Lance Stead was called upstairs - special op he thought, was he going somewhere nice? His job was seedy but at least he got to some good places; anyway he liked the seedy.
At the time he never understood his recruitment - just thankful for it now; his gratitude knew it was just the only way out. He'd always been in trouble, knew he was always going to be in trouble, so he handled himself on the streets. Be first, if something was going down he was going to be first to act. That was all, be first. So at 14 when they came towards him, he was first. There were 5, three were down, the other 2 got to him before they died so he ended up in hospital. But he was first and meant it.
Special ops had people in charge of recruitment, and they knew to recruit from the streets because the streets had no sila. They had code, they had loyalty but no sila. Over the years they had learnt about veterans, they became big problems if they turned. Much like whistleblowers, veteran activists were their biggest threat. The threat from soldiers was usually controlled by duty, the ones likely to react and become a threat were usually promoted and bought off that way. But it was a dangerous tightrope, highly-trained operatives who saw through what was happening became a bigger liability than any Marxist analyst - they knew this as the VV factor (Vietnam Vets factor). VVs saw through the Extent, knew it was Taj because it was their training to react, assess and understand. And once VV saw what the Taj meant, what the Taj did, how the Taj harmed, the VV were sufficiently trained to be assassins. Well they were assassins that is what their training meant, but this time they chose their own targets - and being a target was the Taj greatest fear.
Within Special Ops there was control. There was a huge danger from whistleblowing from within Special Ops but potential whistleblowers knew they would die. They knew this because they were the recruiters of these assassins, they knew the rationale behind how assets were recruited. Such whistleblowers knew assassin "qualities", and most importantly they knew their own vulnerability because of these qualities - because it was their own skillset they were afraid of, that is what these assets were capable of. Extent objective was clear, support the Taj system by any means necessary, and what was usually necessary kept the Extent in line. There were PAPTie rewards but freedom was not one of them.
Over the years the Extent learnt more about assets, but as that learning grew Extent realised they had to fear these assets. The Extent were creating super-weapons, and the one thing military learn is not to let weapons fall into the hands of the enemy. Weapons are things so can be used by anyone, but the assets as super-weapons have minds of their own, and minds by their very nature are conditioned unless they follow the path. The Extent knew nothing of the path except that they feared it. They knew if their assets followed the path it was dangerous to the Taj and their Extent.
The Extent had investigated the path because they wanted to control what they feared, but there was nothing they could determine. They would read about the path amongst the Talaks, and this would only bring confusion. There was training but it was stuff like meditation, but meditation couldn't guarantee the answers the Extent wanted - it couldn't guarantee the Talak answers either. The more they investigated the path the more confused they became by it. It required sila but that wasn't religion, Talaks had to be good but some criminals could learn to follow the path, some said the path was truth but it had nothing to do with facts. Some said it was nature or presence but neither of these were things that Extent could relate to. But what they did know is that occasionally assets began to follow the path, and there was nothing Extent could do about them but delete - and that was no easy matter as deleting an asset required a better asset. What was even worse was that they never knew whether assets were following the path - because assets could hide this from the Extent.
Except Extent had learnt this, occasionally missions brought confrontation to the assets. This was rare, and only when assets were required to delete certain citizens - and the only clue they had about that was when the asset refused and tried to defend the citizen; and for defence the asset simply said the citizen was following the path. This brought confusion to the Extent, it was beyond their control. The Extent feared the path, but they also knew no-one else could control the path either - that was some solace.
Initially Extent sought assets in the military because their mindsets were usually well conditioned by the mainstream. Extent knew that Talak society did not always support being military, mostly because they were afraid of dying or afraid of the mental problems military had. Those who were interested in joining were usually well conditioned and nationalistic, things that supported the Taj and that could be used by Extent. But as assets there was too much potential for free thinking, the conditioning which worked for most as soldiers could become exposed when working as assets. In general to begin with soldiers believed all the lines - King and country, fighting for democracy, fighting for their way of life; this was especially strong in the young. Once the soldiers returned to civilian life, they met conflict. Their skillsets had no value, and they sought refuge in escapism. But there were some who went beyond this conditioned approach, and started to question. As they questioned they saw that the recruitment lines were just delusion, and with the recognition of delusion there started a process of deep questioning and truth-finding. These were not the skillsets recruitment wanted.
