Our American culture is not something that automatically passes intact and fully functioning from generation to generation. The ethics, morals, principles, ideas, themes, mores and all other critically important aspects of a culture must be taught and demonstrated to each new generation.

Well, assuming the new generation is still receptive to such concepts after being inundated with “transforming” ideas that reflect a radically different perspective.

Despite that, there are ideas (some of which are unique to America and have helped make this country great), which have invoked tremendous antipathy, resentment, jealousy and outright hatred among many different countries, organizations, religions, and political groups. Primarily because the success Americans have achieved by putting such ideas to work on a daily basis seems unattainable to others.

Ideas that actually work.

American ideas like self-determining self-hood, personal responsibility, love of liberty, a strong work ethic, a willingness to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gain, embracing competition, righteous anger in the face of inequity and barbarism, and a dynamic ethical and moral belief that encompasses the greatest insights of human thought.

Such incredibly valuable ideas are not inherent or innate within the human mind. We are born neither civilized or conscious. We must be taught those values. We must learn.

Humans are born as beasts. We are animals, pure and simple. We must acquire the knowledge necessary to overcome that bestiality. Young humans must be taught how to become truly conscious people. The things that permit that (e.g., compassion, honesty, loyalty, respect, honor, et cetera) must be carefully and faithfully transmitted from generation to generation.

It is possible—indeed, one could argue it is happening now—that if the modes of such transmission (e.g., education, politics, entertainment, news dissemination and such) are subjugated to the will of a perspective that is not American in origin, then over the course of time American culture can, and will be, slowly lost.

It will vanish.

The current population of young adults—the next generation of Americans—is losing the connection to those distinctly American values that helped make this country an example of what humanity, working in a spirit of harmony and cooperation, could achieve.

A primary example is a complete disconnect from the intent and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, which was the loud and raucous cry of the human spirit seeking freedom from the oppressive yoke of despotic, tyrannical, centralized planning and unfeeling bureaucratic control.

Let’s make a brief examination of just a few of the most important concepts in the Declaration and how we desperately need to embrace and understand what that means if we hope to salvage what is rapidly wrecking our Republic.

There are many stately-minded people who will happily inform you that what was written in 1776 has no relevance for us in the year 2016. Nothing from the past could possibly be of value to the enlightened humans of the New Millennium. They seek only to transform the present to match their narcissistic visions of the future. To believe the wisdom of the past is of no relevance to modern humans is a belief that leads to tyranny. To believe that way is to negate and obviate every bit of human wisdom hard fought and gained over thousands of years of human struggling and development. It matters not what your individual belief structure is in terms of religion or philosophy – the fact is that ancient wisdom reflects manifest and obvious truth.

Are the Indic vedas, Buddhist thought, Talmudic formulations, Christic teachings, Quranic admonitions, Platonic or Socratic musings, Confucian advice any less useful because they originate in the distant past?

It would be the height of arrogance and foolishness to assume that no human in the past ever achieved a similar state of conscious awareness as someone currently alive.

Let’s look at just one small sentence—an absolutely vital part—of the Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The first thing that strikes me is the phrase “these truths” and I say this because there are many, many, people today who do not believe in truth. Certainly not absolute truth. They see truth as something malleable, flexible, ever-changing, subject to the whims and vagaries of whatever the ruling elite desires. Situational ethics. To such people, it doesn’t make any difference what you say or do. Either something works (it lets you succeed) or it doesn’t. Truth is not relevant and certainly not important—only results matter, without regard for the kind of ethics or morality that absolute truth demands. State-mandated pragmatics.

Truth is not relative. It is not situational. It is not flexible. There are truths—as we read further in the Declaration—that are “self-evident.” Now we really need to pause and take stock of what this critical concept embodies, for it is essential to our understanding of the whole.

The key here is obviously awareness and consciousness. Nothing is “self-evident” unless you are intelligent, awake, aware, and conscious enough to even possess a Self. To overcome the beast and become human. When you do possess such a Self, then it is obvious that there are—indeed—some truths which stand out.

They are, indeed, self-evident.

All men—all humans—are created equal. What we are taught, learn, experience, and discover as infants, children, adolescents and young adults ripples through our mature lives and is reflected in what we become. Since those things are unique to each of us, it means that — over time — what we achieve will be different, and the skills and talents we exhibit will be different, but in the very beginning the Equality that the Declaration is concerned with involves Rights.

