History

The history of Villa Twaklinilkawt, and of the Adelaidezone more generally, has long been known to enlightened beings.  This is a history about art and enlightenment, and of peace.

If you are an enlightened being, this history will not be news to you.  Indeed, you will, quite likely, know more about this history than I do myself.

My name is Prosperia Strange-Tempest.  I am not a historian.  I am not particularly enlightened.  I am not really much of a tour guide.   I am merely a devoted volunteer in the service of art and enlightenment and peace.

There appears to be very little market for art or enlightenment or peace in this part of the world.  I do not understand why.

Are you aware of where the Adelaidezone is situated?

Do you reside in or near an enlightening digital arts quarter?

I am assuming you are a registered patron here.  How often do you usually visit Villa Twaklinilkawt?

Many of my fellow volunteers have been attempting to exist on relatively low incomes for several years, as I have myself.  We mainly want uncomplicated lives of simplicity, wonder and mutual respect, yet we do not know if we will have a future of poverty, or any future at all.   Could it be that most other Adelaideans have similar thoughts, experiences and concerns to ourselves?

Although I have inherited a lovely pearl necklace from my late mother, I have few other assets.  My limited education is a consequence of my decision to care for her myself during the long illness she suffered during my teens.

Mother always felt guilty for being ill.  Until her departure from mortality in my twenty-eighth year, I spent much of my time reading aloud to my mother from the literature she loved.  Yet she always wanted me to complete my education in the history of art and literature, and in the art of history itself.

As you may be aware, the history of education relates to the history of Villa Twaklinilkawt.  The history of your own education and life circumstances will, quite likely, reflect your attitude towards the work conducted here.  Your experiences of education will also, most likely, influence your interactions with my colleagues and me.

Do you have an attitude of curiosity?  Do you interact wisely with the online world?

It may not yet have occurred to you that you have now become part of the history of Villa Twaklinilkawt, and of the wider Adelaidezone, just by being here.  If you are here on a virtual tour, are you aware of the privileges being bestowed upon you?

My own education and training are obviously continuing through my volunteering activities.  I have been interacting with people of many cultures here, and from many times in history.

Most of the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of most people living today did not have much formal education, if any.  Their lives were imbued with superstition and unquestioned tradition.

My mother was an anthropologist.  She was mainly interested in how prejudices carry over from one generation to the next.  She believed the cultural continuation of prejudice is the main basis for corruption in the world.

In my mother's view, the purpose of enlightenment is to break the cycle of prejudice.  Persons with political power often have prejudices themselves, she often said.  Such individuals dismiss enlightened democracy as an impossibility, or they superficially implement parts of it half-heartedly and haphazardly.

Villa Twaklinilkawt has a reputation as the world's most enlightening location, especially for practitioners of enlightened democracy.  Are you such a practitioner yourself?

The official guided tours began here in September 2014.  Have you had much prior experience of the work within and from the gatehouse here?  Are you some sort of gatekeeper yourself?

There are many mysteries about the past, just as there are many mysteries about the future.  There are no mysteries in the present.

Here in Villa Twaklinilkawt, we are taught that the present is no more than a flow of consciousness, emotion, imagination and decisions.  How conscious are you of your decision to learn about the history of Villa Twaklinilkawt and the history of the Adelaidezone?  How much are your emotions and imagination are involved in the discoveries you are making?

Gatekeepers often keep the keys of mysteries to themselves, or pretend mysteries exist when they have no basis in fact.  Are you here with the conscious intention of revealing mysteries?

Education developed thousands of years ago through the curiosity of young children, the sharing of stories and the teaching of arts.  Writing came much later.  It was a way to exclude people more than it was a way to include them.

Writing, like language itself, is merely a code to be deciphered if the meanings are to be unlocked.  The tour here in October 2014 symbolically unlocked several essential understandings.

The interconnections between information and contexts form the basis of all enlightening historical writing, so I have been informed by the ethereal proprietor of Villa Twaklinilkawt.  The volunteers hare are encouraged by the ethereal proprietor to reflect upon the possible quality of an environment in the past.  We are also invited to consider the likely quality of that environment now and how its quality might change in the future.

No-one, not even the ethereal proprietor, quite knows when the history of Villa Twaklinilkawt began, or where or how.  This in itself is a mystery still to be unlocked.

