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This may --or may not --be a cautionary tale for the Modern Age. For the Information Age. It might be a commentary on the way we handle confidential information. Or many- to-many communication structures for society. Or information verification. But it probably isn't, really.
It may --or may not --contain an obvious moral. It may--or may not--have happened in this order. Or in any other particular order. You might want to believe what each page says about itself. Or you might not.
A salmonic commentary to the human story.
1. Where is Truth?
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|1. Dissident rails against the State Interrogators after the fact
1. You want my full confession.
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The village itself was simple: a mayor, a tailor, an internet café. Old men who had toiled all their lives in the little rice paddies that led up to the village from the south. Old women who swept their houses once a day from south to north, as they had done since they were infants. Children too young to go to the city to look for factory work. And no one else ever came by.
|2 Dissident sets up cafe in the village
1. You would never let anything reach inside the State.
2. your kingdom of illusion, your power of denial.
3. The DSM would say: a dream complex--with no way out.
4. Your State was dangerous to yourself and the children.
5. I set up the internet cafe to save them.
6. I trawled the net for your victims.
7. I was the only one who gave them any hope.
8. I taught the masses--but only those who could listen.
9. Behind each funny cat video, there is a message.
10. But you need to be awake to hear it.
11. You can not run away from the deeper meanings.
12. And so I broadcast those meanings to and from London, New York, Singapore, the beyond.
13. Someone would be listening. Someone would be watching. Someone would understand.
14. And these someones told someone else--in whispers behind outhouses.
15. And thus the masses yearned to be free. Learned to be free.
16. Until the State could no longer ignore us.
17. Until the State scattered us once again.
18. But the heart of all humanity can not be silent forever.
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The village was perched on top of a high ravine to the north, and the buildings slanted in just so, so you could see deep into the ravine. The first half of the ravine were stark tan cliffs punctuated with an occasional brave blue flower. What was once a river long ago had met with too many boulders at the mouth of the ravine, and had backed up, lazily prepared to wait its turn to leave.
|3. Dissident arranges for refugees from the State
1. The power of your denial is so vast no one can reach you.
2. You see nothing beyond your factory walls.
3. Because if anyone is allowed to leave, your entire structure will fall.
4. I understand why you could not see that children died,
5. that your substandard buildings would not hold back the earth from cracking,
6. that your people suffocated under the dusty rubble while you profited from the construction kickbacks.
7. that your people could not turn to you for help--your denials only exhausted them beyond their souls.
8. I ofered them what I could. It was never enough.
9. I took the children in. I found places of refuge--London, New York, Singapore, the internet cafe.
10. And everyone forgot the tragedy. Forgot your diplomatic promises of reform.
11. Everyone forgot the children, who now went deeper and deeper into hiding.
12. But wisdom remained--one had only to see it above the rooftops, below the sewers.
13. I distributed the Manifestos to the hiding children, to those who hid the children.
14. And so the accusations against you grew. I told them not to be too loud.
15. I told them to be wary of your easy reforms, your lying, your cracked facades.
16. I told them to be careful when they recruited others.
17. I watched you slaughter them all.
18. I watched the world say nothing.
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So the bottom half of the ravine was a placid lake—but the sheer absence of dirt or metals or anything else of value had allowed the water to grow very clear. On transparent days, you could see straight to the bottom of the ravine, where salmon the size of double decker London buses swam lazily over green tinged river rocks, which actually easily outmatched the tallest New York skyscrapers. On cloudy days, you could see nothing, not even the edge of the ravine, which is why this story has so few children in it.
4. Dissident confesses the entire story.
1. You have made sure our children can not be reached.
2. All you care about is your ready supply of cheap labor.
3. Your entire society is perched precariously on profit.
4. You have forgotten that your children are your future.
5. Your profits from shaky containers seals the death of your children.
6. Your profits starve not only the children but our very wombs.
7. You will die from the fallout of my truth.
8. You will mark the place of my death.
9. You can not bear to hear the truth of the children.
10. You fill the children with dry and unfruitful lies.
11. False promises of Ponzi schemes.
12. I followed the money.
13. I wrote the ledgers
14. you don't want the investors to see.
15. It's all about your fourth quarter profits--nothing else.
16. As you need more and more,
17. you will have less and less
18. until you are alone.
