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EXISTENCE - VOLUME I


The Calm before the Storm

Chapter One & Two

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« Existence » is a romantic drama chronicling a fictional story of creation and of the destiny of mankind. Through a delicious cocktail mixing science-fiction, political intrigue, affairs of state, espionage, terrorism, wars, religions, spirituality and romance, the series present an extraterrestrial civilization similar to human society but which (extraterrestrial civilization) differs strongly from it (human society) in several key aspects.

Full of suspense and twists, « Existence » is a long and exciting journey taking place through time and across several worlds, travel during which the happy and privileged readers will be transported in exhilarating escapist moments, which travel will also perhaps sometimes get embellished with subjects for thought or meditation.

« Existence » attempts to provide some answers to fundamental questions about certain religious beliefs and principles, issues that are most often the subject of intense controversies between followers of different beliefs or ideologies.

The story is composed of several volumes. The current document contains only the chapters 1 and 2 of the first volume, which volume is entitled « the Calm before the Storm ». It should however be noticed that the French version of the whole first volume is already available online under the title « Chiens de Faïence ».

One should finally keep in mind that the story is first of all a work of science-fiction. It will therefore be expected that most of the scientific concepts and technologies that are mentioned in it diverge quite sharply from what is currently considered as reality and truth, or even from the reality and the truth in short.

One more thing. I sincerely apologize in advance for my English language writing skills that might appear every so often somewhat weak for many readers.


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Chapter One

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There seemed to be something magical in this natural landscape! A lake with a clarity and purity that appeared to be like none of those he had seen till then. The water looked so transparent that one could almost see in the smallest details its bottom. This one was made of stone, sand and plants the beauty and brilliance of which could quite easily give to our (we humans) jewelers, botanists, florists, etc., the envy to get turned into water living beings. This transparency of the lake unfortunately contrasted with the opacity and the blurring that characterized his understanding of a certain problem, which problem seemed to drag on a bit in his opinion. This river flowing from the lake and running out of sight, straight ahead, magnificently edged with grass and trees that the whole scene appeared to offer a spectacle imaging perfectly what his frame of mind looked like at that time. Indeed, likewise the solution he was looking for and that was so important to him but that constantly escaped him, was the river carrying away something valuable enough to be so lavishly decorated? And this majestic cliff on which he was standing and that offered him gratis all that beautiful spectacle, still giving him a feeling of power despite the helplessness he felt in respect of some of his misunderstandings. Was he really mentally present at the place he was physically standing or elsewhere? His attitude could strangely strike one as he would have liked to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. As he was usually so capable of extreme concentration, was that ambiguity that seemed to characterize his frame of mind portending serious concerns, or a certain lack of confidence he was in the grip of? Or is it the incredible beauty of the landscape that stretched out before him that repeatedly got him out of his thoughts? Or perhaps both of the aforementioned facts could explain that attitude that appeared to express a lack of concentration on his part; why not? But he heard a voice and that suddenly led him to fix his mind on it (the voice).

«Very beautiful landscape! Is not it? » Hokcyll questioned.

Somewhat surprised by this presence, Khantt put a handful of seconds to react, not without having first issued a sigh that clearly showed the gravity of the problem that seemed to disturb him.

«I would rather say too beautiful scenery perhaps. It does not seem to particularly inspire me in my meditations. My reflections have been leading me nowhere since I'm here, that is for almost an hour. » He said.

«Do you really believe that there is any serious danger in view? » Hokcyll questioned again.

«I think at least that a great danger is brewing up; that's for sure. But will it manifest and how is it supposed to do it exactly? That’s the problem. » Khantt reacted.

But for the moment there seemed to be some elements preventing Hokcyll to understand and share the concerns of Khantt, and Hokcyll won’t take long to let know those ones:

«The Kingdom yet always experienced debates. Do you remember at least the debate provoked by the general theory of the worlds? And the one pertaining to the blank area development project? Not to mention the discussions the principle of thought conversion gave rise to. » He declared.

«But in fact, don’t you see that all those issues and the one that is underway are linked to the same event? » Khantt questioned in turn, immediately triggering a new question from his interlocutor.

«Do you mean the discovery of the blank area? » The latter asked.

«The situation that is currently prevailing seems to show that the bygone debates you’re talking about did not settle the most essential issue. » Khantt replied.

All these words from Khantt finally appeared to produce the sole effect of preventing more and more Hokcyll from grasping all the rightfulness of his apprehension.

«Listen! I really don’t know whether your fears are justified or not, but for me debates are generally of a playful interest and the current one doesn’t seem to be an exception; and I think the problem we’re facing will be settled like the ones we faced in the past. Even if it extraordinarily happens to me to doubt our absolute capacity to iron out any matter that could eventually induce serious conflicts in the community, even though we managed to do that up until, I will never doubt the ability of Adonaye to keep peace [12] in the Kingdom. And I think very seriously that you do worry too much. »

These last words from Hokcyll apparently finally aroused in Khantt the desire to make himself plain enough:

«The fact that I do worry too much as you say should yet take you to question somewhat the way you analyze the situation, unless you think that I’m undergoing a psychiatric disability. For nearly 20,000 years, as the supreme authority of the Voxpringh [13], I have been being in charge of extensive psychological and sociological analyzes of any new bone of contention among the people, of the various opinions which are issued in relation to that, of the deep causes and consequences of all kinds, both immediate and distant relating to the debates raised. So if for the first time I express a concern about the debate on the entity of phase 6, they should be taken very seriously in my opinion. You do not doubt the omnipotence of Adonaye, me too I will never question that. But knowing that there is a solution to an eventual problem does not prevent the fact that some worries arise from the realization that this problem will occur. I could for example know that one could attempt to keep me from admiring the landscapes of Elohis forever. Even if I had the assurance of having the ability to get out of this example of prison in about 10 000 years, the mere thought that I will suffer at least for a while some inconvenience can make me feel giddy. And regarding the current problem, I assure you that I am far from being the only one getting worried. » Khantt talked, still keeping his gaze directed toward the river, looking very serious but apparently impassive despite his worries.

