Antierra Manifesto-Blog post #70

(from blog post #69…)
I have resolved this moral question in my mind thus.  If I perform an evil act against another to prevent a greater evil, that is acceptable providing such an act, if successful, does not in any way benefit me personally.  Ideally such an act would bring about the desired effect while I, like the Phoenix, would be sacrificed in its fiery wake.  It is important to understand this when faced with all such moral dilemmas.  If I survive the ‘doing right by wrong’ act, I must atone for my part in it.  If it benefits me, I must divest myself entirely of any and all such gain. 

Having reminded myself of this process in my mind, I continue explaining these difficult concepts.
End blog post #69
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Begin blog post #70

“This I know Tiki.  I not do it to please me.  I not do it to hurt man.  I not do it to show me is better fighter.  I do it to teach.  I do it for all women.  I know, after I kill Warmo, I die soon.  Is my way to say I sorry for killing.  I not take pleasure of killing in my heart or mind when I leave.  I be free of all killing suffering.  And I be free of sorrow.”

“Sorrow mean pain, suffering?”

“No.  Sorrow mean you feel all pain and suffering other feel, not you.  You take to you what other feel, like Cholradil, only you do because you choose to do, not because your heart make you.  Sorrow is great secret power.  You know good feeling?  Pleasure?”

“Yes, like you give to me.  Good feeling.  I happy with you.”

“There is greater good than this feeling Tiki.  There is what great spirits call ‘joy.’  Is happy in all things, all time, no matter feel good or bad, still always happy.  Now I teach you something only great spirits know.  If you accept sorrow in heart, other suffering, other pain, take to you like hurt child, then when it settles down to nipple to suckle milk, it change.  It become joy to you, see?  Child change hurt to happy inside you.  No need for outside change.  This happen inside.  Joy always inside, never outside.”

“Huhmmm…?”  She taps my arm again, indicating she does not understand.

“I explain this way.  You outside in cold rain naked.  Feel bad.  Many other women outside in cold rain also.  All feel bad.  You say, ‘Tiki, you forget your feel bad, take all other feel bad from other people, put inside your heart to make all feel better.’  Now you feel terrible pain; now all the people pain inside Tiki heart.  Now you hold pain there, like baby in stomach.  Feel sorry for all the pain.  What happen is soon you feel warm, even in cold rain.  No longer is cold rain hurting Tiki.  Soon other people they not feel cold rain so much.  Tiki make miracle; take cold rain, change to better.  This called ‘compassion’ and this all great spirits have for healing all hurt and suffering.  So great spirits they not hurt or suffer but they have deep sorrow and this turn to joy in great spirit heart.  Secret power; greatest power in the All World.

“This power where I come from long, long ago; where also much suffering; we call true love.  Not many great spirits in worlds.  Not many understand.  Right name for true love is compassion.  You understand this?”

“Com – pash – shon.  True love.  I not feel sorry for Tiki, only for other have pain.  Have to be very strong woman to have com… pashon.  If all pain is because people do evil, still have compashon, still love people?  Still take people pain in heart to heal and find happy joy?”  

“Tiki very intelligent and understand.  That is how it supposed to work.  Yes, take very, very strong woman to do real love.  Not many strong people like that.  Not many are compassionate people.” 

“Compashonat?  Compashon is name thing; is have thing.  Compashonat is being thing, yes?” 

‘Amazing,’ I think to myself.

All the while we are talking low; while the storm is slowly abating and we are wrapped in the warm fresh straw and the warmth of our bodies I can visualize her eyes shining in the dark with each input of new information, each new idea, each new concept.  I can feel her surging with the anticipation that these teachings will change her life and her world.  It is as if I had introduced her to a new magic weapon to train on and take with her in the arena to defeat her opponents. 

In Tiki’s mind there is yet no place for personal defeat.  All she knows of life comes down to this:  being abused and hurt, fighting back, rolling with the punches, overcoming every odd by whatever means and rising to the surface to breathe fresh air.  Push her under and like a balloon she will surface between your arms, or somewhere else but she will surface. 

