Today’s interview is with Dennis Nappi II founder of Service of Change. Dennis is a veteran, having served in Army counterintelligence. He’s served as a police officer in Delaware, and a school teacher in the Philadelphia area. Today, he’s a publisher and a writer focused on making big changes through the small changes we can all make every day.
Dennis is someone who is really thinking about our world, where we are, and where we’re going. You’re going to find his ideas and insights profound in a way that will inspire you to dig more deeply for truth in your experience.
The Affirmation Spot: Hi, Dennis. Can you share more details about Service of Change? What it is, why you started it, and what do you hope to achieve? How can people help?
Dennis: Hi Ray! I’d be happy to talk a little about Service of Change. I initially created the site to promote my first book, Service, A Soldier’s Journey: Counterintelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Violence of Urban Education. My goal was to create a community of readers interested in making a change in the world with a focus on military life & PTSD, repairing the relationship between citizens and police, and brining about the changes needed to education. What started as a promotional blog, however, has turned into a grass-roots movement of change. We promote “Small changes among the masses can have a massive impact around the world,” and encourage people to “be the change.” I’d like to see more people take ownership of their lives, and develop a sense of commitment and responsibility to the improvement of their communities. Right now, people can help by communicating: start making changes and share your experiences on our social-media feeds. Also, it would be a great help if readers and listeners would share our articles and podcasts within their own respective circles.
TAS: You’ve published four books to-date. We’re going to talk about I Am Human in a moment, but what can you share with readers about your other books? Two are written specifically for teachers and one details your own journey of discovery, correct?
Dennis: Correct! The first book, Service, is my memoir. It details my journey as a young soldier, through a deployment to Bosnia as a counterintelligence special-agent, to a transition into police work, and finally concludes with my experiences teaching in a high-needs, violent, Philadelphia special-education classroom. I try to give readers an honest and raw look into my thoughts and emotions because I want people to understand how a soldier feels, or what a cop experiences when they are afraid or lonely. I also want people to know just how bad education has become in America, and how desperately our students need support. If we don’t fix education, I see the American future as being extremely grim.
My other 2 books are a part of “The Urban Educator’s Survival Guide” series. The first book is an easy-to read guide with 7 strategies designed to improve classroom management in the most challenging classrooms. The second book gives advice, procedures, and suggestions on ways to prepare, plan, address, and recover from violence in the classroom. They are quick reads, and I recommend them for every new teacher or anyone facing a challenging school-year.
TAS: Let’s talk about your latest book, I Am Human: & We Are Not What We Think We Are. It’s a provocative title and one that’s sure to get attention. Let’s start there. What’s the reason for the title? What does it mean?
Dennis: Great question, Ray! As I mention in the book, throughout my life I have recognized my spiritual path. I’ve had experiences that main-stream science and religion fail to acknowledge. After years of study and reflection, I found myself extremely restless one night. Information was pouring into me – some of it was my own thoughts, some was flowing in from places unknown. So I wrote everything down, trying to understand what it all meant, and what I produced was an essay that I felt compelled to title: “I Am Human.” Upon review of the essay, it taught me that humanity is living in a state of ignorance with a false sense of security. The basic premise is that in trying to understand who we are, I looked at life on this planet and realized life requires life to survive. Why should we be any different? I Am Human & We Are Not Who We Think We Are explores this essay in greater detail and suggests that we may not be at the top of the food chain, but woven within it as a potential source of nourishment for an unseen force that keeps us in a state of chaos and despair.
TAS: It’s a short book and I devoured it one sitting. I really connected with your writing style and the material. It details some profound experiences you’ve had and equally profound insights that it’s spawned for you. Can you briefly describe those experiences?
Dennis: Sure! Since early childhood, I’ve had experiences with Them. They come in the night and offer paralysis and terror. But they also inspired a profound inquiry and investigation into who they are. That study has led me on a journey of exploration that connects everything in this world: religion, politics, education, and even reality TV! The book mentions one of my encounters with Them, and then takes readers through my own investigation into the validity of modern religion, our relationship to nature, and an attempt to understand not just who we are, but our connection to everything around us.
TAS: What’s your hypothesis for these experiences? Do you believe you’ve been chosen for them? Do you believe they are happening to many people or all people? What meaning can you put to them?
Dennis: That’s a tough group of questions, Ray – but good ones! I’ll try my best to give an answer. I’ll start with the big one – my hypothesis. Please note that I am not the first one to make such a claim, but did come to this conclusion on my own. I believe that a parasite exists just beyond our perception. This parasite feeds off of human emotions (such as sadness and fear), and is able to influence our thoughts and actions to encourage such states within us. In ancient texts, this parasite is referred to as Demons (Christian Bible), Archons (Gnostics), and Djinn (Islam), among others.
I used to believe I was chosen and special, and in book 2 (Food for the Archons), I explore this in greater detail. However, in answer to your question – no. I don’t think I am special or chosen. I happen to be aware of a tiny aspect of something that is happening and feel compelled to investigate this further. I believe the “special” designation (common among many abductees) is designed to ensure complacency in a given agenda. (I’m special, so I will do X since it is my destiny). The way I see it is: I’ve seen so much suffering in this world, and I think (they) had a hand in my father’s suffering, so I am going to learn everything I can in hopes of starving Them out of our existence.
