Actual Freedom ~ Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Don’t You Publish Live Dialogues?
Comments on Published Video Dialogues
RESPONDENT: May I suggest something? If you want to make your conversations public, why don’t you arrange live dialogues and make them
available in your website?
RICHARD: The only conversations I have ever wanted to make public are already available on
The Actual Freedom Trust web site in the form of transcribed audio-tape recordings.
RESPONDENT: Nowadays technology allows video and audio through the
internet without too much cost?
RICHARD: I have never enquired ... the printed word takes far less bandwidth than the audio
word, though, and the moving picture audio word takes even more.
RESPONDENT: That would help people judge you a little more
RICHARD: Ahh ... so although you started off by talking about me wanting to make my
conversations public what you are really talking about is you wanting me to make my conversations public, eh?
What is it about my printed words you are having difficulty judging? Could it be because you
received them as being [quote] ‘attacking or rebating everything’ [endquote] you wrote? If so, how would the audio word and the moving
picture audio word ameliorate the way you receive them?
I only ask this because, if you are having some difficulty putting aside [quote] ‘your own
opinions, your own ideas, the commitments that you have, the knowledge, the comparison that you make’ [endquote], in what way would the
audio word and the moving picture audio word assist you in doing so?
RESPONDENT: This way we would have a chance to observe your
reactions when questioned ...
RICHARD: What reactions are you referring to?
RESPONDENT: ... and without the time to ponder, which certainly the
email allows you.
RICHARD: Would this pondering you are referring to have something to do with examining the
problem of the complications of life within yourself that you proposed a method for (further above)?
RESPONDENT: At least we could see how you look like and how you
RICHARD: Ha ... what I look and sound like adds nothing to the content of my words: the
content of the words is what is important not the appearance of the body which utters them or the sound of them as produced by this voice box.
Of course any appreciation of the content requires objections to the way it is delivered to cease
RESPONDENT: First of all please try to avoid affected styles or
mannerisms of speech; try very plain, neutral English; convey your thought as clearly as possible, use synonymous, even if you feel you are
RICHARD: Hmm ... if I were so foolish as to arrange live dialogues would I have to brush my
hair another way, wear a collar and tie, sit up straight and look right into the camera, enunciate each syllable without slurring and not pick
my nose/ scratch my ear/ whatever?
RESPONDENT: Secondly, try to make your point without mentioning
that everybody is wrong, particularly JK.
RICHARD: As my point is that everybody – including Mr. Jiddu Krishnamurti – has got it
180 degrees wrong how do you suggest I go about it without mentioning that?
RESPONDENT: But if you are afraid [apprehensive,
embarrassed, concerned, have aversion] of using a video camera ...
RICHARD: If I may point out? There is no fear here in this actual world ... nor any
disquiet, disquietude, inquietude, uneasiness, nervousness, nervous tension, apprehension, apprehensiveness, sheepishness, shyness, timidity,
timidness, timorousness, butterflies in the stomach, embarrassment, anxiousness, fretfulness, funk, jitters, blue funk, quailing, quaking,
quavering, heebie-jeebies, appalment, worry, worriment, insecurity, anxiety, angst, alarm, agitation, palpitation, perturbation, trepidation,
fright, affright, being scared, being frightened, being afraid, being spooked, fearfulness, awe, foreboding, panic, terror, horror,
horrification, petrifaction or dread.
RESPONDENT: ... why don’t you continue using your audio recorder
and make the files available, as you do with the zip files?
RICHARD: Because it is the content of the words which is important and not the sound of them
as produced by this voice box.
RESPONDENT: Wouldn’t it be easier than transcribing them?
RICHARD: The only conversations I have ever recorded are the ones already transcribed –
and which are available on The Actual Freedom Trust web site – and I have never recorded any more since then (May – July 1997).
That experiment is over, finished, done with.
RESPONDENT: If bandwidth is your concern, or you don’t want to do
that in your computer, I can make your files available in my PC as a 24 hrs ftp server, after converting your tapes to a low size audio format
(mp3). I do that for you as a favour, free of charge.