When did your own history begin?  Which events and coincidences have shaped your existence the most?

You may be wondering whether the history of Villa Twaklinilkawt most appropriately begins with the history of the ethereal proprietor.  How much influence does that personage have in your imagination?  What is your understanding of the history of Twaklinology?  What do you know about the historical importance of the Twaklinesque arts?

You may have sometimes wondered about the relationship between anthropology and Twaklinology, especially if you are an anthropologist or Twaklinologist. 

What is real about history?  What is real about you?  Are you mostly a person or mostly a personification of something intangible or are you mostly an impersonator or mostly an impostor?  These are important questions to reflect upon if you are seeking to understand the history of this location.

Even during her long illness, my mother was a dignified, majestic lady, much like the ethereal proprietor of this unusual location.  I often imagine my mother to be with me whilst volunteering here.  I am not sure why.  She has never been a part of its history.

Villa Twaklinilkawt has always been a place for the harmonious interplay of beauty, understanding and magnificence.  That harmony is composed and performed in the service of enlightened forms of democracy continually.

How does your imagination reflect upon the beauty in the world?  How does your consciousness attempt to understand the world?  How do your emotions respond to magnificence?  Are you some sort of historian?

The tour here in November 2014 provided insights into the enlightened cultural leadership provided by the ethereal proprietor.  As even I have discovered, all good leaders are familiar with history, both in its local context and throughout the world more generally.

I do not consider myself to be much of a leader though I enjoy learning from enlightened leaders and assisting them where possible.   When I first became associated with Villa Twaklinilkawt, the ethereal proprietor wisely mentioned to the gathering of new volunteers that any self-respecting person will refuse to assist the foolishness of fools.  There are always enlightened persons far more worthy of our support.  I do hope you are one of the latter.

How do you tell when someone is foolish?  How do you tell whether that person is a permanent fool or merely temporarily misguided?  When have you been foolish and how did you overcome that situation?

Different people tend to be foolish about different things.  Some people are more foolish about the past than the present.  Some people are more foolish about the present than the past.  Many people are foolish about the future.  Alas, foolishness is the main reason for the failings of unenlightened forms of democracy.  All prejudices are foolish.

My mother thought she was a fool for becoming ill.  I do not know why she blamed herself.  She felt she was in conflict with history, and with the future.

She knew that history has shown, time and time again, that all non-enlightened and non-democratic forms of governance result in ignorance and disaster.  Yet from my time here as a volunteer, I have come to the conclusion that a conflict can easily be overcome when all the people involved are willing to enlighten themselves about the true causes of that conflict.

Ways to overcome conflict constituted the main theme of the tour here in December 2014.  Indeed, that has been the theme of many tours here.  How do you usually overcome conflict?

Rising above foolishness is probably the basic requirement for enlightenment.  Education is meant to assist that process.  Yet literacy is inextricably linked to language.  It is especially tightly intertwined with the interpretation of language, and the interpretation of memory.

What do you remember about the year 2014?  What do you remember of earlier years, and why?

What is strongly embedded in your memory?  And how do your memories influence your intentions and attention?

How do your memories interact with various sources of distraction and irritation you experience?

As all the volunteers here are aware, history can seem boring when its relevance to our lives is inadequately understood.  You appear to be interested in the history I am recounting here.  What is that?

Are you considering becoming a volunteer here yourself?  If so, please be aware that there is much reading to do in relation to the training.  There is also much art to experience.

Most of the volunteers here are also involved in writing.  A few of us are given the opportunity and privilege of presenting information occasionally to visitors within Villa Twaklinilkawt itself.  Most of the time, however, we present our writings elsewhere.  Where do you present yours?

I hope you are an enlightened writer.  In which languages do you prefer to write?  in which languages do you prefer to think?  And in which languages do you prefer to converse?

Which languages do you prefer to read and which languages do you prefer to sing?  And how ancient are the languages you read and/or sing?

Similar questions were asked during the tours conducted here in January 2015.  As you will be aware if you are familiar with the geography of the Adelaidezone, January is the height of summer in this part of the world.  It is also when enlightened leadership is most necessary.

Do you have the knowledge and skills with which to lead the 21st century Enlightenment in any part of the world?