At birth, you see, all humans are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” That is the basic equality. Of course, some individuals are born into good circumstances and some into bad—but those are human-created scenarios and ever-changing variables. The Declaration is concerned with absolutes. Such a significant statement about Rights requires some serious consideration.

Let’s start with the word “endowed.”

It means that you are provided with or have been given a quality, ability, or asset. One could argue rather convincingly that the genetic traits (internal and external) that you are born with constitute your natural endowment. According to the Declaration, this endowment flows from the “Creator.”

Ostensibly many folks immediately jump to the notion this means God or some external Supreme Being. Yet this misses a bit of the meaning here because every human being, past and present, is a created being, brought into existence by the unification of XY genetic factors. This is true whether this is handled the traditional way through the intimate relations of a man and a woman, or some odd new way engendered by technological “innovation” that fertilizes an egg in a machined environment. Either way, life is created and there is a Creator. Life has been created, no matter the methodology, and such life has “certain unalienable rights.”

There are now three big ideas as we move forward.

“Certain” is one of them, as in “certain unalienable Rights.” Not all rights are being addressed here, as some of those stem direct from the social structure humans choose to live in. They are granted, earned, or made available and—as such—are not necessarily similar to unalienable (inalienable) rights, which are rights that are absolute, innate, and should never be taken away from the individual.

Among these Rights — which implies there are others — the following are the most important: “…Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Once a life is created, it has a right to life. It is now a created being—whose potential is both unknown and unlimited. Barring medical, ethical, or valid legal reasons, a created life has a right to experience life.

Beyond the idea of the “right to life” is the simple idea that all living humans have a right to continue to live once they have an existence. That is to say, the other person’s right to life is inviolate unless they seek to negate your right to life. Defending one’s self is understandable.

Still, it’s difficult to embrace the sanctity of human life unless you have liberty.

Without freedom, life is nothing but a prison. Sadly, many people fear freedom. They want to be told what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Prison is preferable to the hard work of freedom. That’s because freedom is painful. It requires great effort. It demands sacrifice. Most people are unwilling to make the effort to either earn, deserve, or even preserve freedom. However, self-aware and conscious people fully grasp the true meaning of freedom (liberty) and its inextricable and sustaining link to life.

With life and liberty in hand (hopefully secured by a friendly government) one now has the ability to make the “pursuit of happiness.”

A difficult concept, to be sure.

To Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, happiness depends on the individual and what they believe, and how they act in their daily affairs. Happiness is living a virtuous life, and is little like the Buddhist middle way—avoid excesses and do the right thing. However, the whole point is kind of moot because the fact is the Declaration does not really concern itself with the actual or specific meaning of Happiness, as ultimately it is a subjective state of being for each and every human. The Declaration is only saying one of those unalienable rights centers around the “pursuit” aspect.

With your life you have the liberty to choose the course of action (within the prescribed boundaries of acceptable conduct in a civilized society) to pursue happiness as you understand it. Such pursuit implies a dynamic and active participation—you must actually STRIVE to EARN your happiness. No one can pursue anything sitting on their butt, though the amount of money paid out in federal entitlements might suggest otherwise. It is sad that there are vast segments of our society that are told by their religious, political, and social leadership that it is pointless to work, pointless to strive for success, and pointless to strive for happiness because the system is stacked against them and they have no opportunities.

That is simply and absolutely not the case.

The “pursuit” of happiness is available for any American, but they must embrace that critically important sentence from the Declaration we have been discussing in order to achieve anything—by failing to endorse that distinctly American idea they are sounding the death knell to self-sustaining self-hood, personal responsibility, and any hope for the glorious vision elaborated by the Declaration that inspires humans to greatness.

A society of the people, by the people and for the people is fading away unless we revitalize what it means to be a real American and recapture the essence of our ancestors.

The idea of being an American is beyond all ethnic, racial, religious or other demographic boundaries. Being an American means embracing the ideas we have been discussing in this article. People in this country who do not endorse those ideas are not Americans.

Do not let our culture slip away. Do not let the mindless hordes destroy our heritage. Do not let barbarism become acceptable and endorsed by a society that has lost all respect for itself and others.

You must teach the children the truth. You must fight against ignorance and hypocrisy. You must rail against deception, fraud, and lies. You must stand up for what is right and true, or the great American dream will slide into an abyss of soulless bestiality from which it can never recover.

Do not let that happen.

Modern technology – in tandem with political support from the left, right, and center – has done a scandalous disservice to humanity, and particularly to Americans.