RICHARD: It has never been an issue of bandwidth or computer capability ... it is simply a
case of the printed word being my chosen medium.
RESPONDENT: But I am sure the same thing could be done by some of
your disciples happily and free.
RICHARD: As an observation only: most of the Richard-is-a-guru/ Richard-has-disciples
fantasies come from spiritualists.
RESPONDENT: Well, it’s your business if it is more convenient for
you to remain hidden behind the monitor ...
RICHARD: I wonder if I may point out something so obvious that you may be overlooking it? If
I were actually publishing media images and sound bytes, as you are so insistent that I do, what you might very well be likely to be saying
now – instead of written jibes about being ‘hidden behind the monitor’ – would be verbal jibes about setting myself up as some
sort of down-to-earth ... um ... actualism master replete with beaming photographic images for the adoring actualists, live actualism
discourses, actualism workshops and ... and the whole kit and caboodle.
RESPONDENT: ... instead of talking to people, in person or over the
RICHARD: A private conversation is only between two people – and can vanish into the air
– whereas on a public mailing list anyone else can join in ... plus the words continue to exist long after the initial conversation. There
are literally millions of words, that have vanished forever, from past private conversations I have had ... whereas all these discussions,
whether they be with peoples in alignment with the actual, opposed to the actual, or anywhere in between, are archived for ease of access and
for leisurely perusal and re-perusal.
This way everyone benefits as anybody can make a fully-informed appraisal of what is on offer.
RESPONDENT: You’ll reach just those worth reaching anyways.
RICHARD: Ha ... my words reached you, did they not?
PETER: ... the following link which may be of interest: http://www.actualfreedom.com.au/sundry/orderformpaypal.htm
As you can see the video dialogues ‘Conversations about the human condition and how to become
free of it’ are coming soon but we thought to post a sample excerpt of one of the conversations as a preview of what is to come.
RESPONDENT: I’m looking forward to seeing this. Unfortunately,
the video codecs used by Windows Media Player 10 (and above) are proprietary and cannot be viewed by people who use alternative operating
systems, e.g., Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc.
PETER: The sample will play in Windows Media Player 9 – and we have corrected this
information on the website – and WMP 9 is available for the commonly-used domestic computer operating systems.
I also noticed that your post was entitled ‘Actually Free of Microsoft’. I am well aware
that there are those who are antagonistic towards Microsoft and hence Microsoft products – and I have recently discovered a good deal of
Sony-bashing and a good deal of entrenched resistance to the newly emerging HDV format – but it strikes me that your desire to be actually
free of Microsoft is an exercise in futility in your lifetime as Microsoft seems to me to be doing rather well. Almost a century ago a man
called Henry Ford had an idea to standardize automobile production in order that automobiles would be more widely affordable and accessible
and the Ford Motor Company is still going strong … which in of itself may well indicate that you could have a long wait ahead of you in
order to become ‘actually free of Microsoft’.
RESPONDENT: If the AF Trust has made a conscious decision to limit
its publications to Microsoft-only document formats, it is of course none of my business.
PETER: There are many computer operating systems in the world ranging from the
popular/domestic to the obscure/specialist but a multitude of other factors come into play as well – there are apparently over 300 media
players available and at least 11 different video formats, 33 different video codecs not to mention at least 27 different audio codecs. The
approach I took when considering producing videos for the Actual Freedom Trust was to chose a video format that offered the best quality that
I could afford which would play on a freely available mainstream media player on an operating system that was the most widely used in order to
make the information available to as many people as possible. I was well pleased when I found that I could afford to film in the newly
emerging HDV (High Definition Video) format that is currently replacing the previous DV format as not only is the quality superior to DV but
it also provides a degree of future proofing for the videos.
If one follows your line of reasoning about the Actual Freedom Trust ‘making a conscious
decision to limit its publication’ because the Trust happens to chose to offer the video conversations in the best consumer quality
currently available able to be played on a freely-available media player that is compatible with the most widely-used computer operating
system currently used throughout the world, the very same objection could be made that the writings happen to be in the English language which
– although it is rapidly becoming the de facto universal language on the planet – does mean that the Actual Freedom Trust publications are
in fact limited to those who can read and understand words written in the English language.
