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An alternative view of the world

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True story:

Somewhere along the gulf coast of Florida, between Fort Myers and Naples. a strange sect had a compound back in the 1930’s. The Koreshan Unity Settlement believed that the earth was round, all right, but people lived on the inside instead of the outside surface of it – like living inside an orange. It was all country back then, and they didn’t bother anybody, so they were left alone, inside their orange. They collected many books in support of their theories, and being a librarian, I met their librarian at a county-wide meeting. But by that time, nothing was left except the library.

The end came when their leader died. He was supposed to resurrect himself, you see, and didn’t. They left his body for a few days to give him an honest chance to come back to life, as promised. Finally, the Lee County sheriff had to intervene–you know the weather in sub-tropical climates. The group lost faith and shortly after disbanded.

Those still left alive probably believe that the World Trade Center was demolished from within.

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  • HW Saxton

    What was the name of this cult or group?
    What did they call their philosphy? Not
    a lot of info here, could you please be
    a little more illuminating?I’ve heard of
    groups along this line of thought. That
    is to say that they believe that we are
    inside the earths core rather than on a
    surface level.

  • I don’t know any more details. Finding out more would entail researching newspapers from 60 or 70 years ago. I’m not in Ft Myers now, and it can’t be done over the web–it happened too long ago.

    Maybe some of my readers can supply more details.


    Koreshan Settlement:

    Google rocks my world!

  • RJ

    Interesting post. Just wish it had more details, or links to more details…

  • Bennett

    Or that this wasn’t written as an excuse to deliver the final line of the post.

    Weak. Also,

    “and it can’t be done over the web–it happened too long ago.”

    Yet I have no problem looking up ancient Egypt and such…

  • If you didn’t have a clue about what you were writing – perhaps you shouldn’t have done so until you did.

    A wasted post here at Blogcritics (remember every stray thought does not need to be here at BC). You want critic – this kind of post brings out the “Why”.

    In fact, I think we’ll put this back in draft form until you flesh it out some.

  • As Bennett suggests, this post was undoubtedly written in response to this one.

  • Eric Olsen

    I added in the Koreshan information – now it’s quite a nice little parable. If it’s true it shouldn’t be Satire, though.

  • The big cheese heads rushed to this post didn’t they? (That would include me.)

    The stray thought standard still applies, however.

    I still don’t know why this post is here or how anyone is supposed to comment.

  • Eric Olsen

    it’s a parable and a nicely written one – nothing wrong with that

  • No. No. and Yes.

    A parable? You mean a story?

    And the end line is the moral? No. I think not.

  • To be a little less harsh. I just don’t like when you have to click a link to get an inkling of what the author is talking about. Before it was added, it didn’t even have the link.

    The story is interesting. The last line is .. out of context.

  • RJ


    Sometimes, among the hundreds of posts here at BC.org, there is a post that is brief, flawed, and yet still garners attention. This is such a post.

    Welcome it. Embrace it. Deal with it. 😉

  • Sorry folks–I just know it was true, and I saw their library and talked to their librarian, and very nice she was too.

    Thanks for finding the link–I really didn’t have much more info than I gave you.

    I thought it was an interesting story and I wanted to share it, not devote my life to it. I think human nature is interesting, fascinating actually, and this tells us something about human nature–not much, but something.