In point of fact one could argue – rather successfully I should think – that the net benefits of technological achievement are often outweighed by the gross side-effects of unemployment, underemployment, and lack of opportunity for advancement by people unable to utilize technology to their advantage. The additional catastrophic attempts at intervention by our political leaders to “help” correct these issues has almost tipped the boat over, threatening to capsize us into the churning waters of unruly economic chaos.

Let me put on my pointy pontificating hat and explicate a little.

The average human IQ is between 85 and a little short of 115. The actual range of IQ – however – can run from around 59 (give or take a few points) upwards to 140 plus.

Regardless of what you think about the Bell Curve, one facet of it is an absolute fact – at any one moment, based on a static snapshot frozen in time, about 70% of the human race is average and below-average – no matter what their race, ethnicity, or point of origin. Their IQ falls between 85 and 115. Period.

End. Of. Story.

For evolution up to this point in human history (that is to say, the survival and replication of the human species) – lots of average and below-average people has been okay. After all, the civilizations that have come and gone throughout human history really didn’t need lots of smart people. They needed people that could fight, farm, make things, repair stuff and replicate with great regularity. A minimal ability to read and write was nice, but it was not really a skill required for most folks. Ignorance is bliss, remember?

Just be at the farm, plant, factory, castle, camp, or base on time and follow freaking orders.

However — truth be told – although this way of structuring things seems a little harsh, it worked out pretty well over the long and winding road of human existence. I say this because there are now billions and billions of humans on this planet. Do the math – it seems like a success story to me. Sure, humans go on severe tilt at times and decide to kill thousands of their fellow humans because they are just too smart – think of the death of intellectuals whenever a tyrant runs the show. Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Amin, Pol Pot, et cetera, ad nauseam. Hell, during most epochs of human life being too smart usually just got you into severe trouble. You know — burned at the stake, hung from a tree, exiled from the club, stoned to death.

Despite these periodic despotic blips, humans usually managed to figure out a way to survive, reorganize themselves, and then get back to the business of surviving and multiplying.

Today – sadly — the human race is once again trying hard to flush itself down the toilet because, apparently, we are simply too obtuse to see that the net result of creating, using, and depending on too much technology is the complete and utter displacement of average and below-average people from the mainstream of life. Jobs and careers that were once the sole province and a comfortable abode for such people are rapidly and relentlessly being eliminated by technology.

Software and machines can do it better, faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.

We aren’t being terminated by killer robots, but by killer apps.

This rapidly accelerating disruption poses a byte of a problem. Suddenly, you have millions of average and below-average people with no way to provide for themselves. There are no jobs or careers in the areas which they are capable of success because those jobs and careers have been destroyed by technology. Worse still – the people so displaced cannot utilize the technology to benefit themselves, but are actually exploited (often deliberately) by those who control the technology. Not only is it difficult for the average or below-average person to truly utilize technology to earn a living – they often have problems simply using such technology efficiently.

In this environment, the State (whichever political party is in power) smells an opportunity.

There are millions of average and below-average people who need food, water, and shelter. Jobs and careers are gone, so the State – in its infinitely misguided wisdom – thinks it can take resources from others (i.e., average and below-average people who have worked hard to figure out a new way to provide for themselves, or above-average people who can almost always provide for themselves) and redistribute to the average and below-average.

Actually, this sort of redistribution has always been in place and has always existed in America. It works fine as long as the number of takers does not significantly exceed the number of givers. In the past, when jobs were plentiful for average and below-average people, we could, as a society, collectively afford to give away money that had not really been earned by the efforts of the recipients to those average and below-average people.

Modern technology, however, now displaces average and below-average people at a rate significantly faster than the State can take and redistribute resources from a decreasing pool of authentic producers and providers to the average and below-average people – and the below-average group in America is expanding at an uncontrollable and unsustainable rate due to a decline in educational and instructional standards, increased immigration of below-average people, and political leadership that denigrates the value of embracing the American system.

Plus, it truly and logically irritates the producers and providers when they are forced to work their assets off to provide for average people who have given up seeking new ways to achieve success. Especially when this latter group is actually encouraged by the State to remain stagnant in exchange for political favoritism.

To further compound this issue, the average and below-average people are voracious breeders. Even though there are no jobs and careers for them, they continue to reproduce at alarming rates. Curiously enough, the State actually increases resource redistribution rates when these average people have more – and almost always average or below-average — offspring.