The same objection could be levelled that The Actual Freedom Trust is limiting its publications by
choosing to publish its writings on a website which means that one first needs to have access to a computer which has access to the World Wide
Web … and then one needs the ability to operate the computer and utilize a web browser. The list goes on of course – we have even had
objections to the font size on the website as we are apparently discriminating against those who don’t have reading glasses – or if they
have reading glasses, don’t want to use them – despite the fact that the size of text can be easily altered in most, if not all, browsers
and operating systems.
It’s a fascinating business being one of a few people presenting a totally new paradigm to their
fellow human beings, in this case the possibility that one can now become actually free from the current universally-accepted human condition.
Whilst I do acknowledge the inherent difficulties in understanding any new paradigm – the first difficulty being coming to grips with the
fact that it is new – I do find it curious that not only do some people go out of their way to publicly denigrate those who offer this new
information to their fellow human beings for their consideration but also that there are some who go out of their way to publicly
criticize the manner, style and format in which those people choose to present the information to their fellow human beings.
RESPONDENT: I just thought it worth mentioning that an open data
format would reach a wider audience.
PETER: I did a good deal of research before setting off on this enterprise and it became
very clear to me that the onus lies on the minority of people who chose to use more obscure formats and less popular operating systems to find
ways to utilize the vast amount of content that is provided for the majority who choose to use proprietary formats and popular operating
systems. Indeed my research revealed not only a flourishing industry of ‘alternate’ computer technologies but an equally flourishing
industry that provides products and services that allows ‘the alternatives’ to enjoy the products of ‘the mainstream’.
RESPONDENT: The same could be said about your journal samples using
MS Word / MS Reader format instead of the ubiquitous and portable PDF, or even plain HTML.
PETER: We did look into PDF format but the cost of buying the PDF-publishing program was
prohibitive, whereas the MS Reader program is free, both to the publisher and to the reader.
As for your suggestion that we provide the Journals in HTML format, it is not something we
considered as the E-book format is the most common non-paper format in use that also manages to retain the experience that one is in fact
reading a book – given that a book is something that offers a front-to-back coherent whole story.
RESPONDENT: But there are some open standards and
free software that works in most if not all OS; so choosing them would enable everybody to work with these.
PETER: You have lost me here. In my investigations as to the best, easiest and most widely
accessible format to offer the video conversations what I continually came across was the seasoned advice of long time practitioners in the
field of videography who apparently had no axe to grind as it were – which is why I choose to do what I happened to choose to do.
Personally I have no knowledge or interest in ‘open standards’ nor any interest in learning
about them and nor do I think the average person would … which leaves me at a loss in trying to follow your line of thinking, let alone the
point you are making.
RESPONDENT: Also another point: English to all the language
conversions will be time consuming and impractical ...
PETER: But then again there are a multitude of English-to-other-language dictionaries
available, many of which are but a few mouse clicks away.
RESPONDENT: But locating software that converts one format (this
WMV) to other formats... particularly some open formats maybe practical (particularly if the software that plays WMV in other OS is not to be
found). I can try to help with those who genuinely face this problem; please let me know if your OS doesn’t have facility to view it. And
also, if the viewer is not free. I shall try to locate information regarding this.
PETER: When I used to run building sites, I was the one who everybody turned to whenever a
problem arose. After a while, rather than resent the fact that everyone came to me with their problems, I came to understand that not only was
this my job on the site, but also that problem solving was something that I was good at it. Eventually it came to the point where I liked the
challenge of finding the best way to do something within the parameters of the given circumstances, so much so that I would I would say to the
tradesman ‘We haven’t got a problem, we have got a creative opportunity’. Pretty soon those same tradesman were doing their own thinking
about the problems and challenges that inevitably arose such that they did their own thinking about what was the best solution prior to coming
to me to check it out whether I had a better idea in mind. In due course I realized I had became redundant as it became clear to me that I had
passed on all that I knew to my co-workers about thinking a problem through whilst taking into account all the pertinent aspects of the
With regard to the comments thus far about difficulties that some people have with the format and
with the quality of the videos my bottom line is … if someone really wants to watch them then they will find a way to watch them.
