NOTE:The Ercian Story is a book for adults, with adult themes. Minors should not read it unless they have the consent of a parent or guardian. If you click on the Guardians of Duty tab, you will see that registration in that page is open only for persons over 21 years of age. PLEASE, for your own protection if you are a minor, ask your parent or guardian to view the material on these pages to determine whether it is appropriate for you. Thank you very much. I value your welfare as a young person, and that is the only reason I am asking you to do this, and not because I think you may be incapable of responsible thought and action.
Hello, my name is Joseph Marchante, and I am the author of all you will find in the pages of my website www.ercian.org. When I obtained the domain name, I was planning to have others join me in my efforts to make ours a better world, but for one reason or another, it has not turned out that way. So I am continuing alone following my goal. Therefore, ERCIAN.ORG will always be a one man organization. There is no group of people with me, except my family of course. God has blessed my life with their love. My love for them and for the rest of the good people of the world is what gives me the strength to continue in this long journey.
Although on one hand remaining as a one man organization avoids all the red tape and expenses associated with assembling people in public places and conducting formal meetings, on the other hand makes it a lot more difficult to obtain a consensus of opinions and work as a team for a common goal. Hence, to find a middle ground, I am inviting those readers who are supportive of my objectives to register under the banner GUARDIANS OF DUTY. That tab contains the registration form and a fuller explanation.
Becoming a GOD member does not place any obligations upon you financially or in some other form. You are not required to do anything. Basically, all you are doing by registering is just saying that you are one of those people who would like to see a more peaceful and prosperous world, something that will not be possible without a deeper understanding of the things that divide us and the pursuit of solutions or agreements arrived at with truth, goodness, and justice as the standards that must guide us. That is all.
I have not given up in my efforts to reach people talking about those things that are of primary importance: religious, political and social issues. Not that I am limiting myself to those issues, but those will be the main themes. There are good websites in the net. There is FACEBOOK to keep in touch with family and friends, and there is LINKEDIN for business connections. There is also plenty of gossip and small talk everywhere, and much texting, texting, and more texting. But where can people go to seek knowledge of things profound? Where can they go to at least listen to discussions (even if it is only between my conscience and I) of things forbidden in the social arena, those things not always politically correct?
One should not talk about religion, politics and sex in company. That is what they say. But for better or for worse, I am a philosopher and a religious man, so I cannot help wanting to talk about those things; not for my sole benefit mind you, but because without bringing these issues to the surface and talking openly about them, the human race will be at war forever, until that day that nature gets tired of our ignorant ways and decides to extinguish our flames. That is my belief.
I want to start a global conversation, not that I want to converse with everyone in the world. That would be impossible. I just want to start it with this perennial book The Ercian Story. You can read what I write and then talk with those in your social circle if you wish. We should all be in search of the good ideas, I believe, those teachings that offer solutions to our problems and that could lead to a more peaceful and united world. If people of good mind and will unite, almost nothing will be impossible for the human race. We need teamwork if we want to conquer space and bring to this planet rich resources and a better standard of living for all.
What is a perennial book?
A perennial book, not that I ever heard of one—but there is always a first time—is, in my mind, a never ending book or a continuous novel, one of an unlimited number of chapters, that is, unless one of two things happen: the death of my body, or the death of my spirit. I guess I have to include physical incapacitation due to a stroke or some other health problem, but citing the death of my body as one of the reasons I would stop writing The Ercian Story needs no explanation. The last chapter of the book would be the last chapter of my life. That is my plan anyway, unless I find there is no interest out there whatsoever and then, if that is the case, it is all lost in my opinion. The death of my spirit would occur either for that reason or because I feel there is nothing of value left for me to say.
1) The book has only one Chapter, Chapter A to Z.
2)The book has no page numbers. You can find your way using the TIMELINES I give you, and the MARKERS or divisions within a timeline. The timeline is just the date I start writing that section or part of the book.
3) After some markers there will be a STOP. Here I will present one or more POINTS FOR DISCUSSION and give you the opportunity to voice your opinion by choosing YES or NO, or perhaps a) or b), or whatever one of the choices is depending on how I set up or present the PFD.
You can participate in this interactive feature of The Ercian Story, simply by getting together with friends and family or with other readers to talk about those points of discussion you are interested in, and taking a vote at the end of the session. To be sure everyone is on the same "page" please refer to the next paragraph to make sure you cite the identifying data associated with your opinion
you are registered as a GUARDIAN OF DUTY
you can voice your opinions by sending your votes to email@example.com
. Please make sure to include your name
, GOD ID number
(see the Guardians od Duty
page), Timeline date
, Stop Marker number,
and Question number
if there is more than one question seeking your opinion. You can abbreviate the answer on your e-mails by using TLD
for Timeline date, SMN
for Stop Marker number, and QN
for Question number.
If and when we have enough GOD active members who vote regularly, it is possible I may tally those votes and publish the results in the body of The Ercian Story or on another page of the site. That way you can gauge whether your vote sides with the majority or with the minority of other GOD members. Votes of people who are not registered GOD members will not be counted.
How often will I write? The answer is, I do not know. I value my freedom and can only write when the muse is with me and I am motivated to put my thoughts on paper. Thus, you may see days when I do not write at all, or if I write I will tell you briefly what is keeping me busy and away from the website.