The State – utilizing that infinitely bad wisdom we mentioned earlier – would like you to think the problem is simply one of education and training. The average people – the State says – just need to attend college and get more smarter. Oh, and look, some of our friends and colleagues in the financial industry have loans readily available…

Sadly, the net result of this government-sanctioned foolishness is massive hordes of average and below-average people with useless degrees – an almost complete lack of jobs and careers confronts them upon graduation.

In addition, each average or below-average person now owes around $45,000+ in student loans which they in all likelihood will never be able to pay back because no jobs exist which require their unique blend of mediocre talent. Sigh.

Fortunately, there are a great many average and below-average people who have figured out new ways to provide for themselves that are not utterly reliant on technology and the current economic system. Keep in mind that above-average people can almost always provide for themselves. Unfortunately, both of these groups are heavily taxed to bailout the non-producing average and below-average individuals.

And those taxes must be constantly increased as technology strips away more and more jobs and careers.

In addition, technology almost always leads the average or below-average person into a grievous sort of relationship that is exactly like the dealer has with a junkie. The average or below-average person who cannot comprehend nor succeed in the “real” world must seek succor and solace in a virtual world – entertained and placated by technology which requires constant updating. Get your new tech toy to be hip. Upgrade your phone. Get the latest app. Where is your Ultra-awesome HD-enhanced 3D-immersive world TV?

The average or below-average person may not have a job or a career, but they almost always have the latest digital device (usually several of them), high-speed Internet access, and various and sundry digital gadgets and accessories.

Why are we so fascinated with zombies these days? Because technology is turning average or below-average people into mind-numbed digital electromagnetic (EM) wave manipulated beings. EM zombies, dazed and confused, stumbling around mindlessly fixated on the device in their hands or – if the Elitists have their way – embedded in their skull.

All this occurs because most of the Elite that comprise our governmental leadership believe that average or below-average is not curable. They will tout education and training, but their heart is not in it because – deep within the dark recesses of their Elitist minds – they do not want the average and below-average to succeed. Even if they thought it possible, they do not want it to happen. That would mean the Elitists themselves could be removed from positions of power. Their grandiose plan is to placate the average or below-average masses and amuse them, or simply exploit them economically. Better still, convince them that the “real” Elitists are those that selfishly work as entrepreneurs and business owners – and contrive a system to redistribute wealth while taking resources from such people.

This is why certain political groups often talk about “losers in the genetic lottery” and “leveling the playing field” – because average or below-average people are easily manipulated. A State controlled by people who tout this sort of political message love average or below-average people because they are easily bent to the Elitist will and – in a Democracy – can be readily convinced to mindlessly vote for the State. You know, the State that supports them with unearned entitlements because they are average or below-average, and convinces them that the whole wide world is unfairly pitted against them.

What these Elitist political groups forget (or prefer not to acknowledge) is one elegant truth – in human beings, average and even below-average is still pretty damn smart and, in many cases, can be extraordinary.

Instead of giving up and caving into the State to be tended after as sheep or cattle – as slaves – the average or below-average people must try to create new and innovative ways to provide for themselves. And they do. Not just that – but average or below-average people who have figured out a new way and above-average people, who almost always figure out a way, need to provide guidelines and pathways that illustrate new and innovative methods of success that do not involve submission and surrender to the State.

It is not intelligence alone that determines success, but also hard work, dedication, acceptance of self-responsibility, honesty, integrity, and sacrifice.

Notwithstanding the above statement, to achieve the required level of conscious awareness to create the circumstances for that success to arise, one must have intelligence.

While it is true that technological achievement is rising fast in the world, the fact is that intelligence in the human race is not showing a relational growth that matches. Below average competence and ability is actually becoming the norm in many areas. We are being taught to accept mediocrity.

When this happened a “few” years ago we called it the Dark Ages.

The first step to becoming intelligent is the belief that it can be attained. As long as we have political and social leadership elements in this country that continue to inform the masses that they are “doomed” to their caste, station, or place in the supposed hierarchy of a static American society based on their birth (genetic) characteristics, we will continue to stagnant as a nation – and as a species.

Don’t buy what they are selling.

Think. Will. Become.

— dkm, author of Exophobe and Exophobic: Making Waves

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Robots, automation, enhanced computer intelligence, machine-run cloud computing and other such non-human oriented technological advancements will have a significant impact on employment, income, and economic stability in the very near future.

There is an implicit thread underlying these developments that should make every discerning soul pause in careful consideration — it is the simple yet eloquently complex fact that humans must become more intelligent in order to succeed in such a highly advanced technological world.