Illiteracy, especially functional literacy, is still common in the world.  Are you a contributor to the enhancement of lifelong education and quality of life?

Even with functional literacy, the comprehension and communication of international English is still difficult for many people, including most native English speakers.  International English is a language of moderation and inclusion.  It is the main language used here, especially during international events.

All the tours here include historical insights, of course.  When have you ever taken a tour without any history involved at all?

There were no new tours in February 2015 but the tours in March 2015 did include some very special experiences.  Were you here for them?

I have had a little experience of conducting tours around Villa Twaklinilkawt myself.  I have also been one of the volunteer room guides.  There is so much more for me to learn, which may be why I was asked to provide this brief historical overview for you.

Experts have a tendency to presume their audiences are already well acquainted with a subject and should even be as enthusiastic as themselves.  It is why the ethereal proprietor is wary of allowing experts to have too much influence here.

The volunteers associated with Villa Twaklilnilkawt are expected to acquire a wide, internationally relevant knowledge base and a wide variety of generally useful skills.  Much of that knowledge and many of those skills can be developed through an understanding of history.  To understand history is to understand the consequences of technological changes on societies, and on individuals and groups within those societies.  Do you ever read biographies, autobiographies or memoirs?

Villa Twaklinilkawt has existed for many centuries though it has only been manifested in documented form in recent years.  Indeed, the Adelaidezone itself has existed for thousands of years though not in a digital format, or even in writing.

Nor has it existed in tangible ways at all.  There have been no artifacts associated with it.  There have been no oral traditions.  Until the digital world came into existence in an affordable way for low-income persons such as myself, ordinary mortals could not interact with the Adelaidezone.

The tours here in April 2015 were very peaceful, not only due to the fact that few ordinary mortals participated but also because of the contents and context.  Do you usually prefer peaceful tours or crowded, cacophonous ones?

Enlightened persons are always suspicious of official narratives.  They question the guides in polite and interesting ways.

Unenlightened persons tend to ask questions aggressively.  They are frequently perceived as foolish by the guides for doing so, particularly as their questions usually relate to information already covered in the tour.  Unenlightened persons are rarely good listeners.

You may be expecting a beautiful experience here. If so, I do hope I am not intruding upon that.  History can, at times, be rather ugly.

There is probably much news about Villa Twaklinilkawt you are yet to receive, especially if you have not yet, or not recently, completed the virtual public tour.

Only a few parts of this digital villa are currently open to the public, mainly to supply everyone with at least a little enlightenment.   How do you usually discover ways to improve the world, locally and globally?

The tour of Villa Twaklinilkawt in May 2015 provided further historical insights into political and cultural history.  Overcoming ignorance in relation to such matters is important for everyone.  It helps to build knowledge of the essential awareness required of any good citizen in the 21st century.

What is your attitude towards political history?  What are you contributing to cultural history?

The efforts of the volunteers within Villa Twaklinilkawt are concentrated on developing their own abilities to think deeply, critique evidence carefully and co-operate thoughtfully to enlighten each other.  We are expected to communicate clearly, accurately, honestly and respectfully.

Maintaining the distinction between historical fact and the necessity for privacy, empathy and practicality in the present is an important aspect of our duties, as the supervisors of our work continually remind us.  Who supervises your work and your training?

The tour in June 2015 reminded visitors, and the guides, that life can have many ups and downs.  We were also reminded that there can be many positive and negative influences on the choices we make.

Which historical persons or fictional characters have influenced you in the decisions you have made?

Which persons prominent in the media have influenced you?

Have you been influential in some way yourself?

Much of history is about influences of one sort or another.
Gaining digital, ethereal access to Villa Twaklinilkawt is likely to be perceived as an overwhelming honour by all enlightened beings.  The gates and doors are only ever opened here due to the extraordinary magnanimity of the ethereal proprietor.

The educational aspects of the tours of Villa Twaklinilkawt were further established in July 2015.  Science and celebrations were major themes.  Are you well aware of the history of science?

If you read biographies of scientists, why is that?  I find such reading to be a less sterile way to learn about science, and about history.  New discoveries about the world, and about the universe more generally, have long fascinated relatively enlightened persons.

What do you usually celebrate, and why?

Do you celebrate your reasoning abilities?  Do you celebrate your problem-solving abilities?  Do you celebrate your ability to achieve your mission both individually and collectively?