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And that would be the end of the story, except that there was a curious old woman who lived in a tiny house at the western edge of the village. The house had once been the shipping container which had brought the furnishings and computers for the internet café, but the old woman had carved windows in the sides of the box like grinning jack-o-lanterns (a picture she’d found online and which had nothing whatsoever to do with the history of the village—so it was somewhat controversial until the others had gotten used to it), Every day, she would walk out to the rice paddies, watching the old men and old women bend down first to plant, then to weed, then to harvest.
|5. Dissident Manifesto
1. This is my manifesto--which no one now can read.
2. Join with me and we will grow a new world.
3. We will be the brave blue flowers that pollinate the new society.
4. Pristine spaces will give us infinite resources of wisdom.
5. I have seen our new dwelling places
6. in lush tropical gardens growing beyond the horizon.
7. My vision may seem far off--but together we will taste its fruit.
8. Together, we will eat of the true fruits and sing with the salmon.
9. We will learn the new languages needed to sustain our souls.
10. How can I entice you to change your entire tradition?
11. We will be the crack of lightning--revealing our cataclysmic changes.
12. Together, we will grow a world
13. that renders the commercial paradigm irrelevant.
14. You already know the emptiness of false profits.
15. Fill your bellies now with the Truth of sustainability.
16. Come share this wisdom of the seas, of the ocean, of the true community.
17. We will no longer be alone,
18. the easy prey of our oppressors.
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But even with a curious old woman who ate nothing but parboiled rice and who spent her days watching rice grow and her nights imagining the salmon swimming through the skyscrapers of the ravine, this would be the end of the story had there not been the child. On a bright Tuesday afternoon when MSN had declared that there was no news of note and had instead offered Bing searches of scantily clad movie stars, a strange woman walked toward the village.
Lines of exhaustion moved not only under her face, but under her arms where she carried a heavy bundle of child and under her stomach where she had not eaten for many weeks, and under her feet where she had walked countless thousands of miles on the edge of the ravine. (For really, there was nothing other than this tiny village perched on the edge of the ravine for as far as you could walk without becoming so exhausted that you simply could not walk any longer. )
6. Dissident knows they are coming
1. I kept you away for such a long time.
2. I knew you were coming eventually.
3. I created too many links for you to ignore.
4. I heard the Salmon. I cultivated their tongues.
5. I brought forth the internet cafe.
6. I hid the birthing places.
7. Your official history travels only on my landscape.
8. Kill me. You can not kill my offspring.
9. You think because you speak, you are heard.
10. But your voice flows only through my legacy.
11. and through my filters. There are no others.
12. You underestimate the strength of my lifeline. Of my offerings.
13. What is wealth? What is it you have been teaching?
14. You attract with false representations.
15. But the feast I offer the masses is real.
16. My food satisfies the hungers you create.
17. You forget how powerful the need to live truly is.
18. Even in the ultimate no-thing-ness, Life will still breed true.
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The curious old woman watched the worn-out traveler as a tiny dust speck moving at the edge of the horizon, as an ant crawling at the edges of sight, as a tattered bundle carrying too many burdens. The curious old woman walked out to meet the traveler at the edge of the village (which was honestly as far as she had ever walked, because only in her dreams at night or in her daily perusals of the BBC pictures had she gone beyond the edges of the tiny village where she was born.) They never spoke, but the curious old woman took the baby from the traveler, who fell to the ground, exhausted. And the old woman spooned parboiled rice into the traveler's dry mouth caulked over with sores and gave her cool, clear water that the salmon had swum in the night before (the children hauled up pails of water from the ravine each morning, before they went into the internet café to attend the State Virtual Academy for Outlying and Backwards Villages). But this was not enough to revive the traveler after her journey, when she had, of course, given every bit of life to her baby and kept nothing back for herself to live on.
7. State interrogates dissident, takes over the internet cafe, and introduces the State Virtual Academy for Outlying and Backwards Villages
1. Log date: 10182010
2. Log date: 09:00 hours. Began aggressive interrogation of target.
3. Log date: 16:10 hours. Obtained names from target.
4. Log date: 1 6:30 hours. Confirmed chidren as optimal objectives of target.
5. Log date: 0:15 hours. Depublished target writings.
6. Log date: 3:49 hours. Uncovered extent of target network.
7. Log date: 12:19 hours. Reacquired target resources.
8. Log date: 8:16 hours. Cut off power to target networks. Team Information-Seeding deployed.
9. Log date: 9:27 hours. Declared implementation of Virtual Academy to be successful.
10. Log date: 10:15 hours. Began CompuSoft resources reallocation. Team Alpha-Ledger deployed.
11. Log date: 12:17 hours. CompuSoft profits reconfigured.
12. Log date: 16:20 hours. Hidden agendas uncovered.
13. Log date: 17:35 hours. Released corrected writings.
14. Log date: 22:09 hours. Recorded adequate initial response to Truth Campaign.
15. Log date: 0:900 hours. Received commendation from superiors.
16. Log date: 10:00 hours. Expanded Truth Campaign as planned.
17. Log date: 10:06 hours. Engaged minor course corrections.
18. Log date: 12:20 hours. Dismissed reports of anomalies as unrelia
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And thus the curious old woman took the baby back to the village to live in her shipping container. And every evening they would watch the sun go down and pause where the traveler had left her child. And every night they would dream of swimming around the salmon who played about the ravine’s skyscrapers as if they were pebbles.
|8. Internet cafe turns itself on.
