Bizet's Carmen foreshadow the fate of humanity?
She dies at the hand of her lover who failed to privatize her love into his
The USA became privatized on the day before Christmas in 1913. She is presently dying.
The challenge before us is to reverse history, and resurrect 'Carmen.'
On the day before Christmas in 1913, the
USA became a defeated nation when it gave its currency away with the Federal Reserve Act. After 138 years of war
against the nation the masters of empire had won. America had suffered its
greatest defeat. It had lost the war by empire gainst humanity for the entire world. World War I and II were but after-shocks. But can
this history be reversed? Can America be resurrected? Can its resurrection free the world?
Later that evening, since this was the last evening of Steve and Ushi being
with us, we all decided that a cultural celebration was needed. Steve chose
the opera, Carmen, by George Bizet. He had noticed that Ross had a video
recording of it on his shelf. So it was, that in the glow of the sunset
Ross' television set was dragged out onto the balcony, external speakers and
Steve stood up and made a speech before we
put the opera on. He leaned against the balcony railing and raised his hand
to get people's attention. Low clouds over the sea behind him reflected some
of the remaining glow of the sunset. Some of it still illumined the sky far
to the right.
Steve told us that he thought it was quite a
miracle that we got through what had happened almost without a scratch. He
said it was a miracle, because everything that had been done, apart from a
few exceptions, had been done dishonestly and untruthfully. "The
miracle is that we survived," he said.
"That's no way to start a
celebration!" Tony interrupted him.
"Hey, what do you mean to tell us,
Steve?" I added to Tony's remark. "What did we do wrong? We
detected the cruise missile, we got it shot down, we succeeded in Venice to
the point that the fondi got all tied into knots. Also we had not a single
nuclear attack or threat from the Soviets of any kind since we canceled the
SDI. We also did well in the desert and again at the hearing. How can you
say we did everything wrong? We succeeded at the hearing beyond what I had
hoped for. Instead of us doing everything wrong, the opposite happened. The
evidence seems to suggest that we did everything right."
Steve shook his head. "Hey, Pete, you of
all people should know what I am talking about," said Steve.
"Perhaps you don't even recognize your own untruthfulness. You have not
been honest with yourself about the truth that you know, which you ignored
in your blind zeal of wanting to rescue humanity all by yourself. Thus, the
project started out wrong. The goal that you had in mind with your beach
project was a noble one, but the path you had chosen to get there was a
dishonest one. You denied the very foundation of the goal that you were
striving for and did so almost to the end. The scene was salvaged by other
people, mostly by Fred, and you didn't even recognize that it
"Me?" I said astonished.
"Yes you, Peter. Hadn't I told you right
from the beginning that your beach project wouldn't work? I knew that it
wouldn't work, because it couldn't possibly work on the platform on which
you had started the project. You sold all you had and poured every penny of
it into this project. You said to yourself that's the only way to get things
done, by doing it yourself. It didn't work out that way, because you denied
a fundamental truth about our humanity, that we all reflect one universal,
infinite Soul that manifests itself in a community of principle across the
whole of humanity. Did you really believe that you were the only person in
the world with the desire and the determination to uplift humanity to a
higher level of unity where its safety ultimately rests? Evidently you
believed that you were the only one with that desire. You were living a lie.
You lived with that lie. That is why you pushed yourself to the limit to do
this thing alone. And that is why it didn't work out until a lot of other
people changed your platform for you, starting with Fred, and later Ushi in
the desert. You had denied the very basis on which the project needed to be
established, which is the universality of our humanity. You should have
invited everyone to participate at the beginning, in this vital project that
is in everyone's interest. If you had done this, your motives would have
been in accord with the truth that all people are human beings with the
capacity to acknowledge universal principles. You should have made your
project, everyone's project. But you didn't do that. Instead you denied
everyone's humanity. Indeed, you denied your own humanity, because
truthfulness is one of the great attributes of our humanity, especially in
regard to the principles that we behold with the mind, which the eyes cannot
see, but which we recognize, because we are human. We can't deny these
principles. To do that is like denying the universe itself.
"As Fred pointed out," Steve
continued, "every human being is capable of the recognition of
universal principles, without exception. All too often we close our mind to
that capability, especially in times of blind zeal. Anyway, that is why your
project didn't work out as planned, because of your untruthfulness with
yourself in respect to the principles that you knew or should have known. In
your case, I believe, the consequences were minute, nor was there any
intentional dishonesty involved. Indeed, the problem became resolved rather
quickly. A lot of people contributed to the solution without your specific
invitation and the whole world has benefited. But there was a great deal
more dishonesty involved in the way the SDI issue was set up to be handled,
which wasn't your fault. We all fell into the trap on this one. The entire
cancellation process turned out to be one continuous charade of
deception," said Steve. "The honest thing to do, would have been
for the President to hop on his airplane and meet the Russian President face
to face. He should have said to him, what do you want? What does it take for
us to treat each other as human beings? If the SDI scares the hell out of
you, I'll call it off, unless you reconsider our earlier offer and agree to
develop the thing jointly for the protection for the whole of humanity. This
would have been the honest thing to do for dealing with that issue. Instead,
we staged this huge charade that the Russian President probably didn't know
what to make of. Luckily, he came to the right conclusion; possibly for
reasons other than the one that we had been trying to impose. And so, that
project didn't work out either as it should have. Sure another nuclear
tragedy in the immediate timeframe may have been averted by changing the
background a bit, but the cause for the danger has not been eliminated,
though it could have been.
"We don't know yet what the consequences
for this failure will be in the future," Steve continued. "Let us
hope that the little bit of what we did right, perhaps a word that was
spoken or a phrase, or a gesture, lit a spark in the Soviet camp in some
way. Obviously it did, and thanks to that, we are still alive," said
Steve. "The rest of what we did was dishonest, because we didn't
believe that the Soviets are human beings with the capacity to react like
human beings, if they are honored that way. We didn't believe that they
would be able to deal with us on the level of a community of principle. We
treated them like a dog that we train with food rewards. And that, my
friends, is how we addressed a life and death issue that effects the whole
of humanity. We weren't honest with ourselves about this issue, because if
we had been, we would have realized that this entire approach was total
lunacy. No universal principle supports deception or coercion. If we had
chosen to uplift the US/Soviet relations to a higher level where we do
recognize universal principles, all of that deception and coercion nonsense
that we put on the table would have not happened. It would have been swept
into the trash bin of history before it saw the light of day."
Steve paused and sighed. "I also
couldn't help notice a deeply seated dishonesty among ourselves, personally,
in Venice." He looked at me when he said this. "Yes, Pete, once
again you were at the center of it. I realize of course that Venice was a
poor choice as a location for the conference, since Venice had become
famous, historically, as the world headquarters for dishonest diplomacy.
Venice had held this title for a long time until the British Empire assumed
it and brought it to London and held it there ever since. Obviously,
imperialism is totally built on dishonesty. It has to be that way. How else
can the imperial oligarchy loot the whole world and get away with it?
Except, that's not the dishonesty that I found disturbing among us in
Venice. The dishonesty, which I am talking about, was of a different nature.
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