Jean Christou: Cyprus Mail
A psychic detective consumed by fiery passion. It was Socrates who said the unexamined life is not worth living. Some people's lives may of course be more exciting than others but everyone has a story or two to tell, even if their biography never makes it to the New York Times bestseller list.
It's a life that spanned a harrowing childhood farmed out to abusive strangers during the Blitz to the twilight of his years in expathood in sunny Cyprus, with being a psychic detective, and consciously living as a hobo somewhere in between.
In Reflections in Grey, Cracknell wanders into the realm of philosophy and self-
Cracknell says his experiences as a psychic detective gave him an insight into the true wickedness and mental confusion that lies in the labyrinth of the human mind. "However, you cannot eradicate evil. It is not a separate state but an integral part of us," he says.
But constantly lurking in the background was also "that undeniable awareness of a spiritual identity" and the dilemmas that come with this world view. "To turn the other cheek takes more then courage, and it would take a spiritual awareness that I cannot now, or indeed ever will, claim to possess. To turn the other cheek is to invite another blow, apparently ad infinitum," he says.
Years of searching and researching for the objective truth of existence more often than not lead to the same conclusion as Cracknell has reached: "The final truth is that we do not know the truth."
Many of those who go on an earnest journey of self-