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by James McQuiston
Editor and Publisher/Celtic Guide
A great friend of the Celtic Guide, Mr. Ron Henderson, passed away not too long ago. He was an avid hiker and photographer of Scotland, and he was also a fan of the Scottish independence movement.
The world is being somewhat torn apart by people in many places wishing to maintain their ethnic identity, and falling victim to dark forces who want to use this desire to fracture the social fabric of the world, thereby allowing them to make inroads where otherwise they would not be welcomed.
It is sad that the centuries-long practice of celebrating our unique individual heritage is being manipulated by a combination of folks – some seeking power, if not total world domination, and others falling into the trap and declaring an almost violent demand that their heritage come first.
The result is that we are all suffering from families, countries, and even Celtic magazines being torn apart, instead of everyone realizing we are in this big boat called Earth together, and no amount of race baiting, nationalism, or hate for the "other" is going to change that.
Scotland, itself, has been a melting pot for many, many centuries – Ireland (including the North) as well.
If you are Scots, do you have Celtic, Viking, Saxon, Anglo, Norman, French or another bloodline in you?
Same holds true for Ireland and even more extremely, for America.
In the United States, for instance, there are many so called nationalists whose families came here centuries after African American slave families, and certainly tens of thousands of years after Native Americans.
To honor one ethnicity is not to demean another.
The current wave of idiocy reminds me of the Irish song, "There Were Roses," and the line: "and another eye for another eye till everyone is blind."
At this point, so many people are blind – blinded by their own inability to look at world history, and the inevitable boiling of the melting pot.
Thanksgiving, and the promise of peace that Christmas is meant to bring, will no doubt be overshadowed, across the world by the blindness perpetuated by those who simply cannot see the reality of our global existence, on a planet that is taking a beating through climate change, populated by humans who are often their own worst enemy.
Kind of depressing, I know, but then I refuse to ignore reality, as others so often do.
Speaking of climate change – Scotland is literally rising!
In a fairly recent study, it has been shown that, on average, Scotland is rising slightly in height, to the degree of about four inches through this century, while part of England may sink up to two inches.
This phenomenon, thought to be a lingering after effect of the last Ice Age, may not sound like much, but with rising sea levels, it will definitely add to coastal concerns.
What is so interesting is that it is generally thought that England conquered Scotland, and yet it was King James VI, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, who ascended to the English throne as James I, in 1603.
James I was followed by his son Charles I, who (after the ravages of Cromwell) was followed by Charles II and James II. And there is still a seed of "Scottish" blood in the British monarchy.
I learned a lot about this while writing my three Oak Island, Nova Scotia, books. Two are online now – "Oak Island Missing Links" and "Oak Island 1632."
The third, "Oak Island Knights," will be published soon, as well as a very professional YouTube video I've created, and also a website.
The book and video are set to publish asap, and the website is built, but passworded, until I can release it, once my NDA is moot.
Stay tuned for more on this, and remember, "Curse of Oak Island" starts November 13th at 9:00 EST, in the US.
Meanwhile, the Celtic Guide has been around for quite some time, and we have created a searchable library of Celtic related information.
The so-called "Celtic race" has been a melting pot for thousands of years.
Our effort is in no way meant to propose that we are any better than anyone else. In fact, there is no true "Celtic" race in existence. It is more a feeling for a certain type of art, music, culture, food, and storytelling.
I hope and pray that all ethnicities around the world will realize that nationalistic fervor results only in death, usually of many innocent people, and destruction of countries and institutions, sometimes the very countries and institutions the nationalists are trying to protect.
I want to invite anyone who thinks they have a good story to tell, of a Celtic nature, to please not hesitate to send it to me. With a little editing and graphics applied, you may be surprised just how good an author you are!
We hope you enjoy a great number of articles right here, for FREE! – and that you find hope and happiness in the days to come.