However, there is a very serious challenge here.

Once we assume increased intelligence is an absolute necessity, and forms the fundamental structural truth for this discussion, we are inextricably drawn to one of two possible scenarios –

(1) Humans must educate, train, and gain experience to become more intelligent and productive members of society or;

(2) Because of genetic realities as reflected in the Bell Curve, over 75% of average humans are destined to be overwhelmed and displaced by AI, robotics and the like and are incapable of any improvement of the basic intelligence they were born with.

I am hopeful that the first scenario is true, but I fear the second – especially as I look around at events transpiring in America and around the world. A revolution is coming.

The next great revolution will not be racially motivated.

It will not be grounded in religious beliefs.

It will not have ethnic origins.

There is foreshadowing and ample clues available to the discerning mind about what is coming. When you hear the words “income inequality,” you should stop and give this some serious thought. When you hear the phrase “winners in life’s lottery” bantered about by adept politicians, you should stop and ponder this deeply. When you hear the phrase “multi-cultural harmony,” you should stop and wonder at the meaning.

The next revolution will be between the cognitively-challenged (i.e. uneducated) non-producers and the intelligent achievers.

If the first scenario elucidated above is true, humans can rise to fight the challenge of the coming technological changes and the ensuing entropic chaos they cause by implementing creative processes where the goal is a dynamic equilibrium, if you will permit me to employ that phrase.

If the second scenario above is true, then it means the coming revolution will basically pit 75% of the genetically-challenged human population against 25%. The sheer size of the former dwarfs the ability of the latter to stave off the entropic chaos which will erode and eventually destroy civilization,
primarily by having the economy collapse under the weight of its own maintenance requirements.

Too many takers and not enough givers.

To determine which scenario any government believes and endorses, you merely have to study the nature of the policies the government supports.

Government Option 1 – In this scenario the government believes that most human beings do not have the cognitive skills and abilities necessary to survive in a modern technological age and, therefore, must be cared after; like a shepherd tends a flock. The Bell Curve — they believe — is static, not dynamic. Most people will never be successful. You are fated by birth to your level of intelligence – or lack thereof. Like bad luck and cancer, according to the experts, it is in your genes. Therefore, the only choice available to the government is to amuse and placate the masses (the barbarians) through entitlements, welfare, recreational drugs and entertainment catering to the lowest of tastes. High standards of ethics and morality are not promoted or acknowledged. Truth is relative.

Government Option 2 – In this scenario the government believes humans can be made more intelligent, can become more conscious, can rise above their genetics, but the government – in a desire to maintain its tight grip on its own power – deliberately chooses to keep truth, knowledge, and opportunity hidden from the general populace. Only a special elite are permitted to rise to positions of authority and control. The government seeks to sow discord, chaos, and strife in order to maintain confusion and force people to turn to the State for guidance and salvation. The government (and its minions in the culture) will constantly reinforce the notion that achieving success is impossible, that there are no pathways available for most people, and that hate, prejudice and bigotry are rampant.

Government Option 3 – You can have a government that embraces self-responsibility, hard work, dedication, and opportunities for success made available for anyone who endorses American societal and cultural values. Such a government will strive for a solid education system that teaches people how to think and not just what to think. Freedom is encouraged, even though it is painful. The Bell Curve is dynamic, and people can (with hard work) move from the left to the right. No one is entitled to anything except “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – and such happiness must be earned.

What does your government believe?

Remember the words of Lao Tzu –>

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

EM: Greetings to Debris From the Wreckage blog subscribers, Net surfers, literary aficionados, as well as all other interested electromagnetic entities. Not up to and including government monitoring agencies.

DKM: Now you sound like a conspiracy theorist.

EM: (Laughs heartily). My name is Enoch Maarduk. I’m here today with D. Kenton Mellott, the author who wrote about my adventures in Exophobe and Exophobic: Making Waves. I usually just call him DKM.

DKM: Among other things…

EM: Well, DKM, tell our reading and listening audience why you started writing.

DKM: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Mostly for my own amusement.

EM: You must be easily amused (subdued chuckle).

DKM: Especially by your blog (equally subdued chuckle).

EM: I’ve known you for quite a long time, and you have eclectic tastes in writing. What genre do you prefer?

DKM: Well, E… Can I call you E? (Both laugh). When I said I write for my own amusement, I really mean it. I figure if I enjoy it, then others will as well.

