Depending on whatever critically important story-of-the-moment is being broadcast from some “thoughtful” and “reasonable” news outlet or network — relayed with cheerful and effervescent professionalism by carefully quaffed and coiffed humans — I either find myself infuriated, amused, bemused, saddened, or horrified.

Truth be told – mostly I am just vexitated. Equal parts vexed and irritated.

It seems like we – the general public, the hoi polloi, the unwashed masses, the proletariat, the rank and file, the slavish minions – are subject to widely differing viewpoints from the Left and Right which (upon alert and curious scrutiny) are discovered to be but one and the same message, artfully and deliberately disguised to keep us fat and happy.

We are subject to outlier extremism at both ends of the political spectrum – Left and Right – but this is nothing but outright deception, and it reminds me of the expression of “playing both ends against the middle.”

The middle in question being the middle class – the centrist, common sense, regular, and normal American who acknowledges the validity of many divergent political views – and it is being deceived, exploited, and conned by a Left and Right that only views the middle class as a source of revenue, either in the form of taxes, donations, consumer expenditures or expanding debt.

The members of the middle class are not humans — we are just accounts to be drained.

Look around at what is being shown on any digital news outlet – no one can convey the truth to you because we have lost the thread that leads us to the truth. We are lost in the woods, and our breadcrumb trail is gone. The Wicked Witch of State is about to eat us alive, trying to tempt us into feeling at ease with candy, candy, candy while she monitors the temperature and prepares the stove.

Don’t eat the candy. Don’t drink the cool-aid. Red pill, or blue pill?

Don’t trust anyone simply because they say “I am Left,” or “I am Right.” Listen to the message. Examine the content. Discern the truth for yourselves. So often we are subject to supposedly learned men and women parading around their academic credentials as though that is the ultimate confirmation of truth. Or, equally disheartening, we are presented with celebrities whose ability to sing, dance, play a musical instrument, or parrot lines of text somehow qualifies them to convey truth and reliability that we must accept with unquestioned cheerfulness.

The final insult comes when our elected officials are held up as some sort of irrefutable symbol of authority and knowledge, and any criticism of them is either racist, a sign of intrinsic ignorance, or a symptom of some kind of anti-social mental illness.

Do not be daunted or intimidated by what others say or do – think for your Self and act on the basis of the greatest ethical and moral beliefs we have as human beings.

Question all forms of thought which seek to instruct you on what to think instead of how to think. Question all forms of authority that demand your unquestioned allegiance simply because they are from the State, and you are not. Question any system of thought that requires the complete submission of your Will and self-determining being. Question those who want only to speak at you and never listen to you.

Question ignorance and barbarism in all its clever forms.

I wish you the best in your search for the truth – always remembering that you cannot fight fire with fire. Unless your fire is much, much, bigger – and burns brightly within you.

–E

We should all be familiar with the succinct and profound military attack plan best expressed as “divide and conquer.”

It is a simple and robustly elegant strategy which is designed to splinter one’s opponent into smaller and more manageable groups incapable of uniting to deal cohesively with a common enemy.

Disorganized and isolated groups subject to such a strategy languish in malaise incapable of any unified effort.

There are many organizations in America that directly benefit from the disarray and chaos engendered by heightened racial tensions. It contributes significantly to their financial success and political power to stoke the flames of racism and — if no racism can be found — to locate kindling and build their own fire. Usually the latter.

I would like for you to examine your own life for just a moment. Slow down and think about this — we are constantly “informed” that all of us hate people on the basis of the COLOR of their skin. We are repeatedly told by those organizations noted above that we are all racists. When was the last time that you personally expressed your own bigotry, felt it from others, or witnessed others committing acts of racism?

Judging from my experiences, the answer is not very often. In truth, you have really got to be kidding me — how on earth have any of us been sucked into buying this line of carnival crap about race? Do we honestly dislike people because of the EXTERNAL color of their skin? If this is true, then why not hate people on the basis of the color of their shirt, the size of their shoes, or how they comb their hair?

We are letting the race hate-mongers and corrupt politicians control our minds. They are manipulating the electromagnetic (EM) waves — any digital signals containing data — in order to divide black, brown, white, yellow and whatever color you want to add to the mix.

Separate and equal in chaos — and useless to face the true enemy.

It is absolutely NOT the skin color of a person — not some mere external variable like that — that leads us to dislike someone. It is what lurks INSIDE the other person that repels and irritates us. It is their behavior as a direct expression of what is INSIDE that disturbs us.

What we truly hate is our animal nature.

