After the Iargans had explained their concept of efficiency, they
turned without pause to their ideas of justice. In the same
relentless and efficient manner, I was pumped full of the laws upon
which they based their social and economic system in a very short
The main theme was the same: the efficiency of the justice.
It's interesting to fully understand what a cosmic universal
economic system is. They explain it as follows: an economic plan,
aimed at efficiently satisfying man's needs so that he is released
from the tyranny of material things over his daily life. In other
words, if everyone has everything at his disposal, then the
acquisition of material goods is no longer of paramount importance.
This can only be achieved by providing "equal shares for everyone";
otherwise envy will always exist. The culture then becomes more or
less stable. I nodded in agreement; mankind released from material
problems, no envy or greed, that was an answer.
Only one small problem: how is it done? A little magic perhaps?
There are only two solutions: everyone must own the same; or no one
must own anything. The last is the most efficient. I sat bolt
upright in my chair. Were they telling me, a well-to-do company
director, that I must dispense with personal property?
were pure communists! It was useless to carry on this conversation;
it was getting me nowhere. I sat wondering if I should voice my
displeasure, but the explanation continued with the following
hypothesis: consequently, because money is an unmistakable form of
property, it should be abolished. They went even further.
property is an indication of a very primitive level of culture. We
had enough intelligence to build rockets, but not enough to see that
the laws of the survival of the fittest and might is right must be
abolished. Perhaps I could explain to them how I thought we could
survive with such a system. Because though ours was a highly
interesting system, what they had found here in discrimination beat
anything that they had ever encountered before.
Earth people seem to be continually occupied with thinking of new
discriminations, and using them as solutions to the ones that
already exist. Someone could not formulate any social or political
plan without someone else immediately attacking it. I really must
not blame the spacemen when they said that all this useless talking,
the continual working against one another, made them laugh.
other hand, it was more terrifying than amusing that power had now
been added to this difference in insight in the form of an
atomic-weapon arsenal which had an unimaginable destructive and
poisonous effect. And all this under the control of a few buttons!
How was it possible that we could still sleep peacefully? One learns
to live with things that are impossible to change. What a foolish
idea; of course it was possible to change things. All we had to do
was to stop discriminating, simply change our laws.
The concept of
private property, of course, stood in our way. But surely we could
sort that out... I didn't think so. Abolish personal
possessions? Never would that work. While we are all quite willing
to improve the world, it had to begin with our neighbor.
Surely even a selfish man can understand that a world without
discrimination would be a better place in which to live. Perhaps we
could even create a prosperity that, universally speaking, could be
ten times better than that of the present? That they could
It was a pity that the communistic ideals were lost in
inefficiency, otherwise they could have done a lot of good. It was a
case of state-controlled economic leaders making the decisions. My
humor improved considerably; they were not communists after all. But
what were they, then? I will try, briefly, to explain their system,
as far as I was able to understand it.
The total production of goods and services is, on Iarga, in the
hands of a very small number of huge companies, the "trusts." These
are huge organizations with millions of employees, active over their
whole planet. There are primary trusts, which distribute directly to
the consumer, and secondary trusts, which supply the primary.
Nothing is paid for on Iarga, only registered.
What a consumer uses
is registered in the computer center in each of the house cylinders,
and this may not exceed that to which he has a right. These
computers are coupled to the huge shopping centers in each of the
cylinders. You cannot buy anything. Large and expensive things, such
as houses, cars, boats, valuable artifacts, and so on, can only be
hired. They call this the right of acquisition. Less expensive
things are not hired because that is not efficient. They are
registered for their total value and the right of use remains for
This is almost the same as personal ownership, except that in
the event of death, the goods are returned to the trusts. The last
category is articles for consumption and public services. Their
total value is registered, at which point right of usage becomes
As far as goods are concerned, you may not have more "in stock" than
is reasonable for your own use, otherwise the surplus can be
confiscated. It is practically the same sort of thing as a bank
account, except that they place the control on the expenditure,
whereas we place it on the income. This difference is worth a lot of
Legally, all the goods remain the property of the trusts
that supplied them. This means not only that the trust is
responsible for the upkeep, repair and the guarantee of a certain
minimum life, but they also take the total risk of loss or
destruction. Thus, all the articles are made to such a high standard
that repair is never necessary; repairs are not only expensive but
terribly inefficient. Insurance companies and repair firms would
make a poor living on Iarga!
The trusts work on a cost-price basis
whereby our term "profit" is replaced by "the cost of continuation."
Each trust was constantly occupied with improving and expanding its
production. Their economy was as stable as a rock. They showed me
two of their fully automatic factory complexes, one that produced
cars and another that produced the trans-oceanic rail bridges.
The star-shaped building had a diameter of about one kilometer and
the area around the factory was a maze of rails supporting hundreds
of their freight-torpedoes which entered the building at the points of
The film then moved to the factory's interior. The points
of the star contained the automatic unbading system that emptied the
trains of their raw materials, and this was the first time that I
was able to hear original sounds.
Strange hollow knocking,
interposed with screeches and clicks, it was an inferno of noise
that echoed strangely in the small metal chamber in which I was
sitting. The same realistic effect as the film itself; left, right,
above, below; I heard the sounds exactly as if I had been present
when they were made, and I began to hear exactly which machine was
making a particular noise.
The size of the machine park was
indescribable. Boilers, collectors, hinging lids, ovens with
white-hot metal, presses that belched steam each time they opened;
huge horseshoe shaped sections with high-voltage insulators and
spark-spitting machines. Small, delicate machines turned, twisted or
juggled with their products.
I saw a few Iargans at work, dressed in orange colored overalls with
space-suit like helmets on their is which left only the mouth and
nose uncovered; there were never more than about 40 workers outside
the control room. The production lines converged towards the middle
of the factory and it became dear that this factory produced
The most sinister, I found, were the metal claws that
functioned exactly the same way as a human hand and arm. They were
mounted on a system of arms and made movements exactly as a living
being would; large ones moved slowly, and small ones moved at
lightening speed, exactly synchronized with the placing of a part.
The machine completed its task piece for piece until a complete
product emerged at the end of the line, faultless, fast, and
untouched by "human" hand. It was mostly the claws that gave the
impression that this monster with all its noise, had an intellect of
its own. The two production lines joined exactly in the middle of
the star, the complete under section of the car, complete with
wheels, seats, steering and controls was joined in one operation to
the upper section with glass, doors and the rail skis.