Thereupon, Hokcyll who had been looking rather candid since the beginning of the talk, started in turn to look a bit gloomier while apparently feeling still surprised by the attitude of his interlocutor, attitude he had probably never encountered anywhere else before in the context of what was the subject of their discussion. He stared at Khantt for several seconds, as if he was trying to guess what might explain this attitude that he probably found quite strange. He then turned his gaze toward the river and started to speak again, with a tone much calmer and less brightened:

«I do not doubt your expertise to identify the most unknown and most hidden fears that may emanate from individuals and not known by these individuals themselves. Expertise that has been acquired and improved through the practice of your Head of Royal Parliament functions. But I know someone called Shlanne who, about a billion of years ago, succeeded in performing some feats in less than a month after being interested in some fields of knowledge, exploits that almost all of the most experienced experts in these fields couldn’t perform. The Eloha is a being quite complex. A great mind might sometimes be ineffective in finding solutions to simple problems, but a universe might be made out of a gamma-gen.

Intellectualists believe that the weakness of the initial intelligence level of the Atlantist [14] will certainly jeopardize its development in power and perfection due to the degree of free will he’s endowed with. The opposing camp, that of Voluntarism, considers that one needs not to worry about this fact because anyway the rate of transmission of information between the alpha-gen and the gamma-gen components of the Atlantist includes an exogenous factor that could be adjusted for some Atlantist to contain or even annihilate the effects of any social or psychological crisis resulting from deviationist behaviors from other Atlantists. But what do I think of all this?

For me the fundamental question that must be asked is not whether the Atlantist population can evolve harmoniously or not? The right question is rather to ask whether the creation of the entity of Phase 6 could have a strong negative impact on the harmony of the Kingdom. But about that it really seems impossible that a crisis arising on Atlantis could affect Elohis. In any case I do not see at all how this could happen, and anyway no Intellectualist did not consider such a possibility during the discussions I have had with some of them. However, it is quite normal and understanding to get worried and affected by an eventual crisis that might arise on Atlantis and at some degree all Intellectualists seem concerned about that.

But what intrigues me now, after some words you’ve just spoken, is that the anxiety you’re expressing looks extremely more intense than that of any Intellectualist despite you are a Voluntarist. I find that somewhat strange and I do not believe at all that this is related to the nature of the position you occupy in the Kingdom administration system and therefore your responsibility in this debate. There must be another explanation and I'm afraid you might be believing in the occurrence of things that could be of some gravity ranging beyond what is possible for me to imagine.

Given what I’ve just said and which is my main concern in this debate, can you confirm me if there is really or not any serious danger in view? »

After these words from Hokcyll, Khantt remained silent for about two minutes, still gazing toward the river as he’d been doing since the beginning of the conversation. Those two minutes seemed lasting forever and a day for Hokcyll, which one had been looking a bit candid and carefree at the beginning of the conversation, but who started looking this time much more serious. He always approached this debate created in the Kingdom about the entity of phase 6 from a purely playful angle. Let us notice that this debate arose on the 6th day of the activities pertaining to Atlantis generation project. It was during a discussion that took place between Ben Dakkota and Ben Ara as a fringe event. Ara thought that the free will a living being should be endowed with should go with his level of intelligence and for this reason, the Atlantist should be created with a rather reduced free will or with a high-level initial reasoning ability, even if one considered that this latter capacity was supposed to get improved eventually. He said that the combination of the high degree of free will and the weakness of the initial intelligence level could generate some crises in the future Atlantist population that (those crisis) would be so serious that they could even jeopardize the evolution in power and perfection that was expected from the Atlantist.

Ben Dakkota, an Amerindian racial type Princess, opposed this point of view from Ara by saying that it was necessary to leave things as they are. She intuitively found that from a theoretical angle, a being endowed with a high level of intelligence is not less exposed to psychological crisis than the one (being) with a lower intelligence, and this is due to the fact that the center of decision of a living being consists of two compartments. A first compartment or factor to which she gave the name of Intellect and that consists in all the intellectual potentialities, and a second compartment she called Willpower and that determines how one uses the intellectual potentialities one is endowed with whenever one faces a problem. According to her, if the Intellect factor may differ from one being to another, from one species to another, as regards to the Willpower factor, this one has exactly the same characteristics in all evolved living beings. The way the Willpower is used doesn’t depend on the Intellect factor, but it may eventually have a positive or negative influence on the Intellect factor under certain circumstances which exist in the Eloha as well as in the Atlantist. Thus, the emergence of a mental crisis depends exclusively on the Willpower factor according to Dakkota.