Yes, this one is the Gift.  Now a great part of my quest on T’Sing Tarleyn, land of man; T’Sing Taleya, land of woman; T’Sing Tallala, land of Freedom and Hope,  is accomplished.  I’m reaching the bottom of my personal ledger for my own fulfillment of promises. 

In the dark while Tiki slides off my body to lay beside me to cradle her head in the comfortable hollow of my shoulder and sleep, I bow silently and offer my own sacred prayer.  ‘To whomever may hear, or care, help me to not fail in my last steps.  Help me to climb that steep stone stairway where the priest waits with the ritual knife of holy sacrifice.  Let my offering be pure.’

The wind moans and a tear in the clouds reveals the wan light of Albaral for a brief moment.  Another portent?  A warning, yes.  A deadly warning.  Something, someone, knows of my intent for this world and for Earth and is doing everything it knows how to defeat me in my intent.  Ah well, I’m sure that on some etheric plane, as we battle for the souls of worlds, we are evenly matched.  As evenly matched as I with Warmo on this plane. 

Thus I close my thoughts and slip into gentle, dreamless sleep.  I have finally found a moment of peace on Malefactus, thanks to these two extremes: the Warmo on one end of the see-saw, I on the other end, and Tiki and all the women of Malefactus as fulcrum in the middle. 

End blog post #70

21 thoughts on “Antierra Manifesto-Blog post #70

  1. Hyperion

    That moment of peace when the books of life and death balance and there is no fear of either is a good feeling. I thought it transforming of the spirit. I felt that in reading this chapter, how Antierra finally feels her message is received and she is ready for what comes next.

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      1. Hyperion

        I felt this one especially close to my inner me. Antierra gives and Tiki rises and organizes into minds of the others. The factual tale of Sparticus is only known through Roman eyes and writing but it is as powerful a tale of just rebellian as we can find. They taught the world that in fractions you cannot win but united, skilled, and determined, even the mightiest oppressor can be defeated. Perhaps that seed is planted and germinates in Tiki’s mind. Beautiful and wrenching scene.

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Thank you very much indeed for that synopsis. The old mentor, the teacher passing on her knowledge to her acolyte. Through the years Antierra sought and sought for a “proper” student and it finally came down to Tiki to carry on. The story is nowhere near finished but now we can watch Tiki rise to a very tall challenge… or fail. Antierra must now go her own way and focus on her final moves within the slave compound, the arena and back.This passage to me was reminiscent of the tradition among the Bene Gesserit of Dune that the old reverend mother would pass on her knowledge and accumulation of past and “other” lives to the sayadina who successfully transformed the waters of life.

      3. Hyperion

        I do especially resonate with this part through my own experiences of training young men to face their inner fears and develop a skilled and disciplined mind and body. The influence of the epic Dune series is something I’ve taken into my psyche. There are so many things in the series to marvel at. That we both have taken much from the subtle lessons imparted is a positve connection to share in. The martial aspects of Antierra’s story are well done in the way it lays out training and preparation of the fighters physically and mentally as well as the combat and aftermath. The toll on every aspect of a person’s life is enormous but having overlived it, one can remained crushed by the weight of it or hold dearly to the lessons learned to seek a higher consciousness for themselves, which for me was an escape hatch that offered a way to leave the detritus of life behind. The noble purpose can be a singular path in my mind. It’s a choice backed by actions. I am a better person for our study of this story together. I do listen carefully but know that it takes me time to absorb and find the rightness of it from my own eyes. Don’t give up on me. I’m slow, but determined.

      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        My dear Daniel, it is very nice to get such validation based on your personal experience. I appreciate it deeply. In this life I have been totally anti-military, anti-organized(sic) violence and yet this “history” that I have put down is as real to me as if I were living it in the moment. Your comments are a persistent validating of my past and future lives “remembrances.” How else would I, or anyone else who delves in these things, know about them in such poignant detail? Thank you.