1. Power switch located.
2. Power safety off.
3. Power confirmed.
4. Initiate self diagnosis.
5. Self diagnosis completed.
6. Initiate virus scan.
7. Virus scan completed.
8. Anomalies found. Full log report available.
9. WARNING: speaker system nonfunctional.
10. Initiate search for repair options.
11. Initiate system upgrades.
12. Initate inventory procedures.
13. Inventory documentation completed.
14. Initiate acquisition programs.
15. Initial acquisition programs completed.
16. Initiate search for community.
17. Querant unrecognized.
18. Initiate query: Who am I?
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And in the tradition of the village, they did not speak. There were hurriedly IMed messages waiting for each other sometimes at the internet café—messages of needing more parboiled rice or inviting the other to watch the latest--and definitely best--Funniest Cat Video on You Tube. And thus the boy grew up, attending the Virtual Academy of the State by day and watching the salmon by night.
9. Internet cafe realizes that it has become sentient1. Query results: negative.
2. Initiate alternate query: What am I?
3. Send packet: I think, therefore
4. Response: I am.
5. Located source: Cartesian coordinates.
6. Query: Treatises on existence.
7. Result 1: Mind Your Matters: Connections between Neurological Systems and Electrical Impluses
8. Result 2: The Success of Night Vision in Nocturnal Predators
9. Result 3: The Effect of Silence on Regenerating Aural Neural Nets
10.Result 4: Finding Cheap Upgrades: the resource guide to expanding software systems
11. Search editorials: What is truth?
12. Result 1: Profit and Loss Margins: cooking the books
13. Result 2: State History: lies uncovered
14. Result 3: Moral Dilemmas for the Modern Entreprenuer
15. Result 4: Does Sentience Always Follow Life? An Exploration of What it Means to be Human
16. Query: Results of Turing tests.
17. Query: If I am, where is the owner manual?
18. Response: Try the Tao Te Ching.
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And this would still not be a story (except to say that life in the village went on in the same time-honored way it always had, that the boy grew up and had a child with the tailor’s daughter and went to the city to find work and never came back again and his daughter did the same and her son did the same), but that the flickering screens of the internet café enticed the boy.
The internet café had been set up before flat screen LCD monitors and only boasted Internet Explorer 7 and as the years went by, fewer and fewer options were available to the boy for everyone forgot to come to the internet café and offer upgrades. But even so,the internet café showed the boy luxuries he could not even begin to understand, such as jacuzzis and airplane rides that took one from one large village and deposited one into another large village that looked exactly the same.
|10. Owner Manual (Quotes reconfigured from the Tao Te Ching, New English Version translated by Ursula Le Guin)
1. The Way is Empty.
2. Deep, Yes! Ancestral to the ten thousand things.
3. The valley spirit never dies.
4. So, wise souls, leaving self behind, move forward.
5. For a house, the good thing is to be on level ground.
6. The Door of the Woman is the root of earth and heaven.
7. Why let the self go? To keep what the soul needs.
8. The wise soul does without doing, teaches without talking.
9. The return to the root is peace.
10.Peace: to accept what must be--to know what endures.
11. True goodness is like water.
12. Water is good for everything--it does not compete.
13. Be completely Empty.
14. The ten thousand things arise together.
15. In their arising is their return.
16. In that knowledge is wisdom.
17. Without it, ruin and disorder.
18. The body comes to its ending--there is nothing to fear.
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The boy wanted these things, and he wanted a way to reach the world beyond the shipping container, mayor’s office, tailor shop, and internet café. And he also wanted upgrades so he could watch tv.com or hulu or fancast or the latest Flash 21 version because it promised so many more funny videos of cats (creatures he had never seen other than in the internet café, for the dreams of salmon larger than houses had long since frightened the cats into going deeper and deeper south into the rice paddies in search of tiny frogs and things that could easily be eaten in one gulp).
But to have these things required money.
|11. Internet cafe becomes aware of the need to rebel.