How old am I? I am a retired person, sixty-eight years of age and going on sixty nine in October this year. It is neither fortune nor fame I am seeking. Not that I could not use a few bucks to supplement my retirement income, but that I did not start this vocation in the 1970's for the money, and that I do not continue it in spite of many disappointments for financial gain. I rather live modestly and be happy knowing I have tried to accomplish what I consider my mission in life than become rich while neglecting my spiritual goals. Therefore, it is understanding and deep companionship that I seek most of all, a lasting union of people who take the time to reflect and act upon things of value.
Not that I am worthy of it or that I presume to have a chance at it but just in case, as far as fame goes, I do not want it. As a matter of fact, I would hate being in the public’s eye, whatever that means. I do not want to deal with that cyclop, a fickle and sometimes very ugly giant monster. The reason is, I am a very private person; not the very social outgoing type; and certainly not great at small talk. I am more the staying at home loner type. Because of that, you could say I am a little antisocial, but it is not because I do not like people..
Caring about people deeply, I am a sentimental soul. The tragedies I learn about on the news make me feel sad. They make me feel terrible and sometimes very angry, especially when thugs without a conscience commit heinous crimes. Because I feel empathy for the victims, I wish we could do something to prevent those types of happenings in the future. I do my social work intellectually. That is how I engage. My social work is not going out talking to people or doing charitable acts, like the good work many religious people do. I am and will always be a behind the curtains man, the unknown character in a play, the man with a mask covering his face. I just write. I just write my thoughts away and hope they do some good.
I place great value on my freedom and my privacy. That means no interviews with the media if for some reason I would have the misfortune of becoming one of their subjects of interest. Not to offend decent journalists out there, but choosing between being thrown in a pit full of venomous snakes and being the subject of a press conference would not be an easy decision for me. One on one interviews are also very dangerous because they (whoever they are) can edit parts out thus presenting your statements out of context or omitting relevant information. They are in control, and you are in a very vulnerable position. Therefore, let somebody else be the popular author or celebrity of the times. I will be more than happy just communicating with my loved ones, my readers, and those people who know how to respect my wish for privacy.
If you become a reader of The Ercian Story, I certainly wish to hear from you when you want to express your opinion or if you have a question or comment. Just know that I have no secretary except my wife in her spare time, if she wishes to help. I do not force her, because I value her freedom as I value mine. If and when time permits, I will most certainly read your e-mails and answer individually if I can. If I cannot, I may treat some of the issues you raise on The Ercian Story itself, without mentioning names of course. I value your privacy as I value mine. The CONTACT JOSEPH tab has my e-mail address, but here it is if you want to make note of it: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before I leave this Orientation page, if you want to know more about my philosophy of life and my religious inclinations before starting to read The Ercian Story, there is this book I self-published in 2010. The title is "Ercian Testament" and the subtitle is "The Teachings of Proligion and Ercian Philosophy."
I must warn you however, that believing in an open mind and a flexible philosophy as I do, I may have changed my attitude or opinion on some matters between the time I wrote that book and what I will write in The Ercian Story. I have not planned what I am going to say here or have any idea of where the muse will take me. It will be an adventure for me, and I hope for you too. Who will save whose soul? Will I save your souls with my words or will some of you help me change my opinion (if I am mistaken) and save my soul?
Below is the direct link to my publisher Create Space. They are a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and they are the fastest and surest way of receiving my book, even faster than going through the Amazon website. I do not sell the book directly, but only through Create Space, and the Terms of Purchase are those of that publisher.
The list price for one book is $16.95 and the standard shipping charges $3.59 for any orders in the Continental United States. For Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico the standard shipping charges are $5.59 for one book. These are the rates as of September 6th, 2013, and they could change in the future. Create Space’s website shows 5 business days as the "Speed" for STANDARD shipping. Expedited and Priority Shipping are two business days and one business day respectively but they cost more. If I were ordering, I would just ask for "Standard" shipping. In the meantime, you can start reading The Ercian Story if you are interested in what I have to say.
"Ercian Testament, the Teachings of Proligion and Ercian Philosophy,"
can be purchased through the following link:
Also available at Amazon.com and Books-A-Million.com
One more word of advice regarding the purchase of Ercian Testament: there are many booksellers online offering the book but they do not have an inventory in house. You may see a Printed on Demand notice. Anybody ordering through them will have to wait until they order the book from my publisher Create Space, so your order will take a lot longer to be delivered with a greater possibility of the book getting lost in the mails due to a mistake in the shipping address or for some other reason. In addition, I saw one outfit in Texas selling the book for $27.95 when my list price is only $16.95, much more reasonable.
Modesty aside, I believe Ercian Testament is a book worth a lot more than the list price, but that is just my not so humble opinion. I do not say those words because I think highly of myself. Those close to me know I do not have a big ego. I say it because I truly believe the ideas and guidance you will find in Ercian Testament are worth a lot more than the twenty bucks or so it will cost you to purchase the book. If nothing more, it will give you a lot of food for thought, whether you are a religious person or an atheist.
Now, if you wish to start reading The Ercian Story, please go to the INTRODUCTION tab first, and then to CHAPTER A to Z. Thanks for listening and good reading.