Once upon a time, people told lies to reveal hidden truths behind the truths told to hide lies.
Jack E. Cheal has spent twenty-five years trying to figure out the world and his role in it; as a trained teacher, he has worked closely with children and adults with a range of neurological conditions and/or cognitive disabilities, which has inspired numerous poems, plays and short works of fiction that explore the different ways that people can perceive the world, in an effort to tell ‘lies to reveal hidden truths behind the truths told to hide lies’
After nearly a quarter-century feeling ‘different’, Jack received a diagnosis for autism, dyspraxia and ADHD, which further invigorated his desire to use creative writing as a way of introducing people to alternative realms of perception.
Jack E. Cheal lived in Runnymede Eco-Village in the United Kingdom for a year, in 2014, to reconnect with reality, following a crisis of conscience that forced him to quit teaching. During this time he lived without money and worked to spread the message that alternative lifestyles are not only acceptable but essential to a rich, fulfilling human society. He now believes that by marrying up what he learned when working with disabled children with what he learned by living an alternative lifestyle, he can, through writing, spread ideas that will prompt more people to explore the potential variety of the human experience.
Jack E. Cheal is currently unpublished.
‘Runnymede Eco-Village is a community sustainability project in a squatted woodland near Windsor. Established in 2012 and inspired by Winstanley and the 1649 Diggers, Runnymede Eco-Village aims to nurture and develop skills required to live independent of the mainstream.
Declaration of the Dispossed:
We: peaceful people, declare our intention to go and cultivate the disused land of this island; to build dwellings and live together in common by the sweat of our brows.
We have one call: every person in this country and the world should be free to live on the disused land, to grow food and to build a shelter and live together in community. This should be the case whether you have money or not. We say that no country can be considered free, until people are free to live on the disused land.
With our current system in crisis we need a radically different way of growing our communities. We call on the government and all landowners to let those who are willing, make good use of the disused land. Land that is currently held from us by force. By our actions, we seek to show how we can live without destroying the planet or ourselves. Free from the yoke of debt and rent, our labors can be directed to the benefit of all.
Though we may be oppressed for our actions, we will strive to remain peaceful. But we are committed to our cause and will not cease from our efforts until we have achieved our goal.
20th May 2012.’