Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

Story 24 - Queen of the New Law.
page 173

      Out of this background, a whole new trend emerged. Quietly, working in the background, the 'stronger' in the business world began to steal from other businesses by means of clever schemes that promised the sky, but were empty structures of lies in real terms. After all, lying was legal in the name of making profit 'for the king.' The lies were said to be necessary to conceal the truth and thereby to protected their business dreams of ever greater wealth, some of which was actually paid out to the king.
      Soon, the pretending stopped. The most 'advanced' business people started to trade in goods that simply didn't exist, which were merely deemed to exist in the future, but which could be sold and bought many times over for real profits before the time at which they were actually created. In evermore cases, they were never created. In this manner the 'business' people created for themselves enormous wealth out of thin air in the form of intangible aggregates that existed only in the form of numbers written in scrolls that had no real correlative in the real world. Soon, even this process was simplified. It became too bothersome for the businessmen to relate their businesses to merchandise, whether real or imagined. They started a game that allowed them to trade the numbers directly with one another, allowing for big and easy profits which they pursued with greedy eyes.
      Little did they realize in their obsession that no one was left in the kingdom tending the fields. The workers had all been starved to death, and they themselves would never pursue such lowly employment. Why would a business person do that? Still, there was no one left alive of the peasantry to do it. The harvests were failing. Bread was increasingly hard to get, and what could be found was of poor quality. Eventually the business people realized that all these lowly things had to be done. That is when they realized that they, themselves, lacked the necessary skills to farm, or to raise cattle, or to harvest, to butcher, to bake bread, to make tools, and so on.
      In their frustration they prevailed upon the king to use the remaining people of the land to wage a war against the Kingdom of the East which had in abundance everything they needed. "Apart from that," they said to the King, "it is always good to start a war when things don't work anymore. War changes the environment."
      In this urgent matter, once again, the king followed the advise of his trusted advisors and prepared an army of sorts, armed with whatever weapons the kingdom had laid up in previous times in its armories.

      According to the legend, the exiled queen, being guided by her leading edge supporters, had survived the journey through the haunted rock ribbed canyons that were cut so deep that never a ray of sun had touched them, and on a river so swift and so violent that it took their combined strength to prevent their rafts from being smashed against the walls of the canyons. Still, they survived by virtue of their skills and prayers and arrived unharmed and hungry in the kingdom of the East.
      Their arrival was considered a miracle, there. The people of the Kingdom of the East were fully aware of the perils. They had heard stories being told of narrow gorges that lead to the lair of dragons surrounded by steeply rising cliffs, guarded by waterfalls and rapids foaming over submerged rock formations. To their knowledge no one had ever dared to make this journey for a thousand years, or had succeed to come through, alive. The queen, though, who understood the rumors and the legends, feared no danger, nor did she fear the dangers that might await her on the other side. Indeed, such fears would have been in vain. Her companions were knowledgeable in many things, and had been quick to adapt, to become expert boatmen and to become wise in the ways of the river. So it was, when they emerged on the other side, they were kindly received as such. Their achievement was celebrated. They were brought before the king of that land as people of a miracle.

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