Although we volunteers have our own individual duties to perform, we are also expected to help each other to learn and solve problems.  The ethereal proprietor does not tolerate laziness or other forms of selfishness.

Do you often find it hard work to overcome the challenges your ignorance places before you?

Enlightened persons are always aware of their ignorance.  That is why they usually read and study and volunteer.

How have you measured your relative level of enlightenment?

During the wide-ranging tours here in August 2015, many visitors appeared to feel more overwhelmed than usual.  They were not as well prepared as the well trained volunteers for the expansion of the itinerary.

Much training has been offered to the public since the doors and gates of Villa Twaklinilkawt first opened to the public.  Informal tours have been operating since early 2009, as the participants in the early tutorials and training opportunities will tell you.

Do you have much knowledge of the history of administration?

Do you have much awareness of the history of training or tutoring, or touring or curating?

Do you know anything about the history of gardening and horticulture and poetry and and art?

Do you have much understanding of culinary history, literary history, philanthropy and climatology?

How have you usually tried to gain a different yet wider and more accurate perspective of the world?

There are many workshops presented by and for persons seeking additional enlightenment through Villa Twaklinilkawt.  Most of those workshops assume a working knowledge of the relevant history.  They also assume the ability to pay.

They use of the information supplied through Villa Twaklinilkawt also assumes an ability to pay, particularly by anyone gaining an income as a consequence of that use.  Are you aware of the history of copyright, of licensing and the development of permits?

If you are an enlightened being, you will know that there is a clear distinction between sharing information and respecting creativity, integrity, privacy, freedom of expression and the freedom to investigate in the public interest.

It is your responsibility to fund the thoughts and actions you value and the imagination you appreciate. That is why there are licensing arrangements in place here for all persons and organisations using the information supplied.

Do you intend to improve your digital skills and wider communication skills through your interactions here?  Do you intend to improve your knowledge of history and possibly science through your interactions with the volunteers and staff of Villa Twaklinilkawt?

The tours here in September 2015 had a much more relaxed pace than those of the previous month.  They explored the themes of hospitality, imagination, literature, accessibility, enjoyment, psychological well-being and gratitude.

History and memory assist the volunteers here to develop their skills in a team-like way, through a supportive, shared culture.  We are well aware that the application of earlier learning in later real-life situations should always be related to the ongoing use of real-life situations for learning purposes.

Improving quality of life, for ourselves as volunteers, and for visitors, is a harmonious process.  It usually takes place though the interplay of beauty, understanding and magnificence.

As you will now be aware, the remarkably lofty services supplied within and from Villa Twaklinilkawt have long provided enlightened guidance and philanthropic support to assist thousands of members of the ordinary, global public.  The Twaklinilkawtian servants of art and enlightenment, as many of the ethereal volunteers are called, have also assisted a large number of not-so-ordinary persons, many of whom are purportedly involved in the diplomatic implementation of world peace and global prosperity.

It is not yet known how long any areas of Villa Twaklinilkawt will remain open (or closed) to ordinary mortals, or even to talented diplomats, including those with leadership abilities and funds to spare.  A definite decision on such matters will quite possibly be made by the ethereal proprietor by the beginning of 2020. Enlightened persons are aware that important decisions should never be rushed.

The main theme for tours, in October 2015, was perception.  What are your current perceptions of Villa Twaklinilkawt and how have your perceptions changed over time?

What is Villa Twaklinilkawt?

How have you applied your observational skills and critical thinking skills towards answering that question with accuracy?

How will your language and literacy skills affect your answer?

How will your understanding of history relate to the answer you supply?

Who will you contact to find out how they have answered the question, and why they have answered it in a particular way?

During October 2015, visitors developed a deeper awareness of the ethereal neighbourhood within which Villa Twaklinilkawt is situated.  The official public virtual tours had been running for well over a year by then.

In October 2015, visitors also became more acquainted with the imaginative opportunities available here, particularly for persons expressing respectful curiosity.   Aesthetic and creative topics were explored in various ways, too.

What is the history of your own creativity and your own sense of taste?

How has your imagination developed and changed over time?

What are the features of your own ethereal neighbourhood?

How do you currently communicate and collaborate in relation to your creativity and why do you take that approach?