Ben Dakkota however admitted that some factors that are external to the center of decision could cause psychological crisis, deeply affecting the normal operation of the brain to such an extent that the Willpower of the being in whom the crisis were caused could not help to resolve those ones (that is to say the crisis). But in all cases, apart from these external factors, the occurrence of psychic crisis does not depend on the Intellect factor. The error then committed by Ben Ara according to Dakkota is that Ara didn’t make any differentiation between the Intellect factor and the Willpower factor; he did not then perceive the fact that the Willpower factor has the same characteristics in the Eloha as in the Atlantist. And moreover, for Dakkota, nothing in the living environment of the Atlantist showed that the latter was more exposed to psychic crisis than the Eloha.

Despite the attempts of explanations provided by Dakkota, Ara maintained his stance. The King then felt obliged to take some decisions to satisfy both parties. Indeed the Atlanticist, like the Eloha, had to live on plant materials only. But unlike the Eloha, food was much more vital to the Atlantist. In all that was to serve for food to the Atlantist, two fruit trees with powerful biological and physiological properties were created in his living environment. One of the trees, called the tree of knowledge, bore fruits that could increase the cognitive abilities of any Atlantist who would eat them. The other tree, called the tree of life, bore fruits the consumption of which could make one gain immortality like the Elohim. To see if in spite of his low intelligence level the first couple of Atlantists could use properly their Willpowers, they were subjected to a simple problem that did not surpass their intellectual level. They received a fairly accurate command from Adonaye, which command forbade them to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, because this fruit was also to cause unwanted effects. These effects consist in genetically transmittable biological dysfunctions that was supposed to inevitably eventually lead to the death of any Atlantist who would consume that fruit, and also of any descendant of this Atlantist. This was done on purpose in order to annihilate the same time the Atlantist population in case the thesis developed by Ben Ara proved true, to possibly recreate from their alpha-gen components and according to the standards he advocated those in which the crisis would have not been too serious.

This controversy between Ara and Dakkota spread later to the whole Kingdom. The debate created this way was up until unceasingly led. It reached its acme a few years after the creation of the first couple of Atlantists, that is to say a little more than a billion of years after the triggering of the Atlantis generation process. Two camps were opposing each other. The camp of the Intellectualists, who supported Ben Ara, and the camp of the Voluntarists, who shared the position of Ben Dakkota. Although most numerous than the Intellectualists (about two thirds of the elohian population), the Voluntarists were less activist than the latter. These ones (Intellectualists) aroused most of the discussions and held many conferences to make their view accepted. Anyway, some Voluntarists, like Ben Dakkota herself, and also Ben Gouryhaune, Ben Khantt and Hokcyll, although being confident of the accuracy of their position, were less adamant in expressing their opinion. Some of these Voluntarist moderates were above all things concerned about the possible consequences that the debate might induce on the harmony of the Kingdom.

The function exercised by Khantt in the Kingdom administration system was to convey to the REX and to His Majesty the concerns and needs of the population (whether latent or explicit), so that the royal decisions that might meet them be taken. Always in the context of the fulfillment of his duties, he also had to make proposals to the REX and to His Majesty for solving certain problems of public interest and for taking measures to prevent the emergence of these types of problems. It is at this point of his duties he seemed to meet for the first time insurmountable difficulties during the 20 thousand of years he occupied the presidency of the Voxpringh.

In the context of the problem raised by the entity of phase 6, several discussions were held in this august Assembly and he tried several times to reconcile the positions but in vain. He multiplied himself conferences and participated in many debates in which he even tried to detect and denounce any attitude emanating from Voluntarists and likely to eventually generate situations that could further complicate the problem, sometimes seeming thus to tolerate and accept some aspects of the theories developed by the Intellectualists. The main objective of that attitude was rather to make those ones (Intellectualists) share the Voluntarist cause. But this strategy appeared somewhat risky. Several Voluntarists were indeed led to lose all the confidence they had in his abilities to effectively manage the debate. This could only ultimately further complicate the role of mediator he wanted to play. The admiration most of the Voluntarists vowed to him still remained intact and he even had fervent disciples among those ones, like Hokcyll.

If there is a feature through which one could easily recognize Hokcyll among the hundreds of millions of people inhabiting Elohis, it is this optimism that constantly emanated from him, and this candid spirit and attitude that made him see a playful interest in all things, even in the search for the solutions to problems which he was fully aware of the importance for himself and for the Kingdom. But everything has a beginning, like the nature of the stances aroused by the debate on the Atlantist, like the difficulties that the Voxpringh, the REX and His Crown seemed to have for the first time to resolve fairly quickly the problem underlying the debate. For a first time then, after listening to Khantt, after observing him closely, given the silence the latter showed over his last question, Hokcyll, who gradually began to realize that a danger was looming, suddenly lost his usual optimism and his face seemed to mark a real beginning of rebirth in his personality. But he could not bear forever the silence of Khantt and the latter finally decided to break this one.