Have you not noticed that interest begets intent and that it is intent that begets the means?
RESPONDENT: Peter, unfortunately that link’s
content doesn’t work for me. I have win player 10, Win XP, 2.40GB, but it won’t play, worse computer crashes and reboots. It has occurred
PETER: As you may have noticed we also provided a link to the MS website which gives minimum
system requirements for playing HDV in WMP9/10. Given that your computer system appears to be powerful enough on the face of it, I cannot help
you further as I am by no means a computer technician, nor do I plan to learn to be one.
As a suggestion, maybe someone more qualified and more local to where you live may be able to help
you out with your problem.
RESPONDENT: Would appreciate if you could offer something simpler
than this as an alternative.
PETER: I have had from time to time similar requests made to me with regard to my
architectural work, most noticeably from those who are shopping around for the cheapest price, regardless of quality. Nowadays I have a stock
standard response – ‘you will always find someone cheaper than me who is willing to do work to a lesser standard, but I like to do good
quality work’. Having spent years in the trade and gained all the experience I have gained it would be silly of me to do otherwise.
In this particular case, the only reason I was attracted to buy the necessary hardware and software
and go to the effort of learning a whole new technology was the possibility of producing something of good quality – if you want an inferior
quality to that which is on offer, I can only suggest you look elsewhere.
RESPONDENT: Will the videos be made available to
buy as dvd/vhs for those of us who can/will not afford the necessary computer equipment to view the free samples?
PETER: I take it you missed my recent post on the same topic –
[Respondent No 84]: I would appreciate if you could offer something
simpler than this as an alternative.
[Peter:] I have had from time to time similar requests made to me with regard to my architectural
work, most noticeably from those who are shopping around for the cheapest price, regardless of quality. Nowadays I have a stock standard
response – ‘you will always find someone cheaper than me who is willing to do work to a lesser standard, but I like to do good quality
work’. Having spent years in the trade and gained all the experience I have gained it would be silly of me to do otherwise.
In this particular case, the only reason I was attracted to buy the necessary hardware and software
and go to the effort of learning a whole new technology was the possibility of producing something of good quality – if you want an inferior
quality to that which is on offer, I can only suggest you look elsewhere. ‘Conversations
RESPONDENT: Hmm. I don’t see how that relates to making a DVD ...
as I thought DVD was *high* quality.
PETER: Given that your query mentioned both DVD and VHS, it will be useful to understand
that VHS is a magnetic tape system designed to deliver analogue signals to standard definition television sets. As such the vertical
resolution of VHS (and all other analogue recording methods) is determined by the TV standard – a maximum of 486 lines are visible in NTSC
and a maximum of 576 lines in PAL.
DVD on the other hand is the currently-new generation of optical disc storage technology. DVD is
essentially a bigger, faster CD that can hold cinema-like video, better-than-CD audio, still photos, and computer data. DVD aims to encompass
home entertainment, computers, and business information with a single digital format. It has replaced laserdisc, is well on the way to
replacing videotape and video game cartridges, and could eventually replace audio CD and CD-ROM. DVD has widespread support from all major
electronics companies, all major computer hardware companies, and all major movie and music studios. With this unprecedented support, DVD
became the most successful consumer electronic product of all time in less than three years of its introduction. In 2003, six years after
introduction, there were over 250 million DVD playback devices worldwide, counting DVD players, DVD PCs, and DVD game consoles. This was more
than half the numbers of VCRs, setting DVD up to become the new standard for video publishing.
All of which is why we have chosen to offer the video series ‘Conversations about the human
condition and how to become free from it’ on DVD as distinct from VHS.
