In the year 2081, the civilization of North America United collapsed.
There are various notions and tales about what happened. As nearly as we can understand it, electronic technology ceased to operate.
Thus came The Blank Period, which lasted two hundred years. How it ended provides an interesting lesson.
In a small walled city called Dallas Four, a man living in a cave found a fragment of a document titled The Wizard With Three Faces. The fragment reads:
O destroyer of worlds! The Wizard.
The Wizard has three faces. The first one is: Is.
Is takes in everything we call reality, including the past.
This face presents past and present as an unbreakable rock. We are led to believe our only course of action is acceptance, which is no action at all. It’s surrender.
In some quarters, acceptance is considered the source of all enlightenment. When we finally stop fighting against What Is, a door opens and we are at home, we’ve arrived in the moment, and all is well. We’re at peace. We experience transcendent joy.
The second face of the Wizard is: Reality behind Reality. It presents surface manifestations and hints of the powers-that-be behind them. It offers the opportunity to crack the ordinary-reality egg and peer into the clockwork of the manipulators.
There are people for whom this is the be-all and end-all. They see such explorations as the essence of living.
The third face of the Wizard is blank. It expresses nothing. It offers nothing. It asks nothing.
The man living in the cave, after pondering this document for several years, drew a conclusion about the third face of the Wizard, and he assembled paper, paints, and brushes, and he began to paint, as he reported, “shapes and spaces.”
Immediately, he received a message. It floated like some sort of broadcast in the air. It was an electronic voice…where there had been no electronics for two centuries. The message stated:
“You have violated the Federated Novelty Act, subsection 23, order 18. No new creations are permitted. A sufficient amount of universal knowledge has been assembled in The Transmission Center, so that all human beings can access it and gain superior wisdom. We repeat: no new creations are permitted. They confuse the structure of knowledge. They also cause divisive conflict. All people are equal. This equality can only be maintained as long as no new creations are allowed. You have begun to set yourself apart. You must stop immediately.”
Suddenly, this trigger restarted all heretofore dead electronics. The entire sector of North America United lit up. Television, Internet, and surveillance were restored. Computers in The Transmission Center set about profiling and tracking 500 million humans.
From underground bunkers, large numbers of robots appeared, and began making raids and arrests of “suspect individuals.”
Something called The Central Government, an automated system located in an ancient place called Denver, swung into action. It began passing laws and rules and regulations. It issued proclamations, starting with:
“We are all unified. We are all together. Every sentient being must act for the greatest good of the greatest number.”
“We, your government, had ended our functions. No more functions were necessary when all new creation had stopped. But now there is a threat.”
“We must work together to root out the threat. We have detected one, two, three….six new incursions….individuals who are creating Something New. This is a spontaneous uprising aimed at destroying the Order.”
“Citizens must remain alert. If you notice a person acting suspiciously, tap the control key on any electronic device. A blank face will appear. Begin to speak. Report what you have witnessed.”
The man in the cave began to operate under a variety of names. Hermes, Tom Paine, Adam, Whitman, Amendment 10, Socrates.
He was never apprehended.
Hundreds, even thousands of decentralized cities rebelled against the reborn Order. Eventually, a small band of outlaws found the location of The Transmission Center and destroyed it during a month-long siege.
In a sealed warehouse, they also discovered a number of “illegal” energy-producing devices, and blueprints for their construction.
In one room, they came across suppressed paintings, novels, poems, films.
The most delicate investigation involved disconnecting all surveillance and robot programs. Fortunately, these were linked to a central energy source, and that was found buried beneath the remains of the New Age Temple of Rainbows, in an ancient place called The Singularity Calif.
The electronics of the old civilization were preserved, minus the control factor.
Recently, a message from the man in the cave has been received. It reads:
“There is much more to the deception than we suppose. What we call Universe is a projection from a two-dimensional surface on which are inscribed millions of lines of code. These lines can be partitioned from each other and reconnected. Each time they are partitioned, the space-time continuum shrinks to the size of a small coin. When the lines are reconnected, the continuum resumes its former size.
“Tiny, huge, tiny, huge. Each one of us, however, each soul, does not partake in the shrinking or the expanding. Each one of us is independent. Immortal.
“I have found a portal that leads to the original two-dimensional surface and the code. The question is: when shall I initiate a partitioning? Are you ready?”
Public opinion about the cave man is divided. Is he a brilliant avant-garde liberator, or a destroyer of worlds? Or do these two labels amount to the same thing?
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at http://www.nomorefakenews.com / www.jonrappoport.wordpress.com / link to original article