«You're absolutely right when you state that it is not possible that a crisis on Atlantis have implications on Elohis. You're right because it's not in this direction that the causality between the two phenomena must be established; this causality should rather be considered in the opposite direction. It is in part because there is a problem with the Eloha, or at least with some Elohim, that the Atlantist will perhaps undergo some problems and not the opposite. And that's what worries me. Get ready Hokcyll. Get ready to accept and face the forthcoming upheavals. But I propose that we put a temporary end to the discussion and that we plunge in a rather playful ambiance; I’m very busy tomorrow. »

After a few seconds of silence, Khantt talked anew:

« What about going into Speirtland to attend the football show that will begin in a few minutes? »

The rational mind usually solves problems by establishing causal relationships between different phenomena in a process operating by analogy. A phenomenon occurs and one investigates the causes that can explain it. To do this, one researches some series of events that might have led to phenomena similar to the phenomenon in question on other occasions. If the same series of events are repeated several times, one will tend to establish links of causality between these events and to avoid the emergence of phenomena generally succeeded by problematic situations. The problem with this way of working is that it could be inefficient faced with crisis that never occurred before. And that is the situation Elohis was going through regarding the debate on the changes in power and perfection of the Atlantist.

The main difficulty here is not that the Elohim had never faced a problem which manifested itself for the first time (this is a triviality). The difficulty was rather linked to the social and psychological nature of the problem and to the fact that it was gaining in a certain importance. For the first time, a disagreement between Elohim on a seemingly insignificant matter lasted millions of years while this type of disagreement had never lasted beyond a decade ago. For the first time, a disagreement between Elohim on a specific theme involved the questioning of several established knowledge and principles that are part of the very foundations of the Kingdom. For the first time, a disagreement between two Elohim (Ara and Dakkota) resulted in the division of the Kingdom into two fundamentally parties opposing on many ideological points. And finally for the first time, a disagreement between Elohim caused a global decline in the well-being of the community, which decline was even hard to be offset by the technological achievements made since the birth of the debate at the end of phase 6 of the work pertaining to the generation of Atlantis.

The biggest problem here consists in the fact that most of the Elohim, except the embarrassment they felt about the persistence of the disagreement, could not even imagine what the worst consequences that may result from the debate might look like. This is quite comprehensible since, speaking of these consequences, no similar phenomenon occurred before in the Kingdom. How could then one think about seeking preventive solutions to a problem the possibility of occurrence of which one is not only unaware, but that one will really struggle to understand and accept even after several descriptions and explanations? Consequently, despite the ideological divisions that opposed Voluntarists and Intellectualists, the members of both parties continued to meet and communicate on various occasions such as leisure time, team work, and mundane conversations of everyday life; in short, the community, social and political life habits on Elohis were not fundamentally upset.

However, great minds such as Adonaye, Ben Gouryhaune, Ben Khantt, Ben Ara and Ben Shlanne seemed to have already seen the gravity of the situation and were bustling about the search of solutions. A meeting was precisely scheduled between these five people in the Royal Palace to settle the matter. Called Ultimate Meeting, this one was frequently the subject of discussions between the other Elohim though the latter did not really see the real stake and consequences that may result from his failure or success. The decor seemed really set for this ultimate negotiation with two opposite and perfectly balanced team in respect of the number of persons composing each of them. Indeed, Ben Gouryhaune was the leader of the Voluntarists (though Dakkota was at the founding of the thesis on which was based the Voluntarist ideology), Ben Ara was the leader of the Intellectualists, and Ben Khantt was a Voluntarist; that’s already known. The new information is that Ben Shlanne was also an Intellectualist; that is really not surprising as she was always a fervent admirer and disciple of Ben Ara, and her participation in the Atlantis project was due to a bit of help from the latter. One could also say that both teams were really balanced in terms of the skills of the individual composing them. They each contained in fact an Eloha having an extensive knowledge of the living environment of the Atlantist that was the universe Tertius for being actively engaged in the design thereof; these ones were Ben Gouryhaune and Ben Ara. Adonaye till then acted as arbitrator only.

The date of the Ultimate Meeting came. Royal Palace, the atmosphere was friendly and it does not really seem foreshadowing a special day. The monthly meeting of the REX had just ended and one could see some of its members talking on various topics. Topics ranging from the most ordinary to those who could be considered as pertaining to the most important concerns of the moment. It really proves not necessary to clarify here that the debate on the Atlantist could not escape the talks that usually took place in these types of circumstances. Although it was not part of the main topics discussed during the meeting which had just ended, the issue of the Atlantist seemed to concern Ben Rousso to such an extent that the very first words that emanated from him at the end of the meeting were related to that question. He almost pulled Ben Haraphat from his seat as if he had suddenly perceived a major concern in this area and it was urgent that he keep someone else posted. But it was not so.

In fact Rousso always approached this great debate from an angle that was quite specific to him, with a concern that was peculiar to him, as did many Elohim. He developed a theory (later named Roussist Theory) and wrote several books in the fields of social and political organization. The basis of this theory was that all statement and decision coming from His Majesty are such that if one behaves in accordance with these statements and decisions, individual and community well-being could only grow up. And this was based on a fundamental assumption. This one states that one could reach an immeasurable amount of information about the whole megavers via the decision center (brain) of His Majesty.

He first made this hypothesis purely intuitively, which hypothesis was slow in the first moments to be accepted by many Elohim. It was thereafter proved that the hypothesis in question could be fully deducted from the General Theory of the Worlds. That reinforced the credibility of the Roussist Theory and it was therefore the benchmark for social and political organization in the Kingdom. But it turns out that the decision to create the Atlantist with a low initial level of intelligence emanated from His Majesty himself. Rousso, who is a Voluntarist, therefore thought that it was important that both parties lay their cards on the table by engaging in an open debate on the founding ideas of the theory that bore his name.

