Southern Cross Review

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Number 64, April - May 2009

"Nude with Cobra" - Paul Trouillebert (France 1829 - 1900 )

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"If we assume we only live once, the appalling injustice we see everywhere in the world can only drive us to rebellion and violence, or else to resignation and depression. Today’s increase in both violence and depression is an alarming signal. It shows us how urgently we need a new vision enabling us to find meaning in all that appears absurd or unjust. We need to learn that everything we do to another person will fall back on ourselves, even if centuries later. This long-term justice is a far cry from the court-appointed justice we now experience. A more meaningful justice considers destinies over greater cycles of time."

Pietro Archiati - Giving Judas a Chance

In the Editor’s Page we have the honor of being the first inter-galactic publication to nominate Michelle Obama for President in 2016. Why? Read it and tell your friends and enemies.

Current Events this issue offers an article by Tom Englehardt about Afghanistan and its reputation as a graveyard for empires. The British and the Soviets tried to tame what until now has been an untamable land. Now the USA under its new president is trying. Let’s hope Tom is wrong.
Gaither Stewart isn’t happy either as he tells us how Europe is losing its anti-war spirit – recently acquired, I’d say.
Sorry to be so negative, but Robert Freeman follows up comparing the present United States administration to that of the failed German pre-World War II Weimar one.

But do not despair, for in Features John Updike entertains us with an essay about Ted Williams’ last at bat. What, you never heard of Ted Williams, the last baseball player to bat 400, an American hero? Never mind, go back to your boring soccer game.
Then there’s a biographical note about the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, by Mateo Sancho Cardiel,
and another one by Gary Lachman (remember him, of “Blondie” rock music fame?) about the great Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa.

Roberto Fox fans will be happy to see him back in the Fiction section. (Although his stories are true, he insists on appearing under Fiction in order to avoid hurting everyone's feelings.)
A new writer, Naomi Johnson, makes her debut in this issue with a gem about the good (very) old days.
Then we have a story staring a couple of pizza’s, in English and Spanish, which appeared here a couple of years ago and since then has received over 15,000 “hits” (readers) with the Spanish version outnumbering the English by 3,000 (go figure).

Under Anthroposophy, Keith Francis’s lectures on the Evolution of Consciousness continue. Also a few pages from Friedrich Rittelmeyer’s book about his encounter with Rudolf Steiner (in the flesh), along with an invitation to download the whole ebook free of charge. Rudolf Steiner: Continuation of his “Genesis” lectures, a lecture about the forces of darkness and his “Guidelines” continued. A Memorandum from Germany rebuts certain revisionist accusations agasint Steiner.

Science sees Steve Talbott’s return to these pages with the first of a three-part exposition about the realities behind the genome phenomenon.

Philip K. Dick’s super, suprisingly spiritual science-fiction book – the last he wrote - is reviewed.
Poetry by Jorge Luis Borges Borges (bi-lingual) and Oscar Wilde - The Ballad of Reading Goal - (pronounced "jail" for our American readers).
A short but revealing essay by Borges about that very Wilde poem bring up the rear – or the bottom line, if you prefer.


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Table of Contents


Unreliable Witnesses
Roberto Fox
(As told to Frank Thomas Smith)

Everybody Comes to Rick's
Naomi Johnson

Children's Corner

The Red-headed Pizza

La pizza pelirroja
Frank Thomas Smith


The Evolution of Consciousness - III
Intelligence at Work

Keith Francis

Rudolf Steiner Enters My Life
Friedrich Rittelmeyer

Frankfurt Memorandum:
Rudolf Steiner and Racism

Ramon Brüll & Jens Heisterkamp

Genesis IV
Secrets of the Bible Story of Creation

Rudolf Steiner

The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
Rudolf Steiner

Anthroposophical Guidelines - VII
Rudolf Steiner


On Making the Genome Whole
Part 1: Twilight of the Double Helix

Steve Talbott

Book Review

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
by Philip K. Dick



Jorge Luís Borges

The Ballad of Reading Goal
Oscar Wilde

A Poem by Oscar Wilde
Jorge Luis Borges