      5. Hyperion

        Hi Sha’Tara! I often think it was no mere chance to cross your path. I often see the connections between our thoughts and experiences. I’m more influenced in my daily life by the programming I’ve accepted and my endless entertainment with the new definitions of ancient thought patterns which I bloviate without regard to the level of aggravation I cause. I do see a deep connection in what you share with us here. You do not waver in the slightest detail when you describe the noble warrior’s mind and experience through Antierra. Many would call Warmo a warrior too but this is a misunderstanding of the noble ethos of standing in front of the innocent to protect and preserve. The young are enthusiastic to prove themselves and can rise to face impossible odds often to their demise, but in time, wisdom comes and only the wise and lucky live as old warriors. In this story of Malefactus, Antierra is wise beyond her enemies and the female fighters she sacrifices so much to impart a chance to effect a change. It is a near impossible task and yet she is suceeding. I am facinated with this story and the details of it are exacting in my own experiences. If I were prone to swearing, I would swear you had mounted the battlefield across many ages of conflict. I know I have too. Although I have accepted war as a permanent part of the human experience on this planet since the many tribes began to compete for survival, I can say that it is the legacy of the great failure of humans to evolve beyond violence. That we voice our great superiority on the planet above all lifeforms, we fail to realize just how low a lifeform we truly are. A ragweed lives a more noble life and a dung beetle is more careful with its industrious lifestyle than we are. But dammit, we do and create such beautiful things at times. I’ve found my life better rewarded by admiring these rare traits of creativity than troubling myself on how to save our humanity. You are a rare and beatiful spirit Sha’Tara and you have not chosen an easy path but you have chosen the noble most path. Those of us that can let go of our self to listen and learn can learn a great deal from you. Your anti positions should be held dearly. To do otherwise is to find oneself in the mud I struggle to remove myself from. The muck of weary acceptance is where the archeologists will find my bones if I don’t get back on the noble path where I hope to run across one of your many Revenant selves. We can have an ale together and sing a few songs and tell a few tales of past lives.

  2. deteremineddespitewp

    I have a feeling here of the proverbial calm before the storm. Something of the final acts of preparation, of all that can be done to be ready is done and then there will be The Act.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Indeed Roger, another insightful and incisive observation. The “Act” – the storm is rising in its inevitability. Has Antierra got all her hatches battened down? The most difficult ones to seal shut for someone like Antierra, the moral choices to do right by wrong. I believe that only a truly compassionate person is able to understand the terrible dilemma presented. One has to be there to realize the burden of responsibility.

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      1. deteremineddespitewp

        Of very much so.
        Michael Herr’s ‘Despatches’ looks at this theme through his observations of the ‘grunts’
        It’s a theme I am trying to explore through Arketre, although in her case where she has often walked too far in. So far she has managed to get back out, but there is always the chance she will, one day, walk so far in, she loses her way and all that will matter is ‘The Mission’ (a steal from Herr’s book)

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        These be the life-changing events that some enter into knowingly and some just tumble in. Those who weigh the implications beforehand will not be caught off guard, or come across too many surprises – just enough to stay on their toes. Those who stumble in unknowing may never come out, or if they do, they remain scarred for life. Arketre being the professional soldier and much more would know when she’d gone in deep enough and wouldn’t let her pride prevent her from admitting such and beating an honourable retreat.

      3. deteremineddespitewp

        I hope she will, there are fearful times ahead for her.
        The last volume relied on books I had read of the Vietnam Wars of the 1960s/70s.
        A portion of this volume takes place in a Stalingrad and the fighting in southern Russia between the Summer of 1942 and the Winter of 1943.

      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        Maybe Arketre can take “lessons” from Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko, the famous female Soviet sniper. According to the web, over 2000 Soviet women became snipers during WWII. Only 500 of them survived the war, including Lyudmila after racking up an impressive 309 confirmed kill, several of those being Nazi snipers. (I have a very personal interest in women fighters against the Nazis during WWII, whether as part of the military or as underground operatives – a very poignant interest!)

