“Eventually some of these evolved creatures noticed their cup and tried to fill them. After even more time, some ventured onto the mountain. It was rocky and steep. There were many perils. A wrongly placed foot or hand and the creature would topple down the path and even fall from the mountain entirely. Many died on the mountain as on the plain. Never reaching the top or realising their purpose.
“Those that didn't die on the way up the mountain, extracted learning. When that happened, they observed that their thimble sized cup got slightly bigger. They found it could hold more of the droplets. The creatures also found they could help others up the paths, and that that act of sacrifice also increased the size of the cup. This all gave them the incentive to keep trying.
“Over time paths were added. And then interlinking ladders and ropes for support. And, they eventually got to the top.
“Once at the top they realised and completed their purpose, in the same moment. They saw both the meaning of the toil on the plain and the toil of the climb. As life left them, they merged the contents of their cup into the orb. In that final moment they also saw all that the orb contained, all the wisdom of the universe. They fulfilled their purpose.
“As time passed and to move things along, the creator left further treasure, or mysteries. These were miniscule, well-hidden, and only discoverable by those who had devoted a lifetime to climbing the mountain. The mysteries opened a creature’s eyes to the design. This would cause them to delay their final ascent. Instead they would choose to stay on the mountain a little longer, sharing the knowledge of this treasure, helping others make the climb and ensuring their cup was completely full before they reached the top and completed their purpose.
“Climbing the mountain was not only a risky business, but it was something that had to be done over and over again. Creatures still had to maintain their bodies. They still had to return to the plain to work and toil. This enabled them to create the means for which they could nourish their bodies and then return to the climb, day after day.
“The creatures also discovered that there were no shortcuts. Only those that walk the path themselves ever made it to the top. Only those that climbed the mountain under their own steam, got to touch the orb and obtain the riches.
“Many felt the climb was too hard compared to the comforts on the plain. These creatures chose to embrace the plain and entertain themselves to pass their time.
Some felt cheated by those who were making the climb. They would block their path. Spread lies. Do what they could to prevent others from filling their cups.
At times the numbers would swell and they would wreak havoc on the mountain’s paths. Tearing down the ropes and ladders, and slaughtering the helpers on the mountains. These black spots in the course of time would eventually correct as sufficient numbers stood up and fought back.
“Some tried to cheat the system. They built great structures using other creatures. They used the resources on the plain to reenforce the structures. They used the structures to propel themselves high into the Sky so they could reach the orb. It never worked. Eventually the structures would collapse. As the structures grew in height and the prize appeared near, those close to the top would jostle for position. As they did that, they put more and more weight and pressure on those below. The resulting instability would bring the structures down before any creature got close enough to the orb.”
Teacher paused for a moment, looking at both Marr and Luna.
Then she continued, “for those that turn their back on the climb, life becomes a meaningless toil, even with comforts to distract them. For these a different end awaits. At the last moment, when their time is up, they will see the design and realise the folly of their choices. Their cup will shatter as their body is no more, and anything contained within the cup is recycled back into the sky to rain down again.
“For those creatures that embrace the responsibility gifted to them by the Creator, riches await. Their choice to toil both on the plain and on the mountain, is rewarded. In engaging in the Creator’s Experiment, they earn the right to know all the wisdom of the universe.”
With the story shared, Teacher closed her eyes. Moments later Teachers’ head dropped forward and she started to snore gently.
Marr and Luna, looked at each other briefly, nodded, got up and left quietly.
(to be continued...in the next chapter)
[Uplift, Double Take, Chapter 6 - Saying goodbye (Passage 5 of 5)]
All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2021 BJ Allen
Chapter 1 - A routine descent
Chapter 2 - Perspective
Chapter 3 - Grounding
Chapter 4 - Cause and effect
Chapter 5 - The first meeting
Chapter 6 - Staying goodbye
Chapter 7- Instability
Chapter 8 - Orientation
(Stay tuned for further chapters)
"Let's go Mentor, we've only got an hour to get everything we need ready for the next 3 weeks. The supplies are in the clearance hold with the load, but we’ve got to get them secure. The passengers will be here shortly and they’ll need briefing. Let's start with your travel lockers. We'll bring them through the nose door and to make light work of it, we'll use the vertical conveyor in the forward ladder shaft," Annee shared as she got up from the table.
"Show the way, and I am not afraid of hard work," replied Mentor as he followed her to the airlock door that lead back to the passenger accommodation.
"Don't worry, I have plenty of hard work in mind to satisfy that need."
"By the look of you, I am pretty sure you can satisfy my needs, bring it on, Annee," Mentor replied in a provocative tone.
Annee laughed briefly saying, “you’d be so lucky, old timer”, and smiled cheekily back at him and the others as she disappeared through the door.
Mentor laughed loudly as he headed into the corridor....
"Right, let me welcome you all and I hope this is the start of something real,” Dukk said as he sat down.
“We have a big challenge ahead of us and on top of that we don't know each other. And, some of you are new to this game. So, let me start with a few non negotiables. Number one, no heroes. Your own safety comes first. As they say, attend to your own air supply first before helping others with theirs. Second, everyone has the obligation to challenge things that you don't understand or that don’t look right. If I, or anyone else, overlooks something or makes a poor decision out there, we all may die. So we all must be prepared to be challenged. And we must all challenge. And, finally, we leave no one behind, no matter the designation, privilege or whatever. Clear?"
Nods and smiles all round.
“Great. So, on this rig we operate in pairs, or buddies. You’ll cover the same areas of responsibility. You’ll be on watch together. You’ll eat at the same time. You’ll sleep at ...
The convergence of two key events gave rise to this space. The first being frustration over the madness of the world and the cliff we are all charging towards. The second being the realisation that time was getting on and I’d better get the stuff out of my head before it was too late. So, I created this community on Locals.com. My plan is to experiment with this format as an alternative to the traditional book publishing path. My plan is to publish stories as they evolve, probably a chapter at a time. The first piece of writing that will unfold here is a story that I am calling Uplift, Double Take. This piece explores life 200 odd years from now, based on the trajectory of the current madness.
Your financial support would be greatly appreciated, but not needed to read the book.
This is because, I am publishing the book one passage at a time via normal posts within my Locals community.
You simply need to join the community and you’ll get book passages delivered directly to you as ...