Steve looked at me without a smile. "I am well aware of the deep love and closeness that exists between Ushi and Pete," he said. "I also could sense the same between Heather and Pete. It was all denied to a large extent and pushed into the background for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, those 'obvious' reasons were untruthful. So, here, too, if one were to uplift our platform for relationships to the higher level of universal principles, which we all recognize or at least pretend to recognize, that untruthfulness would have stayed behind and would likewise have been swept into the trash bin of history. That would have been inevitable. Some day it will be. We just have to make the inevitable come true. Until we do this, we will hurt each other or deprive ourselves through self-denial. So once again, I must say that it was a miracle that we got through the Venice experience unharmed. We certainly didn't return enriched in this regard. We came back worn out and drained. Ushi and Pete were honest enough to recognize that they needed a vacation afterwards."
"So why didn't you warn us?" I asked.
"Hindsight is easier than foresight," he said and grinned. He stepped away from the railing and stood upright. "In hindsight I can also recognize three major occurrences which were carried out completely honestly," said Steve.
"That's better," said Tony.
"One of these three happened in Venice," said Steve. "From what I can tell, the people from the fondi were completely honest with Pete. They said in essence: It is our goal to rule the world. For this we have to break up all the big nations in the world. We want you to help us, not hinder us. This was an honest statement on their part. That is their intention. They may not have the power to carry this out, but they were honest about their intentions. Nothing was hidden or denied.
"Another event where I sensed a deep seated honesty, was our meeting with the President in the White House, after we came back from the White Sands Missile Range." Steve smiled when he said this. "The President didn't even pretend to know anything about universal principles and their necessary reflection in the relationships between people and nations. He talked about horse racing. There was a lot of honesty in that response, both with him and with us. In a sense he was saying to us, look fellows, I was chosen for this post because I have a closed mind, so that I can be manipulated. People with an open mind towards universal principles and the truth will never be nominated to become President, because they can't be manipulated. That's how our democratic system works at the moment. He was truthful about that. That is how the empire intents to use democracy as a cover to rule the world.
"The third honest thing that happened, as far as I can tell," said Steve, "that stands in total contrast to what happened in Venice, was the Royal Dance affair that Pete and Ushi have set in motion in the desert of Arizona. There was a lot of honesty in that. It began when a newly wedded bride wanted to act out in real life what she had deeply desired in her very soul, which was based on an already existing community of principle by which she realized that her act of self-acknowledgment would be accepted. It was a daring stand for the truth. She carried it through by being honest with herself. Ushi helped. She opened the door and set the stage. Everything else unfolded from an honest response to a principle that a lot of people had already recognized with the senses of their soul that behold what the eye cannot see. The truthfulness of what they beheld came to light spontaneously in the fun filled and joyous environment of an unfolding community of principle.
"We can learn from these cases," said Steve. "We can learn that if there is no community of principle unfolding, there is something spiritually lacking, because there is no truthfulness in what is happening. That's really what I wanted to say. There just wasn't a shorter way to say it."
With this having been said, the cultural celebration could begin. So it was, that with the last glow of light on the horizon the music of one of the greatest operas ever created rang out into a night filled with stars and a rising moon that had just become visible.
Carmen was a perfect theme for this celebration. As Ross pointed out, the opera Carmen is the story of a rebel that matched our own profile. Carmen, the Gypsy girl, is a rebel for the human soul, a rebel for freedom. She is also the enemy of the oligarchic system of a fenced-in society. She is a threat to its law and its order and power, and everything that moves in this confined sphere. In Carmen are conjured up all the revolutionary ghosts in humanity's history, which become intertwined with her all-pervading charm. Inevitably, she has to die. Death is the law of the oligarchy, when it is challenged. Its rule of death is obeyed even by a lover who kills the woman he loved in a rage that reflected the system that he never found his freedom from. The composer put this deeply enslaving factor on the table honestly and daringly. Still, death on stage was something revolutionary in opera in 1875. The period around 1875 was a period of peace and great spiritual and scientific development. It was a revolutionary period of a new renaissance. The American Civil War was history. Many old axioms were cast aside. The unfolding revolution in thinking had its reflection also in Europe, and Carmen in many respects embodied that revolutionary spirit. The opera cuts through the old trend in thinking that was customary prior to that time. It still does this to a large degree, and hopefully it will do this again among us all as we reach out into the future. Carmen is a pioneer for freedom. She is the Spanish Gypsy of an era of awakening, but she is more than that. She is the enduring symbol of the exotizised romantic mystique of Spain, where the human element shines through, and this rather brightly. She touches a responsive chord in all people with human hearts throughout time. For this reason perhaps the opera Carmen became one of the most popular operas ever created. Steve added that this is so, "because it gives us a glimpse of the sublime, and puts the sublime into the sphere of our daily world where the sublime is still lacking.
Ross also pointed out that Carmen has a second correlative that the composer most likely hadn't intended, or was even aware of. The year in which the opera was staged, the year 1875, was also the year that the Specie Resumption Act was passed in the US Congress that dealt the first major blow to America's identity as a Federal Credit Society and opened the gates to it becoming a Private Monetarist Society. The Specie Resumption Act set the stage for an imperial society, a society of people that would soon steal from one-another for profit. With this Congressional act the humanity of the nation was stabbed into the heart. In Bizet's opera Carmen dies at the sword of the man that is in love with her, in order to take her away from another lover. The wound that America suffered in 1875 was probably inflicted in a similar environment of blind emotionalism, but the wound became potentially fatal in 1913.
"The 1875 wound was a slight wound," said Fred. "On the surface it looked like a vote against Henry Carey who fought for universal scientific and industrial development. In real terms the wound went extremely deep," added Fred. "The vote for specie was a vote for gold or silver, as currency. It was a vote of distrust in the government's ability or willingness to keep its currency fungible. This vote of distrust went straight for the heart of the general trust in the honesty of society to itself that is the key element of the Federal Credit System. The scrip that was killed in 1875 was the system of Lincoln's Greenbacks. The scrip was essentially a promise by society to honor the society's self-created value that its currency represented. The vote for specie said in essence, 'a promise means nothing, I want gold, I want property.' With this vote of distrust by society of itself, the core element of the Federal Credit System was destroyed. With it Congress destroyed what had protected and built up the nation. The vote for specie was a vote against trust in universal principle, against the Principle of Universal Love, rendering property of value, and our humanity as naught. This vote represents the deepest overturning of the foundation of our nation, which was our trust in one-another, and our commitment to one another. It marked the beginning of the end, a wound designed to kill 'Carmen.' Thus, two major black days now stand in infamy, in the history of our nation. The first is the 14th of January 1875, the day when we were deeply wounded. The second black day is the 23rd of December 1913, the day before Christmas, when the nation began to die. Every patriot should know these dates, together with the 4th of July 1776 when our nation was born. It took the imperials 101 years to wound us deeply, and 138 years to bring us to our knees. But like the phoenix we shall rise again. Carmen will be resurrected. America is not totally dead yet, though we are close. The resurrection is possible."
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