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(Updated January 2004)
Unless otherwise stated, this interview is with the real Andronicos and not with his alter egos Andronicos "The Cynic" or Andronicos "The Great".
What is your personal background and experience?
Please refer to my personal website www.andronicos.net. On a personal note, I have always been interested in science, astronomy, cosmology, history, religion and politics and have studied various books on spirituality over the years.
For many years I had been involved in advising and automating large organisations' computer centres with ways of improving Enterprise Systems Management. The simplest explanation of this type of management is that it should minimise the risk of change and the impact of similar future problems. A good starting point is to be able to identify what the problems are so that they can be analysed and fixed. The key to successful Enterprise Management, is knowing who (or which department) can be delegated with the task, (rather than how to fix it) and how to stop similar events happening in future.
On a personal note, to answer the part of your question relating to my experience, I am a father of four lovely children and my eldest adult son has profound physical and severe learning disabilities.
I only use one name because "Andronicos" (as opposed to "Andronicus") is long enough. My friends call me Zed. I have a middle name of Emmanuel, but rarely use it.
Andronicos "The Great" will answer your question through his eyes at the end, nevertheless, I will give my motives.
Initially I wanted to use the experience gained in Problem and Change Management to look at a way of identifying problems faced in the World today with a view to analysing possible solutions. It was undertaken as a part-time hobby. A few weeks after 911 I decided to put these personal findings into one place and analyse World events and history to see connections within the holy books of the main monotheistic faiths. I saw a pattern and this central repository of personal research became the 12-12-12 book.
I am frankly astonished. It was launched in the summer of 2003 with a Google advertising budget of £36. People all over the World are reading it. Since launching 12-12-12, Andronicos "The Great" receives many emails, mostly positive, some inquisitive, and some offering solutions to the secret code challenge. His office attempts to answer as many emails as possible.
I'm a less brash version of "The Cynic" with an added sense of humour. Although I share the sentiments of "His Greatness", I would certainly not present them in the way he has and certainly never force my opinions on others. Satire and humour are a very useful communication tool to explain controversial opinions. The real me believes many of the problems in the World can be resolved by the year 2012, extreme poverty can be eliminated which in turn can reduce conflict.
My answer has to be withheld for now for subjudice reasons. A prototype of the 12-12-12 book was produced to use for impact in a legal matter. An investigative TV documentary is being produced as I speak and a great deal of research has been undertaken that will expose a number of interesting findings.
That people will talk about and find solutions to some problems facing the human race. I also hope many families will become members of 12-12-12. They can join anonymously should they wish.
I wrote the actual book over an 87 day period in Egypt, England, Greece and Denmark between December 2001 and March 2002.
Minor changes have been made and are still being made to grammar, clarification and political correctness. They are listed. The Andronicos "The Cynic" sarcastic commentary was added during the summer of 2003 to create discussion topics for readers.
The symbol for 12-12-12 is " December 12th, 2012", which can be interpreted in many ways: Technology (1010101), a thick ozone and no more empty plates for the World, by this date.
It's a date to aim for that's not too far in the future but not too near either. The numbers are easy to remember.
Personal experiences (including mistakes I have made in life), hundreds of books, The Times and Sunday Times newspapers (UK) and of course the internet. A wealth of information was found from the UN, BBC Online and CIA archives. The CIA are not as secretive as one may believe.
My personal study and compilation of the facts as I saw them could not be measured with a moving target. The final list was completed on the 87th day. The conflict in Iraq and a lot of other issues took place after this time.
I would like parents and teachers to use them as discussion topics to get young people interested in finding solutions to problems in their communities and the World in general.
I want this project to help avoid misunderstandings not cause them.
I am concerned certain ideas will be twisted or taken out of context, or for certain religious clerics to misuse the ironic style of the book for their own private agendas or interpretations. I guarantee that certain fundamentalist "Christian" clerics will procure calculators and divide 12-12-12 by two. To such people, I politely suggest they study all the Holy books of the mainstream World religions as a one off academic exercise.
Firstly, I only have one pair of hands and secondly certain events have to take place first.
These have been removed for subjudice reasons due to an ongoing legal matter. When it is over, I will put the sections back in.
Initially, the website allowed for public comment. Due to the controversial nature of the material, it needed supervision by responsible people. Not only will this be implemented at the right time, but so will the automatic language translation of the best ideas put forward, so that those that can get something done, will know about it.
