A Parable for Modern Times
A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found is the fiction preamble of my nonfiction book, Making Global Sense, inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Paine wrote Common Sense to spark national revolution. I wrote Global Sense to spark world evolution.
Thomas Paine began Common Sense with a parable about a remote community struggling to govern itself. He used the fable to show how various forms of government arise, to argue against hereditary monarchy, and to help create in America the first modern republic.
In updating his parable in “A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found,” I aim to show how governments change when people and societies lose a genuine connection with Spirit, by whatever name we prefer for the divine creative force. We face this peril now, so I’m retelling Paine’s cautionary tale for us today. I’m adding an optimistic alternative ending to encourage the practical idealism of common global sense.
Paine published Common Sense in Philadelphia on January 10, 1776. This ebook excerpt from my unpublished book was released in Hawaii on January 10, 2018.
As an experiment, I’m offering this ebook to show a prospective publisher that there’s public support for my work, so the more readers I can report, the better. Therefore, if you are willing to help, you can get your own free copy by subscribing to my “Global Sense News” e-letter or by subscribing to my “Global Sense Blog” (use the form on the right). Your support is profoundly appreciated!
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A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found
Imagine with me a small group of brave humans who settle a large, remote and unoccupied island paradise surrounded by a vast ocean.
Imagine they are escaping from a distant land fallen into tyranny and barbarity. Drawn from all races and religions, let’s pretend they had joined together to built a sturdy ship by hand from scraps of wood. Trusting the stars to navigate rough seas, after months of sailing, one a bright morning, they spot the island and anchor in a natural harbor.
Imagine further that what unites the settlers is their spiritual enlightenment. Each is attuned to the cosmos, no matter what words they use to talk about it. Each knows that reality is only pure vibrating light congealed into the material world. They each express the infinite Light in every finite moment. Each is one with the whole of life everywhere.
All the settlers feel inner peace and love for themselves and other settlers. They love the land, the sea and the sky. Each knows the seven directions and the seven rays. A sense of universal harmony guides their lives, unfolding with ease and grace.
Among the settlers walk a young man named Kodesh and a young woman named Shakti. They are friends. Like all the other settlers, in the course of daily living, they freely share their true selves with everyone. They treat all others as themselves — with love, respect, empathy, compassion, and humor.
Shakti and Kodesh join their fellow settlers in building a small inland hamlet. They help detect ley lines and power places on the grid, used for locating where to place huts and sacred spaces. The help construct primitive structures.
In their open society, rights and duties are shared fairly among all as equals. Aside from women bearing children, they have no fixed gender roles. Everybody’s talents and interests guide the jobs they do for the community and themselves. For example, Kodesh likes to harvest grain. Shakti likes to mill flour. Any man or woman can do any task.
Human beings are social animals innately unfit for total solitude. Self-reliance and self-sufficiency is valued in any society, yet talents are most noticed through service within a community. People cannot satisfy all of their personal desires alone. So, they turn to others the same as others turn to them. For instance, Shakti helps dowse where to dig a well during a long drought. Kodesh helps bury those who do not survive.
Enduring hardships together forges bonds of heartfelt friendship among all the pioneers.
After the rains return at last, the entire community gathers at dawn one morning in the central commons. With prayers of thanks and celebration, as an act of faith, they plant a sapling tree as a symbol of the settlement’s liberty and unity. The tree takes root and grows strong.
If you like the beginning of the story above, if you are curious about what happens on the island over many generations, their ups and downs, how the fable applies to our real lives today, please subscribe and download the whole ebook. Most folks tell me it takes about a half hour to read. I believe you will feel the time is worthwhile.
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