I was working for one of the UK’s biggest tabloid newspapers when TV presenter and household name David Icke was ridiculed for spouting strange New Age ideas, wearing a lot of turquoise and claiming divinity.
I guffawed along with the nation and squirmed when the late Terry Wogan said to him: “People are not laughing with you, they are laughing at you.”
Poor Icke, I thought. He’s having a full on nervous breakdown in public. Surely it can’t be long before the men in white coats take him away?
Several decades later and here I am, having watched Icke’s film Renegade, the story of his journey from TV pundit to ‘conspiracy theorist’, wondering if he was actually a visionary all along.
Many of his ideas resonate with me. Like the fact that we only perceive a fraction of reality. Visible light, which us humans can process, is the tiniest percentage of what is out there – gamma rays, infrared, X Ray etc. We can’t perceive any of them, yet know they exist, rather like wi-fi, which Icke uses to illustrate his theory. It’s not just that we don’t know the half of it….we don’t know 99.9% of it!
I like Icke’s commentary on labels too and how they are used to divide and conquer. It doesn’t matter who or what you are – Muslim, Jew, black, white or a guy who likes wearing pink sequinned dresses, we are all the same underneath. We are part of the same whole and love is what binds us.
I delight in the way he voices his disapproval of Tony Blair and the war on Iraq that was based on lies. Icke also says that if every man and woman refused to join the military, there would be no war. Stupidly obvious, but true all the same.
I haven’t read any of Icke’s 20 books so I am not authorised to pass comment, but he’s been banned from speaking at venues across the globe due to his supposed anti-semitism. When the novelist Alice Walker put her head above the paraphet and said she admired Icke, she too was called an anti-Semite.
Icke and Walker both claim that this is all part of a smear campaign and it may be so. I don’t know. I’d have to look into it, but you need an awful lot of time to get through Icke’s books that span as many as 1,000 pages apiece.
When he first started spouting his theories, Icke gave talks and workshops where apparently ‘One man and his dog’ showed up. Now his public appearances are selling out. He is getting standing ovations. His books are flying off the shelves, but no British newspaper, magazine or TV station would touch him with a bargepole. I know how spin works and wonder if Icke is a victim of it?
Back in the 1990s, I thought that New Age types were crackpots, but since embarking upon a spiritual path, I’m starting to see that the people I wrote off as nut jobs were the sane ones and vice versa.
I reserve judgement on David Icke for now. I’m not sure about the whole royal family are really alien lizards thing, but many of his arguments make perfect sense to me. I will read one of his books but there are so many, it’s a question of deciding which one.
Is he mad or does he know stuff? Icke himself urges us not to take his word for it, but to go out there and seek our own truth. To question and follow our hearts. I can’t really argue with that, can you?