Yes, but this website and book were not the primary information source for the Robin Hood Initiative. As a reminder, Robin Hood is a non-profit initiative. I also hope readers who visit this site will benefit from the technology I refer to above. It's free of charge for the uses described.
Nothing. It costs time and money to keep the project running. I made the decision never to accept advertising revenue or any form of monetary donation for this site. The 12-12-12 book is freely downloadable and the printed version will be sold at cost.
Is that a joke question? I can't quite see anyone brave enough to offer to sing them or a record company brave enough to be involved with the controversy! I have only included two of my many satirical songs in the book. All said and done, I'm hoping to get a thought provoking poem on World Peace made into a song during 2004. It can be read here. If you know of a brilliant song writer or singer do let me know!
The organisation doesn't exist as such. It's a virtual one - in the heart of anyone who wants to take part. Of course, at some point in time there will have to be a legal entity to provide administrative functions such as distributing the 12-12-12 book. Membership is free and optionally any one can join anonymously.
It is a computer enhanced composite picture of the World taken by NASA satellites over a period of time, a World that Andronicos "The Great" has symbolically turned upside down. By having the actual picture of the World no one can seriously argue about the actual size of their nation compared to others, in such a true borderless "map" of the Earth. The colours of the twelve jewels found on the top right, when mixed, represent every possible past, present and future permutation of skin colour the human race will ever "wear".
Is it true, certain sections within the book are coded?
Yes. The whole book is written in code. The starting point to breaking this code can be found here. It is unlikely anyone will ever break it, so I have decided to disclose it on the day war and extreme poverty have been totally eliminated from the face of the earth!
Refer to your previous question and my answer. I also love the number 7.
I don't. I have neither been a paragon of virtue nor a rogue. Most issues deal with value judgements relating to humanity, not personal ones. Andronicos "The Great" wrote just a few morality guidelines. As Director of The Human Race, this is his prerogative.
No. I am a neutral observer of national politics.
To me this is one of the most beautiful ancient texts ever written and is the sum of what 12-12-12 is about, namely finding a "Kingdom from within".
I'm a Monotheon which is a rather unique belief confined to just me and Andronicos "The Great". Our shared beliefs can be read in Section 7 of the book.
No, I'm anti Holy Roman Empire. How the modern day Catholic Church run their organisation is up to them of course. I do not believe in their interpretation of the bible, but neither does any devout Catholic believe mine. On the other hand, I have the greatest respect for Pope John Paul. It would be nice if everyone whether Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Atheist or Monotheon helped to eliminate absolute poverty within 10 years and leave to one side religious or technical scriptural detail.
Andronicos "The Great" was using his freedom of speech to interpret the Holy Quoran and assertively point out why senior Muslim Clerics should renounce bloodshed in the name of Allah. The literal Arabic translation of the word Islam is "Surrender to the will of God", not "Surrender to the Quoranic interpretation and will of violent clerics".
That in millions of years in the future, by divine will, the human race will look back perhaps literally at this era, from whichever planet they may have colonised, as a turning point in human history. If this book lights a spark, one of many such sparks ignited by other people not connected to the book or me, I will feel very honoured. One small pamphlet by Thomas Paine ignited the American Revolution.
Never. Andronicos "The Great" is the crazy one, not me (I hope).
Anything is possible. I am as serious as the crazy person who twenty years ago may have predicted: The fall of Communism and break-up of the USSR, the unification of Germany, the release of Nelson Mandela, the fall of Apartheid in South Africa and President Nelson Mandela and President Lech Walesa coming to power.
If the 200,000+ people who rule the World want it to happen and The Creator allows it to happen, it will happen.
The last two questions are for your alter egos to answer:
I am very reluctant to talk to the press without recording the proceedings in case my words get twisted so I will decline the interview other than to state the following: I believe the answer to the question above is true.
Instead of answering your question I have decided to record an extremely important and very powerful thought provoking speech, which you are now directed to listen to.
If you wish to email the author or Andronicos "The Great" with something constructive, feel free to do so by pressing here. Positive comments or additional questions for students are always welcome. Nevertheless, as a polite reminder, Andronicos "The Great" is very set in his ways so a barrage of emails will not change his opinions.
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Please allow time for a response from "The Office of Andronicos "The Great"" and bear in mind that there are occasions when the email server gets full and rejects incoming mail.
For the record, the real Andronicos the author, certainly does not profess to "Greatness"
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