PETER: The first job I did where I was involved in the complete building process (design,
pricing and construction) was a small house extension for a couple with two young children. As the job progressed on-site they asked if we
could do several additional items of work for them . Given that they constantly emphasized how much the job was costing them and how stretched
they were financially, I decided to do the additional work and not charge them so as to ‘help them out’ as it were. By the time the job
finished a few additional items were added to the free list and being the ‘good guy’ that I was I even called around the morning they
moved back in to see if they needed any help. I remember being somewhat stunned to find that they had bought a new set of furniture for the
house, new electrical appliances and a new home entertainment centre and a brand new car sat in the driveway – so much for their crying
RESPONDENT: Whereas I’m asking if your making a dvd and willing
to pay for a DVD.
PETER: I was relating a story that had to do with the human condition as it has become a
habit of mine to dig beneath the so-called problems that people have with what other people choose to do and investigate the underlying social
and instinctual basis of the misunderstandings, resentments and conflicts that plague human interactions.
In answer to your interjection, the videos will be offered on DVD in HD-WMV format which will allow
a maximum of approximately one hour of 720P high definition video on a 4.7GB single-layer DVD disc and The Actual Freedom Trust is not only
willing to pay for but indeed already has paid for the necessary hardware and software necessary to produce the DVDs.
PETER: The experience was an eye-opener for me as to the extent of the demands that some
people will place on others in order to exploit them for their own ends ... as well as the fact that the only reason the ploy works is because
there are some people who are gullible enough to fall for it.
RESPONDENT: Whereas I’m asking if your making a dvd and willing
to pay for a DVD.
PETER: Given that you have repeated the question, it is apt to point out that this was not
the question you originally asked of me. This is the question you asked –
[Respondent]: ‘Will the videos be made available to buy as dvd/vhs for
those of us who can/will not afford the necessary computer equipment to view the free samples?’ Re
Videos, 12.7.2005 3:07 PM AEST
I can only answer the question you asked, not the question you claim to have asked.
From the thrust of your original question it appears that you were saying that you have not been
able to view the free sample HD-WMV download but according to a more recent post I take it that you have since been able to do so –
[Respondent]: … since seeing that brief clip of R any substantial doubts
about him not being what he claims have flown out the window. Paradigm Tilt 18.7.2005 9.56AM AEST
If you have been able to play the HD-WMV sample video on your computer, then your computer should
also be able to play the HD-WMV on the DVDs when they become available and the only issue that remains is whether you are sufficiently
interested in the particular video-taped conversation such that you are willing to pay for it.
PETER: Needless to say – and yet apparently it needs to be said – when I became an
actualist my intent to become both happy and harmless in the world as-it-is with people as-they-are compelled me to stop exploiting others and
to stop allowing myself to be exploited hence bringing an end to the feeling of resentment that being a player in this particular
social/instinctual game inevitably brings.
RESPONDENT: Needless to say, if your going by my post alone, then
it *does not need to be said* as I fail to see how it relates to my query of whether or not you will be making a DVD.
PETER: Again, the story I told had to do with my previous experience of being an unwitting
player in the habitual game of continually interfering in others’ lives or of allowing others to interfere in my life or of expecting others
to comply with my whims and my demands or of living my life in accord with the whims and demands of others, a story which I thought relevant
to the discussions on this list about the topic at hand.
PETER: With regard to your particular question, I don’t have a VHS recorder – a
necessary piece of equipment if I were to consider producing the videos in a superseded low quality format – and nor do I see the necessity
for purchasing one as I never intended to produce the videos in a superseded low quality format and nor do I intend to in the future.
RESPONDENT: I don’t have a vhs either,
PETER: Given that it appears you have been able to view the sample HDWMV video, I take it
you were talking on behalf of other people – taking it upon yourself to be a spokesman for other people as it were by voicing concern about
something that does not relate to you personally nor to your current circumstances.
I can only suggest that there is a wealth of information about the human condition to be had from
exploring matters such as these, which by the way is why I told the story that I did in answer to your original question about ‘those (of
us) who can/will not afford the necessary computer equipment to view the free samples’.
Attentiveness reveals that one does not have to look further than oneself in order to study the
human condition in action.
