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Today’s synchronicity


Today’s synchronicity:

  • I have been discussing business processes used at my client’s facility in Toulouse, in southern France near the border with Spain.
  • Tonight’s movie was “The Ninth Gate” (1998), an offbeat mystery-horror flick by noted child molester/convict/fugitive Roman Polanski, starring Johnny Depp as a shady book dealer and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner as a witch. The film’s namesake (and one of the filming locations) is Château de Puivert, a “castle” first built around 1170 A.D.  The castle is located roughly 80 km southeast of Toulouse, just east of the town of Puivert at the intersection of D117 and D121.
  • Château de Puivert  was the site of a three-day siege in November 1210 between the Catholic forces of Pope Innocent III (led by Simon de Montfort) and the local Cathars, whom the Catholics deemed to be heretics. This battle was part of the Albigensian Crusade, also called the Cathar Crusade.
  • The siege of Château de Puivert followed the first major battle of the crusade, in July 1209 at the walled town of Béziers, about 100 km northeast of Château de Puivert. A preemptive strike from the Béziers Cathar inhabitants against the gathering Catholic army resulted in a counterstrike that wound up sacking the town and massacring everyone in it (likely around 10,000 people). The slaughter became known as the Massacre at Béziers. The mercenaries and their Catholic nobleman employers asked their Catholic warlord leader, Papal Legate Arnauld Amalric (the Abbott of Citeaux), what they should do about sparing the Béziers inhabitants who were Catholic. Amaric, figuring that everyone would claim they were Catholic to avoid being killed, said “Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius,” which translates to “Kill them all, for the Lord knoweth them that are His,” or more colloquially, “Kill them all, let God sort them out.”  That happens to be a Martian truism, as applicable now as it was then.

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