Reena’s Exploration Challenge #121 — the last book on planet earth


The last book on Planet Earth will be the first book, the one to be an idealized representation of what humans could and can be if they could clear their minds of the cloudiness of what is most frail and harmful about our species. When it is found or taken with humans, it can set the stage for what’s next.

The last book must be a transformative text. It must be one that plants the seeds for a new and improved crop of humans. The text must imprint on the psyche of the reader the concept and belief in the relativity of things. The concept of us and them must cause a great disease when considered. The concept within it that all pieces are part of a whole and an essential piece of all that is will be embraced.

In it, profit will be looked at as an act that benefits the whole and not an individualized endeavor. Venerating our mother as the mysterious creative life force will be a natural by-product of reading the text.

The last book on Planet Earth will be spliced into the DNA of every human through wireless nano-technology. Each human born will be already transformed. We know what led humans to a place where only the last book was left. We won’t have a third chance if we mess this one up.

I based many of the ideas in this writing on Chuang Tzu’s/Zhuang Zi’s book of philosophical Taoism/Daoism, Chuang Tzu/Zhuangzi, which is a transformative text that is full of parables illustrating important concepts like the relativity of things.  The following is one parable from it.


       Among the literati, the popularity of fish stems from the Daoist book Zhuangzi, in which Zhuangzi and Huizi debated whether one could know the happiness of fish without being one himself. The story goes like this:

     Zhuangzi and Huizi were crossing the Hao River by the dam.
Zhuangzi said, “See how free the fishes leap and dart: that is their happiness.”
Huizi replied, “Since you are not a fish, how do you know what makes fishes happy?”
Zhuangzi said, “Since you are not I, how can you possibly know that I do not know what makes fishes happy?”
Huizi argued, “If I, not being you, cannot know what you know, it follows that you, not being a fish, cannot know what they know. The argument is complete!”
Zhuangzi said, “Wait a minute! Let us get back to the original question. What you asked me was ‘How do you know what makes fishes happy?’ From the terms of your question, you evidently know I know what makes fishes happy.
“I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.”

Based on translation by Thomas Merton, The Way of Zhuang Tzu, New Directions Books, 1965


Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. I would like to be a fish in the river when Zhuangzi and Huizi are crossing it.

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  2. Gina says:

    so much I love about this, especially the quoted text about the way of the fish. but most of all the idea in some distant future we will all read the same text, we will all have the same goals (perhaps) towards the benefit of every living creature. I would work hard for a future such as this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the ideas, Gina.

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  3. Sadje says:

    A great and very interesting take on the Prompt. If there were a book like that, there would be much hope for humanity.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        A pleasure Li

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  4. Reena Saxena says:

    “The last book on Planet Earth will be spliced into the DNA of every human through wireless nano-technology. Each human born will be already transformed”

    I see your vision of an uncorrupted world, and yet fear the damage such technology can cause in the hands of malevolent rulers.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I absolutely understand your fear, as any tool or technology will be glommed onto by those with ill-intent. It is hoped that whatever it is that however the technology is implemented by virtue of a human being born with benevolence for Mother Gaia and every aspect of it that malevolence will no longer exist in any human. I can dream.

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  5. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Lisa’s contribution to Exploration Challenge #121

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  6. Such thought- provoking ideas! Though technology can be a double-edged sword.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I understand about technology and have watched both The Terminator and The Matrix series. In fiction/philosophical fantasy, anything goes.

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      1. Of course, in fiction and fantasy one has the liberty to take liberties.

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