Story 3a - Here Begins a New World.
Erica told the audience that their own indifference to these processes is in no way exceptional. She told the assembly that she got the same reaction everywhere, whenever she spoke to people about the funding cuts for scientific research, especially the research in nuclear physics and reactor technology on which humanity's future depends.
"People just don't care about anything that lies even an inch beyond their nose," she said. "Their mental focus is so tightly bound that they can't see anything else than what popular opinion allows, which is artificially controlled by the most able professionals. The outcome is poverty."
She reminded the assembly that the environmental movements suggest that it would be better for the world if its economies were powered by gasohol, solar cells, and windmills, and the like. She said that most people believe this deeply, except they can't see in their narrowly focused minds that this pristine, energy lean world that they dream about as a panacea, would be an absolute hell in real terms, a kind of hell that would not be able to support more than 10% of the existing world population in a life mired in poverty and senseless toil. The rest of the people that could not be supported in this energy starved world would literally be forced to die.
"That is what is on the table," she said forcefully, "and will occur if the present plans are implemented. This, my friends, is what the ruler's of the new world-order want. That is why a global war is presently unleashed against
the fossil fuel energy production that we depend on, and against nuclear energy production and
development that we will absolutely depend on if we want to develop ourselves
towards a reasonable standard on which we can survive on this planet. It is
presently being hailed as a utopian goal to save the environment, while the real goal
that is being implemented, is to destroy humanity."
Erica also pointed out that the same narrow focus can be observed in the military sphere where people have become obsessed with the idea that security comes from the deployment of weapons. She said that this narrowly confined focus has caused humanity to build tens of thousands of nuclear bombs and missiles. She said that this happened because the builders of the bombs had been blinded by false ideals to such an extend that they could no longer allow themselves to see the beautiful, fragile, human world in which these bombs could never be used without terminating the whole of human existence.
Erica pointed out in no uncertain terms that everything that involves a narrowly confined perception should be reexamined. She suggested that humanity's focus should be widened to infinity, before anyone begins to talk about truth. She predicted, when this happens, all warfare will cease. And if that doesn't happen, humanity will cease to be.
Erica spoke for nearly an hour on this general theme, for which she presented a wide variety of examples. Her message was clear and unmistakable. Still, I thought that even her profound message was too narrowly focused, compared to what she should have said. Nevertheless, she had addressed infinitely more than what most of the delegates were concerned with in the confines of their still narrowly bound perceptions of what humanity is and
what its boundless potential is that hardly anyone recognizes.
When Erica stepped down from the stage I intercepted her in the isle. It was grand to see her again, and exciting. I would have embraced her right in the middle of the auditorium, except civility required that we merely shake hands and leave the meeting hall. Then the embrace happened.
I had so many questions to ask: "How are you? How is your husband? How many children do you have? How is your research at the university going?" I invited her for a cup of coffee to the Simon Bolivar Center.
She told me there, that she hadn't been with the university for many years. She told me that
the funding cuts had shut her entire department down, and with the destruction of the economy there simply weren't any research positions left in the private sector, not even in the nuclear power industry, which was likewise being shut down.