallway.
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Friday, December 27, 2019
Criminal Justice Theories Jason Shockley Is the Criminal Justice System Bias By: David Atkins Abstract This paper will ask several questions and hopefully answer most of those questions. Questions like is the criminal justice system bias against the poor and is the criminal justice system bias against minorities. We then explore some of the possible solutions to the problems that could cause biases. We then look at a study done on several communities where relations between police and the public had repaired their relationship. Body ItÃ¢â¬â¢s easy to understand why people see the criminal justice system as biased. Our of all of our states prisoners forty percent can not even read; and sixty-seven percent did not haveÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦While traveling by buss there is definitely a larger chance of contact with the police than when traveling by air. There are also many more opportunities for crime to be committed while traveling on a buss. Again we have the situation where itÃ¢â¬â¢s not necessarily that the poor are treated differently but are maybe just in environments where crime is committed more often, which would explain why it seems that the system is biased against them (Rothwax, 1996) So I feel like we could come to an agreement now that the criminal justice system is not necessarily biased against the poor at the law enforcement side of the criminal justice system. However, the courtroom side of the criminal justice system seems indirectly biased against the poor, simply because each trial can be different depending on how much money they defense and the prosecution have available to them. Now lets talk about other ways that the criminal justice system could be bias. What about race? Are people treated differently depending on their ethnicity? Most people probably agree that there are some ethnic groups who are treated differently than other ethnic groups in the criminal justice system. Statistically minorities are disproportionately victimized by crime. Ã¢â¬Å"African Americans are victimized at a rate of 150 percent higher than whitesÃ¢â¬ (Cole, 2000). Blacks are typically more involved in almost every kind of crime more so than whites. TheseShow MoreRelatedThe Bias Of The American Criminal Justice System Essay1855 Words Ã |Ã 8 PagesThe bias in the American criminal justice system is first reported in the first stages of the system, which includes the (act of asking questions and trying to find the truth about something) and arrest of the suspected people by police personnel (American Civil Liberties Union, 2013). 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Thursday, December 19, 2019
Option B Movie Analysis Watching movies is a leisurely activity enjoyed by many people. Not only are movies enjoyable to get a good laugh, cry, or just to relax to, but there are many things to be learned from movies as well. For this project I choose to examine two movies from a sociological perspective. The two movies I chose are, Law Abiding Citizen and 8 Mile. Law Abiding Citizen Law Abiding Citizen is a story of a man who takes justice into his own hands after the legal system fails to bring justice on the murderer of his wife and children. Instead of convicting the murder for a longer sentence, the lawyer plays it safe by making a deal with the murderer to convict for a shorter sentence; which in turn keeps his convictionÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦Throughout the movie he murders more people that failed to bring his families murderer to justice. It is interesting to analyze the deviant acts by Howard BeckerÃ¢â¬â¢s definition of deviancy. 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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Abbe Marignans martial name suited him well. He was a tall, thin priest, fanatic, excitable, yet upright. All his beliefs were fixed, never varying. He believed sincerely that he knew his God, understood His plans, desires and intentions. When he walked with long strides along the garden walk of his little country parsonage, he would sometimes ask himself the question: Why has God done this? And he would dwell on this continually, putting himself in the place of God, and he almost invariably found an answer.He would never have cried out in an outburst of pious humility: Thy ways, O Lord, are past finding out. He said to himself: I am the servant of God; it is right for me to know the reason of His deeds, or to guess it if I do not know it. Everything in nature seemed to him to have been created in accordance with an admirable and absolute logic. The whys and becauses always balanced. Dawn was given to make our awakening pleasant, the days to ripen the harvest, the rains to moisten it, the evenings for preparation for slumber, and the dark nights for sleep.The four seasons corresponded perfectly to the needs of agriculture, and no suspicion had ever come to the priest of the fact that nature has no intentions; that, on the contrary, everything which exists must conform to the hard demands of seasons, climates and matter. But he hated womanhated her unconsciously, and despised her by instinct. He often repeated the words of Christ: Woman, what have I to do with thee? and he would add: It seems as though God, Himself, were dissatisfied with this work of His. She was the tempter who led the first man astray, and who since then had ever been busy with her work of damnation, the feeble creature, dangerous and mysteriously affecting one. And even more than their sinful bodies, he hated their loving hearts. He had often felt their tenderness directed toward himself, and though he knew that he was invulnerable, he grew angry at this need of love that is always vibrating in them. According to his belief, God had created woman for the sole purpose of tempting and testing man.One must not approach her without defensive precautions and fear of possible snares. She was, indeed, just like a snare, with her lips open and her arms stretched out to man. He had no indulgence except for nuns, whom their vows had rendered inoffensive; but he was stern with them, nevertheless, because he felt that at the bottom of their fettered and humble hearts the everlasting tenderness was burning brightlythat tenderness which was shown even to him, a priest.He felt this cursed tenderness, even in their docility, in the low tones of their voices when speaking to him, in their lowered eyes, and in their resigned tears when he reproved them roughly. And he would shake his cassock on leaving the convent doors, and walk off, lengthening his stride as though flying from danger. He had a niece who lived with her mother in a little house near him. He was bent upon