“For about 200 years, the knights Templar protect the church, wealthy landowners, and they grow throughout Europe. Eventually, they invent Western banking.”
Right now, I’ve been on a truth search. So, every day I attack a different topic. I don’t know where it will lead. Last night, I was up all night reading and watching stories about the Knights Templar. Are you familiar with the Knights Templar? It was essentially the first army for the Vatican in the 12th century. At the time, Pop Clement was the Pop of the Vatican, but the Vatican was moved to France, under King Phillip the IV. There were seven noble landowners in Champaign France, who received a commission from Kind Phillip to go to Jerusalem and stay in King Solomon’s temple, digging under the temple to try and find relics like the Arc of the Covenant. And so, they made the journey and stayed at the temple for seven years, then came back to France. Do you want to hear about it? I don’t have to tell you about it, but it’s extremely fascinating.
So, you have these Templars, which are a lot of things. First, they fight, they are very good worriers. They are bright, they are students, they are kind of the ultimate renaissance men, but in the medieval 12th century. For about 200 years, the knights Templar protect the church, wealthy landowners, and they grow throughout Europe. Eventually, they invent Western banking. When Christians wanted to make the holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they would turn to the Templars and turn in all their gold and valuables, and the Templar would write it down like a receipt. That way you didn’t have to travel with all your gold because that was very dangerous. Then, at different trading posts, they would pay you what you deposited in France with the Vatican, and they would deduct it. They were actually the first traveler’s checks and the first safety deposit boxes. No one wanted to mess with the Templars; they were the ones who did the 1st and 2nd crusades, they were ruthless people. It was a foe that you did not want to have, basically.
That is what I studied last night, and tonight I’ll find something else, he smiles. How do I find the topic to study? I don’t know how I find them, they find me. Every topic is different, but they kind of parlay from one to the next. The universe puts a topic in my head and then I just start researching it. I try to be objective, and be careful with the source. But it’s tough, and can get really taxing. Usually the first thing I do in the morning, I get my cup of coffee, sit down, and I’m in the iPad, diligently studying. But today, I got to digest things, my head is spinning. Every night my world gets flipped upside down. And I think, ‘My God, what’s real? What is the truth?’ I just want to find truth, wherever that is.
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