We have been battling for tens of thousands of years to be human – and be more than human – and what we hate are humans who are NOT truly human, because they act like animals – in point of fact, they ARE animals.

And these non-humans can be any color. All colors. Color does not distinguish when it comes to bestiality.

The legends of vampires, werewolves, zombies and such are — of course — pure nonsense, but they do illustrate a simple and completely undeniable TRUTH — we fear, loathe, and hate our unrestrained animal nature. We hate those who are out of control and use no rational thought to guide their actions.

They are not human.

When heinous acts are committed by such people — be they white, brown, black, yellow, red, or purple — we face the horrible truth of our unconscious animal side. True humans do, indeed, hate and abhor the sad sight of that. It is reminder that the divide between civilization and barbarism is narrow indeed.

However — that is not racism – it has NOTHING to do with race, but only with cultural values in disarray – values that glorify sex, violence, drugs, and hate. Values with no genuine moral or ethical basis. Respect magnified to a vice.

Failure to embrace a culture that values such important things as hard work, dedication, sacrifice, virtue, honesty, family, and self-responsibility

And it affects all humans, of any race.

Trying to uphold the highest standards of human conduct with true morality and ethics – and expecting others to do the same – is NOT racism.

It’s called being a conscious human being.

If you call it racism – what is it you are really hiding? What are you really seeking?

Manipulating hate for gain is evil. Period.

End. Of. Story.

–E

Postscript: Be sure to check out my other entry –> Losing a Culture

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. Such people 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.

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Okay, today I have on my pimp clothes and I am going to do my best to promote Exophobe.

Hang on, that just doesn’t sound altogether wholesome.

How about I slip on my carnival barker suspenders and hat?

Crap, still wrong.

Snake-oil pitch man? Presidential candidate? Used car salesman? Radio talk show host?

Fug. How about just an author that believes in his book– and it’s not just me that likes the book.

I hope the comments below motivates you to the point of action, with that action being going to the Exophobe website.

Think excellent book and a free T-shirt. Plus, I’ll name a character after you in my next book.

Okay, that last bit is a lie, but the other stuff is true…

Check out what these fine readers have to say ➡ –>

 

William Pullin —

A great addition to my home library! I don’t read very much fiction, but this work was well worth the exception. Looking forward to the next literary journey…

 

Keith M Green —

Reading this book often caused annoyance. Mostly because I would dive into the creative and thought provoking world of Exophobe on an early morning train ride and subsequently find myself confronted with sultry looks from haggard faces as my laughter pierced the hypnagogia of their commute to work. So, if you do read this, make sure you’re not in a library. A rambling adventure that casually struts the tight rope of cohesive writing and a tangent filled flustercluck, this book has just the right blend of wit, charm and mystery to keep you guessing and guffawing at a rapid pace. The story follows a Enoch, a regular guy through an international conspiracy concerning a number of secret organisations and touches on ideas surrounding aliens, arcane magick and the occult. A mixture of chaotic internal monologues, good ol’ (and new) fashioned sci-fi concepts and glimpsing phrases of truth and meaning, ‘Exophobe’ delights and excites with a twist at every turn and a writing style that not only captures the reality of human thought and group dynamics, but tops it off with a more than a pinch of humour. Like a lot more. Seriously. There were so many puns in this book that even me (who enjoys a lot of punishment (get it?)) got a bit annoyed at the protagonist making so many jokes, but hey, being someone who often does/attempts to do the same, I’d have my pants on fire if I said I’d never pissed anyone off by making a joke an inappropriate moment, so all in all it added to the realism of the characters. That was definitely one thing that I thought D. Kenton Mellott really had down, the characters were truly 3 dimensional (even the ones that didn’t exist in the physical world) and it added a tasty layer of reality to this novel work of fiction. Combine that with a decent plot that builds to a tingling climax through compound meaning and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure with the pages set to pun. All in all a great read, lots of jokes, good story arc, cool aliens and enough sexual tension to make you blush. Just what you want from a sci-fi.

 

Margaret V

Hello Sir! I just wanted to share with you that this book is one of my favorite books ever. The imagery, detail, diction, all of it was flawless to me. I stumbled upon this book in a small out-of-the-way bookstore and I am so glad I did. I can’t explain it, but I really connect with this book in ways I haven’t before. So thank you for Exophobe.

 

Jeremy

This has easily become one of my favorite books of all time. I can’t wait for the next one! The style of writing is unique, entertaining, and highly immersive. Any passerby that witnessed my reading of the book would have surely thought me to be a raving lunatic. Often I would burst out with laughter and in return receive strange looks. I will recommend this book to everyone I know!