EM: That’s a little bit arrogant.

DKM: (Shrugs). I think every author has to believe in themselves. If you don’t have confidence in the story you’re creating, how in the world will anyone else give a damn about it?

EM: You’re a point maker.

DKM: Sometimes…

EM: What prompted you to write Exophobe?

DKM: You and I were having dinner at Vitellos…

EM: As I recall, dinner involved several expensive bottles of wine and some Copper Gorillas.

DKM: You said PHANTASM was paying for it.

EM: You said you’d go easy on the wine…

DKM: (Shrugs again). Writing is hard work.

EM: (Coughs humorously). Speaking of writing, for those folks reading this that haven’t yet read your first novel, Exophobe, can you give us a quick synopsis?

DKM: Well, in this book there’s this guy named Enoch Maarduk…

EM: Seems vaguely familiar…

DKM: (Grunts). It’s Friday and he’s too tired to go out partying with his pals…

EM: This must be a work of fiction.

DKM: (Mock scowl). Our hero decides to do a little social networking on the computer, but gets sidetracked by ancient Sumeria and the story of Gilgamesh.

EM: I think it was the Stellas that did the sidetracking.

DKM: Enoch is always trying to figure out a way to make a buck.

EM: Mostly just trying to figure out how to pay rent.

DKM: Are you going to interrupt the entire time?

EM: Only when I can enhance what you’re saying; so, yes, the entire time.

DKM: (Flashes the one finger salute of minimal respect). Enoch, with the Stellas consumed and after stumbling on a graphic about the Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum, decides the best way to make money is to write about things that can’t be proven or disproven.

DKM: (Pauses, looks at his friend in anticipation). You got nothing?

EM: I’m masticating on future pontifications.

DKM: (Shaking his head). That doesn’t sound altogether sanitary.

EM: Pray, continue. (Gesticulates).

DKM: Enoch decides he can also make money writing about nothing, so he starts to write about electromagnetic entities that live in the EM Spectrum as forms of unconstituted energy.

EM: Hang on, you made that word up.

DKM: Fine. The EM entities live in the Spectrum as energy without corporeal form.

EM: Better.

DKM: These entities can be invoked to Earth in human form by the use of high-tech pentacles using computer processors located at the five pentacle points.

EM: (Smiling). You can’t prove any of this.

DKM: (Smirking). Funny guy. Anyway, when these EM entities are invoked to Earth, they are controlled by whoever puts blood (and thus their DNA) into the special pentacle. Plus – to make matters worse – these EM entities have the ability to overlay their brainwave thought patterns onto the minds of other people.

EM: Damn, that sounds serious.

DKM: It is, because the affected person believes they are thinking those thoughts. The good news, however, is that it only impacts people with low levels of intelligence.

EM: Holy crap, humanity is in real trouble then.

DKM: Not really, because Enoch just made all this up. Mostly for the amusement of himself and the people who read his blog. The blog where he posted this ridiculous idea.

EM: Whew! So, nothing to see here, please move along.

DKM: Not so fast Mashed Potato and Gravy Face. It turns out that there is an agency in existence that monitors the EM Spectrum. Make sure no ones uses electromagnetic waves to adversely impact or take advantage of people.

EM: They should arrest most of the people in Hollywood.

DKM: I think you just blew your chance to sell a screenplay.

EM: Whatever. (Shrugs). What’s the name of this agency?

DKM: PHANTASM. Preventing Horrors and Nightmares Through Active Spectrum Monitoring. And they decide to recruit Enoch because the world needs to be saved.

EM: And we did it!

DKM: Are you trying to ruin this interview?

EM: Well, we did, though it was a bit of a close thing.

DKM: No spoilers – people should read the book.

EM: Yes they should. Kirkus Reviews (established 1933) calls it—

“…a sci-fi adventure that keeps both the narrator and the reader on their toes. … this action-packed tale will satisfy readers looking for entertainment with substance.”

Former school teacher and book reviewer Suzanne Yusiw writes–

“If you like your science fiction leavened with humor, brainy wordplay, and a whiff of romance, look into D. Kenton Mellott’s latest novel, Exophobe.”

DKM: You’re making me blush.

EM: (Eyebrows shooting up). I find that hard to believe.

DKM: The book is available in hardcover by ordering though the website www.exophobe.com. Digital versions can be found in the Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles stores.

EM: You’re not giving it away for free?

DKM: Well, E, it took a year and half to completely write, edit, and get published. Seems only fair I make a little money on the deal. It’s fairly priced and I have bills to pay.