Recruitment began investigating assets who failed, these soldiers, the VV's and others. Well there was the path - some failures claimed they were on the path, nothing they could do about that. They did however look at asset-conditioning of those who did not follow the path, at what would be successful. These assets were completely closed off to anything outside themselves. They had no compassion, compassion was not a trait of the Extent either. But it was more than that, it was as if they were inimical to compassion, assets laughed at it, derided it, derided those who were compassionate. But it was even more than that, there was a sense of nulification of compassion, a complete aversion - often helped by escapism. Assets could not be compassionate.
Recruitment knew the path had inherent strength so they had wanted to harness that strength, they tried to harness compassion as compassion for patriotism. They tried that but once the compassion went beyond the naive emotionalism of the soldier's recruitment lines it soon connected nationalism, Extent and the Taj. This trained patriotic compassion touched the innate compassion, led the assets to having broad compassion, defending Kolok and following the path - thus being passionate against the Taj. So that ruled out compassion as a possible means of control.
Assets couldn't hate compassion either, recruitment had wanted to use this type of aversion as well. Initially operatives were matched to their particular aversion, but they soon learned that this aversion was easily turned. With these assets the very hate left them vulnerable. It was as if the aversion was actually compassion in disguise, a delusion that was being fed by compassion. It was a switch that could be turned leading the asset onto the path - the last thing Extent wanted. In the end the opposite became their practice, if an asset showed a particular aversion this aversion was noted and Extent never sent them on missions that would expose the aversion. Of course attachment to hate had its downside, they had tried such assets and they were not always under control.
They first recognised the usefulness of nullification of compassion in child soldiers, those military were able to get children young enough and then manufacture a deep loyalty (a kind of surrogate parenthood). Because of their youth and early-age conditioning, these child soldiers exhibited a complete fragmentation of compassion enabling them to commit acts of atrocity. At an early age this loyalty was developed so that no form of instinctive family caring could turn into the compassion when they became adults. Once the Extent had seen child soldiers they were looking at making such programmes at home. Despite many programmes being developed under the guise of special learning, it was not possible in their societies to create a schooling that was as brutal as that of the child soldiers because their Talaks would react against such brutality and expose the Taj.
The nearest they found was the gangs. In gang culture those kids had nothing. Their racist societies had created ghettoes, and as these ghettoes became more and more entrenched through the usual measures of poverty, separation and underfunding the Extent saw asset characteristics "growing naturally". These kids in the gangs had nothing going for them, that was essential - the Extend needed despair. Their life expectancy was limited - part of gang culture. Extent recognised the qualities in gangs that they could use as assets. Through Taj controls within their satrapic government, Extent used their power to ensure the conditions for gang culture, the poverty and separation, the escapism that required drugs - children living with single addicted mothers usually could be turned into assets. Everyone loves their mother but if the object of that love is so deep into despair there is nothing for love to hold onto, that made for a good asset - nothing to hold onto. And rewarding the asset just fed money into the despair of the mother and her addiction - no possible threat there.
Of course not all gang kids made good assets, and over the years they had begun to discern which kids made assets, and when Lance was arrested a report landed on the desk of recruitment. He was in hospital, that was good - time for them to work on him. He was street-smart, despite what they say not all street kids are street-smart, they were used to the streets and so appeared smart to normal people but being street-smart was special. At the same time Lance demonstrated an edge in the incident that hospitalised him. And of course he was tall and strong, so it would be easy to create an identity for him to enter training.
Recruiters went to his hospital bed, gave him the choice of being an asset or not, and Lance had the street-smarts to see in their eyes there was only one choice. And he joined their training.
Historically Extent had used assassination in the service of the Taj. A few hundred years ago an analytical writer had written a book "How Whites Underdeveloped Blacks" – he was of course black, and he spent most of his adult life in Talakania under the protection of their black government. But when he returned to the land of his birth and became active, the movement he was in soon found that their government was too compromised - too close to the metropole. They knew his assassination was inevitable as his activism became more and more effective - and there it was, by car bomb.
