|file written March 11, 2005
||[Aug. 2nd, 2005|10:54 pm]
|||||Theme music from Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves||]|
this is a conversation between a Utopian Forum reporter and the mayor of Utopia.
Utopia is the city of Phoenix reborn after a huge civil war burns it
to the ground. This takes place in 2039, 30 years after the Second
U.S. Civil war in 2009. The city holds democratic/economic ideals and
moral values above all else, and is somewhat ruthless when dealing
with the United States... which has a slight displeasure with Utopia's
business practices because of it's ignoring U.S. vested interests.
Citizens are not common... because they require several competence
tests for maturity and understanding for even just civilian adulthood,
and then Citizens must pass many trials after several years working in
various fields. There are tons of details for the operations of the
city and it's people... but i wont get into it all here or i'd type
the whole book.
Just try to imagine, if you will, not class difference based on
wealth, but solely on skills/tallent/age/respect... yet the classes
based on wealth still exist in the rest of the world, another stark
contrast causing tension.
The Forum is an online discussion site designed to moderate all laws
and views... one where everyone is required to read bulletins and
participate actively in discussions to make sure everyone knows the
truth about what's going on, and so they are not misled by the press
from other countries.
Here is the chapter:
After a press conference, one Forum reporter gets the attention of the
mayor to interview him. He immediately recognizes her, not
necessarily from having seen her before, but her actions in the
conference immediately set her apart as a Utopian Citizen... and so he
gestures to his security to let her walk along as he leaves. When
they're far enough from the mob, he shakes her hand.
"Amy Beth, is it? The Forum?"
"Yes. Hi. What were you getting at back there? You got quite harsh
"I applaud you, miss... You handle yourself as if you were their
mother. You think I was harsh?"
"Yes. This is Utopia. You can't be talking to the press like they're
"THEY were NOT Utopian press. THEY don't have any patience. I felt
it necessary to help them understand our stance without them being
able to twist words by being pushy."
"But your wording was, yet again, something they can target. I'm
trying to help you get ahead of that before they DO twist your words
again. Just explain to me what you believe."
"Again, huh? They didn't take well to my wording of 'no vulture
capitalism' either? So, why do you ask so much about my stance on
religion in this society? If i don't talk diplomatically about any of
it, then i run the risk of offending a particular sect... and i can't
do that, it's my job to remain impartial and empathetic to every
"but as it is, being too diplomatic runs you the risk of sounding to cliche"
"oh, like: 'Faith in science or medicine is as effective as faith in
God. We believe as Truth that which we do not understand.' ?"
"yes... that's the stuff i can't stand hearing you say. you rattle
off what can appear to be 'words of wisdom' but they're just
super-neutral and cliche! The outside press is loving it. You need
to develop a stance. You sit here and be too flexible too much and
some will feel you don't have a backbone. You certainly had a strong
opinion for the investor reform committee, why not here?"
"Why not here!? Capitalism is Not to be confused with religion. And
I do too have a stance. I have a solid stance against wrong-doing in
society, and I oppose ALL that would stand in the way of other's
rights. I oppose any 'religious' practices which would do just that,
but I won't pick on religions which are, i mean could be, particularly
guilty of such wrong-doing. So what if these views are primarily
neutral? You understand politics, but you aren't letting me take this
stance? The Book says 'stick with what you are confident'... or, more
precisely, it says 'Know your limits', but... anyway, I feel I should
keep my strong stance on those things I want to be common amongst all
these citizens, not impose oppinions which would test the boundaries
on what i would like to see amongst citizens."
"I don't think it's testing boundaries... Leaders all over the world
have their religious views... why do you feel if YOU have an oppinion
that it would be imposing your citizens? What makes you different?"
"I dont know. Maybe... I want more from them. More as citizens... So
i'm strong to mold them to be good people... and, in return, I am
lenient and open-minded when it comes to religion... many things
besides religion too, but... anyway, that's why i said what i did at
the press conference."
"You're trying to be a father-figure?!?"
"I'm TRYING to set an EXAMPLE. Ok... ok... 'to mold them', those were
the wrong words. I feel ALL leaders should set a good example... but
I don't feel other leaders are doing as good a job as they should be.
This is where we demonstrate the difference between the way we do
things here vs the rest of the world. When Citizens see that, they
can make better judgments for themselves.
"You Really are arrogant, aren't you? You think you shouldn't have a
religious view other than 'all religions are true... to some extent'
because it's good for PR and/or it will help citizens take your other
oppinions to heart."
"I didn't say that."
"You said something close."
"No, i didn't even mean it that way, either"
"Then clarify yourself or this interview won't get anywhere."
"I SAID, 'In essence, there is no one 'true' religion, but
furthermore, All religions are true.' Period. I believe that there is
a fabric this universe is built into, and every religion is an attempt
at explaining that fabric. If we were to truly understand that
fabric, we could find truth in every single religion. All of them.
But the problem is... WE ARE ONLY HUMAN. Made up of finite matter
across a finite time... both as individuals and as the whole human
race. Finite enough that no one person or group or race can possibly
fully understand that fabric, nor be capable of describing it with one
religion. Since I see it that way, I cannot and will not side with
any one faith over another... so Don't ask me to. ever again. Please."
"Well then... you do hold up under pressure, that's for sure."
"A complement... that's a stark contrast."
"Call it constructive criticism..."
laughs, "Um, What i meant to say is... this... this very
conversation... is what will bode well for you in the forums.
Permission to use this transcript verbatim?"
"Absolutely. But 'constructive criticism?'"
"Maybe those are the wrong words. I mean... this work I do... I
practice defense law as well. The common practice in the western
world is to drill your witness harder than your opponent would,
criticizing them at every turn to strengthen their testimony. I feel
getting to talk to you has shown me... a'hem... what an effective team
we can be."
smiles "well then, i invite your 'criticism' any time"