making a sister of charity of her. She was a pretty, brainless madcap.When the Abbe preached she laughed, and when he was angry with her she would give him a hug, drawing him to her heart, while he sought unconsciously to release himself from this embrace which nevertheless filled him with a sweet pleasure, awakening in his depths the sensation of paternity which slumbers in every man. Often, when walking by her side, along the country road, he would speak to her of God, of his God. She never listened to him, but looked about her at the sky, the grass and flowers, and one could see the joy of life sparkling in her eyes.Sometimes she would dart forward to catch some flying creature, crying out as she brought it back: Look, uncle, how pretty it is! I want to hug it! And this desire to hug flies or lilac blossoms disquieted, angered, and roused the priest, who saw, even in this, the ineradicable tend erness that is always budding in womens hearts. Then there came a day when the sextons wife, who kept house for Abbe Marignan, told him, with caution, that his niece had a lover. Almost suffocated by the fearful emotion this news roused in him, he stood there, his face covered with soap, for he was in the act of shaving.When he had sufficiently recovered to think and speak he cried: It is not true; you lie, Melanie! But the peasant woman put her hand on her heart, saying: May our Lord judge me if I lie, Monsieur le Cure! I tell you, she goes there every night when your sister has gone to bed. They meet by the river side; you have only to go there and see, between ten oclock and midnight. He ceased scraping his chin, and began to walk up and down impetuously, as he always did when he was in deep thought. When he began shaving again he cut himself three times from his nose to his ear.All day long he was silent, full of anger and indignation. To his priestly hatred of this invincible love was added the exasperation of her spiritual father, of her guardian and pastor, deceived and tricked by a child, and the selfish emotion shown by parents when their daughter announces that she has chosen a husband without them, and in spite of them. After dinner he tried to read a little, but could not, growing more and, more angry. When ten oclock struck he seized his cane, a formidable oak stick, which he was accustomed to carry in his nocturnal walks when visiting the sick.And he smiled at the enormous club which he twirled in a threatening manner in his strong, country fist. Then he raised it suddenly and, gritting his teeth, brought it down on a chair, the broken back of which fell over on the floor. He opened the door to go out, but stopped on the sill, surprised by the splendid moonlight, of such brilliance as is seldom seen. And, as he was gifted with an emotional nature, one such as had all those poetic dreamers, the Fathers of the Church, he felt suddenly distracted and moved by all the grand and serene beauty of this pale night. In his little garden, all bathed in soft light, his fruit trees in a row cast on the ground the shadow of their slender branches, scarcely in full leaf, while the giant honeysuckle, clinging to the wall of his house, exhaled a delicious sweetness, filling the warm moonlit atmosphere with a kind of perfumed soul. He began to take long breaths, drinking in the air as drunkards drink wine, and he walked along slowly, delighted, marveling, almost forgetting his niece.As soon as he was outside of the garden, he stopped to gaze upon the plain all flooded with the caressing light, bathed in that tender, languishing charm of serene nights. At each moment was heard the short, metallic note of the cricket, and distant nightingales shook out their scattered notestheir light, vibrant music that sets one dreaming, without thinking, a music made for kisses, for the seduction of moonlight. The abbe walked on again, his heart failing, though he knew not why. He seemed weakened, suddenly exhausted; h e wanted to sit down, to rest there, to think, to admire God in His works.Down yonder, following the undulations of the little river, a great line of poplars wound in and out. A fine mist, a white haze through which the moonbeams passed, silvering it and making it gleam, hung around and above the mountains, covering all the tortuous course of the water with a kind of light and transparent cotton. The priest stopped once again, his soul filled with a growing and irresistible tenderness. And a doubt, a vague feeling of disquiet came over him; he was asking one of those questions that he sometimes put to himself. Why did God make this? Since the night is destined for sleep, unconsciousness, repose, forgetfulness of everything, why make it more charming than day, softer than dawn or evening? And does why this seductive planet, more poetic than the sun, that seems destined, so discreet is it, to illuminate things too delicate and mysterious for the light of day, make the darkness so transparent? Why does not the greatest of feathered songsters sleep like the others? Why does it pour forth its voice in the mysterious night? Why this half-veil cast over the worl d?Why these tremblings of the heart, this emotion of the spirit, this enervation of the body? Why this display of enchantments that human beings do not see, since they are lying in their beds? For whom is destined this sublime spectacle, this abundance of poetry cast from heaven to earth? And the abbe could not understand. But see, out there, on the edge of the meadow, under the arch of trees bathed in a shining mist, two figures are walking side by side. The man was the taller, and held his arm about his sweethearts neck and kissed her brow every little while.They imparted life, all at once, to the placid landscape in which they were framed as by a heavenly hand. The two seemed but a single being, the being for whom was destined this calm and silent night, and they came toward the priest as a living answer, the response his Master sent to his questionings. He stood still, his heart beating, all upset; and it seemed to him that he saw before him some biblical scene, like the loves of Ruth and Boaz, the accomplishment of the will of the Lord, in some of those glorious stories of which the sacred books tell.The verses of the Song of Songs began to ring in his ears, the appeal of passion, all the poetry of this poem replete with tenderness. And he said unto himself: Perhaps God has made such nights as these to idealize the love of men. He shrank back from this couple that still advanced with arms intertwined. Yet it was his niece. But he asked himself now if he would not be disobeying God. And does not God permit love, since He surrounds it with such visible splendor? And he went back musing, almost ashamed, as if he had intruded into a temple where he had, no right to enter.