EM: We’re about out of time, but can you give me a quick summation of the second book, Exophobic: Making Waves?

DKM: I was only going to write one novel about your silly ass life at PHANTASM, but it appears people want to know more.

EM: I’m flattered.

DKM: You should be. Anyway – the second book takes place six months after the first and is a completely new story.

EM: So, I don’t really need to read the first book, Exophobe.

DKM: You may be the worst interviewer ever. (Gives EM a jaundiced eye). Of course people need to bloody well read the first book. Did I mention I have bills to pay. (Frowns). Besides, it’s a damn good book.

EM: If you don’t say so yourself.

DKM: Can I finish now?

EM: Hurry…

DKM: As I said, it’s six months later, and Enoch–now CEO of PHANTASM–must join with Phoebe, Dee and the rest of the crew to face some disturbing developments. Such as a virus designed to lower human intelligence; tracking down and finding two new possibly (probably) dangerous, electromagnetic entities (eemees) who entered our world through hi-tech pentacle portals; figure out who hacked into the NSA; and stop whomever (whoever) is responsible for manipulating electromagnetic waves and spreading absolute freaking chaos throughout the digital world. And Enoch thought all he had to worry about was getting married…

EM: I’m still worried about that, by the way.

DKM: E, thanks for giving me this forum and I hope people will read the books.

EM: They really are good. (Nods head). Until next time, E knock out. (Looks at DKM). Get it, “Enoch Out?”

DKM: Yeah, I got it. It was terrible.

EM: (Fading voice). That’s bull. It was funny…

Enoch here. An old friend of mine wanted to make a little pitch for his books and — because I’m featured in them — I figured I’d let him post some disjointed and rambling thoughts and see what happens. So here it goes –>

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My name is D. Kenton Mellott. I’m the author of the novel Exophobe – which is a work of fiction with science in it. In the book I hardily attempt to be informative, provocative (within the bounds of good taste), entertaining, and funny. Sometimes this works quite well, and sometimes it is an epic fail.

Nonethemuchmoreless, I consider it a worthy effort and – happily – many people who have read the book agree with me. A comfort in my reclining years, lazy boy that I am.

The book is available for digital devices from Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles and while I myself enjoy said electronic contraptions, I still have a soft spot in my head for hardbound books. Something substantive and real that I can hold in my hand or hurl at the neighbor’s annoying cat.

I’m just kidding.

I’d use a shoe instead.

Anyway, today I am cajoling, pleading, pontificating, and otherwise badgering you to consider buying the hardcover version of the book.

Why should you even consider such a thing? Books, the Tech Elite cry out, are dead.

Well, let me regale you with the multitudinous benefits of the hardcover version of Exophobe.

Reason the first: It is a limited first edition of approximately 2000 copies. Eventually it will be worth more than it is now. Probably just after a virus wipes out all other authors. Be that as it may, it is a quality item and would be a notable addition to any library. I am wearing my solemn look with a face full of veracity.

Reason the second: I’ll personalize and customize the inscription specifically for you. Hey, that might actually increase the value – you never know. Plus, you can make up a really good story about it. I’ll back you up on it.

Reason the third: If an EM pulse wipes out all conventional sources of energy, you’ll have something to start a fire with. Assuming you have some matches or a lighter, or rub sticks like that Bare Grills guy, or whatever his name is…

Reason the fourth: My storage unit costs are killing me and I need to move a few of these damn hardbound books out.

Reason the fifth: Don’t get sucked too deep down the digital technology rabbit hole. Make a statement about the power of the written word. Plus, you can order and pay for the book online. Dang, that sounded better in my head.

Reason the sixth: A lifetime warranty on the dust jacket. Okay, technically not true, but we will send you an extra one if you need it. Assuming I can find one in the storage unit.

Reason the seventh: No batteries required for book operation. Plus, it looks better to actually have books on your bookshelf. Just saying.

Reason the eighth: You can hurl it at the neighbor’s annoying cat.*

Beyond all this nonsense, you can go to the website at www dot exophobe dot com and purchase the book. Plus check out my new book – Exophobic: Making Waves – a completely new adventure featuring the same group of characters from Exophobe.

Go to my website now and get the books(s) ordered before a virus wipes out most of humanity or the machines take over. Or, an asteroid takes us out. Or, whatever…

Thanks !!!

d kenton mellott

 

* As per Federal regulations, we are required to state that we do not endorse, encourage, or promote the hurling of books at cats or other animals, unruly or not.