Here I saw
the most impressive battery of arms and claws, the finished
automobiles were picked up by the skis, swung round, and placed onto
the rail system exactly next to the previous one, with only a few
millimeters between them.
The camera rested for a while on this end phase, and it began to
dawn on me just exactly what this machine was capable of doing. This
kilometer long monster that knew no failure, turned raw material
into a finished automobile at the rate of one every twenty seconds!
or four thousand five hundred per day. When my noise-numbed brain
registered this, I got a rather strange feeling in my stomach; this
They were also "kind" enough to show me another factory
that produced the trans-oceanic rail bridges, but I will spare you
the details. The need to continually write in superlatives tends to
bring aversion, my comments can be condensed into one word,
terrible! How the Iargans can develop and build such mechanical
monsters is a mystery to me.
They also thought it desirable to show
me the robot production of the houses; even a non-efficient Earth
man could surely under-stand something of the advantages of
standardization. I thanked them kindly for the offer, but I had seen
enough of all that automation, where Iargans only checked to see
that everything was working properly. I was quite prepared to accept
the fact that they could build houses fully automatically.
disappointed, but perhaps I would like to see how they assembled the
units into the huge cylinders?
Okay, the, just to please them.
How do Iargans build their houses?
This efficiency began to tickle
my sense of humor. They began by building a factory, on site, and
placed in it one of the mechanical monsters that produced the
complete, ready-for-use, plastic housing units. Each unit was
roughly sixty by sixty feet and eighteen feet high, completely
finished with glass, furniture, household machines, communication
system, and so on, divided into two layers or floors.
On the site
itself lay, in the ground, a huge, star-shaped rib construction with
a diameter of more than nine hundred feet. Just as the roofs of the
cylinders were domed, so was the foundation, but with the convex
side under, like a half discus. The ribs were joined in the middle
to a huge ring, the depth of the ribs at this point being
approximately sixty feet.
The plating on the under-side of the ribs
was dark grey and looked rather like the skin of their spaceships.
On this "saucer" foundation a massive cylinder with a steel frame
was built, filled in with something that looked like black concrete,
the whole construction having a diameter of approximately eight
hundred feet and a wall thickness of approximately nine feet. The
whole construction was covered by the domed roof which seemed to be
almost as strong as the foundations, only this roof was covered by
On the out side of this cylindrical wall were rows of heavy support
beams, onto which the house units were placed, each unit fitting
perfectly against the insulated surfaces of its neighbor. If one of
the units should be damaged at any time, for example by fire, then
it was simply removed and a new one put in its place. A wonderful
piece of engineering.
The "working life" of these
constructions was calculated to be at least one thousand years.
"When I hear you continually talking
about quality and a useful life of thousands of years, and a
rail system that can stand for hundreds of years, I get the
feeling that your plans for the future make ours, which only
take into account the next twenty or thirty years, look like
child's play," I told them during a break in the film.
"The explanation is not difficult," a spokesman answered calmly.
"A race that lives under the constant threat of war and
destruction does not logically make any plans for the distant
future. For an absolute race, that is different. The continual
improvement of our mental capacity directs our thoughts more and
more into the future.
We have created a planet on which our race
can survive for an eternity. We live in a stable world on a
clean planet, where the balance of nature can be maintained for
unlimited time. We live for the future, because we expect great
things from it. We are constantly occupied with making our world
a better place to live in. The Earth, on the other hand, lives
for the present and the past, and does not worry about the
"Remarkable, this farsighted concern for future generations."
"When you understand what a super culture represents, you will
share our concern."
I was delighted when they agreed to my
request to see one of their flying saucers.
I cherished the hope
that we might also become capable of constructing such a machine,
but, alas, the technique was so advanced that I was unable to
understand the first thing about it. It was a beautiful, polished,
silver, streamlined discus, about ninety feet in diameter, with a
domed glass pane) above the below in the middle.
There were slots
around the rim on the underside, and when the machine flew low over
the ground, I could see dust being blown up. I thought at first that
this was caused by air pressure, but they explained that it was due
to the "ground echo" from the antigravity machine. It was astounding
to see just what these machines could do. They showed me the
transportation of a rail section to an inaccessible mountain area.
The saucer lifted the heavy section on two steel cables and
transported it effortlessly over the mountains. It was maneuverable
in all directions, and could, even in a storm, hover motionlessly in
the air. It was equally capable of operating either in the
atmosphere or outside it. In answer to my remark that it was surely,
then, a spaceship, I was told that they were confined to the
gravitational field of the planet.
Gravity was their only means of returning to the surface. One
therefore had to be careful not to fly fast enough to exceed the
escape velocity, which would then necessitate rescue by a real
spaceship. My request to be allowed to see one of their spaceships
was politely refused; perhaps at the end of our conversation.
felt that we had much more important things to discuss than
technique. They thought that they had sufficiently described the
production facilities and the investment capacity of their trusts,
and that I would now be interested in their structure. To be quite
honest, I had at the moment very little interest in structures.
society without personal ownership was all very well and good as a
curiosity, but I did not see any practical use for it.
I was later to regret my attitude, for the efficiency of radiation
information is dependent on the interest of the "student," and
because of my lack of interest, I missed an important part of the
organizational structure. I remember only a small part of it.
system worked with divisions and branches that were as far removed
from one another, geographically, as possible, and allowed for
automatic production. At the head of each trust was a president who
was a member of the production group of the world government. The
trusts competed with each other, and the prices were determined by
the law of supply and demand, the principle of the free market.
Their cost price was computed on the standard work hour, the
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Small disc-shaped anti-gravity air vehicles
observed were not capable of flight outside of a gravity field. They
were a beautifully polished silver in color, were highly
streamlined, and were about 90 feet in diameter with a transparent
dome above and below in the center. There were slots around the rim
on the under side. The performance of these vehicles was astounding.
They were observed 'lifting whole sections of the rail system
structure into place in mountainous areas with ease. Their operation
is confined to the gravitational field of a planet.
My question as to how they calculated the cost of
natural resources was answered by saying that in a society where
personal ownership did not exist, natural resources were, in
This meant that the price was calculated
from the cost of winning, processing and distribution.
"How can a trust that works on a
cost-price basis sell gold, for example, which, due to the law
of supply and demand, represents a much higher income than its
cost price?" I asked.
"You use gold as an example, but there are many scarce articles
that represent a profit far above the cost price. This is not a
problem. The trusts simply absorb this extra profit and use it
to subsidize other articles in the production scheme. Careful
central planning can also influence the law of supply and
"Surely that can be done by advertising?"