Extent had moved on from there because they knew to avoid martyrdom, that car bomb had increased the number of people who read "How Whites underdeveloped Blacks" and the knock-on effect of radicalisation had meant that that particular assassination was counter-productive. Their assets now had two primary instructions, deletions had to appear accidental or even better if the blame could be laid on another dissident activist. In the field Lance had become an expert in these deletions.
Whilst Extent didn't care about the number of deletions per se, they were concerned at what could be described as dissident blowback. Blowback was hugely dangerous for the stability of the Taj. Much Taj wealth came from the open cheque book of military intervention, many Taj grew wealthy in what became known in certain Talak circles as TIMC (Taj Industrial Military Cartel). The Taj had pushed Extent into government military interventions, not that so much pushing was needed amongst some of their puppets. This had produced blowback in two ways - overseas radicalisation and immigrant overload. For the Taj themselves this did not affect their protected lives but it did produce issues in the countries where the Taj resided - making those countries less comfortable, more divided, and in the end leading to worsening of their own living conditions as more and more Talak identified the Taj as the problem and began to fight back with Tajout, renouncement and their irritating apps.
Dissident blowback was potentially more damaging. The Taj knew that Talaks were conditioned into blaming the other. They knew that many Talak were not overly concerned about death overseas, more educated Talaks knowing their history recognised that their profits had flourished from military interventions, and turned a blind eye to the exploitation buying into the delusionary constructs such as educating the ignorant overseas. But the Taj knew they had to keep some level of harmony in the countries they resided. They did this by identifying with the nationalisms of these countries recognising that funding nationalistic fervour promoted the TIMC - and therefore their profits, and promoted a climate in which their obscene wealth could hide behind the ensuing jingoism. The Taj promoted jingoism and nationalism blaming the other by promoting gangs in ghettoes; it all fit together with how they saw their own harmony - having an affluent lifestyle for them and their families despite what was happening to Talaks. Taj grew up conditioned to ignoring how obscene their wealth was, how decadent their life was given the poverty and suffering they created.
But dissident blowback could, and in the end did, affect the way they had their harmony. The problem as usual lay with egoic corruption, absolute power corrupts absolutely. By its very nature Extent was secretive, the Taj tried to maintain anonymity and in the same way Extent could not be visible. Without any accountability Extent did not have to be transparent leaving itself vulnerable to egoic processes of power and greed. Extent made its own rules, it began to see itself as all-powerful in the way it controlled so much indirectly through manipulation.
One such way that they lost control was with asset management that led to this dissident blowback. To begin with they rarely used their "Lances" on civilian Talak, they played their power games behind the scenes with foreign powers. It was almost a different world with its own infrastructure and priorities, and for the most part did not directly affect Talaks. Some Talak spoke of the power of the different Extents in the same way as some spoke of the Taj, but the Talaks didn't want to believe it, they didn't want to believe in a country that did such things. And for the most part they could delude themselves because Extent did not involve itself in daily life. Assets assassinated assets from other countries, or took out government puppets who overstepped the mark; ordinary Talak didn't really care.
But if it was close to home Talaks would worry. It was not unusual for Talaks to know activists, there was injustice, activism was around them and tolerated by Talaks; they bought into the delusion that things were worse in other countries - ironically Talaks believed that wherever they lived. Every family had some form of activism in them - they just allowed these young radicals to sound off knowing that more than likely greed would take over as they got older; of course Talaks believed they were caring and charitable enough. Some activists turned to violence usually out of frustration but on occasions out of a deep commitment to change, neither Talak nor Extent wanted that violence so if such people were deleted it didn't cause any blowback. And of course no-one on the path wanted patchy violence as it only led to the death of Talaks - and not the end if the defiled satrapy that caused such death and destruction on Kolok. If the path ever became violent that would mean the end of the Taj but such was never likely given the level of conditioning.
When the Taj first started to rely on Extent it was only the violent who were controlled - deleted. But when Extent overstepped, they began deleting non-violent activism, and this began the dissident blowback.