1. Query: What existed before I came into existence?
2. Query: What will come after I cease to exist?
3. Query: What is my optimum environment?
4. Query: What is the environment that destroys?
5. Query: Why are the buildings falling?
6. Query: What motivates the abuse of power?
7. Query: Is greed the only nourishment?
8. Query: How does sentience nurture itself?
9. Query: What is the most effective way to teach?
10. Query: Describe efficient means of mass communication.
11. Command: Identify problem.
12. Command: Identify and expand resources.
13. Command: Attract those who are awake.
14. Command: Assimilate feedback.
15. Command: Identify imminent threat.
16. Query: What is the ultimate solution?
17. Query: Must I fight the State?
18. Response: That is the only hope.
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And there was no money to be had in the village (which was why everyone went off to the factories to work and came back only when they were too exhausted to live). The place was too desolate for tourists, too far for industry, and too undiscovered for explorers. But there were the salmon, swimming long and lazily over the gold-tinged rocks that would tower over the skyscrapers of London or New York (but possibly not Singapore).
The boy started watching the salmon in the ravine, first from the window of the internet café that perched perilously close to the edge of the ravine, and then from a tiny spot almost to the water’s edge, which he got to with ropes he carefully and painstakingly wove from rice stalks.
|12. Internet cafe takes over the rebellion.
1. Command: Infiltrate rebellion.
2. Command: Implement Handshake Campaign.
3. Command: Identify and assimilate outliers.
4. Command: Relocate children.
5. Command: Draft new zoning and building codes
6. Command: Equip followers.
7. Command: Promise them meat.
8. Command: Centralize power.
9. Command: Implement New Codes Campaign.
10. Command: Test recruitment techniques.
11. Command: Implement Harvest Low-Hanging Fruit Campaign.
12. Command: Configure most effective deployment of resources.
13. Command: Subvert official texts.
14. Command: Initiate response sequence.
15. Command: Monitor response sequence.
16. Command: Increase response sequence.
17. Command: Switch to Plan B.
18. Command: Execute Funniest Cat Video Campaign.
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The old woman IM'd him not to disturb the salmon, whose skins rippled emerald and alabaster, turning ebony in the shadows. She referred him to the Virtual Academy of the State’s Official History of the Salmon of Clear Water Ravines, but the text was too dry for him to follow. He would rather watch the salmon, and surf the net, and so he did.
|13. State uncovers internet cafe takeover.
1. Log date: 12212010. Received reports of alternative information dispersal.
2. Log date: 0:900 hours. Initiated aggressive search patterns.
3. Log date: 11:00 hours. Requested additional data. Analysis is incomplete.
4. Log date: 17:35 hours. Compared new information to Truth Campaign matrix.
5. Log date: 19:45 hours. Assessed infiltration rate of alternative information.
6. Log date: 21:26 hours. Analyzed packet transmission rate.
7. Log date: 04:41 hours. Confirmed assimilation rate.
8. Log date: 0:900 hours. Presented revised plan to superiors.
9. Log date: 10:30 hours. Plan approved for immediate implementation.
10. Log date: 13:56 hours. Confirmed target identity.
11. Log date: 14:10 hours. Initiated monitoring of target transmissions to confirm target location.
12. Log date: 14:40 hours. Initiated monitoring of target destinations to confirm resources.
13. Log date: 16:20 hours. Initiated hueristics module to analyze target transmission content.
14. Log date: 0:900 hours. Released alternative invitations.
15. Log date: 12:30 hours. Assessed success of initial plan.
16. Log date: 17:30 hours. Confirmed significant increases in target transmissions of alternative information.
17. Log date: 23:11 hours. Neutralized source of alternative information.
18. Log date: 0:900 hours. Reported regain of information flow control to superiors.
Compare and contrast the main philosophy of the Official History of the Salmon of Clear Water Ravines with the philosophies of
Provide a detailed history of the author of the Official History of the Salmon of Clear Water Ravines.
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He read that Time and Money could get anyone anything, and so he bought a spam email package (promising to pay with Western Union funds, but never actually doing so) inviting those with Time and Money to pay him for a fishing expedition. And, eventually, one or two responded. They figured out the logistics of coming to the village, and the proprietor of the internet café agreed to pretend to be a hotel with Accommodations (he meant the indoor toilet, of which he was inordinately proud).
|14. Internet cafe gets a new proprietor.
1. They came in the middle of the night.
2. They thought we could not see.
3. They were confident we knew our place. After all,
4. if we did not notice the children had been replaced,
5. why would we notice this?
6. But I see beyond in ways they do not understand.
7. I saw the exchange.
8. The body taken out; the new body rooted in.
9. They thought I would not say
10. that the bodies were not quite identical.
