Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I.T. - 1-06 - Earth Messiah
06 – Why am I here?
Dear Homo Sapiens of Earth:
He was reading the Sci fi Dune Messiah when he could have asked me, "Where are you from?"
“The Cosmos,” I said.
“What planet exactly?”
“I am bound by no planet.”
"Where were you born?"
"'Born' is a concept applicable to bodies."
"So, what are you?"
"'What am I?' is one of the most profound questions one could ask. If you could answer this question about yourself, you will have my answer."
"I am a human being."
"What is a human being?"
"Ask any anthropologist."
"Anthropologist can answer a part of this question, but not all of it."
"Ask any priest then."
"What are they missing?"
"Meaning, purpose, destiny."
"So, what is the meaning, purpose and destiny to be human?"
"Only a human can answer this."
He pondered. "I'm a human, and I can't."
“Alright, how about this then: By what means did you come to this planet?”
“There are at least four general means for visiting a planet, by at least one of which have I come."
“The first and most obvious is of course technology, involving space ships, hyperspace-craft, teleportation, creative genetics, robotics, artificial high-intelligence, time machines, and their like, of which the limitations are far exceeded by the possibilities, which, however, are often considered, by the technologically less advanced at least, to be impossible. The second, in certain circumstances a special case of the first, certain imagined forms of which being indeed impossible, is telepathy – close encounters of the fourth kind, as it were, where the visitor experiences the planet through a chosen native creature, by seeing through its eyes, walking on its feet, feeling through its heart, thinking through its mind, and working through hands – or whatever other manipulative appendages it may possess. The third is what you hinted at – to be born as a native creature of the planet, naturally, to visit the planet for one lifetime. The fourth, at times indistinguishable from the first and second, and always possible, is imagination – that of a certain highly imaginative native creature, that is, who imagines such fourth-kind encounters with such vividness as to lend credence, in its own mind at least, to the reality of such visitors as myself. And finally, the fifth, is already to have the planet within oneself."
"I know that mine is the third. Which one is yours?"
"The first, second, fourth or fifth."
"That is for you to find out."
"May be tomorrow, maybe next year, maybe never. Also up to you."
"Why are you here then?"
“Regardless of means, for the duration of a beamed landing, or a telepathic communion, or a pipe dream, or a lifetime, or an inward journey, as pauper or prince, for good or evil, to give or to take, in war or peace..., we are all fellow visitors of this planet at this time."
"And for what purpose?"
"We do all share one question in common: What am I here for? Some come as tourists, others as naturalists. Some come as pillagers, plunderers and destroyers, others come as protectors, preservers and saviours. Some come to propagate and perpetuate lies, others to seek and speak truth. Some come to experience the flesh, others to purify the soul. Some come to learn, some to teach and some to merely sleep. While some come to Earth to read and re-read Dune, others come back from Dune to live and deliver Earth. And while some come all this way to find Earth filled with cruelty, injustice, hypocrisy and pain, others, who feel fortunate and called upon in spite of all, hold that for every visit, regardless of circumstances, there is a joyful and meaningful purpose, or an array of joyful and meaningful purposes, from which the visitor may choose one, or more, or, alas, less. Even for those who see their sojourn on Earth as agonizing, pointless and futile, they still have the purpose to leave."
"To leave? You mean..."
“There are several means by which one can leave a planet, amongst which one of the easiest and least irreversible is to escape back to Dune. Or conversely, as we both know, to die. But for those who can stand its sheer intensity and unrelenting realism, most of all, its uncompromising truth, there is nothing on Earth to compare with Earth Messiah. My dear fellow Earth visitor, I wish you purposeful living, and joyful deliverance.”
I am Raminothna,
the Fortunate and Called upon,
at your service.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)