Archive for September, 2009


short stories are funny things.  Sometimes they have to be constructed meticulously, brick by brick, with a keen eye for precision and form.

but other times, they flow off your pen like a sumi-e painting. A line here. A stroke there. Broad strokes to suggest form, hints of lines to suggest shape, and then, voila, you are done. How do you know? because one more brush stroke would ruin it.

sometimes brilliant execution is enough.


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green serpent

Anne McCaffrey writes the Pern books. In the first book of the series she creates a world and a culture in which the leaders must pass on important and key instructions to a generation 200 years in the future through the use of teaching songs.  There is just one problem. The teaching songs get misinterpreted. They tell to watch for the signs that will precede the next epoch of battle but the songs are interpreted to mean ‘Watch Out! Kill it before it grows!’

One then must wonder, if the seers and visionaries of the our own human past had something to tell us, how did they ensure the knowledge reached our ears? And even if we heard the messages, how would we inevitably misinterpret their meaning?

I cannot help but think this when the doomsayers and apocalyptic thinkers get their hands on the work of Nostradamus.

There are two problems. Nostradamus saw things he did not understand because, taken out of context, the future would naturally seem horribly frightening. Sort of like showing an airplane to a Neanderthal. Plus, in a world ruled by Constantine’s Corporate Church, he was trained to see the world of power as divided into Dark and Light and not holistic and intertwined.

The other problem is the Pern conundrum. Did he say ‘watch for the signs’. Or did he say ‘watch out. kill it before it grows’?

The fear mongers do you no service, either way. If there is to be a powerful shift in the cosmos, physical or etheric or both, fear would only hamper your ability to adapt; to stay light on your feet and ready to jump at the first hint of change.

The myth of the AntiChrist may be a Pern conundrum. We naturally would fear a being with so much power, if they were human, but if they were in fact, a pan dimensional being, whose point of view spans all the realms of space/time, whose purpose was not as human-centric as humans would like to believe but whose acts would create ancillary collateral damage to the benefit of mankind, only because it’s ultimate goal was the ascendance and evolution of space/time itself, then would we not be better served by leaders who were facile and agile; who embraced change whole heartedly instead of clinging to a set of rules that are rapidly ceasing to have any use at all?

And ultimately is this not the measure of every great leader, his ability to make decisions not just for the moment but for all the generations to come?

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