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ONE PERCENT SOLUTION . . . (one page per day) Page 29 of 252

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A satire of dysfunctional government and economic inequality.  

Chapter III: Day/Page 29 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . . “As desperation mounts, these people, instead of working together to solve a shared problem, become more self-centered, more inwardly-focused, more exclusive in a desperate bid for self-preservation, without understanding that there can be no preservation of the self without preservation of society—at least not from a class-1 life perspective.

“As it becomes clear that the situation is dire, that the time for using collective thinking to solve shared problems has been squandered, these morally-bankrupt beings often surrender the last vestiges of reason they have and turn to the ancient superstitions and religious mythologies used by their primitive ancestors to cope with a world they, too, felt helpless to contend with and understand.

“But those primitive mythologies are poorly-suited for navigating a complex technological future. So finally, like rats on a sinking ship, one of these groups—either those doing the pushing, or those doing the falling, or those who believe god ordains the iceberg to be theirs, or those who believe that power and wealth gives them final claim on the dwindling resources, or those with any number of other silly reasons—will inevitably use their powerful technology against another group in a final, desperate bid for survival.

“And then it’s all over. The evolutionary development of the species will have reached its zenith and now is inexorably marching to extinction. Sure, there might be small clots of the species that survive by barricading themselves in bunkers or armed colonies, jealously guarding their pitiful existence and what little else they have, much as their ancestors did in caves. But that is not the same as a fully-evolved class-1 life-form that is actively participating in all the richness of life that the universe offers. Technically, the species may still exist, in that pockets of individuals might endure, but the spirit and essence of an advanced civilization is gone. As individuals they may survive, but as a people they are gone.

“So, Sofia, the Trinity is the rocky confluence of these three forces coming together at one time: self-centered religious mythology, powerful destructive weaponry, and a dwindling energy supply. Those species who possess technological knowhow, but stubbornly cling to a primitive moral compass from the past—a compass ill-suited for wielding the spectacular technical power they hold—generally fail to navigate the rocky waters of this Trinity and are dashed to pieces upon its shores. Intellectually and physically developed, but morally and metaphysically retarded, they perish and become extinct. It’s happened countless times.”


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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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