Although a veteran of many car brands I had not realised that my favourite marque was built by an innovative company inspired by a fellow Irishman. Since that momentous day, I have tried every model made including the BMW Seven Series; what a mistake that was.
The first car I ever owned was a Ford Prefect, bought for fifty-sobs (£50) in the nineteen-sixties. Now, at the other end of life, I am perfectly happy with my third Ford saloon.
I know Henry Ford was American born and bred. However, his father, William Ford, was a 21-year old Irish farmer when he left West Cork in 1847. Under Irish law this makes America’s venerable Henry Ford an Irish national. I suppose one has to concede that as Ireland in 1847 was under the English jackboot he qualified for British nationality too. We will dismiss the British connection; as they were the cuckoo in the Irish nest.
In 1912 the pull of sentiment lured Henry Ford and his son Edsel back to his father’s humble cottage and its 30 acres of land in Lisselane. On their arrival, dad and lad discovered that three of Edsel’s brothers were still resident. On the advice of a priest, the renegade three brothers refused to sell up.
Renowned for his pragmatism, Henry Ford withdrew his offer. Nevertheless, he did take away to the US the cottage hearth but from there on he rarely returned to his father’s home and now non-existent hearth. Ford’s family and his place of birth still pay tribute to their esteemed son.
As with all Irish, English and Scottish family histories, the Henry Ford odyssey is a fascinating saga of emigration and hardship. On arriving in the United States Henry Ford’s then 21-year old father settled into a farming community near Dearborn, Michigan.
Henry, born in 1863, seemed destined for life as an American farmer. It was in the family farm’s outdoor sheds that Henry worked persistently on the principle of the petrol-driven motor car. Having built his first car the visionary then founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. The first Ford cars were seen in Ireland in 1907 at the Irish Motor Show.
According to a direct descendent, Hazel Ford Buttimer, Henry Ford was inspired to create the assembly line concept when he observed wool production moving from sheep to textile factory in Ireland. The stimulus transformed the United States and Ford became one of the great industrialists of the 20th Century.
The visionary Henry Ford was also one of many great thinkers who was a firm believer in reincarnation; the transfer of souls from the mortal dead to the yet to be born.
‘I am in exact accord with the belief of Thomas Edison that spirit is immortal, that there is a continuing center of character in each personality. But I don’t know what spirit is, nor matter either.
I suspect they are forms of the same thing. I never could see anything in this reputed antagonism between spirit and matter. To me, this is the most beautiful, the most satisfactory from a scientific standpoint, the most logical theory of life.
For thirty years I have leaned toward the theory of Reincarnation. It seems a most reasonable philosophy and explains many things.
No, I have no desire to know what, or who I was once; or what, or who, I shall be in the ages to come. This belief in immortality makes present living the more attractive. It gives you all the time there is.
You will always be able to finish what you start. There is no fever or strain in such an outlook. We are here in life for one purpose, to get experience. We are all getting it, and we shall all use it somewhere.’
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Henry Ford, one of my most favorite people in history. I had no idea he believed in reincarnation but am glad he did. This way he and humble me share something precious, aside our distase for the chosen parasites. As an aside, my wife owns a 27 year old Ford Explorer that has the original engine, untouched – using nary a drop of oil. Ah well, I always refer to him as Henry the Great.
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Good article Mike. I like Henry Ford and have owned one of his company’s cars; a Ford Taurus station wagon which I bought new and enjoyed for many years. However, I now proudly drive a White Jetta Volkswagon which is the finest car I’ve owned since it is high tech and well made and goes vroom, vroom on a thimble full of gas. Henry Ford and Adolf the Great were good friends. I would have loved to have sat in on a conversation with those two luminaries.
As for the topic in question; I totally agree with Henry regarding we have eternal time and therefore I too am never in a hurry and over time have gotten a lot done. Indeed I am writing my 24th book; a Roman history which has been in the works for six years and is over 340,000 words so far with probably another 100,000 to go. Tons of paintings are sitting about gathering dust but more are on the way on easels. When you have an eternity, things get generally done well since one has so much time. However, I do not think we return to this planet after our body gives out. There is an entire universe to explore and Earth is not the only inhabited planet. Our consciousness does not die; the I AM is forever if you make it past this existence; the proving ground as it were. Depending on the level of spiritual attainment here determines on which of the seven mansion worlds/resurrection worlds you wake up in after three Earth days. ‘In my Father’s house there are seven mansions.’
When someone relates a prior life story, what actually is happening is the following: We are ‘hard wired’ into the Cosmic Mind which is the sum total of all human mind that has manifested here since the beginning when human mind was first achieved and all seven adjutant mind spirits were in operation. The Cosmic Mind is like the planet’s hard drive. Mind is a spiritual phenomenon; the brain is merely the physical computer; that’s all. For most people, due to the calcification of their pineal gland due to the machinations of the International Parasite, reception is attenuated. However, for some particularly sensitive folks who have perhaps a little less calcium blocking signals at an exact location of the ‘pine cone’ that is the pineal gland pick up a piece of someone’s life transcript and the signal comes in so clear and sharp that they believe it was their own experience.
One of the greatest crimes perpetrated against human kind was to compromise their DNA and to essentially render their pineal glands into a tiny shadow of their potential. As for the DNA attenuation; most humanoids have only two strands of DNA and hence only a fraction of what DNA is capable of. Some researchers claim there were possibly upwards of 64 strands and indeed we are seeing up to 12 in Crystal Children. Can you imagine what it would have been like to have a clean pineal and all that genetic code. You would be one smart cookie and would see a whole lot more clearly into the matrix and instantly recognize the tentacles of the parasite and send them running away from your powerful light.
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