In June of 2011, I sat down with my wife, Donna, to watch Excalibur, the 1981 film about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. I had watched that movie many, many times in the past because I have long been fascinated with the Arthurian legend, and because I felt this particular film held some secret I had yet to decipher.
As so often happens, it appeared to be a coincidence that I watched the movie that particular day. Donna and I were supposed to be at a family reunion, but she wasn’t feeling well, so we were at home. She “just happened” to be watching Excalibur, and I “just happened” to come into the room and decided to take a break and watch it yet again.
Then, something else happened, something extraordinary. At one point in the film, King Arthur sends his knights out to find the Holy Grail, and it is revealed to one of them that the grail is not so much a physical object as it is the unity of the realm. That is what Arthur had been striving to achieve, and that is what was at stake in their search.
In a flash, I realized that the Apollo astronauts were President John F. Kennedy’s Grail Knights, that the unity of the planet is the “holy grail” of our time, and that the Overview Effect is the means of achieving that unity.
Suddenly, the fact that President Kennedy’s administration was called “Camelot” made a lot more sense than it ever had before, and I began a long quest of my own to write The New Camelot. Many members of the Overview Group helped me in this endeavor, and I should mention two people in particular: I discovered that Alex Howerton is an expert on King Arthur, and had already come to the same conclusions I had, but many years ahead of me. This book contains quite a lot of material from Alex’s writing, and I have deeply appreciated that he let me use it. Also, David Beaver was one of the first to read early drafts of the book, and his encouragement to keep going with it made a huge difference.
Let me close by saying that I believe this is the most important writing I have done since The Overview Effect. I hope that everyone who cares about our work together will read it and let me know your thoughts on it. The book is available on Kindle.
(And remember that you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. You simply have to download the Kindle app to your favorite device.)