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A satire of dysfunctional government and economic inequality.  

Chapter III: Day/Page 26 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . .

The third and final item is a small diamond ring, which, when turned, will send a signal back to Gâia and initiate the process for their return.

“Without the ring,” he says, “you can’t get back home.”

“Mental note—Don’t lose the ring!” jokes Swift.

The others chuckle.

Sofia rolls her eyes. (You just can’t shut up… can you?)

“No swimming either,” adds Dr. Phalan. “Unless you want to drown.”

Pils, not understanding it was a joke, explains, “No, you can swim. That’s ok. But because you obviously need to eat and drink and breathe, the force-field from the bracelet dissipates inside the body, so be careful around water, because drowning is about the only thing that can kill you while you have the lariat on—and disease, obviously, since germs can enter the same way.”

Lastly, Pils concludes, the diamond ring, sapphire lariat-bracelet, and ruby necklace are placed into a bowling-ball sized elliptical container called a “Pod” for the 11-hour journey through the wormhole to the Blue Planet.

“Any questions?” Pils asks.

There were none. All had done it before with spatial-wormholes.

“Very well, then,” says the Professor, “I think that’s it for today. Thank you Pils, thank you Sofia… Let’s all meet again tomorrow morning at nine o’clock to review the results of the wormhole test.”

After the others leave, Sofia asks the Professor what he meant earlier by the “Trinity.” It was not a term she was familiar with. “You said that only a fraction of class-1 life like the people from the Blue Planet make it through the Trinity. What is that?”

“You should really ask Dr. Swift, since it is his thesis,” says the Professor. (Oh, god, please don’t make me do that.) “But the argument is essentially that biological evolution and moral evolution, although certainly correlated, are not directly related. In other words, Swift suggests that some advanced species may evolve biologically, in that they will develop the intelligence needed to understand how the universe operates physically. And other advanced species may evolve morally, in that they gain the consciousness needed to understand how the universe operates metaphysically. But much rarer is the species of class-1 life that evolves both of these attributes, because the speed at which these two characteristics develop are different, with biological evolution generally progressing faster than that of moral consciousness.

“Those species that evolve a full-fledged moral consciousness, but lack physical development, generally live a simple life, tied closely to their natural environment. They may have language, use symbols, and perhaps some basic tools, but they lack the intellectual capacity or physical attributes needed for technological development, and understanding how the universe is constructed physically. Though they may sense certain aspects of that construction at an abstract level, they are essentially bound to the universe in a spiritual, not intellectual way.

“Conversely, those species that . . .

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW. . . .

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 This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2013 by Gregory James

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About Gregory James

After 20 years working and living overseas, I returned to the US and was disgusted by how partisan and polarized the country had become. Civility and compromise are now quaint things of the past, replaced by intolerance and the rule of extremes. So I gave up a lucrative career for staring at blank pages and searching for words, in the hope that words might help enact change. Stupid. . . . I know! But after 9 months of labor I birthed forth a book, entitled ONE PERCENT SOLUTION. Reminiscent of Vonnegut, with a dash of Saramago and Fforde, this humorous, satirical, often irreverent romp mocks the absurd we accept to be normal, ridicules the ridiculously low bar we set, and challenges all of us to demand more of ourselves by making light of what is sacred that shackles us.

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