"Aren't you overreacting a bit?" I interjected. "Sure, the dream was radical, but it was after all but a dream."
"Or was it a message from the Universe that we should pay attention to?" Sylvia replied. "We know far too little about the flow of Intelligence in the Universe and in our world, to brush this off as a hoax by an overworked mind with a lot of imagination."
"If this was a message, what was this thing that became so profound and then vanished?" I said to Sylvia. 'The Thing' was a profound presence that had no name, which no one could touch. It had been everywhere and had made our world bright. Then it diminished and was no more to be seen. Nobody in my dream knew what it was, which everybody simply called, 'The Thing?' It was so real and profound that people made poems about it, even music, and art, and wrote stories. People were fascinated with its presence, which eventually was everywhere. It enriched our world, even while no one had ever physically touched it. It is hard to imagine that there is such a thing in the real world, which we have so far simply missed?"
"There used to be a lot of things in our past that might be described in that manner," said Ross. "Call 'The Thing' love, honor, integrity, intelligence, industry, humanity, sublimity. Call it all of that."
"That's not enough," I said. "You have listed derivatives. 'The Thing' was the cause for them. Maybe it still is. In this case we have lost sight of it as we no longer value the derivatives."
"'The Thing' is a quality," said Ross. "It is a light that glows with the color of what is real in the Universe. Our world is a part of the Universe where everything exists laterally. As a nuclear physicists I see us living in a lateral Universe that is rooted in Principle, with a harmonizing Spirit that is Love. That's how the Universe is organized, from the smallest atom to the largest galaxy. Everything is harmonizing. Everything is light. Everything is harmonizing and is dynamically unfolding with great creative power in flows of immense energy. Obviously its Principle defines also the reality of our world. Mary had recognized this already a hundred years ago. She described the reality of our being, as the 'lateral domain' where every person, thing, heart, and so on, exists side by side with any other, so that all are one in an all-embracing bond. This is something that one can see perfectly in the mind, but cannot touch, physically. 'The Thing' that you saw might be the 'light' of our lateral thinking. In your dream 'The Thing' was created by society itself. What you saw appears to be the opposite of people merely standing in the sun, casting shadows. You saw the opposite to shadows. You saw society casting its light! That's what every empire fears and therefore hates, and tries to stomp out of existence. 'The Thing' that you saw, Peter, is the bright image of lateral living, of a renaissance-type living. Maybe you saw the image of the Golden Renaissance that once stood as tall and bright as your world had been symbolically in your dream. I am not surprised therefore by what you saw in your dream. You are well aware of how the Golden Renaissance came to be and how it was destroyed."
"But why is the dream happening now?" I interjected. "What's in the air? Are we facing the beginning of a final doom, because of our ongoing failure to heal the 'disease' by which the Golden Renaissance was crushed? The disease is empire. It has been festering in the background for six hundred years. Why is the dream happening now? Is the final thread that holds civilization still aloft, about to break?"
"Call Fred up," said Ross. "He's at the center in Washington. He's got his hands on the pulse. If anything is brewing, he should know about it."
Fred's response was a burst of laughter. "You question is focused backwards," he said. "The fact is, nothing is happening. Nothing is happening anymore anywhere in the world. That is why the world is in a breakdown crisis. But you shouldn't need to ask. How many times have I urged you to study history? If you had followed my advice, you wouldn't ask. Oh, yes, there were times, great periods when momentous movements were happening, when monetarism had nearly been wiped off the map in a big frontal assault. On the surface the great fights were against empire, but the strength of empire is its monetarism. Monetarism has always been at the core of empire, and that core had its beginning with the Cult of Delphi that had its 'fingers' in the treasuries of the ancient Greek City States of Athens and Sparta. The Cult of Delphi inspired the Peloponnesian War. It was all about money and money being power. This war hasn't ended. The 'oracle' of monetarism created the Empire of Athens and destroyed it, and it created the Empire of Rome and destroyed it likewise. Monetarism always destroys itself. When empire re-emerged in Italy, with its 'oracle' in Venice at the center of that world, it promptly destroyed itself. In the shadow of the collapse of monetarism that had destroyed the economies of Europe, the light of reason and scientific development reasserted itself, which became the Golden Renaissance. The renaissance force unfolded with such a power that its movement nearly wiped the new oracle off the map, but through betrayal Venice was saved, and with it monetarism was saved. In the shadow of this near defeat, a new face for empire was created. Paolo Sarpi of the Venetian oligarchy felt that a more radical approach was needed to overcome the renaissance spirit. Thus, he created the new liberalism that was designed to 'liberate' the Renaissance