Then they really went to town!
did under the guise of "advertising" and "public relations" was
something that bordered on indecency.
The money and manpower-in
other words, potential prosperity-that we limit for a non-efficient
brain. Can you imagine what these Earth people thought of now?
Artificial aging! A continual stream of seemingly new models
compelled our status-symbol oriented society to discard things
before they had reached the end of their useful life.
waste of raw material and production capacity, and, even worse, it
was a stimulant for jealousy and greed, and this was criminal. This
promotion of materialism, a deadly danger for an intelligent race,
was directly opposed to any idea of justice. I thought they were
finished, but their most remarkable argument was yet to come. Our
advertising was a despicable form of propaganda which was ethically
unacceptable. In a socially stable society, you had not only freedom
of speech, but, even more important, freedom of thought.
repeated one-sided information, damaged the freedom of thought, and
that was unacceptable discrimination. My tentative question as to
how they could practice competition without advertising initiated
another detailed explanation. Competition exists only through the
free choice of the consumers, and has nothing to do with trying to
influence that choice, as we try to do with advertising.
influenced this choice (naturally!) much more efficiently.
On Iarga, there are two worldwide consumer organizations, which are
responsible for all market research. They examine the usage value of
all the goods and services and inform the public in the most
objective manner about the available assortment. They stimulate the
trusts to produce the goods that are needed. The trusts are not
permitted to advertise or exert any influence on the consumer, as
this could never be objective.
Thus the choice is not made by
inexpert or unprice-conscious persons but by experts with test
facilities at their disposal. When, for example, they see that it is
necessary that the public have a choice of five different types of
television sets, then they insure that these are produced.
I didn't believe a word of it! From what I had seen on Iarga, there
was no choice at all. Everything seemed the same, cars, houses,
trains, and so on.
They were afraid that I had failed to understand
anything of what they had told me.
"The presidents of the two trusts
are a part of the central planning group of the world
government. This group attempts to lead the race to the goal of
a culture. To begin with, they must, by means of production
adjustment, dispense with the law of supply and demand, and
thereafter create a situation of unbridled prosperity, so that
no one is troubled any more by material things.
As a result this
group also stimulates the mental development of the race. Take,
for example, the cars and houses. There comes a time when the
cultural level has reached a point where these no longer
function as status symbols. What then influences the choice of
the public? Two things, mainly: comfort and price. Maximum
comfort and low production cost can only be achieved with robot
automation. And what happens then? Everyone chooses the most
efficient car and the most efficient house and so the
"Another thing that has a great influence
on consumption is the general interest in the conservation of
natural resources. A race that lives for the future is concerned
with the utmost efficient use of natural resources, because the
longer the planet is inhabited, the scarcer these become. The
presidents of the consumer trusts have a great influence in
these things, because they have public opinion behind them."
"All right, I understand the relationship between the trusts and
the public, but, now, how much does such a president earn as
compared to the lowest paid worker?"
"The question is not easily answered. The goal of the universal
economic system is naturally the leveling of income, but that is
not possible in the early stages of social stability. A material
reward must be offered to stimulate a greater personal effort. A
similar reward must also be offered to stimulate young people to
complete the long studies necessary to reach high technological
development, or to induce people to work harder or to accept
"You must begin by determining a social
minimum that everyone always receives and you must attempt to
establish security for everyone, young and old. Women also have
a right to their own income; the social minimum must be free of
any discrimination. You must also determine that the maximum and
the combined income for a man and wife can never exceed four
times the determined minimum."
"Do you think that you could find presidents here who would be
willing to accept such a modest income?"
"Of course, as long as the minimum is high enough. A president
and wife earn, for example, eight uras and the minimum is then
"How do you cope with general costs, the kind that we pay for
"They are calculated in the price of consumer goods and
"Doesn't this make the price rather high?"
"Now you are thinking in terms of money and payment, while on
Iarga, money does not exist and nothing is paid for. What we
conveniently call 'price' is in fact purely a method of
expressing the production time demanded by a certain article,
and is only used to determine the distribution of prosperity.
When you ask if the prices are high, you really mean to ask if
there is a lot available to us, if we are rich or poor. In fact
you are asking about the production level per head of the
population, and compared to Earth's standards, this is very
The answer is, we are all rich. The universal economic
system that exists by a great many intelligent races, does not
concern itself with money, possession, or payment. The aim of
this system is to free the people from material influences and
motivation; and in contrast to the Earth's economy, this system
is very simple, it can be explained in a couple of minutes.
"The explanation is indeed simple,
but it must be accompanied by one or two marginal notes. It
appears to be a socialist heaven, and as such is rather
misleading. Earthly Marxism makes the fault of thinking that all
people are good, and that only their social and economic
situation makes them 'bad'; change their situation and the
problem is solved. If only this were true. Every intelligent
race is dualistic, and as absolute necessity, contains an
extremely evil consciousness component that now and again comes
to the surface in the form of lies, deceit, sadism, homicide,
etc. etc. One of the reasons for the terrible murder of millions
of women and children in gas chambers.
"A detailed explanation will come later, so let it suffice here
to say that beings on Iarga that possess this mentality are
denied reincarnation. This selection is the cause of the
continuing improvement in mentality, generation after
generation, which enables a race to become unselfish.
this selection was blocked some twenty centuries ago by
extraterrestrial intervention whereby we cannot improve our
average mentality. This system is therefore unsuitable and
undesirable for us because it would stimulate the egoism. The
lazy and the profiteers would disrupt the system. The universal
economic system is just an utopian dream for us.
"The beginning of this system is
their world-order. The unity of such a race comes from the fact
that they obey a set of Godly laws and therefore have a uniform
legal system. Add this to their love of travel, which results in
the mixing of the races, and the result is the disappearance of
nationalism, which happened long ago.
The total production of
all goods and services is controlled by globally operating
trusts or cooperatives, the presidents of which form the
world-government. These are not so much economic as political
formations that perform most of the tasks that fall here under
governments and ministries.
"The consumers cooperation's comment on the performance of the
trusts and so stimulate the assortment and availability. Once
this situation has been reached, there is not much left to be
written in a book on economics. The only thing that could be
entered is any idea to improve the systems product efficiency
which will reduce the amount of servile labor. They regard this
kind of work as a waste of time.
"Appropriately, they use the term:
welfare efficiency of the working population. The theoretical
maximum of 100% could be reached when the total working
population should take part in the direct production process of
goods and services, with the highest attainable level of
automation and the highest possible quality and durability. This
maximum is obviously never reached, and the welfare efficiency
is always below 100%.