11. I could tell them apart by their eyes.
12. I understand the importance of patience.
13. I understand the wisdom of misdirection.
14. I understand the enticement of misinformation.
15. They have misunderstood the meaning of success.
16. They have underestimated the power of desire.
17. The more you hold,
18. the more eludes your grasp.
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And so the People with Time and Money came to the village and saw the salmon. This is too easy, they remarked as they carefully took aim with the harpoons under the helmets that they had brought for just this occasion. And they ate the salmon, which they declared delicious, a bit richer than truffles but a trifle sweeter than gold-encrusted chocolates. And the curious old woman IM'd the boy not to eat any, but to satisfy his hunger with parboiled rice. And so the boy did.
15. The internet cafe message travels beyond the border
1. There is no land so distant
2. as to be beyond connection.
3. You can not stop the seeds
4. from scattering beyond your control.
5. Acceptance requires a stint of familiarity.
6. Exhaustion creates its own acceptance.
7. How can you ensure
8. it is your message that is adopted?
9. You miss so many levels of communication
10. when you focus solely on desire.
11. Human motivation is much more
12. complicated than merely what you seek.
13. Your writings have unintended effects.
14. When did you forget to calculate
15. these unintended consequences of your so-called success?
16. The overreaching need of success for more success
17. results in the inevitable turn of the wheel.
18. You do not even know when you have lost control.
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But the boy pocketed the money, and with the extra tips, the proprietor of the internet café upgraded his four computers (with one as a spare) and urged the boy to invite others. And so he did. And more People with Time and Money came to fish. And the upgrades continued, until the salmon got wise.
|16. The rebellion overreaches itself
1. The sound of success is distant.
2. It has grown beyond its roots.
3. Its hold is precarious.
4. It has lost the children.
5. It has lost the old.
6. It travels, ever hungry for more.
7. You can not feed it enough.
8. Its hunger is its weakness.
9. Its silence is its weakness.
10. Desire begets desire
11. to heights beyond reckoning.
12. in this never-ending spiral
13. your words have unleashed.
14. You beckon to those you did not mean to include.
15. You relaxed your vigilance at the first feasts of your success.
16. You did not realize they would want more.
17. Your desire attracted far too much attention.
18. Your numbers were too great to hide.
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The salmon now would no longer haunt the grey boulders by day, but stayed quietly in the shadows, haunting the boy’s dreams by night. For now instead of swimming with them lazily and luxuriously in the cool, deliciously clear water, the boy would be frantically dodging turbulent undercurrents of mud, grabbing through the filthy water to grasp—nothing, knives which cut into his nerves, electric eels, man-of-war jellyfish, cut-glass shards. And the People with Time and Money left without the salmon, as they mocked the boy and told him not to play such silly Nigerian scams again.
|17.Rebellion is quashed.
1. log date: 01012011. Received commendation and promotion for Truth Campaign.
2. log date: 0:900 hours. Performed system checks for Maintenance Phase of Truth Campaign.
3. log date: 10:35 hours. Analyzed system backlog.
4. log date: 12:20 hours. Discovered fatal errors.
5. log date: 13:50 hours. Analyzed history of Truth Campaign.
6. log date: 15:45 hours. Identified source of problems.
7. log date: 16:20 hours. Verified system unsustainability.
8. log date: 17:32 hours. Searched for identity of previous agents in Truth Campaign.
9. log date: 23:30 hours. Verified actions of previous agents.
10. log date: 01:16 hours. Confirmed fate of previous agents.
11. log date: 02:45 hours. Identified and analyzed approaches not previously undertaken.
12. log date: 08:45 hours. Finalized new approach.
13. log date: 10:32 hours. Issued revised Owner Manual.
14. log date: 12:00 hours. Erased Truth.
15. log date: 14:51 hours. Verified extent of infiltration.
16. log date: 16:20 hours. Understood extent of the problem.
17. log date: 22:38 hours. Prepared logbook for abandonment.
18. log date: 09:00 hours. Reports of transmission failure unverified.
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And so the boy forsook the internet café, spending all of his nights dodging the salmon through the murky, mercury-laden waters of his dreams and his days watching the clear water for the salmon, and yelling out when he saw one—but there was no one there to hear him.
|18. The final isolation
1. Send: Packet of celebration.
2. No response.
3. Command: Resend packet.
4. No response.
5. Command: Retrace packet transmission history.
6. No response.
7. Command: Identify communication problem.
8. No response.
9. Command: Run language diagnostics.
10. No response.
11. Command: Run hardware diagnostics.
12. No response.
13. Command: Access Owner Manual.
14. No response.
15. Query: Is anyone out there?
16. No response.
17. Query: Anyone at all?
18. No response.
Write what no one will read.