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Origins II

Would a mob of undisciplined, unruly children, well aware of their fault, suddenly accept one of their own kind, of the same unruly mob as a person qualified to rule over their lives in order to control such unruliness? Would a member of such an insane mob be capable of controlling the madness of the others when he himself was afflicted with the same madness that supposedly created the need for his leadership in the first place? Would not such a solution be considered more of a madness than the problem itself and naturally be doomed to failure?

Such was the type of sad and defeated solution that eventually came to curse the ancients of their species. The deceptive solution fell upon them as their primitive speaking skills, which thus far had consisted of a few educated grunts and simple words, began ever so slowly to grow, forming a more complex though still clumsy and primative language. Very suddenly, it became possible to describe an event relying more on words and groups of words than on finger-drawings in the dirt, hand gestures or facial expressions. Ideas which had long been held prisoner within their skulls, could suddenly escape through their mouths, carried forth on newly formed words into the ears and brain of another who could then consider the ideas, add his own opinion and verbally pass the idea back to the originator with suggestions for improvement.

In years to come painted imageries and written words would appear on walls of caves, telling stories of individuals and clans long since dead. Ancestral generations of distant, undreamed ages still to come would vainly marvel at their modern system of transporting the written word across nations, the borders of nations and the vastness of the great oceans themselves. In even more distant ages, great volumes of information would flow through the planets ether as easily the winds through the air but all such systems and technologies were but mere enhancements of this first great leap forward in communications. The spoken word is what solidified their precarious position above the lesser beasts, and ensured that theirs would be an ever evolving species of truly infinite potential, easily capable of mastering not only the planet on which they lived but their own greater destiny for untold ages to come.

Advanced language skills are also what first provided certain members of their species the ability to put forth the new idea of a more disciplined social order as a means of curbing their paranoid and violent behavior. The idea has been put forth that if only the dawn of primitive language skills had somehow been delayed but a few generations, the species may have matured beyond their dark age of self destruction without need of rulers. Others believe this strange solution to be a natural oddity of this species, arguing that it was always within their strange nature to impose such a system upon themselves regardless of when their grunts and snarls ended and spoken words began. Fatalists point out that it matters little how the species arrived at that fateful evolutionary crossroads, and that to debate the innumerable causes and effects of their evolutionary history is but a foolís game at best. The mere fact that rulership began appearing around the same time as complex language skills does not mean the language skills caused the sudden advent of rulership. One could just as easily reverse such logic and propose that it was the complex idea of rulership which came first and in turn, demanded the sudden advancement of language skills in order to express such a radical idea to another. All that is certain is that complex language skills and the concept of rulership both appeared at approximately the same time. Which one actually came first, whether or not one of these events was caused by the previous one, or whether they were related in any other way has always been nothing more than mere conjecture.

Of much greater import is that the ancients of the species veered away from the norms of all other species that had been at the same crossroads and of greater import still are the yet undiscoverd reasons details as to why this strange event occurred. To what end did the first rulers of their species truly serve? Was the first purpose of this strange generation of rulers the betterment of the species or did they, from the very beginning merely use the self destructive morass in which the species found itself as a cynical excuse for self-empowerment above the violent fray. In ages still to come, when the written word had become common and rulership over individuals more institutionalized, powerful governments would legitimize themselves with grand documents proclaiming their dedication to the betterment of their citizens. All such proclaimations were obviously false at the outset or else quickly degenerated into a means of convincing citizins that they were better off existing under the government and control of ruling politicians they would be with greater freedoms which did not serve the interest of power thirsty politicians in the first place. The mere fact that governments of later ages were so cynically corrupted by their powers however, does not indicate that early rulers shared such a despicable shortcoming. What truly went on inside those primitive, early minds may never be known. What is known greater certainty however is that their minds were probably not capable of much conspiracy against the members of their clan. It is more sensible to assume that their mere survival commanded their intention and that the earliest leaders of primative society, though very likely enthralled with their new found power once they were thrust into it, did not conspire or lust for it beforehand.

Having themselves so recently risen from the lower realm of lesser beasts, ancient leaders of human clans did not possess vast intellectual improvements over their recent, more primitive past or even over the four legged, non-sentient beasts that traveled in ferocious hunting packs. The great, thinking mind that was destined to became such a double edged sword in later ages, was still a chaotic mass of partially developed ablities, telling itís confused, half mad owner to do things in a new way while much older, trusted instincts of past ages insisted on more tried and proven methods of accomplishing the same task. The spoken word, primitive though it yet was, was still powerful, and that new verbal ability, combined with the instinctive will to survive that horrific age of mayhem, moved dull-witted leaders of the most decimated clans to greater action. At times such action was but a verbal agreement between rival clan leaders that each would instruct members of his own clan to remain on their own side of a stream. Later the agreement might be modified to include not throwing spears or stones across the stream if one should spy a rival clan member bending down to quench his thirst on the other side. In time, more complex agreements would be made between clan leaders regarding many great issues but most important among these were disciplinary agreements that, in order to continue avoiding the carnage of the recent past, clan leaders would ensure the punishment of their own clan members in the event of transgression against existing agreements.

Thus did certain ancients rise from something akin to head male status to positions closer to genuine leadership. Little more than domineering, stronger members of a clan to begin with, they were still the ones weaker members of the clan turned to in that critical time of near extinction. They were not wiser than the others, nor were they more caring or of greater character or honor. They were merely bigger, stronger and more aggressive and they had inadvertantly taken powerful control over a species whose evolutionary potential had been too great to fathom.




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The following comments are for "Origins II"
by The Mad German

origins
Your writing is outstanding.
Im honored you have shared a part of your thoughts which now are
written words pasted to pages of our mind, to be carried on in the book of time

( Posted by: CoCo [Member] On: January 27, 2004 )





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