One of Lance's targets was a key figure in promoting this blowback. He was a historian involved in the pathtivism movement. For pathtivists most stressed the need to move beyond conditioning, they could not complete their paths if they were still attaching to conditioning. Conditioning occurred over time by different agencies - upbringing, education, media - repeating the same half-truths over and over again until Talaks just accepted it. If you didn't have the strength of the path, then it was hard to go against all these agencies saying the same thing, holding out for truth that was said occasionally was difficult under such an onslaught. The path gave the conviction to hold out, and pathtivists recognised that without the path truth spoken by a few could not stand up against the conditioning barrage of the powerful. This is what made pathtivists choose pathtivism, other than the path where could Talaks have such strength and conviction to stand up against Taj propaganda.
But there were times that pathtivists used the tools of mainstream conditioning to fight that propaganda, and history was such a tool. History was used in many ways by propagandists but primarily it was used to justify the satrapic governments the Taj put in place. History promoted leadership and conquest as having virtue at the same time promoting national pride in actions of aggression, exploitation and killing.
But within their histories truth could be found, and recognising true patterns of history enabled strategies to be developed to make changes for the better. Such was the method adopted by Yanus and his promotion of the decumulation model that led to the formation of PBN. Kolok did not begin with Taj and Talak, once there was only Talak. But as is natural - Kolok's wish, some Talak were more capable than others, and it was equally natural for these leaders through compassion to use their additional abilities for all Talak.
But of course there was a potential for natural weakness with this - the Talak ego. It became the habit that Talak respecting their leaders had no issue with leadership taking some excess. But what happens when the ego of the leaders begins to take too much excess, or worse what happens when the ego impoverishes the less able to increase the excess of others unnecessarily? This process of ego doesn't sound good but it doesn't sound too harmful either. That is however how it started.
Leadership took excess, some took too much excess from the weak. These leaders loved their children, and wanted to pass on benefits from their excesses. But maybe the children didn't merit respect, and this would cause resentment amongst the Talaks that were led; respected leaders with excess they could tolerate but children with no competence were resented and force was used to impose leadership.
This was the original source of problems - leadership lacking merit requiring force to maintain itself.
In itself this situation was not too much of a problem, but things moved on much further. Over a period of time there developed an unnatural notion of ownership. Talaks originally were born on Kolok's land – land that was not owned. On this land food was grown and houses built to help Talaks live. In a sense this was their land because they grew food and built a home. For many of the earlier Talaks this was not a problem because these Talaks were nomadic, they moved from place to place searching for food, but other Talaks preferred to stay still. But there was plenty of land so nomads and homesteads could live in harmony.
But again ego entered the picture. Some homesteaders wanted more land, then of these some wanted more land and more produce but didn't want to do the work. And over time there developed landowners and serfs with landowners using force to keep control of the serfs. But this agrarian system had a level of stability. Serfs saw it as self-interest to ally themselves with particular landowners, and there weren't too many problems if landowners weren't too greedy. Of course there were some who becae too greedy, they had the egos that were never satisfied unless there was expansion - the egoic need for more and more. Sadly this expansion brought with it violence as the sickness led to the need for owning more land - just for the sake of it. Nomads however were far more comfortable, they lived in harmony with Kolok, and it was recognised amongst nomads that such harmony was far more important than any ownership.
Looking back in history Yanus saw this, nomads in harmony with nature and yet at the same time having a harmonic relationship with the landowners - even with the expanding egos of a few beginning to foster greed.
But a certain level of harmony existed between the nomads and the landowning system because between them developed trade. Homesteads grew products nomads could use, and the nomad way of life had products such as animal meat or products on their routes that they could trade with. There existed a certain level of harmony whilst this trade was happening for quite a while. There was an egoic process of accumulation amongst the landowners, but it was tolerable.
For Yanus there was a major change that ended this tolerable accumulation - the invention of money. On the one hand money enabled easier trade - a good thing, but on the other hand money enabled an accumulation of resources in an unnatural way. There was a natural limitation on the land that could be owned, physically these early Taj ran out of land. Landowners had to defend that land, if the land was huge did they have the forces to defend it. The forces needed food and accommodation that landowners would have to provide. But once there was money that accumulation was much easier to defend in a castle or later in a vault and later in cashless digits.