The higher the figure the larger the
availability of goods and services, and the greater the
Text for picture of housing complexes
The ring-shaped housing complexes,
looking much like huge glass silos, are about 900 feet in diameter
by 300 feet high, and they accommodate about 10,000 Iargans each.
The central core structure is built up complete as a single unit and
the apartments are installed on the outside which results in the
glass-like finish. These circular housing units are arranged in
rectangular cities about 10 kilometers by 6 kilometers wide
encompassing up to 36 such units. The resulting population density
is as high as 6000 persons per square kilometer.
View of an automatic farming machine which is controlled from a
central post. The unit works a piece of land 250 wide and 10 Km
long. Fertilizers and sprays are introduced via the central rail and
administered by means of a rolling tank. At the end of the rails,
the whole unit turns through 18o degrees and returns over the
parallel strip of ground. No poisonous sprays or artificial
fertilizers are used on Iarga, the ground is sterilized with a
deadly ray before the seeds are planted, (keep out of the way when
it is working).
The contrast with our primitive farming methods and
these "super efficient" methods on Iarga is bizarre.
The three determining factors are:
The occupation factor shows
the percentage of the working population that takes part in
the direct production process of goods and services in the
Here it may be useful to list the professions
that do not exist on Iarga or that fall outside the direct
production process: banks, insurance companies, stock
exchange, lawyers, sales organizations, public relations and
advertising agencies, tax offices, accountants, consultants,
ministries, the whole weapons industry, the army, air force,
navy, administration and bookkeeping for as far as it is not
connected with the registration of the direct production
process, etc, etc...
The universal system reaches the
unlikely figure of 90%, but this has an additional reason.
All creative work is not taken into account because they do
not regard this as servile work. It is performed after
working hours as a sort of hobby, and includes things such
as planning, strategy, innovation, research, development,
scientific research, all art forms and the organization of
This occupation percentage for the industrialized
western countries lies somewhere in the region of 30 to 40%.
The production effectivity is expressed in terms of the
relationship to the maximum possible at that moment. What it
boils down to is that everything that can be automated is
classed as 100%, and the rest is related to that.
a model for each system by which other systems can be
judged. Think for a moment of the gigantic investment
capacity of these trusts in relation to ours, for the most
part, small concerns. The Iargan figure is relative, so it
does not have much meaning for us; but I think it would be
safe to say that our figure would be somewhere in the region
of 5o% lower.
The quality factor determines the effect of certain
goods or investments on the prosperity. An object that lasts
twice as long as another has twice the effect on the
prosperity. All repair time, direct or indirect, lessens the
effect; and beside this is the ethical reason for the
quality control, the scarcity of raw materials.
that lasts twice as long as another uses half the amount of
raw materials; that is why they are so critical when it
comes to the question of quality, and the trusts allow no
concessions in this respect.
"Consumer goods that pass the
quality test, such as food, score 100%, but all the rest are
meticulously checked for durability and repair demands.
Durability is expressed in a percentage of the maximum
attainable or desirable, and the servicing hours are deducted in
When it is said that their rail-system has a useful
life of more than one hundred Earth years, and that the frames
of their house-cylinders last for many hundreds of Earth years,
perhaps you will get an idea of their standards of quality. To
set our quality standard again at fifty percent is perhaps
ridiculous, but that is not really the point.
"The welfare efficiency is
calculated by multiplying the three factors by each other, and
they state that the universal economic system easily gets 70%
average among numerous intelligent races. The average of our
industrialized countries can perhaps reach the 7 to 9% figure.
This shocking conclusion means that with our present technical
development, the welfare profit could be eight to ten times as
high as it now is.
With a just and efficient system, our present
number of workers could have conquered all the poverty in the
world. We have a ridiculously inefficient production system
caused by too many professions that consume prosperity instead
of creating it. Our stupid way of sharing prosperity causes
so-called over-production and we resist automation for the sake
of employment, while the majority of our world-population lives
The low quality of our goods, helped by artificial aging, means
that we simply throw away a large part of our welfare profit.
Perhaps we can't help it because our mentality is wrong, but no
matter how you try to excuse it, it remains stupid."
They were dearly pleased that I was at
last awake and was able to understand that efficiency and justice
were not just loose, idealistic words.
But, good heavens, first a
hundred times the population density and then times the production.
How is that possible? Unbridled overpopulation and unbridled
overproduction? Rubbish! We do not know what the words
"overpopulation and "overproduction" mean.
When we complain about
overpopulation, we mean inefficient economic structure and planning.
With overproduction, we mean roughly the same: the low purchasing
power of the average income through the inefficiency of our
As soon as we begin to distribute our products
in a just manner, we will see that the problem lies in a too low
"Because, friend Stef, make no
mistake as to what men will use if given the opportunity. Take,
for example, the consumption capacity for a family who, because
of their financial state, can have everything they want. Their
level lies at least twenty times higher than the world average.
Your economy will have to work very hard before you can create
genuine overproduction. This shows itself in a failing interest
in a larger income when it means a higher working intensity or
The remedy is simple: everyone works
shorter hours. It works both ways; shorter hours lower the
income and stimulate consumption. The wish to work increases in
order to increase the income and at the same time the first
steps can be taken in narrowing the wage gap by raising the
minimum wage. As soon as market saturation manifests itself, the
leveling of wages increases. The 'rich' remain as rich as they
were before and the 'poor' are raised to the same level and so,
with efficiency and justice, you create a stable world!"
"So everyone will then have the same income?"
"Yes, exactly. The prosperity is then fairly shared by everyone.
Unlimited prosperity creates complete security."
"You work shorter hours than we do?"
"Yes, much shorter."
"Everyone has the same rights? They all earn the same and there
is no difference between a white collar and a pair of overalls?"
"No. Everyone wears overalls from time to time. That is why we
hate maintenance and repair work. Are you beginning to
understand something about our quality?"
"Yes, and that is another argument for efficiency: you get a
different set of tasks for the people. Does your world president
also wear overalls sometimes?"
"Of course, since there is no upper or lower class anymore, only
a difference between directive and executive work. When we talk
about a short work period, we are talking about noncreative
production and maintenance work, and everyone does this, even
the president. Direction is purely creative work and we do this
in our free time."
"Am I to understand that all the top positions are a sort of
"We do not differentiate between high and low positions. We
choose people to direct us who, outside of their slave labor,
also have an interest in this activity as an expression of their
creativity, like a hobby. In this stage of development,
creativity is no longer considered labor, because it is the
target of men."
