Story 25 - The Hydrology of Poyang Hu.
She told Jacky that the empire that rules the world wants things to remain the way they are. "They have spend enormous efforts and resources to create the mess as a part of their project of breaking up the major nations of the world. They don't want people to interfere, like cleaning up the mess they have created. Whoever attempts this will likely get shot, as many have found out the hard way, or they get thrown into prison and the taxpayers get to pay the cost of it. Our nation spends 30 billion dollars a year on government institutions, staffed with ruthless trained professionals that assure the empire with certain guarantees that nobody dares to interfere with their mess," said Heather.
Heather laughed again. She told Jacky that if the stench of the poisoned lake becomes too unbearable and people start to complain, the imperial press will step in and proclaim: There is no stench. "It will say: That's the modern aroma. We like it that way. That's the mark of the future. That's the smell of freedom! It will say to the people: Don't you dare to complain about freedom. And if you can't afford to have a home anymore, or to eat anymore, well, that's your fault. Join the new economy, become a stock broker, an accountant, or a real estate salesman. Join the industry that is looting the world and your neighbor. Don't be poor. Join the industry that is booming. Become a part of the stench, and you will like it."
Heather laughed again. "Well Jacky, I have learned from my own personal experience that an industry that doesn't produce anything anymore is bound to collapse," said Heather. "That's what happened to the steel industry when its jobs were exported, and with every other industry that followed suite. America has destroyed itself and is rapidly collapsing, and that phenomenon too, has been exported. It has been exported by way of America's financial policies, by which the collapse has now become a global problem. So, Jacky, what is humanity to do in the face of that global existential problem, and in the face of the powerful imperial force that is determined not to allow the problem to be resolved? The answer is simple. Humanity needs to become human
again, as Tony suggested. It needs to reach back into its own history, to the epochs when brilliant humanist developments have taken place. It needs to do this in order to rediscover its own image in what has been achieved in those bright periods. We all must find ourselves there, in the highest examples of mankind's humanity. We must find
ourselves by rediscovering the great geniuses of the past. We need to look at the four cradles of civilization: China, India, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, and the cultural development that came out of them. We need to look at Greek Classical Period and the scientific revolution in Egypt, and the Golden Renaissance in Italy, and the Peace of Westphalia. We also need to look at the people who stood behind these developments, people like Homer, Solon, Socrates, Plato, Confucius, Dante, Nicolaus of Cusa, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, Moses Mendelsson, to name just a very few. Humanity has become so rich in its relative short history that an honest discovery of those riches would revolutionize the world. Humanity would then look itself into the eyes and see its brightest achievements and traditions as the substance of its soul."
Heather suggested that if we would all manage to rediscover ourselves in this manner, to rediscover our strength, our quality, our love, and our honor, we would truly revolutionize the world. She said that we talk about freedom and human value today, but who knows anymore what these terms mean?
She pointed to Jacky, "If we manage to rediscover ourselves in these fundamental terms, our world will survive and society will be secure. If such a process takes hold, no empire can stop it. And that, indeed, could easily happen, which may be the reason why the empire that rules the world today is hell-bent to start a world-engulfing clash of civilizations war in order to prevent that global rediscovery of our humanity. But we can foil their plan. We can prevent the clash of civilizations with a dialog between cultures and then take our self-discovery further, as we look at the best humanist examples of China, India, Egypt, and the European civilization. On this path we can rediscover
ourselves as a great people, as the supreme being on this planet. This is what we must do. No nation in the world can afford any longer to isolate itself from this task. The consequences don't allow that."