RESPONDENT: I was more interested in dvd format.
PETER: As I have said, if you have been able to play the sample video on your own computer
then your computer will be able to play the HD-WMV on the DVD. On the other hand if you don’t have and cannot afford a computer capable of
playing HD-WMV files as your original question implied, then I would suggest simply doing whatever you did that enabled you to view the
RESPONDENT: Peter, in regards to the HD video clips that will be
available online, how are they coming?
PETER: I think they are coming along very well, particularly given that I am a part-time
hobbyist attempting to do something that is at what is sometimes referred to as the ‘bleeding edge’ of current technology.
RESPONDENT: They are pretty much the only reason I’ve been online
for a month or so now, and I’m just wondering if they are a few months (or weeks) away.
PETER: My original estimate was ‘before the end of the year’, but it was after all only
The videoed ‘Conversation about the human condition and how to become free of it’ will only be
a part of each DVD as we also aim to provide other information that puts the ‘Conversations’ into context. One
aspect of this additional information that we are currently working on is a PowerPoint presentation of ‘An Introduction to Actual Freedom’
and I am particularly pleased about this as I always intended the Introduction to be available in this format.
RESPONDENT: If so, I won’t be checking the list weekly, but
PETER: How often you check the list is your call entirely. I know for myself that I am
currently very interested in HDV and as a consequence I have many discussion forums in my Favourites list on my browser in order that I can
easily check in to catch up with the latest developments. As such it takes me no time at all to keep abreast with the latest
RESPONDENT: Suggestions and comments: 1. The video
clip resolution should be adjustable (or multiple resolution choices should be provided). 80 megabytes containing only two minutes is way
beyond the reach of most internet consumers even today (especially in the third world).
RICHARD: The 720p resolution on the ‘Out from Control Sample’ WMV HD (‘Windows Media
Video High Definition’) is already as low as HD can go ... 1080i is the optimum resolution.
RESPONDENT: Okay, I was not aware that HD was the only option. It
is certainly the best, but whether it is the most expedient is the question I was asking.
RICHARD: The HD video format was chosen for its quality (the qualitative difference between
480p Standard Definition Video and 1080i High Definition Video is of a magnitude up to six times better) and not its expediency – the 4.0+
million freely available words on The Actual Freedom Trust web site already provide that – just as the screensaver was ... where upwards of
50 different screensavers were trialled so as to select the highest quality available at the time. (Editor’s
note: The screensaver is no longer available due to its incompatibility with Windows 8)
All of the items on that order-form page you downloaded the sample from, none of which are
essential reading/viewing, are optional extras ... luxury items, as it were, and go towards defraying the costs associated with both
maintaining The Actual Freedom Trust and its publishing operations.
It pleases me immensely that all the necessary words explicating both an actual freedom from the
human condition and a virtual freedom in practice be available free of charge for anyone to access anywhere in the world.
RESPONDENT: 2. As suggested by others, stills can be provided for
RICHARD: Stills are redundant for any spoken dialogue which has been transcribed to text as
posture, facial expressions/eye-movement, gesticulations, tone of voice, and so forth, all require moving pictures for their conveyance.
RESPONDENT: No, facial expressions in still images can express
irritation, or anger.
RICHARD: Although you said ‘as suggested by others’ there was, unless I have missed some
e-mails, only one person who wondered if it is possible to [quote] ‘post pictures of *the* video clip with a text dialogue’
[emphasis added] ... thus my response to your observation that stills can be provided for *the videos* was written in that context.
Of course, as a generalisation, a still image of a person’s facial expression can communicate a
feeling – just as a still image shows a posture, an eye-position, and a gesticulation – yet stills are redundant for any spoken dialogue
which has been transcribed to text as all those components require moving pictures for their conveyance.
RESPONDENT: However, my offer of putting up still images was just
so that those who could not download the whole of the clip could at least see what you look like, in case they were curious.
RICHARD: The physiognomy – the general appearance – of this flesh and blood body (just
as it would be for any other body) is irrelevant to this flesh and blood body’s actual freedom from the human condition.