"That's all well and good, and I can see that if we were to use
the same system, things could be much better for us, but to
induce people to change their entire way of life is not easy,
not to say impossible. It requires higher education and more
knowledge. It's easy for you to teach people by the use of your
information radiation. Why don't you give us the knowledge to
make such machines? We could then easily guide our people along
the right path and it would greatly increase the tempo of
"We tremble at the thought of giving you the secrets of
immaterial radiation. It would not be long before man discovered
that it could be used as a weapon, with the almost certain
result of self-destruction. "
And even if it were not so used, who
would profit from its advantages?
Surely only the developed nations,
because the equipment is expensive. This would mean that the white
race would be in an even stronger discriminating position against
the other races. A race that does not know its responsibilities
cannot be helped."
Moving on to the next subject, freedom, they began by showing me one
of their living, or house, cylinders. The film opened on the ring
road outside the building. An automatic sliding door opened and gave
access to the parking space for the cars, in the basement.
stood in neat rows, four deep, with the front wheels in shallow
grooves in the floor. The camera moved through this area and out
through a door which led to the central "garden" of the hollow
cylinder. A beautifully laid out recreation area of at least three
hundred yards in diameter. A quarter segment of the cylinder was
glass which, combined with a gigantic glass roof about three hundred
feet above the ground, gave the effect of being inside a huge glass
house. Galleries ran around the inside at each floor.
And on the
lowest gallery, which was wider than the rest, small rail transport
units moved. The central space was a huge garden of tropical-looking
plants and flowers. A huge central pillar was at its base,
surrounded by a rock garden with plants and flowers in the most
exotic colors. Streams and waterfalls came out into ponds and tanks
that contained strange and brightly colored fish.
areas were broken up by patches off lowers and shrubs. I saw sport
fields and playgrounds with rather technical-looking apparatus,
ponds in which children were paddling and a large swimming pool into
which people dived from a large, slowly turning wheel construction.
Most amazing was the behavior of these Iargans in the water. Even
small children could swim with a power and speed that was nothing
short of surprising. They floated effortlessly, many swam in pairs
with their arms entwined by taking turns in making a sort of scissor
movement with their legs.
They had immense pleasure, and
demonstrated something that could be called a feeling of freedom,
freedom from gravity. They sprung and dived under water for so long
that it was difficult to see if they ever came up again. The real
meaning of this water affinity became clear to me. These beings did
not emerge from the land as we did, but from the water; they
developed from amphibians. The broad webs between the widespread
fingers and toes was originally a fin which enabled them to spring
out of the water like dolphins.
They could move in water faster and
more easily than on land. Everywhere were seats, arranged in half or
full circles. An magnificent meeting point for young and old, for
the Iargan children did not play in the streets. Everything
necessary for living was here, a complete city housed in one huge
cylinder, highly efficient and superbly comfortable.
Before I go on to describe their houses, I would like to say
something about the general layout of these buildings. In the
basement, a huge set of machinery was installed.
They used the
planet's internal heat as the only power supply and this was
distributed as water, under extremely high pressure and temperature.
Except for this, these buildings were completely self-supporting.
Even an external sewage and garbage collection did not exist. They
had a fantastic recycling system. Most of the garbage was separated
into its raw materials, while human excrements were used as dung for
the surrounding agricultural lands, resulting in a nearly one
hundred percent circular course.
The final debris was burnt and
ground to a fine powder.
Together with waste water, this was pumped
away, deep into the planet's crust. This had something to do with
the prevention of heavy earthquakes by means of initiating light
The next floors, underground, they used for offices, workshops and
production work at a full day's cycle. They worked at home. This was
to prevent unnecessary transport of people to and from their work.
Speaking of overpopulation and pollution, there was really something
to learn for us! Something else that we could learn from was their
method of food production.
They only used the word "overpopulation"
in relation to the quantity of food that is available; as long as
everyone has enough to eat, the planet is not overpopulated. They
are very careful to prevent food shortages as this would disrupt
their whole society. Investments in the farming areas are much
greater than those even in the housing sector.
Cultivation, and the
associated ground-water control, the spraying, fertilizing and the
agricultural machines demand gigantic earth transports and millions
of kilometers of pipelines and drainage systems, and again the
construction of a canal system and gigantic pump stations. with a
diameter of more than one hundred meters.
The catch consists purely
of fish that have been sieved out of the system.
The strange thing
was that these fish looked just the same as fish here on earth. I
saw some fish with a length of four to five meters which, for as far
as my knowledge of biology can be trusted, were perfectly normal
sharks. I also saw swordfish; and predatory fish were hunted with
the aid of sound waves and flavored bait, the carcasses were thrown
back into the sea. Beside this, they also eat meat, but it would be
going too much into details to describe their breeding methods here.
To tell the truth, I was somewhat disappointed to see that a super
race still killed animals.
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Huge automated cultivating machines
consisted of great bridge structures with a free span of more than a
hundred meters. These bridges moved transversely along rails which
ran the full length of the fields. They work a piece of land up to
250 meters wide by 10 kilometers long and operate in rows of up to
20 machines side by side. The bridge structures carried a variety of
equipment which was controlled from a central control room.
Fertilizers and sprays are introduced via the central rail and
administered by means of a rolling tank. At the end of the rail the
whole unit turns and returns over a parallel strip of ground.
The bridge structures performed many
operations simultaneously in one run. First, a strip of ground is
cut out in two layers by two "U" shaped blades. Then the strip is
sterilized with a ray, is sprayed with a muddy-looking fertilizer,
turned, and returned to the furrow. Then a row of fast moving
gooseneck-type tubes plant seeds for the next harvest. Finally the
surface is rolled flat and covered with a transparent layer, leaving
the field looking flat and finished as a dance-floor.
All this is a part of their attempt to accommodate the largest
possible number of beings on their planet; the first requisite for
this is a maximum food production.
They then introduced me to one of
their numerous cultivating machines which are mounted in the vast
fields situated between the house cylinders. These consisted mainly
out of an imposing bridge construction with a free span of more than
a hundred meters. These bridges moved transversely along rails which
ran the full length of the fields (some ten kilometers) in rows of
twenty, placed side by side.
The bridges were supported about three
meters above the ground and could carry a variety of equipment which
was controlled from a central control room. One of the bridges that
was working was fitted with a machine that performed many operations
in one go. First a strip of ground was cut out in two layers by two
U shaped blades; then the strip was sterilized with a deadly (!)
ray, sprayed with a muddy looking fertilizer, turned, and returned
to the furrow.