For him, in fact, the attitude of the Intellectualists suggested that the Roussist Theory was problematic; but if this was the case, then either it would be the GTW itself, that is to say all the backbone of the elohian science that would be questioned, as the basic principles of the Roussist Theory appeared to have been rigorously demonstrated using the GTW, or an error may have slipped in the demonstration establishing these principles. Most of the Voluntarists, and even many Intellectualists did not share at all this concern of Rousso. He was practically the only Eloha to conduct discussions with both parties the same time, even if he was a fierce defender of the Voluntarist cause, and that's what made the peculiarity of the situation that Rousso was living in regard to this great debate, and that’s what preoccupied him so much.

It is true that many Voluntarists opposed some Voluntarist moderates such as Ben Gouryhaune and Ben Khantt in respect of the attitude the latter (the moderates) adopted vis-à-vis the thorny matter aroused by the debate, but this rarely resulted in stormy discussions between the followers of the Voluntarist cause and these moderates. The peculiarity of the position of Rousso was due to the fact that though he was not a moderate, most of the Elohim, whatever may be their party, opposed to him. Voluntarists seemed generally not proactive enough in this debate and used only to react to actions initiated by Intellectualists. Most of the conferences, debates and talks on the Atlantist issue were generally initiated by Intellectualists. The only activities of this kind frequently initiated by a Voluntarist were undertaken by Rousso and his disciples; in this, he really appeared as the leader of the Voluntarist activists, which ones were very few.

Rousso’s disciple as one of the fiercest defenders of the Roussist theory just when this one had not yet been confirmed by the General Theory of the Worlds, Ben Haraphat did not however shared these concerns of Rousso about the debate. He found also that Rousso appeared not clear enough regarding the goals he would like to achieve by sparking debates about possible errors in the GTW or the Roussist Theory. Especially as he was convinced that the latter (that is to say Rousso) did doubt at all the absolute strength of these two theories though he sometimes struck one as he somewhat questioned them. It was then all willingly that he accepted the invitation from Rousso. Rousso and Haraphat got outside the conference room where the monthly meeting of the REX that had just ended took place, they went outside of the main building of the royal courtyard, to head for one of the many sumptuous gardens this Crown lands abounded in.

They ended up under a fruit tree the aroma of which alone could instantly cause the worst hungers to some of our greatest anorexic, who would have yet just been fully fed with the most delicious fruits that abound in our beloved blue planet. The fruits of this tree seemed precisely very particularly valued highly by Rousso. For the first gesture of this one was to pick two of them in a process that would seem strange, unless one is informed enough about the technologies available to the Elohim. Indeed, these two fruits teleported directly into the right hand of Rousso, probably through a telekinetic activation of some features of its multifunction processor (MPU), which surely should be stuck somewhere on his body. He handed one of the fruits to Haraphat and this one did not particularly need to be coaxed to take it. They both sat down on a seat that was like those typically found in the gardens and parks of our cities, biting into the fruits they held respectively, taking care not to strike up yet any conversation with each other, as if the quality of the fruits required that one grant all a seriousness and a concentration on how they should be eaten.

Once they seemed to finish digesting these fruits, always keeping silent, Rousso turned his gaze on a spectacle unfolding right before them in about 55 yards from where they were sitting. He really appeared to envy some birds the carelessness with which these ones flew from branch to branch, singing merrily to anyone who would like to pay attention to them, having apparently no problem, such as the one created by the debate on the Atlantist issue, a fact which reminded him well the elohian good old days, when disagreements did not create embarrassment leading to an overall decrease in well-being at the size of the one entailed by what is now called in the Kingdom the Great Debate.

Unlike the five people invited to the Ultimate Meeting that would precisely take place in a few minutes, Rousso had no exact idea of the worst consequences that might arise from the Great Debate. He did not even suspect those kinds of consequences, and this is what perhaps explained the fact that he did not take part to the negotiations that were about to begin. His only concern was that the Great Debate was at the origin of such a decrease in well-being that one could not remain quite passive as if nothing was happening, like most of the Voluntarists tended to behave. But even though he was not he who asked for this meeting with Rousso, Haraphat seemed to yearn to get acquainted as quickly as possible with the purposes Rousso was aiming at by addressing the Great Debate in a way that appeared so strange to him. It was necessary that someone should introduce the conversation and Haraphat, who were until then alternately looking at Rousso and the scene that seemed to capture the attention of the latter, stared at this one and reeled off the first words of the conversation.

«I’ll have a great difficulty to believe that the urgency for which you almost pulled me from my seat has something to do with these birds. » He said.

«You should yet understand that quite easily since according to GTW all possible phenomena are linked to one another. » Retorted Rousso.

These words from Rousso made Haraphat look a bit more seriously. That impelled Rousso to speak again:

« I’m just joking! I know well that you’re not alluding to possible distant causal relationships that might exist for example between an insect wing beats and the outcome of a martial arts fight taking place miles away from these beats. You see, Haraphat, problems sometimes turn so complex that they cannot be solved easily by being addressed directly according to the way they are manifested in the consciousness of all. I mean those kinds of problems should not be tackle head-on. The debates that are supposed to resolve disagreements of all kinds are generally presented as an appointment where each party is called to give something in exchange of another thing it has to receive. And whatever equivalence might eventually exist between what one gives and what one receives, giving always seems to be painful because none of the things that may be offered in exchange sometimes seems to be equivalent to what must be given. But this fact is often the result of the way the problematic situation is addressed. Actually, the way some situations are addressed mostly reinforces the problematic nature of these ones. A better way to resolve disagreements would be to bring the different parties to grant less importance to what they are respectively called to give so that the needed exchanges be facilitated. And this could be done more easily if one succeeds to oppose to the main problem another problem the main function of which is to change the interests of the various parties involved ...»

