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.
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
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