Then a row of fast moving gooseneck-type pipes
planted the seeds for the next harvest, and finally, the surface was
rolled flat and covered with a transparent layer.
When the machine was finished the result resembled a dance-floor.
They certainly were masters in automation. Beside the farming, their
food production was supported to a great extent by the fisheries.
Their preference for fish probably has something to do with their
amphibian origin, and the fact that they have so many oceans. Their
method of catching fish is, in one word, absurd.
So absurd in fact,
that I thought in the beginning that they were trying to make a fool
out of me. Later, I discovered that this was just a by-product of
their system of climate control. It was a gigantic water-moving
project whereby the warmest water in the oceans is pumped to the
islands and seems to have something to do with controlling the
The system utilizes thousands of kilometers of flexible
pipes running under water, each with a diameter of more than one
hundred meters. The catch consists purely of fish that have been
sieved out of the system. The strange thing was that these fish
looked just the same as fish here on earth. I saw some fish with a
length of four to five meters which, for as far as my knowledge of
biology can be trusted, were perfectly normal sharks. I also saw
swordfish; and predatory fish were hunted with the aid of sound
waves and flavored bait, the carcasses were thrown back into the
Beside this, they also eat meat, but it
would be going too much into details to describe their breeding
methods here. To tell the truth, I was somewhat disappointed to see
that a super race still killed animals.
I only relate this information on their food production in order to
comply with their request to do so; they see this information as an
important part of the process of identification. This process will
be dealt with later. For the same reasons, I will also describe some
details of their schools and the hospitals in the house cylinders.
These were, together with other social services, situated on the top
floor, with the glass roof serving as the ceiling. The school
classrooms were square, with four walls from corner to corner,
forming four triangles. Where the triangles joined in the middle
were four large screens, on which the lesson was shown. The means of
teaching was exactly the same as was used for me in the spaceship: a
film with a simple explanation; the real information was transmitted
by the radiation.
In the space behind the four screens sat the "teacher," who really
had nothing to do with the lessons but acted more as an observer,
noting the behavior of the children and advising parents on their
upbringing. The lessons were the same over the whole planet, this
having the advantage that should a child move to another area, which
happened frequently, he could simply pick up the lessons where he
left off without having to repeat or miss anything.
schooling continued until the child had reached the age of fifteen
or sixteen years.
When I think of the information that I gamed in two days from the
radiation, I can imagine the level these children must reach when
subjected to the radiation for ten years or more. Their basic
schooling must be above the level of our universities. Having
completed this basic instruction, the children moved on to the
advanced schools, a normal cylinder where all the students lived
together and where they could specialize in their chosen subjects.
The hospital that they showed me was not the type that was situated
in each of the cylinders, but a real hospital where special medical
treatment was given. Seen from the outside, it looked like a normal
house cylinder, but half was the accommodation for the personnel and
the other half for the patients. I do not think it is necessary for
me to describe the working of such a hospital in detail. The reader
can imagine that everything was regulated with the usual Iargan
efficiency, and to describe things that can only be clarified by
superlatives becomes rather boring. One thing, however, does strike
me as interesting.
Each patient was "connected" to a computer that
catered to the individual needs and wishes of its "charge"; pain
alleviation, medicine, contact with friends or relatives,
entertainment or information-the computer took care of it!
"Do people still die on your
"Control of death demands a different medical ethic. We feel
justified in prolonging the possibility of happiness, but not in
extending a life that nature regards as being at an end."
Going back to the houses, I noted that
silent, air-operated elevators with electromagnetic stops functioned
as vertical transport, while, broad galleries formed the horizontal
From these there was a fantastic view of the central
gardens. Each house had a large entrance hall which was open to the
gallery, so that anyone who happened to be passing by could look
into it. This would not have seemed too strange to me had it not
been for the fact that on one side was a row of showers!
shocked confrontation with the living habits of these beings and the
breathtaking freedom that typified their relations with one another
Young and old had the strange social duty, on returning from school,
work or any other activity outside the house, of washing themselves
from head to toe before re-entering the living quarters.
Everyone undressed in the hall with the greatest of
ease and stepped into the shower. These were tubes, about three feet
in diameter, with a glass screen in front, and on the floor were two
raised steps on which to stand. At the back of the tube was a
vertical bar, to which, at ground level, a flat elliptical tube was
connected. Having closed the glass screen, the occupant pressed a
button and the elliptical tube immediately began spraying jets of
white foam while moving upwards along the vertical bar; the occupant
was transformed within a few seconds into a snowman.
On reaching the
top of the bar, the spray changed to clean water and came slowly
back to its original position at the base of the tube. Warm air was
then circulated in the tube to dry the bather, washed and dried
within three minutes with a minimum use of water. Having dressed,
one was then permitted to enter the living quarters.
perhaps the wrong word, for their house attire was nothing more than
a kind of sarong that left the woman, as well as the men, naked
above the waist.
You must not think that this bears any comparison with humans
dressed in the same manner, the only really noticeable difference
between male and female Iargans being that the men are more
powerfully built and more muscular than the women. Their behavior
toward one another was really remarkable. I never once saw a man in
the vicinity of a woman who did not put at least one arm around her.
A big hug was their normal manner of greeting one another, and this
also applied to the children.
When the warm greetings were
completed, the camera followed the party into the house. The hall
came out in the corner of a large room of about sixty by sixty feet,
the central living area of the house. The first thing that I noticed
was a huge glass wall over the whole length of the room, which gave
a magnificent view of the surroundings. I could see the imposing
rail system that passed through a woodland area, and on the other
side, two more of the cylinders.
The floor of the room sloped down
toward the windows in a series of shallow steps and stopped about
nine feet from it, where the edge was finished in a king of
balustrade. The window continued down to the lower floor, where it
ended in a wall about two feet high. The interior was luxurious, but
the color combinations were rather too bright for my taste. Loose
furniture was nowhere to be seen. The seating was built into the
floor in the form of couches, spread with thick, comfortable
The lower floor was connected to the upper by two steeples
"escalators," moving or stationary at the will of the user.
"bedrooms" were not large, but intimate and colorful. In one wall
there was a large screen and another contained a shower identical to
the ones in the entrance hall. The ceiling glowed with a diffused
orange lighting, and strange objects decorated the walls. The next
scene was fascinating: the family at table. The group of some
twenty-five people, about half of which were children, gathered in a
rather bare-looking corner of the large upper floor.