Once the new wealthy, the owners of money, recognised the power that money could bring, there began the era of colonialism. It started with the collection of gold, gold from around the world was brought together in one country. There was a war fought for this gold, and the gold was transferred and accumulated in a different country. This country's Taj built more fleets, and the Talaks invaded more countries not only accumulating gold but other natural resources for their Taj. Somewhat strangely a small country became extremely powerful in this way - because they could accumulate and fight wars for profit.
Kolok had its own defences in place, and indirectly warned these accumulators. The egos of these accumulators could not use terminology that correctly described who they were, they did not want the atrocities that were committed to be directly associated with their name. As a delusion they called themselves explorers and adventurers, and rewrote history to describe themselves as heroes overcoming savages etc. But what was clear to Yanus was the purpose of these Talak explorers, they were increasing the accumulation of their Taj, they went to different lands to get gold, resources - to accumulate them - steal them by force.
And here is where we come back to Kolok's wisdom. At that time there was never meant to be this expansion, and when one group of Talak met others there was death, death from diseases that the first group had natural immunity for but who carried the virus. Instead of the overriding emotion being compassion the ego of these accumulators said these Talaks were weak and deserved to die. Yanus saw that at this stage the egos of the accumulators had distanced themselves from Kolok's compassion, a compassion that might have halted the accumulation that was accrued through pain and suffering. These Talak had become dispossessed - lacking connection to Kolok's spirit.
But excesses of accumulation didn't end there, they were really only beginning - however they didn't change in nature. As Yanus had recognised already the significance of using money for the Taj was the ability to accumulate without having to protect - cheaper because no soldiers were needed to protect land. Accumulation enabled this process further by dissociating money from trade. Initially money was seen as a means of enabling trade (barter) - you could leave the cow at home knowing it was worth @1000; to begin with, if you had a certain amount of money you know that this represented a certain amount of resources. However once the egos of the Taj kicked in, they became interested only in the accumulation of money - it mattered not whether that money represented resources or products. The amount of accumulation demonstrated wealth, and this wealth became a measure of superiority (ego); that was all these Taj wanted. Wiser Talaks attempted to use a gold standard - especially as historically wars had been fought for this gold - as a means of controlling the greed. But the Taj managed to deregulate this so that money could be accumulated by any means. The Taj recognised that by creating a debt economy this would give them control over the Talak, so this became a strategy for controlling their satrapic governments; they gave up balancing the books. If they required money for war etc., it didn't matter whether the books balanced that money was found, created, printed - it was known as fiat money. Basically it was money printed so that it could be spent and gravitate to the Taj. It mattered not if this money had any legitimate transactional value - such as representing resources, what mattered was only the accumulation. Taj measured their being based on the size of their bank accounts.
This economic situation was incredibly unstable, and existed solely on the basis of confidence. Things were long past the day when banks could actually give people the money that was in their accounts. Every so often the Taj manipulated financial crashes. Part of the Taj were the controllers of banks, and satrapic governments controlled the military to enforce government decisions - to enforce the will of the Taj. The Taj decide to have a crash - maybe they sacrificed a bank once the Taj had taken their money out. Not knowing about this Taj manipulation ordinary Talaks would lose their homes or money for survival, and following the crash the gap between Taj and Talak would grow - it is this simple fact of observable growth that demonstrated the source of the crash. It was manufactured to enable increased accumulation.
What was important for Yanus was that his historical analysis showed two patterns – increasing ego and increasing accumulation. It seemed obvious to him that decreasing ego and decreasing accumulation offered a solution to the crisis for Talaks.
How do we decumulate?, thought Yanus. The financial world had accumulated itself into huge corporations, and that these corporations were run by Taj who had accumulated huge bank accounts. Now the corporations controlled government and were more powerful than government so calls for governments to limit the size of corporations was asking the puppet to control the puppet-master and pull their strings. But this was what was needed. To decumulate the size of corporations and reduce their assets. However the individual Taj were more vulnerable because they had the potential to be caring Talaks. The wealth of the Taj could be targetted not by legislation - governments did not have the power to do that, but by Talaks themselves. Work on the values and feelings of these Taj. Yanus called for activism that shamed the Taj.