 

Mike Wilson

I bought the book at Dallas Comic Con and just started reading it last night. It kept me up all night, and now I have not been productive at work today. Thank you.

Julie M. Coffey

I finished your book, Exophobe, and I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed it completely. As your reader, I couldn’t help but imagine Enoch to be you, so now you have some special powers in my mind! As a writer, you forced me to slow down my reading so that I would catch the subtle wit and clever twists that you included. There were no periods where the action dragged along, and the characters were sympathetic and realistic. Most of my reading was done in airports, so I want you to know that I held the book up high where other travelers could get a good look at the cover/title and maybe search for it. I am anxiously awaiting the next book, so put me on your email list and let me know when and where I can buy it.

 

Angela Bullock

I started reading your book last night. Thanks for keeping me up until the rooster crowed. Not a real rooster, mind you, but you get the picture. I met you for a brief yet enjoyable moment at Dallas Comic Con on Saturday. You, sir, are a character! Thank you for taking the time to tell me about the book and pique my interest. I shall post my overall impressions of the story soon.. most likely tomorrow. I have a LOT of coffee on hand.

 

Most people love cats or dogs. Maybe birds.

Shoot, even reptiles. Snakes. Hamsters. Gerbils. (Seriously, gerbils?)

I love the dung beetle.

I know, it just seems so wrong. I think the immediate response of most people has to be “huh,” or some more colorful derivation thereof.

A great many people simply stare at me blank-faced and ask, “why?”

Good question.

Let me slip on my pointy pontificating hat and ponder.

Pause for just a wavering moment and contemplate what the dung beetle accomplishes.

It takes what we regard as an absolutely repellent by-product of living (e.g., scat, poop, excrement, fecal matter, sh*t) and instead of stepping gingerly around it and moving on, the dung beetle labors feverishly to accumulate, organize into a spherical shape and roll the “fruits of its labor” back to his or her abode.

Where the dung beetle uses said ball of smelly goo to feed and raise its young. Thereby allowing the lowly dung beetle to replicate, survive, and subdue its world.

The dung beetle is an awesome role model.

Here’s why –>

Think about how much crap all of us deal with on a daily basis.

It might come from our boss, from our clients, from our co-workers, from our spouse, from our friends, from our relatives, from our Internet social media “followers,” from mainstream media, from non-mainstream media.

Generally, from the Cosmos as a whole.

In fact, someone, somewhere, at one time went full frontal dung beetle and made a lot of money with a simple bumper sticker that merely states the dung beetle motto – “Sh*t Happens.” For the sake of a more genteel discussion, we will use the less offensive term “poo” so as not to offend the Internet’s automated word censors.

Having reflected on the success of the dung beetle, I am immensely happy that poo happens.

Poo gives us opportunities – in life for sure, but especially in business. It doesn’t matter whether you are in business for yourself, or are an employee of another. The poo of someone else is your opportunity to make yourself useful and valuable, because you can step in, locate the client’s or employer’s poo, organize it, shape it into a nice little ball, and roll it away.

Best of all – you get paid for dealing with their poo.

The next time poo happens to you – regardless of the source – make a careful evaluation of how you can turn a disgusting by-product of living into something useful and valuable.

Never be afraid to implement a solution that others seem doubtful about.

The ensuing success may just surprise the poo out of you.

Oh, and please buy a copy of Exophobe, my novel, which is sort of my ball of poo. Hmm… That doesn’t sound altogether right — but go read it!!!

–E

The power of the American economic system is conscious and enlightened Capitalism. People guided by the greatest ethical and moral principles provide goods and services which benefit many people. The entire culture thrives. Opportunities exist for anyone willing to work. However, when the sole focus of business becomes the level of profit which the business can make without giving any consideration to the negative impact of its actions on people, a disconnect has occurred. Whenever a business model provides little in return for what it charges, there is a disconnect. When business seeks only to exploit people, there is a disconnect.

We are at a great crossroads now where we can make conscious decisions about the direction of technology and how it will be used in an honest and ethical manner to benefit the whole of society, not just a few.

Sadly, 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.

It started many years ago when simple mechanical devices and machines were first used to displace skilled human workers, primarily because the cost of such humans has always been a sore spot for any business. Not much has changed to the present day. Corporations may spout politically correct rhetoric about how wonderful their employees are and what valuable assets they represent, but if a machine can do it faster, more-efficiently, and cheaper, well, the human will be out on their a$$.

Before I get started, I need to clarify a few terms.

