[a short story from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
Leo thought himself well read and educated. He’d mastered history, myths and legends of Earth and at twenty three he was pondering his future. After so many years at the University however, becoming a professor didn’t have the appeal it once had. Travel he could afford but everything went too fast. Here today, there tomorrow and nothing in-between.
His doorbell rang. He ignored it and it continued until he was forced to answer.
“Yes? Who is it?” he called through the speaker phone.
“An old friend passing through. Have time for me?”
“Hm, and who would be this old friend, if I may ask? I don’t open my door to strangers, especially those who claim old acquaintance.”
“I am Thero. You know me from your lucid dreams, and visions, yes?”
Leo rubbed his forehead, then tapped his left hand on the door to ensure he was awake.
“This isn’t possible. Thero is a figment of my imagination…”
“More than that, Leo, much more. Will you let me in?”
Leo waited a few seconds and opened the door. What he saw shocked him to put it mildly: it was Thero, the very same character he’d come to know in some dreams and vision, the one he credited for giving him direction on his historical research.
“Come in… um, Thero; please come in. I apologize for my reluctance but I still can’t believe it can possibly be you. You… you’re a dream character!”
“Yes well, you got the “character” part right anyhow. Shake?” He proffered his hand and Leo shook it.
“OK, fine. I’ll allow for the moment that you look and sound like the Thero I imagined. Do you drink? I mean, alcohol?”
“Oh yes! I could use a glass of Chardonnay.”
“You also knew that’s my favourite wine and I always have some in the house, right?”
“But of course.” answered Thero while Leo got the wine from the fridge and dusted two tall glasses never used since he’d moved to the tiny house which his uncle Doug rented him after Doug’s wife took him to the cleaners and left to marry her masseur. Leo poured and filled both glasses, handing one to Thero.
“Now some serious talk. First, how did you know about my imaginary “teacher” Thero, and what he looked like?”
“Because I am he,” said Thero matter-of-factly, and smiled broadly.
“Oh cut the crap, and cut to the chase. I know you’re an impostor, so what do you want with me?”
“Look Leo, if you’re absolutely certain I’m an impostor, shouldn’t you be doing something like calling the police, or at the very least, throwing me out?”
“Granted, I’m ambivalent about it. Since I see no harm in playing this game, what is it you want?”
“As Thero you accept me as a Teacher, so let’s just say I’m here to further your education on the history of your people and your planet. Can you spare me some time to do that?”
“You know I could never resist a challenge when it comes to history…”
“Stop. You said, and I quote: ‘You know’ implying that you believe and accept I am your ‘imaginary’ Teacher Thero, is that not so?”
Leo stopped to ponder the question for a stretched moment then shrugged. “I’ll concede that you are Thero so we can carry on with this conversation. Is the wine to your satisfaction, Teacher?”
“That it is. A very good light wine. Now then, since this isn’t being done in a dream, may I suggest you equip yourself with some sort of recording device? Can your cell phone record our conversation?”
“I’ve got it on now. I’m ready.”
“Good. If you allow me leeway and don’t interrupt too much this should not take more than a few hours. I would prefer the dream method but I wanted this on the record, so to speak. Now then, let’s start with some remarks about the general social condition of your people.
There are things you do, as a species, that belie your claim to humanity; further, that put in question your claim to be an intelligent species. Some, like your exploitation and wars are obvious. Others, like your insistence on wearing clothes when they are not needed, expensive, cumbersome, ridiculous, sweaty and stinky, harbouring diseases, among other things, say much about you as a society. Already from these few comments you should detect distrust, greed, fear, judgment and a massive dose of control over others.
“The need to control is a form of psychopathy that leads to misogyny and racism, which in turn leads to violence of the absolute worse kind. Bottom line, despite all your glowing mission statements which you dub constitutions, you remain pathetically fearful and hate-filled and prone to commit mass murder over any imagined slight. You exploit from raw greed and oppress in order to gain power over others. You want to be rulers. You want to be gods in your own right and if you cannot do it as individuals then you come together in, or form, groups which you use to force your ways upon others. These power collectives are as old as your particular species. They began as families, then tribes, then collections of tribes which became nations and collections of nations which became empires.