The whole purpose of making the videos publicly available is so that the visual/audile interaction
of the parties concerned can be seen/heard – rather than just the written word interaction on this mailing list – so that (just for a
topical example) those who claim there is an attitude of arrogance in my written communication style can see/hear for themself whether it be factual or just another
RESPONDENT: I will create some and put it up on a website, if that
is allowed by the AF webmasters.
RICHARD: Just for the record: so as to preserve the integrity of content the copyright for
all material is held by The Actual Freedom Trust – which has its own domain (actualfreedom.com.au) – and the web site is currently being
hosted on an off-shore high-tech server with more than enough space available for any material the directors of The Actual Freedom Trust
collectively decide to put on offer.
RESPONDENT: Ok. How does one contact the AF trustees? Aren’t
Vineeto, Peter who are also the webmasters also the trustees? Can we have a list of all the trustees?
RICHARD: The directors of The Actual Freedom Trust can be contacted at the following
The Actual Freedom Trust.
P.O. Box 1404,
Byron Bay 2481,
RESPONDENT: 3. The ending shot of the sunset is remarkable.
RICHARD: The ending shot is actually a fade-out into a sunrise ... yet, be that as it may,
there is more to observe than just the behaviour of the sun.
RICHARD: It is fun, is it not, finding out just what makes one tick?
RESPONDENT: What I did observe was your sense of pleasure when the
lady you are talking to, said that she saw how staying in the real world was selfish.
RICHARD: I am always pleased when someone – anyone – profoundly understands something
vital to their well-being ... peace-on-earth is at stake. Vis.:
• [Richard]: ‘My keenness for another’s experience always accords to the following sequence:
1. I am primarily interested for your sake (for the sake of the particular flesh and blood body) as you are a fellow human being.
2. I am secondarily interested for everybody’s sake (for the sake of flesh and blood bodies in general) as another person being actually
free increases the possibility of setting a chain-reaction in process.
3. I am lastly interested for my own sake (for then not only am I am no longer arguably a ‘freak of nature’ but I can compare notes, as it
were, so as to more reliably separate out what is species specific from that which is idiosyncratic)’.
Just substitute the word ‘pleased’ for ‘interested’ ... it amounts to the same thing.
RESPONDENT: Your pleasure had a facial expression of, what one
might consider, self-satisfaction.
RICHARD: I am sure peoples are going to impute all manner of things into the postures, the
facial expressions/ eye-movements, the gesticulations, the tones of voice, and so forth ... just as they do with the written word.
It is not for nothing I say that experiential proof is the only proof worthy of the name. Vis.:
• [Richard]: ‘I invite anyone to make a critical examination of all the words I advance so as
to ascertain if they be intrinsically self-explanatory ... and if they are all seen to be inherently consistent with what is being spoken
about, then the facts speak for themselves. Then one will have reason to remember a pure conscious experience (PCE), which all peoples I have
spoken to at length have had, and thus verify by direct experience the facticity of what is written (which personal experiencing is the only
proof worthy of the name)’.
Alternatively, if one were to read/listen with all their being they may very well find themself
being catapulted into the magical wonder-land that this verdant and azure planet actually is.
‘Tis the ‘all their being’ which is the key.
RESPONDENT: I think it strange that I can buy a
movie on DVD that took millions to make for 15 to 20 bucks but this actualism DVD is 77 bucks. WTF?
RESPONDENT No 37: Where do you live? IOW, what kind of bucks are you talking about? Keep in
mind that it is AUS $77. For example, that $77 comes out to $56.85 in US currency. Yes, a bit on the pricey side, yet distribution &
overhead influence the cost. As always, the decision to buy is in the consumer’s hands – much the same as what each person will do with
RESPONDENT: Could someone just explain that to me? You have to take
out a goddamn loan for this DVD which is as I understand it nothing new that cannot be obtained from the site.
RESPONDENT No 37: This is just plain silly. I would suggest not believing what you read, but
finding out for yourself.
RESPONDENT: Why not audiotapes? Is it really that important that we
see these people and their beautiful beards?