world of its power of reason. Sarpi's 'liberation' created almost a century of religious war that became evermore intense, just as empire became more intense. Venice migrated itself northward into the Netherlands and then into England, to become the new empire of modern times. But the renaissance spirit had not been fully defeated then. Strong movements began in the background against the empire of monetarism, revolutionary movements. Of course the movements were persecuted by the masters of empire, both in the Netherlands and in Britain. To evade imprisonment and execution, one of the leaders of this rebel movement for a brighter humanity, named William Brewster, managed to escape the heavy hand of the persecution with a hundred of his fellow revolutionaries. They were given passage on a merchant ship, the Mayflower, which brought them to America, where they landed on Plymouth Rock at Cape Cod. They weren't escapees. 'We shall be the city upon a hill and the eyes of the world will be upon us' -- this was their guiding motto. And the eyes of the world were upon them. Soon John Winthrop arrived with three hundred more to start a new era for mankind, free from oligarchism, empire, and monetarism. However, there existed no alternative to monetarism at the time. This alternative was created by these people and their offspring who thereby became indeed a city upon the hill and the eyes of the world did see something profound happening. It happened in the Bay Colony of Massachusetts, where monetarism was replaced for a brief period with the revolutionary idea of the credit-society principle. The people needed an ironworks to improve the agricultural processes with more 'mechanized' methods that required iron for its implementation. In order the create the iron works, the people issued a scrip as credit to themselves. The credit scrip became used as money to build the critically needed facility. It uplifted the economic scene so powerfully that the King of England stepped in and outlawed the scrip system as a new renaissance threat to the empire. But the idea wasn't forgotten. The King of England was kicked out of America and the credit society principle was brought back in the form of Alexander Hamilton's idea of a national bank that issues national credits for development purposes. The independence movement was deep below the surface, a movement against monetarism, and thereby against the core of empire. It appears that the Constitution became necessary to empower the credit society principle, and to authorize the national credit creation for all times to come. So it was really Hamilton then, who was the driving force behind the Constitution, with Benjamin Franklin supporting the idea and implementing it. The credit society principle, of course was fought by the British empire and its minions at every step along the way. They sabotaged it to the point that it failed many times, but it always came back. Lincoln resorted to it to save the Union against the onslaught of empire that became the Civil War. Lincoln's greenbacks financed the industrialization that won the Civil War, in which the forces of empire lost ground and were crushed. On the strength of Lincoln's credit society implementation, even after Lincoln was assassinated for it, the USA became the greatest industrial power second to none, and the envy of the world. But the champions fighting in the light became fewer, and evermore traitors in the service of empire began to rule America. The Specie Resumption Act brought monetarism back, and in 1913 some more traitor gave the entire American financial foundation into the private hands of the masters of empire. The nation lost its fighting spirit. Not even Roosevelt had managed to reverse the trend. He sidestepped it for a season, but once he was dead, the empire's monetarism was back, and it became more powerfully destructive than ever. President Kennedy had tried to set a new direction, but he was killed, and everything that he stood for was erased and drowned in the gore of war. After that nobody was fighting against empire anymore, except LaRouche, and he was stepped on and slandered and imprisoned. The fighting scene had become so thin that the British Empire, as it was once called, simply took over and installed its dictators ever deeper into the fabric of America. As LaRouche keeps saying to America, you can't win the war to save yourself if you don't fight, especially if you don't even recognize the enemy. The enemy is empire, and that makes the oracle of monetarism the real enemy. Athens was destroyed by it. Rome was destroyed by it. America is about to be destroyed by it. That's what you saw in your dream. America's spirit has faded. Its lateral platform has been abandoned. Its heart has stopped beating. Nothing is moving. You ask me, what's happening. Nothing is happening. That's what's happening. We are in an existential breakdown crisis, and nothing is happening to save the nation. The world is collapsing all over the place, and nobody stands up and faces the monster of empire and says to it, you cannot pass where I stand, your days are done. And so I say, the world is dead, Peter, and soon we will all be dead. A society is dead when it fails to stand up for its lateral foundation and fails to protect itself. But the final moment when all crumbles into dust has not yet begun. It can still be avoided. And even if it isn't avoided, the war still continues. It won't be won, until empire is routed out and banished, and its stinking monetarism with it."
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