Chapter 10 - Celebrating our Universal Marriage
I had hoped that something profound would be unfolding from Ross Christmas present, something that would alter our self-imposed fate. I hoped that our renewed focus onto higher levels of perception would help us to get our earlier vitality back. The potential for that to happen was definitely on the horizon. Once an advance in science opens a door and one steps through it into a New and Brighter World, the Old World with its struggles, agonies, trials, and barriers stays behind and fades from sight.
This realization opened a wonderful hope. I hoped that a shift in thinking had begun that takes one not only to where one was once before, but into even brighter realms than those one had until then regarded as heaven. Hadn't the king's daughter brought to the kingdom not only a proposal for a peace, that actually achieved what the Old Rulers would have never achieved by their old methods, but had brought to the kingdom a peace far brighter and enduring than any of the rulers had ever dreamed of? That is what I saw unfolding before us, something brighter than what we have had so far reached for. It appears that we had gotten stuck, because we hadn't been looking up high enough.
No doubt I was right on this point. That is why we had gotten stuck. It seemed that Raymond the great psychiatrist had already foretold us our fate, when I told him about my impasse and my apprehension on the day when I asked him for a way to tell Sylvia about Ushi and Heather. Raymond had laughed then, and inferred in his own 'professional' way that my bus was so hopelessly stuck in a sea of mud that I had actually abandoned my seat at the steering wheel and had climbed onto the roof of the bus with all the others in the world, where we had a party together of like-minded stranded people, rather than making an effort to dig ourselves out.
Raymond's had suggested that this was a common fault that we were more inclined to party, even if it is in misery, than being prepared to make the effort to dig ourselves out. Having a party is a wonderful way of evading to face reality. The trouble is that that process doesn't get us anywhere, not as individuals, and likewise not as a nation or a world.
Raymond had figured me out correctly on this one. His predictions had come woefully true. Even Tony had recognized our predicament. Over the years the mud had become so sticky that none of us could move. Heather had remained tied up with Ross, but they didn't get married. No children were on the way. Sylvia and I were happy with our new house that we enjoyed more and more, but the resulting isolation had created new boundaries. Tony kept on living with us. All five of us had become content to while away the hours at our wonderful beach, which however, had never fulfilled its original purpose.
No new revolution had been ushered in. We even told ourselves that we were happy that way, that we were happy without having to deal with the growing isolation that was creeping in between us, that we simply closed our eyes to. I had tried at first to get us back to the way we were, but the more I tried, the worse things got, just as this happened in the kingdoms of Greenfield and Gourdland in the weapons mythology story. Now however, thanks to Ross' Christmas present, a new ending was about to begin with the writing of the end of the history of empire.
I was intensely excited all of a sudden, wondering how I would write this final ending. Indeed how does one implement a New World based on the platform of the Principle of the Universal Marriage of all Humanity, even if it is an already established scientific fact?
The concept, which the scientific pioneer had put forward more than a hundred years earlier, had the potential, even then, to end all wars. If it had been implemented, it would have prevented World War One and Two, and the Cold War afterwards, and all the wars that came after that. I had to admit with shame, however that we were still no further ahead in applying the pioneer's profound scientific recognition, than we had been a hundred years earlier. The profound discovery of the universal marriage of humanity as an inescapable truth was as scary, when we discovered it, than it must have seemed irrational when it was first put on the table. Still it was bright with a great promise. The challenge now became one of making the promise a reality.
My take was, that since the door was now open, why not just step through it and explore to where the new promise leads, and to experience the wonderful challenges it brings with it?
I was rather proud of that idea. I was proud of it, because I thought that such a resolve was a fitting response to Ross' great Christmas present, the depth and the breadth of which, not even Ross could yet fathom himself. Perhaps some day it will be said of his present that no greater Christmas present has ever been bestowed on anyone, in any world, at any time.
That my hopes were not in vain became evident a week later. Ross called me up. There was a great excitement evident in his voice. "Did you know that we discovered what needs to be done to cure the world?" he said and began to laugh.
"And how is that?" I asked.
"You'll never guess," he said. I could hear him grinning. "The Principle of the Universal Marriage of Mankind furnishes the answer."
"That's just a scientific theory," I said.
"No, Peter. That's reality, but it is an aspect of reality that is so distant from our present living, that no one wants to acknowledge it. It is nevertheless the most fundamental platform of economics and for the new renaissance that we need."
"Universal marriage, a platform of economics?" I repeated.
"It's so simple and profound, Pete, you'll be amazed. "It has to do with energy utilization and human freedom."
"We've come across five different types of energy that correspond to five different types of civilization. Each of these also corresponds with progressive freedoms in physical capability and with a wider acknowledgment of our universal marriage to one another. The interrelationship is amazing, Peter."
"So tell me."
"How did the human civilization begin, Peter?"
"It began eons ago as a wood-fired economy."
"Alright Pete, how many people did it take to make the process of that economy work? One person was enough to make a fire, right. The resulting wood-fire economy provided enough power for a relatively primitive existence. Then coal was discovered as a vastly richer energy resource. It enabled a coal-powered economy that gave us immense freedoms of movement and productivity and a richer life. However the economic process was so complex that it was no longer possible for a single person to cover all the steps. We needed miners to make the process work, and engineers, and machine builders, and railroad builders, and so on. We began to recognize to a faint degree that we truly were married to one another. We simply could no longer survive on a lesser platform. Eventually we discovered oil as a still richer power resource. It enabled the realization of dreams. We could build and power automobiles and airplanes with this energy resource, and harvest hydrocarbon gases to heat our homes. We could even power rockets to travel to the moon and the planets. We could also create new materials with these resources, like plastics, that we hadn't imagined before to be possible. We gained immense freedoms in capabilities. However, a vast sea of human talents was suddenly needed to operate this high-powered oil economy. We are absolutely married to one another by our human needs and by the multiplicity of our talents that are all needed, that no person can muster on his own in isolation. And now we are taking still a step further. We are challenged to create a still richer and more abundant energy resource. The world's oil, coal, and wood are no longer sufficient to meet our needs, and in addition, they are being depleted at the same time. We are meeting this challenge with evermore-advanced processes for harvesting power by utilizing nuclear fission. With coal and oil becoming scarce over the next 50-200 years, the Earth has enough fission resources to last us 10,000 years. However, to make the process work, a much larger population base is required to create and operate the process. Suddenly education and scientific development becomes an input into the process, and for this to become efficient or even possible, we need an ever-increasing development of culture and support structures for human living. We literally are married to one-another and need to support and uplift one-another to make this process work. And we need this process to work to survive. Money is not a resource in this process. The human being is the resource that needs to be developed. The money economy, the privatization of wealth and resources, is finished. Its end is here. The wealth of society is the human being, not money. This realization needs to dawn or else the nuclear power economy cannot be created. Right now the nuclear power industry is in a mess in many ways, because the human element that is the real resource of society, is being neglected. Unless we correct this deficiency and develop the Principle of the Universal Marriage of Mankind in a deep reaching manner, we won't be able to muster the development of the next richer power resource, that of nuclear fusion, that we absolutely must have before the Ice Age resumes its course that may begin in hundred years time."
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