“The goal of any empire is simple enough: to have absolute control over its sphere of influence, usually the known world. If your species was to be allowed space travel it would continue this pattern, spreading out to establish even more expansive, oppressive, war-mongering empires. Woe to any other sentient species that found itself in the way of expanding Earthian hegemony. Forced conquest would be endless. Entire worlds would be destroyed. All life encountered would automatically be deemed less than human and subject to exploitation, enslavement and/or destruction to make way for new Earthian civilizations. Only an already established, violent and war-mongering civilization on par or militarily superior to Earthian conquerors could hope to stop the onslaught. This would result in bringing the conflict to the Earthians’ home planet, resulting in its enslavement or complete destruction through the inevitable use of nuclear arms.
“That is how it is. We of the galactic races know this pattern having encountered it many times and having had to either destroy them in their advances, subdue them, or civilize them and make them a part of the greater galactic family of sentients. This is history for another time. I don’t want to wander too far from the point of this teaching.
“My dear Leo, despite your many degrees in historical and associated knowledge, much of which is due to our subtle input, you remain abysmally ignorant about what makes your particular species act the way it does. When you know more about us you will be able to compare and see how much of what you call your civilization is comparable to an insane asylum crammed with billions of crazies desperately feeding upon whatever the asylum is made of and on each other. You will see that the more sociopathic of your species are those generally entrusted to rule the asylum. Better to have a crazy ruler than none at all is how you put it and since you’re all more or less certifiable, why would you think otherwise? You fear and hate because you distrust one-another. You can never have true peace and safety for the same reasons. Earth, Leo, is hell. Now to explain.
“It isn’t just you, as a species, that makes this world a hell. It is the forces that inhabit and control it. One of your most “cherished” beliefs, apart from believing in your fairy-tale gods, is that your world keeps itself in balance due to an “evolved” concept called predation, or natural selection: the survival of the fittest. You can’t even begin to imagine a world where such an insane psychopathic system could not exist. You accept the horror and terror you observe in your “nature” to justify your own sick need to express violence against your world and the physically, militarily or financially weaker members of your own society. You “hunt” and “fish” for pleasure; for something to brag about when it’s nothing but abysmal shame on your claim to being human and humane beings. You go to war, commit genocide, enslave your own children, rape your own women, while comparing yourselves to the ruling members of a pride or pack of predators. Do you not, in your killing games and violent sports extol and emulate the qualities of your greatest predators?
“Have I made a point, so far, Leo?”
“Yes Teacher, you have. When you put it that way, it makes me feel pretty small and hopeless.”
“That was my intent. The first thing is to crush the ego; the pride. Now to continue. ‘Must we’ I hear you thinking. Yes we must. You need to understand the why of things or you can never, ever, hope to change any of it, including and especially, yourself.
“Mythical fact: your world is a “re-manufactured” entity. It has changed hands many times and gone through several transformations. The biblical book of Genesis points to at least two of those transformations. I’ll let you figure those out for yourself. Earth’s owners, the ones you’ve called “gods,” “divinities,” “God” or “alien visitors,” have come and gone from here over the eons, most of that barely suspected even by your most astute observers. They knew that “something happened here” but they could never know what because they lacked the broader perspective of time and space. Currently some of your observers and more spiritual people sense that nothing is as advertised; that “something is going on here” and speculations on what that is run wild on your Internet; in your books, magazines, movies or news and entertainment media. It’s always been that way: some always suspect but no one ever knows for a fact. Your religious leaders and many of your scientists hate being without facts so they’ve been manufacturing their own “facts” to suit their various theories, or to establish themselves within the status quo. This also is suspected and talked about, but again: no facts.
“How does one maintain absolute power? By dissembling. This is the basis for all successful political movements. Think of this: “As below, so above.” We use it this way to explain how to understand the political aspects of the universe. If you observe “it” on earth, it is safe to project “it” throughout the entire universe. It could not work “here” if it wasn’t the modus operandi every known universal “where” you can imagine. Earth may be a hell hole but it isn’t the only one. There are even worse ones “out there” if you can imagine. By the same token, the good you can observe on earth, percentage-wise, is the good you could observe in the whole universe… percentage-wise. This to force you to think universally now. Project your mind to the ends of the universe, Leo. Time for some serious lateral thinking.