RESPONDENT No 37: The funny part about all this is that people have been requesting videos
for quite a while now. Finally, when the actualists put a couple videos out – others come out of the woodwork to complain about it.
Par for the course, I suppose. 25.11.2005
PETER: I thought to respond to you as I have had the most involvement in the
production of videos that The Actual Freedom Trust has recently made available.
RESPONDENT (to Vineeto): … a question about the DVD’s: is the
reason the DVD files are not available for download (at a lower price, or free of charge) because hosting costs are prohibitive, or is it
something else (such as selling DVD’s is a good source of income for maintaining the site)? I ask because a – I’d like to watch them but
they are too costly to buy, and – I could mirror host them for download without bandwidth restrictions.
VINEETO: The directors of The Actual Freedom Trust made a decision to
offer the videos with additional information, including The Actual Freedom Trust Screensaver, Correspondence on Selected Topics and the
Introduction to Actual Freedom as a PowerPoint Slideshow. Another reason for choosing to distribute the videos on DVDs is that the videos are
produced in HD and are 1.35 - 1.5 GB each, and this would be an unrealistic download in many parts of the world.
RESPONDENT: How familiar you are with file-sharing nowadays?
PETER: Not at all familiar and I must say that with all I have had to learn in order to
produce the videos, I have no inclination to familiarize myself with anything new … unless there be a very good reason, that is.
RESPONDENT: A gig file is not considered that big anymore.
PETER: As I understand it, the both the possibility and affordability of downloading large
files is very much dependant on (a) where you happen to live in the world and (b) how well-healed you happen to be.
RESPONDENT: Do you know about bit-torrent?
RESPONDENT: It’s a swarm transfer protocol that has been every
bit as revolutionary for peer-to-peer file-sharing, as the file-sharing has been for overall media distribution, particularly with large file
sizes. It’s estimated that bit-torrent transfers account for about a third of all internet traffic. I could be a host to both the torrent
seed as well as the file(s). A torrent seed can ‘contain’ any number of files, to be transferred together… ensuring that the additional
information, screensaver, correspondence, and PowerPoint format introduction are included, as well as the fidelity of the image and sound
maintained. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bittorrent. Bring it up with the rest of the trust.
PETER: Vineeto did ‘bring it up with the rest of the trust’, which is precisely
why you received the considered reply you got first time around.
RESPONDENT: I know online distribution offers little or no revenue,
but it wouldn’t cost you anything further either.
PETER: Is not the point you are making that it would not cost you anything if The
Actual Freedom Trust arranged things to suit you rather than have The Actual Freedom Trust continue to do what it has chosen to do?
RESPONDENT: It’s admittedly not a viable option for people who
use dial-up modems but broadband – which can download a gig of data quickly – has outstripped dial-up in the developed countries. As of
2005, the 30 most connected countries accounted for almost 160 million broadband subscribers: http://www.oecd.org/document/39/0,2340,en_2649_34225_36459431_1_1_1_1,00.html.
While this does not account for all internet subscribers and users worldwide, I think it would be a safe guess that the majority of unique
hits to the AF site come from these countries (if you had a web counter you could verify this). Therefore, it would be a realistic download
for those most likely to download the DVDs, were they to become available.
PETER: From what you say, it appears that you may well be fortunate enough to be one of
those, presumably less than five percent of the worlds population, who has personal use of broadband Internet access.
If so, may I ask if you are also fortunate enough to have a PC, or access to a PC, that has a DVD
player and is capable of playing WMVHD files from a DVD?
Should this be the case, it would then appear that the only reason you would have The Actual
Freedom Trust abandon all the work it has done in producing and making available the DVDs – purchasing computer hardware and software,
designing and having covers printed, purchasing discs and cases, learning new programmes and so on – and then forego any subsequent income
from sales of the DVDs that may go towards offsetting these costs, simply because you say the DVDs ‘are too costly for you to buy’?
This has to be a joke, right?
I don’t know whether you have noticed or not, but there is a much, much, much bigger world out
here than ‘[Respondent]-ville’.
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