Once upon a time…The world’s most powerful man had achieved total domination over all the humans on Earth. He did it by inheriting a system which his ancestors created which harnesses all the best thinkers and scientists to achieve the goals that the current King wants them to discover. Together, over millennia, they built Plato’s ideal state: highly efficient at achieving whatever the King (at the time) deems to be the most important goals. Over thousands of years of inter-generational efforts, King Borgia’s ancestors built him weapons to defend against meteors; to control the weather; to create or stop earthquakes or tsunamis; and all the threats of disaster that nature has inundated mankind with for eons.
But more than just subduing the threats from nature, per se, King Borgia’s ancestors and his living servants invented technologies to indirectly control, and/or subtly manipulate, any human that the King choose to aim these weapons on: be they malicious criminals, or rebellious individualists and egoists who don’t want to have anyone influence the exercise of their volition – i.e., their self.
Besides dominating nature and men, the King also charged his servants with inventing and perfecting life extension technologies, which they succeeded in doing. Thus quantitatively, the King has had, to date, hundreds of years of life. But what about the quality of his life?
One day, the King, his courtiers, jesters, scientists, spies, et al, were busily doing what they do each day – dominate organisms of all varieties and reshaping in animate matter to serve the King’s purposes. But on this day a very strange creature came up on the radar of one of the King’s top servants — an astoundingly beautiful woman. But so have been many of the women the King has seen in his hundreds of years of life, having had so many dalliances he could scarcely recall a single one. Her beauty was not what caused her to show up on the radar. She came up because the Quantum computers had been set to ferret out: “Who is Public Enemy Number One.” After the King’s top servant sounded the alarm a meeting was called for gathering all the King’s top advisors. The agenda was to have each advisor submit to the King their models and profiles of this “Public Enemy Number One.” Their aim was to help the King determine the best way to deal with the threat to his person, and his Kingdom, that this woman represented.
All the King’s advisors, except one, advice the King on ways to destroy the threat, i.e., the woman. The King felt confident that any one of his advisor’s plan would crush his beautiful enemy. So, he set off to deliberate and choose which method of extermination to use on this difficult pest. Being a connoisseur of what he liked to think as justice, he called for the entire collected profile of his enemy. In his war room, he studied her glamorous photos, and read of her background and history. In the process he discovered that she is the progeny of another of his old enemies. Yet another woman who he’d disposed of decades earlier: her name was Alice and her knick-name was “FluffY” because she was so serious, tenacious and brilliant. Discovering that the new enemy was just a newer manifestation of “Fluffy,” King Borgia felt at ease with his ability to defeat her. No longer alarmed, he informed his servants to get back to work and that the planning of deserts for this daughter of Fluffy could wait. He and his servants went back to more important work, e.g., he was in the middle of strip-mining Jupiter and building more rings around Saturn, when Fluffy II came to his attention.
Time passed in the Kingdom and one day the same advisor who discovered “Public Enemy Number One” has now discovered that she has made inroads that were not predicted by the modeling of her. Somehow, she has gotten herself tied in with some of the most valuable men in the Kingdom, men working on the state-of-the-art of domination technologies for the masses, otherwise known as metaethics, ethics, morality, dramatized morality, and psychology. So again, this advisor calls Fluffy II to the King’s attention but the King is busy with his favorite past-time which is to engage in sexual activities with very young gorgeous girls (called “birds” in this Kingdom). The advisor knows not to disturb the King when a sign is lit that reads “This bed is filled with baby birds.”
So, together with his closest friend – another top advisor to the King – they decide, on their own, to tag-team this woman into submission. They decide on the manner in which they will deal with this increasing threat to the King. One of them insisted on paying her a personal visit. They realize that the King is highly appreciative of initiative from his servants, nonetheless, they also realize it’s a somewhat risky strategy to visit her, but they feel it’s necessary because the remote modeling of her has already proved to be inadequate at predicting her future threatening activities.
Upon the first meeting, they are surprised to find that she is receptive, friendly, funny, and delightful to be around, truly YAR. But despite their fondness for her, they decide to set up a relationship with her, to try to become trusted advisors to her and then steer her in a bad direction – according to her standards, virtues and values – good from the King’s perspective. This is the normal, and very well used method of neutralizing enemies in King Borgia’s kingdom. So they’re confident that they’ll be able to use this strategy to subdue her.