“What I’ve been trying to point out to you is that the concept of “facts” was invented to force reasoning creatures into strict vertical thinking patterns so they would increasingly squeeze their minds into tighter and tighter areas to the point where they could no longer go out on a limb in their thinking. They would always need data, or facts, to justify their line of inquiry. They would learn to never trust their intuition or imagination.
“Nothing could be more deadly to the historian. History is not based on facts but on imagination and speculation. Ultimately what constitutes your current history is what the consensus has declared to be the truth. That consensual agreement is then taught to children trapped in “universal” education. Call it what it is: brainwash. The whole point is to have an entire reasoning species conditioned to accept “things as they are” and not feel the need to question it.
“Earth is one of trillions of worlds under the domination of certain forces in control of the universe. These forces came here long before this solar system existed. They systematically conquered and established control over most of the universe. Wars of conquest, wins and losses, go on to this day. Every part of the universe, every conquered galaxy exists in endless conflict. Not all of it is military, in fact very little is. The wars are fought in what we call the spirit realm, which extends down into the minds of sentients and their sentient worlds. If “evil” wins then the world, or galaxy (or parts thereof) become subject to the rules of such evil. The conquering, ruling forces are pathocratic and their subject servants (basically all of your rulers, whether you like to hear it or not) are sociopathic by conditioning.
“Now do you understand what you are up against when you study your history? You’re up against millennia of lies and fabrications. You’re up against endless “false flag” operations that have lead to horrors uncounted; to wars, enslavement and genocide. The whole point isn’t to gain control of this or that part of a world: of a nation or a people. The point is to foment violence. Any method is good but the one that creates the most pain and horror is always the best. I can assert that in your pre-historical (or pre-hysterical) past your world knew nothing of predation. In those times it was ruled by a benevolent, subsequently demonized, female entity called “Lucifer” – she who rebelled against the evil of those “Lords” who conquered her worlds and enslaved her and her people. The one who was “cast to the earth” along with a third of the contingent of “angels” or servants of the “Lords” who had learned from her and fallen in love with her people. Of course the story of Lucifer had to be recast to make the “god” look good and her the demonic rebel. So it was, so it is, so it will be, Leo, until some greater force can destroy the hegemony of those who call themselves the “Time Lords.”
“I’ve heard you speak of these “Time Lords” before but my mind refuses to accept that such a system exists; that such evil entities conquered and control most of the universe. It makes no sense to me. Why, if they are so powerful, do they hide themselves in the so-called spirit realm? Why can’t they be seen?”
“You’ve studied the myths, yet you ask such childish questions, Leo? Really! Think laterally, I tell you. Free your mind, Leo. Imagine encountering an actual Time Lord or a close minion while you are in the flesh. Imagine looking one in the eyes. Do you see what would happen?”
“Thinking freely here… I would go blind. My flesh would burn up and my body shrivel and become ash.”
“Exactly. ‘No one can see God and live’ remember that? The Bible is more than myth. It isn’t fact but it is history.”
“What must I do now then? Go teach lies to make a living? Quit all of it and… what?”
“It’s all lies Leo. You can only teach lies. You can only know lies. There are good lies and bad lies. Go teach the good ones and continue to search for “the truth” and eventually it will begin to reveal itself to you like a lover unveiling and disrobing herself for you. When that happens though, you will no longer be able to teach but you won’t care, you’ll have a treasure of greater value than anything the earth or its history can give you.”
“Is “the truth” then that greater power that can defeat the Time Lords, Teacher?”
Thero smiled and replied: “I sense that I haven’t wasted my time with you Leo. Keep thinking. Keep imagining. Keep living.” Thero got up and turned towards the exit. Leo, seeing his time was up, got up from his chair also and escorted the Teacher to the door.
“See you again, Thero?”
The Teacher turned, smiled broadly and replied enigmayically: “Perhaps.” Then he was gone.
Leo woke up with a start when the door bell rang. As he got up to answer he noticed his phone was set to “Record.”
“For our struggle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12, the Bible, New Testament)