“Blue Blood”—called Quinta Essentia–was said by ancient Romans to be the sign of the god’s aristocracy. This idea originated by Ancient Africans determining God’s Spiritual imperceptible Substance was not subject to the Qualities of Matter, making it Ideal. The Greek Pythagoras (582-500 BC), stole this idea and wrongly claimed it to be the purest, most highly concentrated form of a nature of Essence. Aristotle later also wrongly said it was Celestial Essence—a constituent element of the Heavenly Bodies–a fifth Essence, Ether, above the Four Matter Elements of Water, Fire, Air, and Earth. He named it Quintessence. These misrepresentations were used by ancient European nobility to try instilling into their sons the gods immortal Blue Blood. They deeded a child well-born (i.e. born into a noble class) to automatically be a “Blue Blood”. This was sealed by the custom of each noble Roman father placing his newborn child on his knee to proclaim the child genuine. For another reason, the Quintessence was extremely valued by Medieval Alchemists. In a never-ending frenzy to get rich, they thought certain heavenly objects—called the Philosopher’s Stone(consisting of diverse metals)–were symbolic forms of heavenly energy. Believing this heavenly energy was essential to the success of the transmutation of metals into gold and silver, they tried in vain to extract the Ether through chemical distillation. But the only significant thing “distilled” from the Quintessence was the word “Essence” (Spence, Encyclopaedia of Occultism p322). Thereafter, everything involved in the Philosopher’s Stone project became a “hot-bed” for varied types of Tricksters—each with a sole personal gain purpose to deceive victims by any means necessary and/or to disadvantage Victims.
A particularly stimulating Con-artists period (e.g. regarding the "Philosopher's Stone") was Europeans’ Dark Ages—powering a Con-artists lifestyle pattern for many anywhere. A center stage spotlight was on “The Game” of C15 and C16 European “gentlemen”. Arrogant Individualism drove their addictive obsession for Materialism to the point of them honoring the Seven Deadly Sins—pride (arrogance), covetousness (greed), lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth (lazy). This combination displays as to Kill/Take/Destroy/Dominate/Control/Oppress (KTDDCO) those they feign to be “Against” them. Brutes' “Game” rules were/are that there were/are no rules. Hence, any dishonorable acts were respected as a show of power. It had to be played with a “Swagger,” as in being judgmental about everybody except them + the attitude of “the world belongs to me + I can push people around because the rules do not apply to me.” Style included ostentatious appearances of being rich; being excessively wasteful; intimidating victims; acquiring endless numbers of "adult toys"; and one-ups-man-ship practices designed to outsmart competitors. Brute Europeans' trademark was/is aiming to live "the Good Life" of hedonism (i.e. pleasing the senses is the only "Good"). But to give the appearance of being "intelligent and deep thinkers," their pseudo-metaphysical topics were/are merely facades—Non-Rational thinking disguised in undefined or meaningless big words. Behind such presentations are absent realistic Base beginnings; false truth opinions, no wisdom, no constructive meaning; and on a wrong course "going nowhere." The Renaissance "Gentlemen" financed the African American Slave Trade and came to the Americas' as "Southern Gentlemen"–setting up local, state, and the federal governments so as to maintain their national dishonorableness to the present.
Meanwhile, free use of every amoral/immoral KTDDCO measure imaginable to humankind was so admired by Europeans that all aspects of “The Game” trickled down to the masses of people. Their superficial rich imitations were via accoutrements of dress, possessions, and partying–a pattern persisting in full force throughout slavery and on to this day. During C18/C19, Europeans' Age of Reason focused on universe and humankind understanding through pure reason/logic. European professionals–e.g. scientists, Physio-gnomists (reading facial configurations or expressions in the belief they show qualities of mind or character), Astrologists, and others–everywhere flowered. They met the public thirst to take short cuts to the "Good Life" for “finding the hidden power within yourself” or for answers as to “why have you not been successful” or “I can analyze your personal assets and liabilities in order to bring light to your needs and conflicts.” Nothing has changed! jabaileymd.com