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Stalking the Average Man

-It certainly does, but you don‘t appreciate how the nature of information guides people in
making those choices. The media are instrumental in ways they might not realize. |
-Such as? |
-Such as the blanket assumption that accurate information allows people to make better
choices masks the underlying nature of their actions. |
-Which you think is what? |
-Something large you will discover as we go along. |
-What about something small, like my energy part in that? |
-Fair enough, | she joked. -My people would say you risked yourself for years to be able to
speak intelligently for five minutes about a complete waste of energy that killed thousands of
people. But your audience already knew that people are killed in wars, so what you had to learn to
survive—which was impressive—was meaningless. I spoke for five seconds on the same subject,
nobody died, and my conclusion was something you did not know. Our conversation is a metaphor
for spending energy efficiently. |
-If you believe in the energetic thing, | I said chuckling.
-I thought you understood; my people didn‘t believe anything—they knew. |
-They knew what? |
-Where they really were—we‘re not there yet. |
No shit
-Uh huh. |
Chapter 5
The Magic of Mankind
It seems that you have an agenda beyond making a living? | I said, more casually than I was
-I do, | she replied agreeably. Counting on her fingers, she said, -Over time, my characters
peel back the layers of our common assumptions to reveal aspects of the human condition that
are crippling our development now. When they subdue these behaviors with the disciplines they
developed to mirror the rules of handling energy, | she pulled down a second finger, -my
audience will see that by changing our view of ourselves we can change the world. |
-Your agenda is to change the world? | I knew better, but I snickered anyway.
Bonnie waited tranquilly for me to quiet, before she said, -I said changing our view of
ourselves. |
-Into what? |
-Energy, | she said, apparently confused that I had missed this aspect of her point.
-Okay, so how much time are you talking about? | I said, as seriously as I could manage.
-Immediately after the opening scenes, | she replied, looking pleased at a my casual
acceptance of her premise, -I introduce an ancient Egyptian culture as the base setting from
which other time frames will reveal the destructive progression of our common beliefs, and the
effectiveness of my people‘s assumptions at turning things around. |
-Time frames as in flashbacks? | I said warily; she was smarter than this.
-I place my teachers throughout time, and have them reappear to keep their lessons on
track. | O n no cue I could see, Bonnie lunged into myriad descriptions of ancient architectural