Is this happening to everyone? The late Karla Turner theorized that this could possibly be happening to everyone. I tend to agree with that theory. There are so many accounts of false memories, screened memories, or a complete lack of a memory for an experience, that I think this affects the majority of the human population.
As far as meaning – I am still trying to find my own understanding. On one hand, something terrible is happening. On the other hand, had it not been for this terrible circumstance, I never would have started this journey of understanding. I never would have grown in the ways that I am growing. I have come to understand that sometimes “bad” things are necessary for growth. Most days I believe that these experiences are not necessary and we are mere cattle and lab-rats. But as an objective investigator, I still have to wonder if in the end there is a greater purpose for this hardship. With that being said – I have not seen any revolutions or evolvement for the benefit of the species in chickens or cows since we have been slaughtering them for our own nourishment…
TAS: If your hypothesis is correct, how does that change the day-to-day lives of human beings on this planet?
Dennis: If my hypothesis is correct, then this should change everything. It also explains human suffering, war, and hardship. If humanity could realize that our suffering is by design, and we could understand the mechanism behind that design, we could find a way to design our own “matrix.” We would be empowered to create a better way of life, based on helping one another instead of fighting for our own piece of the pie, which in my opinion, is much easier than one may imagine. If we all started making those small changes and caring about one another and our relationship to the planet, I believe the majority ( but not all) of our problems would disappear.
TAS: Some people might dismiss ideas like these. What would you say to those people?
Dennis: I probably wouldn’t say much to them. It is because of these types of people that I took so long to go public with my thoughts and ideas. They are a part of this system of control, and so was my silence. If anything, I would encourage them to read my book. It’s free online and a quick read. If they are willing to have an open dialogue, free from unfair judgment, then I am happy to hear what they have to say, even if they are being critical. We sometimes learn from our greatest critics. My goal is not to be right – my goal is to work together with others to find a better way.
TAS: Dennis, what else are you working on right now? What’s top of mind for you at this moment?
Dennis: I always have several projects running at any given time! I can’t wait to get back into Food For The Archons (Book 2), since I stopped writing half way through to create I Am Human. As a publisher, I am proud to be working on The Art of Service, A Collection of Haiku Poems by my good friend, Lori Latimer. We are publishing her inspirational haiku poems in a beautiful collection this May. I am also working with a former student who is writing a book about his experiences growing up with special needs. He has a powerful story and an important message to share. For more information on these projects, readers can visit www.ServiceOfChange.com/Projects.
Lastly, I am also currently working on an online classroom management course for teachers that I hope to release this summer.
TAS: Now, I Am Human is a short teaser for a more in-depth second book you’re writing, correct? How can people get Book 1 and when do you expect Book 2 to be available?
Dennis: People can read Book 1 for free at www.ServiceOfChange.com/IAmHuman when they sign up for The Seiker Newsletter (also free). We are building a great group of readers and interested people who want to explore this topic further and hopefully find some concrete answers.
Right now my goal for the release of Book 2 is March 2016. It’s such a great project, and I can’t seem to type fast enough to get all of my thoughts down. I am excited to eventually get some feedback on it, as I go into greater detail with my personal experiences and provide some research to support not only what I have experienced, but what I think may be happening to us. Subscribers to The Seiker will get updates on the progress of the book, along with some teasers along the way. In addition, they can get a little more insight at www.ServiceOfChange.com/Archons.
TAS: Readers can also hear you, along with your partner Joel Shafer, on the Service of Change podcast each Thursday night, correct? Where can readers find your podcast?
Dennis: Yes! Every Thursday at 9:15 pm, Joel and I host our Changecast: The Podcast for Change. Our goal is to interview helpers, free thinkers, and people having a positive impact on this world in hopes that our listeners can find inspiration, motivation, and concrete ideas on ways they can start their own journeys of change. For more information, readers can visit www.ServiceOfChange.com/Changecasts or subscribe to us on iTunes at “Service of Change.”
TAS: Dennis, thank you so much for investing your valuable time to bring your insights to our readers. What would you like to say to them in parting?
Dennis: Ray, it has been my honor to be a part of this discussion. Thank you so much for your time and interest. I’d like to tell your readers that despite the darkness that may be hanging over our heads, and despite all of the fear that is spread throughout the Internet and media outlets – there is hope! The system is designed to keep us afraid, but there is a better way. Start small. Look within and ask yourself what you can change in your own life that will make things better for you. One step at a time, and we can make a huge difference. As I say at the end of each show, “Small changes among the masses can have a massive impact around the world. Be the change!” Thank you!!!
TAS: Dennis, thank you. You’ve given us all much to think about. I know I speak for readers when I say, we’re looking forward to Book 2. I want to urge everyone to take Dennis up on his offer to download I Am Human & We Are Not What We Think We Are. You won’t regret it.
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