" " " "

Welcome To Vilcabamba
"The Sacred Valley of Longevity"

This Is A Privately Circulated Blog, scribbled exclusively for Friends & Familiars, that peers into and pontificates about Expat life in the hinterlands of South America. If your eyesight is less than optimal (like mine), then just click the type size up a notch on your browser..

Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.


The Dissemination Of Truth

Not all that long ago (in geological time) “Truth”, as opposed to false doctrine, was dispensed by monks of the Holy Roman Church in their laboriously written script.

Today, of course, it most often appears in the Mass Media or the jottings of widely dispersed bloggers, some of whom merely “retweet” dubious information that is called by some as “fake” news.

It is the speed of this communication that is different, not necessarily the trusted source (or lack thereof). That and the fact that illiteracy was so pronounced that few outside the Church elite could even read what the monks were scribbling on their parchment.

In view of our broken educational system, I find myself wondering if this isn’t what we are experiencing today in our inner cities and other pockets of the poor, where illiteracy runs rampant.