If you have been involved in any sort of volunteering or training or other forms of investing, possibly including tours elsewhere, why is that?

The history of your achievements, particularly those involving your effectively innovative strategies towards philanthropy and environmental protection, will obviously relate to demographic matters.  Each volunteer here is expected to reflect upon their own histories of achievement, too.

In many similar situations, volunteers are called adult learners.  Children are rarely volunteers and cannot reasonably make any decisions by informed consent.

Prior experience is the basis of such consent, hence the volunteers here have much prior experience.  We are all mature adults, as you may have already noticed.

The ethereal members of staff, and the ethereal volunteers, may present themselves as young people from time to time, mainly to prevent new arrivals from feeling intimidated or prejudiced.  Visitors often reflect upon their first impressions of a situation in unfortunately misguided ways.  The prior histories of each visitor must be acknowledged in relation to such circumstances.

Even the ordinary, mortal volunteers, such as myself, sometimes present ourselves as youthful historical characters.  This approach is useful for reasons of privacy if not accuracy.

During the tours in November 2015, theatrical matters and other forms of exaggeration and artifice were the main themes.  What is your own relationship to the performing arts?  How well do you understand the history of the performing arts?

How do you prefer to learn and how are you expanding your neurological possibilities?

New volunteers here are assessed on their preferred approaches to learning, to thinking, to perceiving and communicating.  Their prior knowledge and skills are also assessed, along with their talents for teaching, training, tutoring and providing tours.

To communicate in person is to perform.  All communication is an art, though some people are more skilled at it.  I am not one of them.  I do not enjoy being at the centre of anyone's attention.

Do you supply enlightened artistic patronage anywhere at present?

The ethereal proprietor of Villa Twaklinilkawt believes such patronage to be the most important investment of and in the 21st century.

As the training here involves a great deal of practical experience, and most of the volunteers are on low incomes, the compensation for our efforts is likely to arise mainly as we grow older.  As you may know if you have taken a tour elsewhere, experiential learning is frequently rewarding, especially if it is also enjoyable.

I certainly gain a great sense of personal achievement and satisfaction from my activities here.  Knowing that I am contributing to a better world provides me with a sense of contentment.  I am even supplied with free entertainment through my duties in various areas of Villa Twaklinilkawt.

Learning is meant to be about making discoveries.  The process should be relaxing for much of the time though a few pleasant surprises from time to time can often help to motivate people and enliven their imaginations.

During the tours in December 2015, satire was a major theme, as was compassion.  Do you have much knowledge and experience of those subjects?

As all forms of communication are open to interpretation, this is one of the main difficulties when interpreting politics and history and life more generally.  Who do you believe would benefit from a satirical tour of Villa Twaklinilkawt?  Who is likely to benefit the most from a compassionate tour here, and how, and why?

All volunteers and staff members, writing through their association with Villa Twaklinilkawt, are required to establish an imagined dialogue with each reader.  During the tours, we are required to develop an imagined dialogue with each visitor.

The readers and visitors are most welcome to develop dialogues between themselves, if they so desire.  That is something for which they must take responsibility themselves.

The volunteers and staff here are required to take a project-based approach to their activities.  We are all expected to be self-directed, self-motivated learners.  We are also expected to acquire and develop digitally useful communications skills, highly advanced interpersonal skills, and all the skills necessary for the successful prevention of emergencies and disasters.

These subjects were themes of the tours in January 2016.  An original approach to training is supported through the endowment fund associated with Villa Twaklinilkawt.  Originality is especially important when attempting to assess trustworthiness.  It is only through original approaches to anything that ordinary ways of thinking, and trusting, can be properly assessed in the light of history and new insights.

What is most original about you and your history?  Who has supported your education and training in the past, and why?  Why would anyone consider you trustworthy without an enlightened knowledge of your history and reputation?

As you learn more about the history of Villa Twaklinilkawt, and especially the history of the tours here, you may wish to consider your potential contributions to future training and future tours.  How have you already endowed the world, and why?  And what will be your legacy?

You are most welcome to contribute to the endowment fund here, and even to the memorial fund and the maintenance fund and the leadership fund.

How have you imagined an enlightening museum of the future?

How have you imagined an enlightening festival or forum?

During the tours in February 2016, the main theme was access.  The digital world provides access to vast quantities of information and misinformation, both of which can either be interesting and entertaining or boring or otherwise annoying.