Interrupting Rousso, Haraphat immediately resumed speaking.

« Now I see you coming. But as you’ve said, it's a problem that must be opposed to another problem. And the subject round to which you would like to steer the debate does not seem to really be a problem for most of our citizens, unless I am mistaken. Nobody apparently seems to perceive any problem pertaining to the GTW or to the Roussist Theory. »

Thereupon, Rousso started looking thoughtful, being silent for a few seconds. This might show that Haraphat had just precisely touched one of his main concerns with regard to the strategy he adopted to address the Great Debate. All these facts finally seemed to manifest the really strange character of the strategy adopted by Rousso, as Haraphat won’t take long to notice, speaking immediately again.

«Let’s even suppose that your goal is to bring many Elohim to question these two theories that all consider to be the foundation of the elohian science. In this case your strategy would really seem strange since it could be very risky. I would have been more convinced of your strategy if the instrumental problem you’re referring to was at the size of the original problem. But to aim at solving a problem by creating an instrumental problem that has a greater magnitude, such a way of doing things appears very risky for me. I may be wrong to have interrupted you but I would like you to be really more explicit. »

Rousso started to speak again after these remarks from Haraphat:

«Speaking of instrumental problem you‘ve just precisely captured the essence of my approach. But there is one little thing that escaped you in your analysis. What matters here is not the relationship between the size of the original problem and that of the instrumental problem. It’s rather the strength and the nature of the links between these two types of issues that matters. But I agree with you on one point; there are big risks associated with such a way of doing things if the relationship between the dimensions of the problems leans excessively toward the instrumental problem. However, the potential gains are equally high and I think that you don’t doubt that.

It’s simply about to make everyone aware of some ultimate effects or deep causes of the disagreements over the Atlantist issue. This can be achieved by introducing an instrumental problem, that is to say a problem that does not necessarily need to be founded but which, if it was founded, should be strongly related to the original problem. After the instrumental problem get aroused, one can strive to focus the attention of the community on it, regardless of whether people believe that it is founded or not. Because one can even capture the attention of those who have the conviction that it is not founded by getting them at least to demonstrate their views. With a bit of luck, this new debate could highlight possible mistakes on principles that are unanimously accepted in the Kingdom and which are related to the original problem. This approach could lead some to reconsider the value they grant to the views to which they cling in regard to the original problem, because they would be so concerned about solving a problem that would have been presented as more important. Once the mistake is settled, if the link between it and the original problem is very strong, then the original problem will automatically get ironed out.

But the main problem with this strategy, and you’ve enhanced that well, is that almost everyone believes that neither the GTW nor the Roussist Theory shall be questioned in this debate. It is then difficult for me to arouse the instrumental problem. I have precisely invited you to this meeting to confide to you the secret of the instrumental problem so that you can help me break the deadlock in my strategy. »

These words from Rousso and the reaction of Haraphat that came thereafter finally seem to show that the latter ended up catching enough the essence of the strategy adopted by the former.

«Well thought anyway! » Haraphat exclaimed immediately after Rousso stopped speaking, continuing his remarks: « although the task you're trying to confide to me is fairly delicate, it looks pretty exciting and it's all willingly that I accept it. The strategy is so well thought that I will not have much to add. The only thing I can provide to you is my tenacity and perseverance. For a problem to be a real one, it really need not necessarily to be immediately considered so by the masses. The issue of the Atlantist was in the beginning a problem for Ben Ara only. Despite this, more than 300 million of Elohim have now made theirs that so-called problem which for me is not a real one. It will just be about multiplying conferences and debates and time will do the rest. The GTW and the Roussist Theory are not involved and we both know that. But these two theories are related to the Great Debate since the views of each side may be proved or invalidated with the help of these two theories. If theoretical evidence has not been established up to now it’s just because the task proved at one point insurmountable for both sides to such an extent that this route was abandoned and each camp is now founding on pure intuitions to establish their respective convictions. With a lot of will, it is not impossible that through the instrumental problem we be able to call upon anew full resources of the community for theoretical research of evidence that may finally resolve the issue of the Atlantist. I believe in that and therefore I’m entirely ready for this new adventure. »

Let us notice that as the Roussist Theory was briefly outlined above, one might think that the mere fact that the decision to create the Atlanticist with a fairly low initial intelligence level have emanated from His Majesty should alone constitute an evidence for the Voluntarist thesis. But things are not as simple as that. In fact, for Intellectualists, the argument that any decision of the King inevitably leads to individual and community well-being if this decision is implemented was not to be questioned. But always according to them, one thing is willing to follow the instructions given by someone and another thing is to understand the precise meaning of these instructions. Language is a very complex phenomenon and to grasp the exact meaning of the words of an individual, it appears most often necessary to get in touch with the psychology of this individual. It is in this sense that the communication between Elohim is essentially telepathic; the written or spoken language most of the time only serve purely artistic and recreational purposes.

