Questions of Duty and Purpose

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 49

Part 68 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us. Previous episodes.

Recap of last week's episode.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa.

Stari-ki probed his experience of the Oneness with everything and decided he wanted the Oneness to be the Truth, and that the Rebel view now seemed a self-dwarfing way of looking at life. Still lying in his arms, Neva told him the name he was called in her earliest memory: Ad-am Templar-ji. She then asked him to explore his earliest memory. Stari-ki threw his mind back in time, to before his birth on Ceres, and then relived a terrible experience of being in a fight with mindblasts and being hit with something so big it knocked him out. He remembers calling out to the enemy: Hail to the second son — which made no sense to him.

Lying on a fur on the ground with their wives, Izbel and Asa, Blu and Ska watched the goings-on of the tribe around them, enjoying the day. So far no one had emerged from Neva’s tent to give orders, and so Stari-ki’s Army and Neva’s tribe were hanging out and playing games together. Blu and Ska had the perimeter manned as always, but a feeling of peace overcame the normal paranoia.

Tribe toddlers visit Izbel and Asa.

Two of the tribe’s toddlers were chasing one another and stumbled on the edge of the fur, falling into the arms of Izbel and Asa. “You sure are cute!” Izbel exclaimed and hugged and kissed the child. Asa was cooing and baby-talking and touching noses with the other child. Blu thought, Sure would be wonderful if life was always like this.

Ska agreed. Being able to have kids of our own, to teach, to pass the days like this, to hunt and play, have fun, and not have to be at war all the time.

What is our duty to ourselves and to life, Blu wondered. What does the Universe want us to do, and why?

Ska sent him a warning look as they both realized Blu’s thought would be taken by Stari-ki as inappropriate for a Rebel, and suspiciously sounding like an Agent. Who knew when Stari-ki would be back to normal? He might start mentally spying even before he came out of Neva’s tent.

In Neva’s tent, the lovers continued to while away their timeless first day together, between lovemaking and reliving old memories as a way of getting to know each other and themselves.

Neva and Stari-ki continued to while away their timeless first day together in Neva's tent

“I can’t remember anything before the fight,” Stari-ki said after minutes of trying. “It’s like there’s a block there.”

“There is a block there, I can sense it too,” Neva said. “Somebody put it there, to keep you from remembering your lives before that. Probably the being you were fighting with — the second son, whoever or whatever that is.”

“Neva, what do you think this Universe is all about — what are we doing here — what are we supposed to be doing — who are we —” came pouring out of him, one question cascading into many.

“We’re all parts of the One consciousness, enjoying the experiences we create,” Neva said simply. “You know there is a One — we were together in it a couple of times already today — all of space and time were within us, all moments, all parts of one thing together.” She sensed something holding him back from totally agreeing. “Templar-ji,” as she had been calling him since discovering that was his real name long ago, the last time they met, “You were there with me. You know this is true.”

“And yet it’s my duty to be suspicious of how my mind might be manipulated from the outside,” Templar-ji said, trying on for size thinking of himself by that name. “Not by you,” he added quickly, “I trust you completely.” Her face underwent rapid changes keeping up with him as he continued, “But even a feeling as profound as Oneness could be placed in my mind by an enemy.”

“Who are your enemies, and why do you think of them that way?” Neva asked.

He was about to say that the Agents and the backstabber were his enemies, but he found that he no longer believed in that story, and was curious to see what he would say. Suddenly the phone rang in his mind. He was being contacted by high command. His upright index finger sprang to his lips to signal silence, and then he touched that finger to his head to include mental silence. Neva got it and became mentally invisible, though still monitoring whatever the conversation would be.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,
Bill

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Images:
1. Tribe toddlers with Izbel and Asa. Detail of photograph by  Nikola Solic/Reuters of the 
Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia
2. Neva and Stari-ki: image bg of Neanderthal couple exhibit by Elisabeth Danes 

 

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