I do not want to irritate, offend, or anger anyone, but what the politicians call the middle-class are average Americans. Just regular folk who have no exceptional talent or skill, genetic or acquired, but are still capable of achieving success through sacrifice, hard work, accepting self-responsibility and dedication of will. Being average and normal is a good thing.

As technology has “progressed,” the replacement of average humans by much more intelligent and complex machines has moved in two simultaneous directions. In one direction, the jobs of those with average skills, abilities, and intelligence are rapidly being displaced. Cashiers, equipment operators, auto mechanics, warehouse workers, fast food employees, delivery personnel and the list goes on and on. Computers, robotics, and machine intelligence is greatly impacting the employment opportunities for average people. Factor in another variable of average workers in foreign locations who will work for a fraction of the cost of American workers, and you get further deterioration which makes getting a regular job very, very, difficult.

There is a second direction that is happening now, and is escalating, and that is the replacement of the jobs of the above average in intelligence that were once considered impossible to replace. Software and hardware that perform medical diagnostics; companies that rely on machine intelligence, rather than human intelligence, for decision-making; engineering plans created by machines and not humans – one can argue (quite persuasively) that there is no area of human professional existence that will not be impacted by machine intelligence that is not augmenting, but actually replacing, humans.

Even now, some jobs are hard to find because machines and/or software are already holding down the position.

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 any static evaluation (a snapshot in time, if you will) about 70% of the human race is average and below-average – no matter what their race, ethnicity, gender, or point of origin. Their IQ falls between 85 and 115. Period.

End. Of. Story.

We won’t devolve into any discussion of whether the Bell Curve is static upon conscious examination but dynamic in ongoing reality, or a fixed interpretation of human genetic reality. In other words we won’t worry, at this time, whether humans can move on the Bell Curve from left (below average) to right (above average) for overall intelligence, or if they are locked down by their genetics with a minimal ability to improve. The one thing we can safely say – with relative impunity from criticism – is that there are a lot of average and below-average people in the world. Whether they can “improve” their intelligence is the current focal point of politics in America.

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, or camp 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, there are periodic disruptions along the human fault line (e.g., genocide, wars, drought, famine, disease) but humans always manage to figure out a way to survive, reorganize themselves, and then get back to the business of multiplying and thriving.

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 too many average humans 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. They require minimal “health” care, never take time off, and don’t take pensions.

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. Technology exploiters seek to amuse or abuse, but rarely to empower.

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, and as long as the economy is growing at a decent percentage rate. In the past, when jobs were plentiful for average and below-average people we could, as a society, collectively afford to give away money to people who had not really been earned it by their own efforts.

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 in particular 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 and below-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.

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 student 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. In many cases, even with their “degree,” they are not truly qualified.

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. Thinking the answers to life can be found in the EM spectrum, somewhere.

This development pleases the Elite in America to no end.

This is because most of the Elite that comprise our government and corporate leadership believe that being average or below-average is not curable. The Elite 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 truly 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.

Part of this starts with being aware of what is happening around us. For instance, as jobs and careers begin to vanish, the average and below-average are setup to be conned and fleeced. Here is an example — think of the California Gold Rush of the 1840s. Thousands, millions, of people flocked to California dreaming of finding gold. Very, very, few found gold. The people that got rich were the ones selling the shovels.

Today, many people think they can become an Internet bazillionaire selling things on the Internet. You know what – very few people make money selling on the Internet. Well, except the people who charge you for marketing and want to “teach” you how to sell on the Internet. They are exploiting people, pure and simple, which isn’t hard since most people do not understand how the technology works and simply get a glazed look in their eyes when they try to figure it out.

There are some fundamental truths about the American system which are still valid and true.

It is not intelligence alone that determines success, but also hard work, dedication, love, acceptance of self-responsibility, honesty, integrity, and sacrifice. Average, below-average, above-average and the like are just words – phrases we pick out to try and describe something we don’t really understand. Concepts to try and explain what is happening to the human race.

No matter what, however, in the end it is critically important to have intelligence – human 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. As long as you blame external factors and fail to embrace your own inner abilities and strengths, you will fail.

Don’t buy what they are selling.

All humans can achieve extraordinary things. You can move from left to right on the Bell Curve for intelligence as long as you work at it. You can accomplish anything with the right blend of hard work, love, dedication, acceptance of self-responsibility, honesty, integrity, and sacrifice.

We have an election fast-approaching. You need to vote for candidates who embrace the above concepts – if your candidate does not, then you should consider re-evaluating your choice.

Think. Will. Become.

–E

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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 –>

________________________________________________

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.