But the problem is that for a telepathic communication be effective enough, the Eloha that sends messages must fully open its telepathic portal to those who are supposed to receive the message. But unfortunately this is often not the case. The Elohim had this habit of sometimes opening only partially their telepathic portals to push their interlocutors to be creative and to make a maximum use of the grammatical tools provided by the different languages the elohian civilization abounds in. They do this mostly purely for the fun of it, but also sometimes for reasons not purely recreational. So for Ben Ara and the Intellectualists, the instructions of the King really seemed not to have been understood as they should be. « Did His Majesty really mean to create the Atlantist with an initial intelligence as deficient as the one that currently characterizes the latter? » That was the question the Intellectualists asked to their fellow citizens.

In this case, why his subjects didn’t then search to know the King's advice to find out what he exactly meant? One might ask this question. If his subjects did not find it necessary to do so, it must be for the simple reason that the King himself was not necessarily aware of all the information contained in his memory. We will see later that the subconscious concept also exists in Elohim. The information in the subconscious of Adonaye can often be acquired by another Eloha through CTU sessions, sessions which do not always produce the desired results. But this will likely be further clarified when the concepts of « omniscience », of « omnipotence », of « informational decoherence », of « unconscious decision », and of « virtual incentives law » is explained below.

After the last remarks from Haraphat, Rousso, visibly pleased, if his look that suddenly lit up is anything to go by, spoke anew:

« I really expected nothing better than that! I’m now convinced that the Atlantist problem will soon be confined in our annals of historical facts. I wonder by what criteria Adonaye selected the individuals attending to the Ultimate Meeting and I cannot wait to know the outcome of these negotiations. I sincerely hope that after the meeting I won’t have to put my strategy into execution, but I strongly doubt that it will be the case. »

« It is also my opinion. » Haraphat reacted.

While the discussion between Haraphat and Rousso was being led, in one of the many conference rooms of the Royal Palace, the Ultimate Meeting which lasted for nearly two hours ended. A statement was to mark the end of the meeting, but members of both camps who gathered in the Palace courtyard were already trying to guess the outcome of the negotiations. Shlanne was the first to leave the room and one could see her speaking with one of the agents of the Palace. She looked really natural and quite hermetic so that her appearance could not easily let one afford to guess the nature of the conclusions of the meeting. She was followed minutes later by Gouryhaune, Ara, and Khantt. The friendliness and good mood that seemingly emanated from those ones could well push the crowd to believe that the news may not be so bad. His Majesty and the spokesman of the meeting finally made their appearance. The spokesman went down to the lectern that had been set for the announcement of the conclusions of the meeting, and Shlanne, Gouryhaune, Adonaye, Khantt and Ara stood behind him.

The first words of the announcement began to gush from the mouth of the spokesman and the crowd was listening with great attention. But one should notice that the importance that all the Elohim granted to the event was relatively lesser compared to the Great Debate and to most of the major events of the past. This was perhaps due to the fact that the information regarding some ultimate effects that the Great Debate was likely to entail was not fairly shared among the Elohim. The problem certainly proved inconvenient for most people, but almost all the Elohim still believed that it will be overcome sooner or later without causing incidents that could not even be imagined, a fortiori considered.

The spokesman finished reading the communiqué and the crowd assembled in the courtyard seemed really perplexed. Indeed, in view of the communiqué, one can say that the situation did not change one iota. Nevertheless the whole community of Elohim was strongly invited to be quite optimistic. Rousso and Haraphat who were following by TV viewing the event using an MPU seemed saddened to see their conjectures confirmed. They finally realized that they had no choice but to implement the instrumental problem strategy.

« …I’m having a crazy idea about the instrumental problem. But I’m sure that you already tried what I’m alluding to » Haraphat said, immediately leading Rousso to expose what he was referring to.

«Yes, I know what you’re alluding to. During a whole year, I tried to develop artificial evidence purported to prove an apparent falsity of the Roussist Theory. But after 51 attempts, I realized every time that the fraud could be easily discovered. For each of the 51 attempts, a simulation performed with the Super Computer showed every time that the average minimum time for an Eloha discovers the deception was about 17,000 years, which is below the time we all spent trying to search for the theoretical evidence of our different points of view, that is to say 20,000 years. The rule I set for myself was that the fraud discovery time should be higher than the 20,000 years. Since then, I’ve been trying to prepare the 52nd attempt for nearly 6 months and I hope this attempt will be the good one. Dummy proofs are intended to focus the attention of our experts on a subject that could be more important than the Atlantist issue and thereby divert the attention from the Great Debate. Certainly this new problem will impact more negatively the overall welfare but I’m sure that it will bring our different specialists to design, even perhaps at random and through their research activities against the fake evidence, tools that will help to demonstrate more easily the evidence of the Voluntarist thesis. All of our experts stopped playing with equations and theoretical tools regarding the Great Debate, and I really don’t know why. My intention is therefore to bring them back to those kinds of activities because it’s the most certain way to find a solution. It's a crazy idea! But I believe in it. »

Haraphat suddenly seemed to share the optimism of his interlocutor.

« I also believe in it. » He said immediately after the last remarks from Rousso. « Can you let me know the 51 dummy proofs? For the sake of trying my luck. » He asked then to the latter.