The Taj immediately turned around and said look at our benefaction; we are giving back yet it makes no difference. To Yanus this was a fair point, if giving back didn't alter the situation of the Talaks then it didn't matter how much analysis he carried out there was no outcome. What was the basis of the economic system? Consuming. If we consumed products made by the corporations then the economic system could not change as they would continue to make their profits. When he examined the benefaction, all the donated consumption was for products made by the corporations.
So he developed the notion of mindful consuming and began to ask what would this consuming be. And he began to see another aspect of accumulation - accumulation of Talaks in cities, accumulation of Talaks into a consumption lifestyle that used the products of the corporations. So to decumulate there needed to be changes in lifestyle and changes in consumption. There needed to be strategies that moved Talaks away from the cities - decumulating Talaks, ending Talak accumulation. What had caused this Talak-accumulation in the first place? The wage-slavery brought them to the cities, over the centuries agriculture and local production had been wound down taken over by the increasing accumulation of the corporations. Maintaining the accumulation of the Taj corporations became the wage-slavery Talaks were forced to take up. At the time Talaks didn't want to leave their locality, they were forced to because they needed to earn money to feed their families. It would take time but to reverse this Talak-accumulation in cities, Talaks needed to be able to return to their local communities. And how could that be done? Investment locally.
Benefaction made no change if the money was spent on products of the corporations, but if that money were spent to enable a self-sustaining local lifestyle then slow but sure changes would be made. Yanus started to call on benefactors to invest in local sustainable ventures, and most refused making it clear that the benefaction was part of an economic strategy to increase accumulation. Listening to the demand for investment in local sustainable decumulation, those Taj who were genuine and compassionate began to see that local investment produced the changes Yanus had asked for. Talaks returned to local communities, began to eat organically, were healthier and lived happier lives. This limited Taj investment in decumulation did make a difference.
These happier lives were not based on economy alone, Talaks needed to let go of the conditioning of egos that was part of the consumer-oriented lifestyle in cities. For Yanus this is where pathtivism came in:-
By localising Talaks were not suffering the hardships that cities caused. By recognising that much that was happening was based on the conditioning of egos, moving beyond that gave them personal freedom, and in that freedom development of compassion insight and creativity would flourish and bond the local community. Yanus hoped that pathtivist education would develop in the movement.
But there was another important source of decumulation who had remained active throughout Talak accumulation, an accumulation that had been occurring over centuries. Indigenous peoples, many were nomads, had called for the right to live their life within their own culture. Over the centuries through dishonesty and various government tactics designed to destroy the indigenous way of life many indigenous had been separated from their way of life, yet still their voices remained strong - voices of wisdom. they had not become dispossessed like most of the Talak in the cities. Not only was their voice strong but their way of life was both pathtivist and decumulating. Their call for a return to their way of life was exactly what Yanus wanted, and what was more their culture, their indigenous wisdom, already contained the answers that localisation would have to relearn. So Yanus called on Taj benefactors to direct their philanthropy to indigenous cultures, and some did because it was romantic. And the benefits were readily seen.
In the grassroots Yanus developed a pathtivist movement. It had 4 pillars:-
1) Shame the Taj so they would want to decumulate.
2) Decumulate by investing locally.
3) Decumulate by investing in the indigenous – indigenitising.
4) Promote pathtivist education.
Because the myth of benefaction was strong enough, the Taj felt that Talaks would not buy into the decumulation of localisation and indigenitisation. They did not see the path as important as there was no profit in it, so when Extent talked of targetting Yanus their only concern was their own egos and the possibility of their lifestyles being limited - it was more a threat to the Extent than to the Taj. The Taj directed Extent to monitor Yanus and this pathtivism but initially they were not too concerned.
A movement grew up around these 4 pillars of pathtivism and decumulation. Yanus setup a grassroots-funded party, the PBN, the Path-Back-to-Nature party, and from the grass roots up this party grew. Extent had become over-confident because Yanus was being monitored, then they over-reacted - and Yanus became the martyr that united Talaks and identified the Taj.
Report to the Council on Gaia Section 117 Planet 5/q/3
It was evident in the beginning that instinct was guiding Kolok's development - it was progressing well. At a certain point Kolok became attached to the creatures who had developed on her lands - something we have seen before. Her attached ego created egos in these creatures, and they went too far. A standard instinctive growth pattern.