      5. deteremineddespitewp

        The German soldiers feared them. They could stay in position longer then men as they were very patient.
        The film ‘Battle for Sevastopol’ is based on her life…Some of the scenes were inspiration for Vol II – Arketre’s stalking of an enemy ordinance (artillery unit), although she is not as patient so runs about a bit.
        Also let us not forget The ‘Night Witches’ Russian women bomber pilots who made life miserable for the Germans:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Witches
        Nor those women selected as tank drivers for their size. (And usually adopted as ‘kid’ sisters by the rest of the crew).
        Then there were the school girls who crewed the anti-aircraft guns as the first line of defence in Stalingrad. Shooting over open sights at advances German forces. As they were killed others took their places. The battle hardened professional German troops couldn’t believe it and despite the Nazi indoctrination had to give them a measure of grudging respect. (Antony Beevor’s book ‘Stalingrad’).
        The fact was that despite the militarism of both Germany and Japan they unlike The USSR, UK or USA did not fully mobilise for war, in which women took their places. Some stirring stories there to.
        Such as the American women aircrews who flew bombers from ‘factory airfields’ to the next stop for full time crew to take over. One experienced male officer said of the women crews, they were some of the best he had ever encountered.
        I could go on…..

      6. Sha'Tara Post author

        I believe the patriarchy undermines and undervalues women, when it isn’t openly oppressing them because it fears them. At its raw core the patriarchy (I think of it as a Power) absolutely hates the female principle because it is life giving whereas the patriarchy can only take, consume and destroy. The Antierra Manifesto is an attempt to depict to what degree of anti-female corruption the patriarchy can plunge.

      7. deteremineddespitewp

        The Patriarchy is run by collection of persons I refuse to think of as True Men.
        A True Man sees The Woman as his equal partner and celebrates that which is her.
        When needs be he protects her. When needs be he defers to her and looks in turn for her protection.
        Together they are strong.
        Any male who denigrates a woman is fooling itself into thinking it is a Man.

      8. Sha'Tara Post author

        I guess it takes a certain kind of brain-deadedness (like the Trumptard in Washington) to find pleasure and satisfaction in oppressing and belittling a woman, any woman, just because she is a woman. As I’ve stated all of my life, misogyny is the number one sickness on this world. Racism is second. If misogyny was eradicated it is my belief that racism would disappear with it.

      9. deteremineddespitewp

        Having dealt with the public, managed staff and negotiated with managers, then came upon comments in social media my own opinion is they are equal in venom, spite and sheer ignorance with both men and women (the ‘we should know our place brigade’) guilty in equal parts.
        And this is where I part company with many of my good friends (Yourself included Sha’Tara) and walk down the authoritarian road of ‘Intolerance & Hate is a crime to be punished as any other’ .
        (My one saving grace is unlike Trump, Johnson and the rest I know I would be a terrible ‘top person’ of a country).

  3. Sha'Tara Post author

    Daniel, I too think is is no mere chance that connects us here and now. Your own life with its struggles exemplifies many of the things the Antierra Manifesto attempts to describe. Yes I believe that her experiences are part of mine, but in a future sense. So how did she get there? How did she acquire her wisdom and the incredible skill to self-incarnate, like Venus, as a fully grown woman, then deliberately take on a task that is by all account beyond any normal person’s abilities and resilience? But you know some of that and some of that, from today, was passed on and became part of Antierra’s mindset. Simply put, I find such thoughts truly “cool”!
    Something I know from bitter experience – in this life – and that is being too hard on oneself. This also is a Earth human fault. Don’t be too hard on yourself – just enough to get up the next rung on the ladder, not to the top: no one reaches the top and if any claims they have, one cursory look will reveal that they are full of s**t. I’m not a great swimmer and when I go swimming, usually in the Fraser river which is a big and moody river, I learn, each time, that struggling with myself to gain a shore faster only tires me out, it doesn’t get me there sooner. I need to work to make headway, but making headway is all that I need to concentrate on, not getting to the far side! The swimming is the lesson, the drama, not the safe landing, the predictable.

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