Following this conversation, Rousso and Haraphat threw themselves immediately into a race against time to develop a dummy proof supposed to establish the apparent falsity of the Roussist Theory. Three months later they got a solution based on an idea of Haraphat and sketched by the latter but improved by Rousso like the SAS, which was designed by the duo Aurntadiop-Shlanne. The simulations showed that an Eloha had to put at least 30, 000 years to discover the error in the dummy proof.

But, out of the blue, before they found the appropriate strategy by which the whole community should be informed of this pseudo evidence against the validity of the Roussist Theory, the Intellectualist camp produced a communiqué stating that strong evidence against the Roussist Theory had just been established by Ara and Shlanne. These proofs were published and they were totally different from the fake evidence developed by Rousso and Haraphat. Although those ones were enormously surprised by this event, their optimism about the success of their plan was in no way undermined, but they even seemed more confident after the announcement of the Intellectualist camp. The event was indeed perceived by Haraphat and Rousso as a very lucky surprise in some respects. They thought that it was somewhat advantageous that the problem was posed by the Intellectualists themselves, and anyway they were convinced of the absolute validity of the Roussist Theory. So for them tow facts could explain the Intellectualist communiqué: either Ara and Shlanne convictions about the Great Debate led them to make serious mistakes, bringing them to the development of false evidence they yet believed true against the Roussist Theory, or the Intellectualist camp had exactly the same inspiration they (Rousso and Haraphat) had, believing that through an instrumental problem, they (Intellectualists) will succeed in establishing theoretical evidence of their point of views on the Atlantist issue.

A problem arose however, and not the least. The fact that the expected debate about the Roussist Theory was aroused from the evidence provided by Ara and Shlanne induces that Rousso and Haraphat will no longer have full control of the situation. Indeed, if the new debate had been created from proofs coming from them, they would have had the ability to end that debate at any time by revealing incongruities in those proofs; as they were the authors of the pseudo-evidence, they would then know exactly how to demonstrate its falsity. But that was not the case with the proofs provided by Ara and Shlanne. If the debate created from those proofs caused a too sharp decrease of welfare without producing any solutions to the Great Debate, how could Rousso and Haraphat end the new debate and return to the Atlantist issue? That was the problem. On top of that, as the proofs that seemed to establish the falsity of the Roussist Theory came from the Intellectualists, will the latter be able to turn away enough from the original problem to strive to demonstrate the possibly falsity of those proofs? Not so sure. But, and this is already known, Rousso and Haraphat optimism was in no way undermined and they believed that by bringing sufficient number of experts to play with the equations and tools provided by the theory, solution could be found to the problem of the Atlantist.

As he knew so well to do it, Rousso put in place very quickly an organization in order to counterattack the evidence provided by Ara and Shlanne. However, he made several attempts to associate certain dignitaries of the Voluntarist cause to the battle but in vain. The event pertaining to the announcement of evidence against the Roussist Theory even seemed not to disturb some of these dignitaries such as Gouryhaune and Khantt. When Rousso asked to one of those two people what he recommended to face this new situation, this one gave the following answer: « I do not have much to recommend, but know that the climax is at hand ». And that response really disconcerted Rousso and made him ask a thousand of questions to himself. Did some Voluntarists have at their disposal a strategy they preferred to keep secret? If this is the case, information sharing between the main leaders of the Voluntarist cause shouldn’t it be made efficient enough in order to avoid potential conflicts between some initiatives some of them could possibly take? In what sense can one say that the climax was at hand? And the mind of Rousso abounded in many other questions because of that attitude of the Voluntarist dignitaries which he still considered fairly passive.

While experts and other theorists working under the supervision of Rousso sought to demonstrate that the evidence provided by the Intellectualist camp was fake, striving the same time to demonstrate the Voluntarist thesis from the Roussist Theory, as regards to the Intellectualists, since all of those ones seemed convinced of the evidence provided by their party, they rather sought to win over the majority of Elohim multiplying debates and conferences. For the Intellectualist camp, one could not anyway prove anything from the Roussist Theory since the latter was not founded. All intellectualists, as expected, kept then from handling theoretical and scientific tools and remained bound to their conventional methods in respect of the original problem, that is to say debates and public conferences. All? Not really!

Decades passed since the announcement of the discovery of evidence against the Roussist Theory by the Intellectualist camp. Jord is a seaside city that is about 6,000 miles far from Gotthampolis. Peopled by 100 000 inhabitants, this population was expected to increase tenfold in this day. And as reason for that peculiar population increase, the opening ceremony of an exceptional event will take place in a few hours. This event consists of a series of events scheduled to start today and that was expected to continue over a period of about eight months and a half. The aforementioned event, which takes place every ten years, is a reflection of what is called in our current earthly civilization "Olympic Games". But its scope was far beyond that of Olympic Games as we know them. The competitions that usually took place during this event include everything that existed as games and entertainment in the elohian civilization; physical games, brainteasers, singing competitions, art contests, games involving knowledge and skills related to various disciplines such as mathematics, natural sciences, political sciences, and so on. Although he already gleaned several Speirtland trophies in his two favorite disciplines, Veyrod never had the chance to win a single title during the Olympics. But probably that did not really matter for Veyrod. As we already know it, the outcome in terms of victory or defeat of the leisure activities Elohim indulged in is less important than the pleasure derived from the exercise of those activities. And anyway Veyrod had much bigger concerns than these games, but he intended to take part in them all the same.


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