Which one of those little boats floating on the surface of the planet is ‘Jed McKenna’?
“why do you keep his name private?”
This was the question from Petorikoru
The answer is not a straight forward one-sentence reply. I am not trying to tease anyone here in order to elicit attention: that would be a rather dirty trick, and I would publish and rant here regardless of whoever is listening.
There are a few reasons, all of which were mentioned before.
1. I don’t have 100% rock solid proof.
I have gigabytes of solid circumstantial evidence covering the span of 60 years (well, that includes the family as well), but there are a few loose ends that need to be tied. I am not satisfied until that’s done.
I was told by someone who figured out and met the real guy in physical life that 100% proof does not exist. So… I could have done the same – just knock on the person’s door and see what happens. But despite past accusations of stalking (Kenneth McMordie, which I never did) – I find knocking on doors off putting, especially since I have no desire of meeting the guy.
If I were in the States – the confirmation would have been made much faster; some research needs physical presence. I know where to look, but I am not in the country.
I made a mistake once with Ken and don’t want to repeat it. Therefore, it would be sensible to be absolutely sure in the correctness of my conclusions before making any announcements.
2. Some people who are looking for ‘Jed’ – are off the rocker.
Yes, I am sorry to say that. There are many mentally confused people out there, and some of them had read Jed’s books.
Imagine the result of such a combo: unstable, childlike mind meets the books’ content. For someone with a mature outlook and years of life experience the Jed McKenna books do not represent an earth-shaking revelation. But for the naturally naive and the eager, bitten by the spiritual bug and looking, not able to use own thinking processes constructively… the books may mean a total meltdown.
I had some correspondence, aggressive and demanding to know; they are looking, and it made sense to protect ‘Jed’ from potentially explosive situations. These situations could take place if people knew the name and began to make attempts to meet face to face.
3. The Jed McKenna project is a small enterprise of a few individuals all of whom depend on the continuation of the project.
If your stable existence depends on someone (‘Jed’ in this case) – you will not out him, in line with the saying “One does not bite the hand that feeds them”.
Secondly, even those who directly contribute/contributed in the past to the project by way of artwork, editing and website maintenance – were not given the name. They were contracted to do a job. They did it and got paid. No need for name disclosure to them. The enterprise runs as a business, not as ‘spiritual love affair’. The number of people who know with absolute certainty – can be counted on one hand. It is too small to produce any whistle blowers.
Wisefool Press is not a publishing house; it is one individual’s drive to publish own writings. Nothing else. It does not exist as a company, and no company registration laws apply. ‘Jed’ made one mistake in the beginning: copyrighting the first Trilogy, which was a useless move in view of anonymity. He then made a few more, small but significant in terms of search mistakes. Or, rather, I wouldn’t call those ‘mistakes’. They are the necessities of physical living in this world; no one is free from the realities of human herd survival unless you retire to an uninhabited island and live like a beast.
To sum up…. Revealing the author’s identity has certain implications that need to be considered at length, and I am considering all angles.
There is a real physical cost and consequences to those who got connected to the books in real life. The more time passes – the more hassle they are beginning to experience as a result of the secrecy around the author’s identity.
The more secrecy – the more attempts to unveil. These attempts will continue until the mystery IS unveiled, no matter who removes the curtain. The EM website threw hot embers into the kindle that had been slowly smoldering for 15 years, with names given and information shared. People then went and began to dig further using this information as starting points. The search came out of the underground and became more public.
In reality I wanted collaboration where interested folks contribute to the bank of information, and together it would become clearer and true to factual reality. Together we could have confirmed it all by now. I stated that much in the first incarnation of the website.
Instead, people came in, attacked, and very few were adult enough to make constructive points and to add something of value. So I wrapped it up, closed off some entries and continued on my own, to avert the shitstorm.
I wrote to the author; the contents of the letter will be published, but in brief: his silence on the matter of SE Asia Jed McKenna fraud is dishonorable. You need to really imagine yourself in his shoes and think.. would YOU allow hundreds and hundreds of people pay in the false belief that they are paying the real author – you?
Really imagine that and see what YOUR personal conscience tells you, but it is clear that ‘Jed’ himself is perfectly comfortable with the scam.
Note: I haven’t forgotten those who contributed and were level-headed. They will be the ones with whom I would share all I came to know when the time comes.
NOTICE: The EM website will go offline for some weeks in the New Year. This is so that I could play around with the settings and make changes.