Thursday, 30 April 2015
Section 3, concluded (I think)
Hanno's identities in 1975:
Charles Tomek, millionaire, old, currently vacationing abroad;
Joseph Levine, 67, attorney for Tomek, with an apartment near Seattle International District, drives a Buick;
Robert Cauldwell, founder of the Rufus Memorial Institute, lives on Queen Anne Hill with views of Mount Rainier (see lower image), the Space Needle and Elliot Bay (see upper image), drives a Mitsubishi;
a dozen others in four countries "...ranging from magazine publisher [Tannahill?] to day laborer..." (p. 375).
Two kinds of identity:
currently active but diversified to avoid unwelcome attention;
paper identities to be used as escape routes when necessary.
Hanno's agent in Frankfurt knows "...that the Rufus Lab wanted to contact members of long-lived families..." (p. 386) so it seems that there is a direct link between the advertized Longevity Studies (p. 370) and the Lab's "...effort to discover what made living beings grow old." (p. 377) Despite his three millennia of caution, Hanno does not keep all of his activities in separate compartments. The Lab's Director is Catholic which fits with the nearby Seattle University being Catholic.
Director Giannoti, who knows of Hanno's longevity, says:
"'...we'll outlive the galaxies, you and I and everybody...'" (p. 381)
I know that this is orthodox doctrine but how can he be so sure of such an unlikely proposition? It is a great deal to deduce from the elusive accounts in the concluding chapters of the Four Gospels.
On television, a politician named Moriarty declaims:
"'This squandering of untold wealth on weapons of mass destruction, while human beings go hungry and homeless, must end...'" (p. 383)
I agree: we should feed and house each other instead of preparing for mass slaughter. However, Hanno groans and swears on hearing Moriarty's voice. Does Hanno think as follows?-
A successful liberal politician must be dishonest because, if he is successful, then he is intelligent, and, if he is intelligent, then he knows that liberal values are falsehoods. However, he propagates those values so he must be dishonest. QED.
I have not placed this argument inside quotation marks because it is not a quotation. Rather, it is my formulation of how I think some people think! I may be wrong. I might have read this argument somewhere but, if so, I will have to track it down. Meanwhile, of course, it is possible for two people to be intelligent yet disagree. Neither of them needs to be dishonest as well.