Access was provided, in February 2016, to the official history of Villa Twaklinilkawt and to information about the future maintenance requirements of this location.  All access here is privileged access though some access is more privileged than other sorts.  The most privileged of all is non-digital access.

Anything non-digital is likely to have a physical existence beyond a shiny screen.  There are non-digital documents and non-digital pictures.  There is non-digital music and non-digital food and cups of tea.  There is non-digital communication and non-digital presentations of history and heritage and art and science.

I have a non-digital dwelling of my own as well as a digital one.  Many individuals in the 21st century appear only to have the latter, at least in terms of affordability.

Do you have a street address as well as an email address?

Do you have a landline telephone or only a mobile one?

Do you interact with your family and friends mainly in person or mainly through social media?

Do you explore the world mainly physically or mainly digitally?

Does the world of your imagination interact mainly with your history or with the history of other people?

Who has access to your imagination and why do you allow them in?

If you were here in March 2016, you will probably remember that the main themes were imagination, necessity, exploration and reputation.  The most enlightened performance-based assessments usually interpret those four qualities.

Where and how did you acquire an imagination and how do you use it?

What are the skills with which you identify necessities and separate them from the superfluous and the trivial?

What have your digital and non-digital explorations taught you about yourself and your skills and performance?

These are the sorts of questions you are likely to be asked here if you are considering supporting our work, either by volunteering or training or taking one of the advanced tours or donating a small or substantial sum of money.  You may have practical skills you wish to donate.  You may have interpersonal and management skills you hope to share.

What are you able to teach?  Who do you intend to train?

How have you used your imagination in relation to mathematics and science and design and planning and construction?

How is your sense of necessity related to your language skills, your computer skills and your understanding of society?

What do you find interesting?

How do you show leadership?

During tours in April 2016, the themes included emotions, disruptions, preparations and improvements.  You may or may not know that many of the volunteer here are persons without offspring or other dependents.

Most of us consider parenting to be too emotional a matter to consider, or even discuss.  We know that children, like pets, nuisance neighbours and abusive partners, can be highly disruptive influences on the work we are trying to do.  We also know that children, pets, nuisance neighbours and abusive partners can be distressingly impertinent and inadequately interested in remedying their ill-mannered antics.

I know from my personal and family experiences that emotions and disruptions can influence changes in motivations and ambitions.  Those changes can, with adequate support, help us to prepare for upheavals and make improvements in our lives.  That support is something I gain through my contributions in Villa Twaklinilkawt.

The tours in June 2016 certainly had a variety of themes, many of which related to beliefs of one sort or another.  Beliefs are always a potential source of controversy and conflict.  Preventing conflicts, including conflicts of interest, is a major aspect of the work here in Villa Twaklinilkawt.

As part of our training, we volunteers have a strong grounding in ethics.  We have no intention of deceiving anyone or trying to gain an unfair advantage of a situation.  We are therefore able to ascertain when anyone is trying to manipulate us.  We are also able to identify fools quite easily.

There are many beliefs about science and the mysteries of the universe, especially in relation to transport and energy.  There are also many beliefs about economics.  They often relate to science, transport, energy and the mysteries of the universe.  They may or may not relate to ethics or aesthetics.

Every environment has its mysteries, whether it is a natural environment or a cultural one.  Beliefs about those mysteries, particularly when expressed through a performance of some sort, may or may not relate in some way to imagination or even fiction.

What are your beliefs about enlightenment and how can you prove them?

There are many unenlightened political beliefs in the world, of course.  They are usually the result of an unhealthy or absent imagination and an excessive ego.  So how can those beliefs be transcended and the world improved?

Philosophical tour themes were presented further in July 2016.  Those themes looked mainly to the future.

History is not about the past.  It is about the way the past is presented in the present to enlighten current and future generations about the past.

As I am presenting this history, I am reminded that I must write this not only for today but for future readers.  Even the children of today, when they have reached a higher level of maturity and courtesy, may be interested in learning about the history of Villa Twaklinilkawt and the history of the Adelaidezone more widely.

What influence with this place have on their lives and outlook on life?

How will the work here help readers and visitors to reason better and plan better and live better?