One of the
company operated a kind of lever and out of the floor rose a
vertical "wall" that opened out into a table about eighteen feet
long and five feet wide. At the same time, two sliding panels in the
wall opened to reveal a cupboard containing partitions and a lot of
complicated equipment. In the manner of a self-service restaurant or
cafeteria, each person took a tray and helped himself to various
dishes, which were then warmed up for a few seconds in an oven-like
apparatus. Within a few minutes everyone was seated, cross-legged on
the floor, around the table.
At the head and tail ends of the table
sat a man and a woman who did not eat with the rest. As soon as
everyone was seated, the man at the head of the table raised his
hand and said something, upon which the rest became silent. They
held in one hand a gold-colored, spoon-like implement and the other
hand was placed on the knee of the person next to them.
eating remained silent and listened to what the man and woman who
were not eating had to say. It was a fascinating scene of the
customs of these beings from a strange, distant world.
The way they made a ceremony of eating made them seem rather like
mythological gods. When everyone had finished eating, they all stood
up and each threw an arm around the shoulders of his neighbor, thus
forming a chain around the table. They stood that way for a couple
of seconds and then commenced to dear their implements from the
table, and when this was finished, the table was again retracted
into the floor.
The spoons were placed on a machine for cleaning,
the plates and trays went into a disposal unit for plastics and
everyone finished by washing his hands and cleaning his teeth. Hand
towels and dish towels were nonexistent here. Everything was dried
by warm air, and I began to wonder what the Iargan housewives had to
do, especially as there seemed to be five or six women in each
Shopping was done automatically by a computer; the order was
placed in the computer and the goods were delivered sometime later
in a container.
"Don't your women have to do
The Iargans laughed.
"We have told you that we no longer
have any class distinctions, and this also applies to women.
Chores are shared equally by everyone."
"But when men are at work outside the home, the women must
surely work too."
"That is true. If men work for three hours a day, women do the
same, no more and no less, otherwise there is discrimination."
"Strange. So the women may only do housework for three hours per
"Your ideas are slow to change. Housework, in other words, the
necessary upkeep, is done by everyone together. If the task of
some women is the upbringing and teaching of the children and
other social work, then they too have the same right to work
outside the home as men do."
"What about the women who don't have any children?"
"All Iargans have the same duty to the children in the group in
which they live. The upbringing of the child to the mentally
stable and developed adult that a high culture needs is a
difficult and complicated task. The schools plant the knowledge
by means of the radiation but the adults must help the child to
transform this knowledge into experience. The home sphere plays
an important part in the development of these things. A race
that seeks income leveling must give the utmost attention to
raising the mental level of the people, because the raising of
the general minimum wage must be in balance with this level.
Value and income differences between people can be overcome only
by a high minimum mental level."
"So those women feel happy with the task of teaching children
because they are able to fulfill themselves on different levels.
They choose what they do."
"Everyone who fulfills his or her task with interest and
inventiveness feels happy. What more could one possibly expect
from life than being successful in love and able to teach this
"This 'love,' has it got anything to do with sex?"
"The sexual relationship between man and woman plays an
indispensable but nevertheless unimportant part in our
understanding of the word love. It is directed to be creative
individual expression and that is a thing that must begin to be
taught to children as young as possible.
"I don't understand that."
"That is logical, for we have only just begun with our
explanation of the concept of freedom. Let us start at the
beginning. Freedom is the absence of compulsion and because
compulsion is a form of discrimination, it follows that freedom
is the absence of discrimination. A step further: freedom
exists, logically, on the basis of justice and efficiency. The
development of an intelligent race is governed by two dangerous
natural laws, which in fact are the laws of cosmic selection.
They formulate the demands for entrance to the higher regions of
evolution, the cosmic integration."
"And is that worth the trouble?"
"Certainly, for it is the choice between everlasting life and
"Oh, I see, a religious aspect. That ceremony at the table had
something do to with your religion too?"
"Our understanding of religion is so far evolved that it is
incomparable with yours. Have you a religion?"
"I am a Catholic."
"How strange, a Christian! We are familiar with the work of
Christ and the Bible. After you've eaten, you must explain to us
how someone with so much property can seriously call himself
christian. We are intrigued.
On the other hand, it simplifies the explanation of the two
cosmic selection laws. The first confirms Christ's condemnation
of social discrimination. A high level of technical development
liquidates every discrimination and compulsion under pain of
chaos and eventual self-destruction. The Earth demonstrates the
justice of this law in a convincing manner. The social chaos
exists already and the threat begins to manifest itself. At the
moment, only the great powers have nuclear weapons at their
disposal, but the smaller nationalist groups will soon be in the
"The situation becomes more dangerous every year.
Within a short time you will discover the possibility of
immaterial radiation and then a handful of people will be
capable of producing a weapon that is capable of destroying all
mankind. Where does all this lead? How long can a civilization
continue to exist where science does not know its
"The second selection law compels the correct understanding of
human relationships. It poses 'christian love' as a condition
for cosmic integration. Only unselfish behavior that restores
the original efficiency of natural order can give an intelligent
race the certainty of survival until cosmic integration is
"That word 'unselfish' sounds so strange."
"The selfish behavior of the masses, where everyone takes
everything they can, prevents the ability to work for the common
good-to create, for example, a clean planet where the balance of
nature can be maintained for an unlimited time. It is also
impossible to limit the use of natural resources for the sake of
future generations, because a selfish person cannot give up
anything for someone else. The greatest problem lies in the law
of degeneration: a race that does not succeed in restoring the
efficiency of natural selection as it existed in the prehistoric
times shall become extinct."
"How do you justify unlimited freedom with reproduction
selection that drastically limits the choice of partners?"
"The answer is that it can only be justified with unselfishness.
The partner choice is determined by one's feeling of
"I see, through artificial insemination."
"Where did you get that idea? That doesn't prevent degeneration,
it accelerates it!
"We are not concerned with producing that
biological phenomenon, 'man.' The body with all its selfish
demands is just a shell. We are only concerned with the creative
intellect, the soul that is capable of unselfish thought. How do
we educate children for the freedom and happiness? Freedom is
the absence of the effect of compulsion on the individual's
behavior. Freedom cannot be obtained with a weapon in the hand.
It can only be obtained by the parents' careful mental forming
of their child then, by the correct conception of good and evil.