Many months, and then years go by. They feel that progress is being made, but one day something happens which PROVES they are wrong. Despite getting on very well and being very friendly with the enemy woman, and despite that they have given her some bad advice which she has taken to her detriment, one day she stops talking to them completely. She refuses to meet them any more and refuses to take their phone calls. Now, this was not totally surprising as they were in the throws of ramping up efforts to manipulate her. But they did not think that she noticed nor that she would react by cutting off all communications and thus cutting their ties to influence her.
Having again modeled this enemy woman incorrectly, the two advisors decided it was time to explain their failure to the King who was still very engrossed in his projects to control the universe plus his favorite pastime. Disheartened, the two advisors go to the King to warn him of their failure and her escalation in her efforts to do exactly what the King and his servants feared she’d do: Spread her methodology of self-control to others.
Upon his servants report, the King realizes he has underestimated this woman. Having an enemy who he can’t easily defeat is a new phenomenon for the King and he’s irritated – but at the same time fascinated by this enemy’s ability to defeat his ancient and time-tested systems of control. So, he decides to again have a conference with his top advisors, this time at an island retreat. He wants to brainstorm the best way to deal with this problem. Power-point presentations are made by his advisors. The reoccurring theme of them is that the King must resort to heavy handed tactics to gain the upper hand over his adversary. However, the two servants who have already tried to subdue her, i.e., the one’s closest to the enemy and most aware of her strengths and weaknesses, attest to the futility of this heavy-handed approach.
A cloud of resignation and despair permeates the conference. The King and his advisors like to think of themselves as “The Masters of The Universe” and in many ways it’s true. Yet, they have now encountered a problem they don’t have any means of dealing with – except of course, outright annihilation of the enemy (which they are indeed the masters of). Yet, strangely, none of them wants to kill this woman. This is unusual for these men and this Kingdom which was literally built on the casual and easy resorting to physical violence whenever anyone opposed the creation of, or perfecting of this Kingdom.
What to do?
The King decides to take matters into his own hands. He ends the conference and sends his advisors back to their posts to take up the daily maintenance and expanding of the Borgia Kingdom.
The King’s servants on the Island set up his usual sexual faire with “Baby Birds” but the King is uninterested and tells his servants to send the girls back to wherever they came from. King Borgia has a personal motto which is “Impulsive by Nature – Deliberative by Choice” and he realizes that this is a serious problem to his Kingdom. If ANY person refuses to serve and obey him – as Fluffy II is doing – then it sets the worst precedent possible and threatens to undermine his power and his kingdom. On the other hand, he notices, by the woman’s intransigence — in the face of subtle threats that his servants have made clear to her — and her ability to detect and outmaneuver his psychological weaponry; that he feels truly alive for the first time in centuries. This is the strangest feeling the King has ever had. On the one hand, he’s invigorated, alive and hopeful. On the other hand, there has never been a greater threat to his Kingdom and he knows it. His kingdom is built on the model of a ship: there is one captain and a strict hierarchy which is slavishly followed for the good of the ship and the voyage. He knows he must remain in TOTAL control as there are many threats to the human organism – from nature to inefficiencies in social activities — and he’s convinced that to continue to stave off these threats there must be a MERIT SYSTEM which is where the person most qualified leads. He knows himself to be the oldest, wisest, most experienced, most qualified. Indeed he’s right that he’s the most experienced in all things dealing with achieving human SURVIVAL.
In his deliberations, he realizes that survival is necessary but what is the end that he’s aimed his surviving at, he wonders. He knows he gets his need for COMPETENCE met more thoroughly than any man who has ever lived; and he knows that his need for AUTONOMY is satisfied more fully than ever before. But what about his need for RELATEDNESS? Here he starts to realize what his dilemma really is: What is the point of surviving and for a very long time if for that long time one is – by necessity of the system – acutely lonely?
Despite the fact that allowing any other person to have autonomy threatens his system, he decides he must see if there is any chance to keep his system intact, and at the same time, not crush this woman who he feels such affection for and camaraderie with – knowing that, were the roles reversed, he would react as she has to his own system.
As the King sits contemplating what to do we see the woman on a screen on his wall. He stares at her wondering if there is any way that she could join him given that he’s already had his minions try to destroy her – subtly and by getting her to help them to destroy her – a favorite trick of the King’s.
The King decides one thing is certain, he can’t destroy her without first trying to see if there is a way to join forces with her. But how to do that since she’s already alerted to the King sending in his minions to try to wreck her — so now she’s on guard and will block any attempts to influence her – and rightly so based on what his minions did to her in the past. It’s a Mexican Stand-off it seems.
He decides to use his latest tool for control and read her mind. Not only to get an advantage over her, but he hopes maybe she will have some notion of how to reach a detente between them.
More coming soon…