 

I run a successful company and am a published author. People ask me all the time – “What is the secret to success?”

Psst… I’ll tell you the secret – there is no secret.

It sounds like the plot to Kung Fu Panda or something – you know, there is no secret ingredient.

Oh man, did I just admit I watch Kung Fu Panda?

Anyway, truthfully, there are actually a number of ingredients in the recipe for success, and they are not secret. It doesn’t matter whether you own your company, are contracting for someone, or work within a big corporate structure – the ingredients are the same for any human endeavor where the object is a successful outcome (i.e., achieve a goal or goals).

Ingredient 1: Work hard and go the extra mile. I want you to think about the fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” We all know the story – the persistent Tortoise beats the somewhat lazy Hare in a race. However, there is a deeper meaning. We will always work with, or for, people that are smarter, faster, bigger, or stronger than us in some way, shape, or form. That does not mean they are BETTER than us, just different. It still means you have to apply your skills and abilities. Let’s be honest here – a Hare will never lose a race to a tortoise if the Hare acts normal and runs fast. However, Ingredient 1 is “Work hard and go the extra mile” because even the most talented people can be lazy – and that yields failure and not success. The ancient Romans had a saying – Perseverantia omnia vincit – perseverance conquers all. If you want more on the fable, read this link –> Hare and Tortoise Revisited

Ingredient 2: Seek clarity (ask questions). All of us – at one time or the other — work in groups, committees, clusters, or other organized assemblages of co-workers, associates or peers. We come together to take a project from start to finish. Ingredient 2 is really simple in explication but often difficult in implementation. Mostly because people are usually too afraid to ask questions – fearful that asking the question will demonstrate some kind of ignorance that will damn them to everlasting duty in the mail room or something. Nonsense. There are no such thing as a dumb question – just dumb people who never asked a question and plowed ahead on the basic of faulty information. Accumulate your facts, ask good questions, and your decisions will be excellent. Subject to the immutable laws of space and time, of course.

Ingredient 3: Be honest. By this I mean – if your client, boss or co-worker has a bad idea or is doing something in error – tell them. You can say it with honey rather than vinegar, but give your honest and knowledgeable perspective. Despite some people saying, “What difference does it make?” the truth does matter and it does mean something. Each human being has unique and special ideas and insights – but only if they share them, make them known. If you have a thought, an idea, a notion that may not be accordance with the current state of affairs but that you think has a critical bearing – your silence will damn you, so be honest and let people know. This also relates directly to work responsibility – if you can handle the work, say so, but if you can’t do the work it is equally critical that you say so. Missing production schedules in any endeavor is the kiss of death. Never let desire and greed overwhelm common sense and wisdom.

Ingredient 4: Admit your mistakes and also claim your victories. Never be afraid to say you are wrong – and never be afraid to take credit when it is yours to take. This one is difficult for most folks. It seems like self-responsibility has gone the way of the dinosaur. There always seems to be someone or something (besides ourselves) to blame for mistakes and errors – but don’t go down that path or you’ll be searching for excuses for every failure all your life. Admit your mistake, explain how to fix it, implement safeguards to prevent a repeat and move forward. Also – never blame someone else for your mistakes. If you used Ingredient 3 (Be honest) then there should never be anyone else to blame! Conversely, if you’ve done something notable that helps the project be successful, do not be afraid to toot your own horn. No one else is going to do it. Take credit when it is due, and also point out others who deserve credit.

Ingredient 5: Finally — and this one will be the most difficult to utilize – you must keep your eyes open and your mind churning to discern, evaluate, and understand the synchronicity boiling around you. What the hell does that mean? Whenever you become embroiled in a project, keep an alert eye on the data flow that is going on around you – and that includes emails, text messages, news broadcasts, television commercials and any other form of information that catches your eye. Keep this in mind – when you get involved on a project, new data and information is flowing into your mind. Into your cerebral cortex. There are millions of connections to events outside your immediate experience that may have relevance. Pay attention — if something in the data flow around you draws your attention (even for a reason you don’t initially understand), then it has meaning for you at some deeper level – you need to figure out where and why and how to use it. Examine it closely. Think about it. Decide how to leverage that knowledge to your benefit.

Okay – there are the ingredients. The only thing you have to work on is the correct blend and how long to bake it. That part comes with effort and experience. Just remember – luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Lucky bakers use the ingredients correctly !

Get out there and start cooking !!!