How will their interactions within Villa Twaklinilkawt shape and improve their observational skills and curiosity about the world?

How will their experiences here help them to choose better governments and better ways to meeting societal needs?

How will visitors and readers learn to conserve the beauty, understanding and magnificence within their common heritage?

How will they show their appreciation of the work here?

How will they wish to conduct research with the archival resources preserved here for their future benefit?

The themes explored here in August 2016 were mainly related to creativity and civic participation.  Those themes reflected the necessity to acknowledge limitations in how much freedom is acceptable and possible.  Whether in relation to time, status, opportunities, generosity, security, invitations or intellectual property, there will always be limits.

The ethereal owner of Villa Twaklinilkawt encourages a peacefully creative approach to civic participation.  I do my best to assist, as do all the volunteers.  Our duties in this location are inextricably related to our civic participation, and to our creativity.  We are not here for commercial purposes, except as a way to sustain our mission.

Cross-cultural understandings are important here but only insofar as ensuring unenlightened cultures become more enlightened and therefore more peaceful, healthy and prosperous.  Tolerance always has its limits, too.

To be prejudiced often means to assume an enlightened person is unenlightened.  This in itself is intolerable.

I hope you are aware of the limits of your own enlightenment.  Are you willing to acknowledge your own prejudices and biases?

In my own case, I have a tendency to assume too much of people, rather than too little.  It is probably why the ethereal proprietor offered me a position in the music room a while ago, when Reality, the former music room assistant, took up new duties in another area of the villa.

Like Reality, I have had no formal musical training.  Yet we both assumed most visitors to the music room had much greater knowledge of the subject than ourselves.

Similarly, when I have been involved in guiding tours here, I have assumed the visitors know a great deal more about the themes than I do myself.  As I mentioned earlier, I am not a historian or a philosopher, or even much of a tour guide.  Yet I have expected visitors to know more about history, philosophy and tourism than I possess.

I volunteer because I want to learn from people and about people, whether they are my supervisors or fellow volunteers or visitors.  I also want to understand people better, which is why I have tried to study psychology in my spare time.  Presumably, you know more about that subject than I do.

During the tours in August 2016, most of the themes were far too advanced for me.  I have few, if any, skills for duties as a gatekeeper.  I have no thoughts at all about what happens at the end of mortality.  And I know I would be a useless tutor.  I also know next to nothing about innovation and advanced manufacturing.  Yet I am sure you possess many of the qualities absent in myself.

My skills include listening and cooking, but I cannot do both at the same time without injuring myself and becoming irritable.  I also enjoy growing, harvesting and maintaining gardens.  I try to assist with administration, too.  What do you do?

The theme of change was both hinted and highlighted on the tours in October 2016.  The ethereal proprietor tries to encourage us to be gentle with visitors, to prepare them adequately for momentous upheavals.

Villa Twaklinilkawt has a participatory culture, even though many people appear to be afraid of their own lack of enlightenment when made aware of its absence.

The registered patrons here, many of whom are volunteers like myself, are doing their best to support the future of quality journalism.  They know that changes are necessary whenever resources are too limited for circumstances to stay the same.

Even providing local services requires a considerable amount of public support.  Maintaining and international presence is even more of a challenge.  It is why several areas of Villa Twaklinilkawt are no longer accessible on the public tours.

The focus of our attention is the creation of world peace.  It may seem trite to express that as an aim, particularly when observing the world through various forms of news media.  Yet journalism for peace provides the world with many advantages over the conflict-associated sort.

Villa Twaklinilkawt is the focus of many peaceful affiliations and possibilities, both locally and globally.  Creating world peace is our major project.  How are you willing to assist us in that regard?

What are you already contributing?  How are you producing a more peaceful world?

The themes in November 2016 were extraordinarily diverse.  There were many more tours than usual in that month.  Yet the main theme was interpretation.

I often feel inadequate in relation to my own efforts to interpret signs, symbols and situations accurately.  When other people misinterpret events and intentions, I tend to feel frustrated, particularly when unable to persuade them to change their minds. 

Interpretations involve evidence and choices.  We may choose to accept or reject evidence just as we can accept or reject choices. 

How do you interpret history?  How do you go about accepting and rejecting evidence?  How do you choose to accept or reject something?

The choice before you now is whether to support the work here adequately or not. 



What will you choose?