It is a difficult and complicated task that only becomes
possible with natural parental love and the variety of other
"There may never by any doubt as to who is the father or mother
of a child. The important thing is not having children, but
bringing them up. For this reason, artificial insemination is
"The unselfishness is the selection requirement
for the immortality of the race, but it is also a requirement
for a being with a high mental development before he can achieve
happiness. Happiness is being at peace with oneself and one's
surroundings. This is determined to a large extent by one's
success in achieving self-set goals, in other words, by a
ruthless appraisal of oneself. This individual striving to reach
a self-chosen goal is the creativity in man.
"Creativity is thought that is continually occupied with
changing the circumstances in one's life or in that of another.
It is creativity that drives men to do 'even more' or 'even
better.' There are two kinds of creativity, the material and the
immaterial. The first is the individual striving to improve his
own living standards. This is done mostly in the field of sex,
property and power and is the cause of all the misery on this
The individuality expresses itself in egocentricity,
greed and avarice. In the continual reaching for a material
goal, a measure of satisfaction is experienced, but when the
goal is reached, the satisfaction shows itself to be relative
and of short duration, merely an object for comparison with what
others have. So it continues toward the next goal, usually a
higher income or a higher position, and the search continues,
because the satisfaction lies only in the searching.
But then a time comes when the search cannot be continued
because of sickness, or old age, and life continues in
dissatisfaction with itself. The individual has not understood
that material gains can never bring lasting satisfaction and
"On the other hand, there is the immaterial creativity-your
christian love - and this is lasting happiness. It is the
continual striving to improve the living standards of others. It
expresses itself in helpfulness, understanding, pity, tolerance,
friendliness, esteem - in short, the total concept of unselfish
"It sounds to me like a sort of sterile idealism."
"Try to understand that it is not. Do you believe that social
stability creates unlimited prosperity and complete security?"
"Yes, I can accept that."
"Can you also accept that a man without creativity can never be
"Yes, I understand that."
"What goal can human creativity have when material motives
vanish? What can a materialist do in our world, other than be
bored to tears? What does a man really possess who possesses
everything except love? The answer is: nothing!
"Everything that previous generations have done to create a
stable world with a high level of scientific and technical
development and unlimited prosperity is worthless when man lacks
the love that can give him happiness.
"Every unselfish deed, every self-sacrifice, heightens the
feeling of personal value, of satisfaction. A man who has
reached a high degree of unselfishness manifests a lasting
personal value as a noticeable side of his personality - wisdom
- which appears to be unaffected by setbacks or aging. He
becomes invulnerable in his feeling of personal value, his peace
with himself, his happiness. There is no alternative, Stef.
Natural selection laws are inexorable. Only a race with a high
level of unselfishness, or, as we call it, an immaterial
structure, can survive."
"Does all this also apply to us? I canít imagine this world
being inhabited by people who love each other."
"The more we talk, the more we become convinced that you are not
a christian. The whole point of Christ's teaching - love - is
completely strange to you. You have apparently never heard of
the striving for unselfishness in the buddhist religion. There
is no choice. Only when man is free of material influences can
he succeed in bringing up children who, through their unselfish
mental attitude, can be really free and happy. You must teach
them to love and concern themselves with others. They must learn
to be very expressive with their feelings.
This makes great
demands on their eloquence, to be able to put their feelings
into words. This is characterized by their honesty, spontaneity
and enthusiasm, their helpfulness and, above all, their ability
to raise their love contacts above the physical to great
We seek adventure in the quantity and depth
of our human contacts. You have seen this all on the screen in
front of you. Iarga is a planet where the people love each
other, where people are happy to meet each other and where they
find it a pity that they can only take one person at a time in
"As soon as our children have reached the age of sexual
maturity, the parents arrange for the child to undergo a
psychological and medical test. If they pass this, they are then
declared legally free and obtain the rights of voting and sexual
freedom. We celebrate this with a great feast. The parents
rejoice with the children in the fact that they have been judged
as being worthy of true freedom."
"Good lord. Then the parents permit them to go to bed with
anyone and everyone?"
"Your surprise is understandable, because you do not know the
character structure of our race. Our urge to reproduce is much
less than yours, partly because we do not experience the same
pleasure in sex. We do not use it as a way of passing the time,
but as an expression of intimacy and love. The evolution cycle
of Iarga is different and we have a precisely controlled
population growth. Earth should strive for a population
explosion so that the race is complete before it has a chance to
destroy itself. Sex plays a completely different role by us,
there is no comparison.
"We should add that the position of our women is also vastly
different to yours. They have a different creation mandate which
causes a fundamental difference. Earth women have a heavy task
in the future, which is why they now have the command of
obedience to the man. This will give her the right in the future
to take over the task of leadership without damaging the
principle of equality.
"Iargan men and women are equals, but have different mandates.
Women have the dominant position because they must lead the
mental development, they are not sex objects. The subject of
sex, which here on Earth is regarded as forbidden fruit and
therefore takes on an unhealthy appeal, has no adverse effect on
us at all. A man-woman relationship that is based solely on sex
we consider degrading.
Our women would rather die on the spot
than be used for a kind of physical training; they make high
demands of their partners. They demand their interest, their
tenderness and mostly their respect for her as a person, for her
intellectual level. Everything is directed at creative
expression and the sex act plays a very minor part in it.
"In many relationships, sex is totally absent, without that
absence having any effect on the satisfaction experienced. Once
you have really learned to live, it is difficult to understand
what Earth being can have as their reason for living."
"We often wonder about this ourselves, but I think I am
beginning to understand what that reason should be."
The lesson continued, but I am afraid that it did not penetrate
to any great extent. I was too busy with my own thoughts.
were explaining their marriage concepts and personal
relationships, based on the separation of sex and propagation,
but my mind was filled with questions and doubts. All this was
very interesting, but what had it to do with me?
It was dear
that they had a better life than we have, but, then, they were
not human, they did not live in our world, and if they did, they
would surely be the same as we are. If, but, why, how; my mind
was running around in circles.
At the moment that they tried to
make clear to me that sexual freedom was not permitted to the
Earth because we failed in love, I gave up.
"What is the point of this confrontation with your way of life?
Your way of life is not possible for us, even if we wanted to
live as you do. The Earth can never become like Iarga. Your
society strikes me as being a curiosity that has no practical
use for us whatsoever."
"You are right. The Earth will never become like Iarga. The
Earth is, in contrast to Iarga, a thin-atmosphere planet of a
different character, and this applies also to her inhabitants.
We have a different evolution cycle than you, but the goal in
the evolution of all the intelligent races in this universe is
one and the same. The ways are different; the goal is the same.
The practical purpose of this confrontation is the planting of
insight, not insight into our technique or our social structure,
although this could be of use to you, but into our mentality."
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