Notes from An Alien

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Earth-like Issues In An Alien Story . . .

This post is part of the new Friday series: Behind The Scenes of the story Notes from An Alien.

If you want to avoid having “spoilers” intrude on your enjoyment of the book, just grab a free copy and read it before you dive deeply into this series of posts—the book is short and, deep

This post has “abstract” “spoilers”  Meaning that no actual plot-turnings are revealed but aspects of the themes are indicated

Still, one of the main characters of the novel (who I also consider my “co-author”) says, right at the beginning:

“This is a tale that spans a large tract of time: from the horrific 500-year war to the immaculate peace—a peace we feel will never falter since we so often stumbled, fell, and rose again on the road we had to create to find that peace.”

So We begin with the “spoiler” that these people actually get to a lasting peace

How they get there is quite another story :-)

There are many things to say about the symbolism of Notes from An Alien and one of our most devoted readers has me working on a special post.

Today, though, I want to increase your understanding of the breadth of the story

Shortly after Notes was published, I read through it again to extract the Principles addressed.

I used that list to begin an event on Book Island in the virtual world Second Life.

Many months of sessions saw people from around the globe gathering in the same virtual space and discussing issues drawn from the struggle the Angians in the novel went through; yet, nearly all of those people never read the book—the issues and principles are quite easily transferred from the Angi Star System to Earth.

That group on Book Island has matured; gone through a further six months of in-depth discussion of yet more considerations bearing on Global Peace; and, has recently transformed itself into a self-organizing group—an association of people from many countries, exploring new directions in aiding a culture of peace

So, here are those issues and principles we took such care in researching, the numbers being the chapters of Notes from An Alien in which they feature strongly:

How Does Corporate Greed Keep Our World from Global Peace?
1, 2

How Does Corporate “Control” of Populations Keep The World from Global Peace?
1, 2, 4

How Do Religious Wars and Strife Keep Us from Global Peace?
1, 2, 3

Exploring Some of The Prophetic Predictions About An Age of Total Peace and Security on Earth.
1, 3, 5

Wars — Just and Unjust — Can Certain Wars Help Bring Peace?
1, 10

Is Constant Materialistic Expansion A Valid Path Toward Global Peace?
1, 2, 11

How Do “Non-Religious” Religions Keep The World from Peace?
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 13

Does Military Control of Populations Ever Aid The Path Toward Global Peace?

Is There Such A Thing As Rational Religion & Can It Help Us Achieve Peace?
2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11

How Does Corporate Ecological Damage Keep Us from Global Peace?
2, 4, 5

Can The Material Realm Be Balanced With The Spiritual Realm and Would This Aid Global Peace?
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19

Can Science Be Balanced With Faith and Would This Aid Global Peace?
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15

What is “Spiritual Practice” and Can It Aid The Path Toward Peace?
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11

What Are The Costs of War And How Do They Affect Peace?
3, 4, 5, 10, 11

What Changes In Governance Might Be Helpful To Aid Global Peace?
4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14

How Would An Awareness of The Oneness of All People Aid The Path Toward Peace?
6, 7, 8, 14, 16, 19

How Do Economic Issues Affect Efforts for Peace?
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13

What Are The Roles of Altruism and Sacrifice In The Work for Global Peace?
7, 9, 11, 17

What Is True Peace?
11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Perhaps, some of you would care to comment…?

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4 responses to “Earth-like Issues In An Alien Story . . .

  1. Barbara Blackcinder March 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    The list is helpful, it can be compared to the actual writing for better study.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai March 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Why, thank you, Barb :-)


  3. Jane Watson March 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Like Barbara, I really like this reference key to the issues in the book :-) …apart from being very useful, and something that would encourage me to read the book perhaps in a different way, it is a numeric pathway that takes you in a winding journey through the book in a pattern of meaning – 12, 124, 123 135….let’s waltz – ;-)


  4. Alexander M Zoltai March 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Ah, Jane, you noticed those numeric vibrations, too :-)


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