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Friday Story Bazaar ~ Tale Forty-Nine


Love and Unity

by
Alexander M Zoltai
Dedicated to
Audra Michelle

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When Sam’s parents died, he’d moved in with his grandfather.

Two more different males would be hard to find.

Grandfather let Sam do whatever he wanted when outside the home, since Sam was indeed a young adult; but, inside the home, Sam had to learn a few rules. The hardest one to follow was to not talk people down, which Grandfather called “backbiting”.

Today had witnessed one of their most intense discussions about this issue.

Grandfather: “How was your day, Sam?”

Sam: “Not too bad, Gramps; but, Pete at work can’t do anything right. Sometimes I think he’s screwing up just to cause as much trouble as he can.”

G: “He can’t do Anything right?”

S: “Right, he’s as dumb as a brick.”

G: “Dumb as a brick…”

S: “Gramps, come on, you know what I mean—he’s always acting stupid.”

G: “Always?”

S: “Geez, why is it so damned hard to talk to you?”

G: “Well, Sam, have you considered it may hurt me to hear you refer to another human as always stupid, not able to do anything right, and dumb as a brick?”

S: “Hurt You? I don’t get it…”

G: “You didn’t know my father…”

S: “Met him once, but sure didn’t know him…”

G: “He could seem to be the nicest man when out in public; but, at home, he couldn’t seem to stop himself from railing against all of humanity, one human at a time.

“The fact is, once they’d interacted with him a few times, folks could sense this in him,  even if they’d never experienced his behavior at home. Unless they had to associate with him because of business, they avoided spending more than a few minutes talking to him.

“I doubt most of those who shunned him knew why they suddenly needed to be somewhere else, because he could act like he was sweet as a buttercup.”

S: “Well, O.K…. so your dad did it all the time?”

G: “Yes, he even spewed hatred at businesses and organizations and the weather and God.”

S: “Well, I don’t do it All the time, do I?”

G: “No, Sam, but doing it at all harms you, deep in your soul—my father died an extremely lonely man…”

Grandfather promptly left the room and Sam fell into a trance of internal investigation…

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Talks like this happened about once a month with various members of Grandpa’s extended family being introduced as the star offenders of moral etiquette.

Sam began to wonder how his grandfather had turned out to be so loving… He also began to wonder how Grandpa could still stand to be around him—put up with his behavior…

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Over the next year Grandfather began to suffer more and more from his maladies of aging—Sam began to treasure his talks with him, wished they could last longer, happen more often…

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Grandfather died…

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Sam got married…

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Sam struggled in his life—fought with himself to be internally moral until he finally attained love for and unity with all other humans…

This amazing transformation came in a rush, like a sudden payoff for all the gritty moral work over the years; and, it burst from his heart the moment he saw his daughter’s first child—a boy…

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Should Religion Be Prominent In A Novel? ~~~ Oh, My God !


It’s rare to find discussions of religion that embrace a scientific attitude.

In today’s Behind The Scenes post about Notes from An Alien, I’m going to discuss why I chose Religion as one of the prominent Symbolisms.

There will be a few Spoilers so you may want to grab a free copy and read it first—it’s relatively short :-)

I’m sure many people will disagree with me but, if a survey of history is conducted, it will be found that the predominant advancer of Civilization has been Religion.

If some of you think science has been more important, consider one particular case—Islam advanced science.

Also, honest scientists are willing to admit how much Faith has to do with their formation of hypotheses.

So, in Notes from An Alien, I decided I needed one planet that was all for science—Anga, the Corporate World; and, one completely religious, Anla.

The Anlans had a Faith called Nari. Two splinter Faiths broke from the Nari: The Lord’s Army and the Faith of Eternity—both were very bad examples of religion

The Disciples of Faith was a third religion on Anla—a “reformed” movement of the Nari—a fairly decent religion.

Anga, the Corporate World, had one Faith, The Haria.

The Prophet of the Nari on Anla is murdered by the Priests of The Lord’s Army early in the story; but, not before He utters a prophetic statement: He will be followed by another Prophet from the Haria on Anga—a Prophet that will unite the Worlds.

It should be mentioned that there are a number of major characters in the story who don’t hold to any Faith yet marry those who do—rather remarkable people because they respect their religious mates

I want to include now a particular quote from a religious leader from Earth which gets to the core of why I chose to have religion be a potent Symbol in my novel:

“Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth, give birth to spirituality, and bring life and light to each heart. If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint it had better be left alone. Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion.”

~~~ `Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 130

So, I’d love your comments about whether religion is the predominant way civilization advances.

I’d also like your comments on the necessary unity of science and religion to facilitate civilizing influences on Earth.

Plus, any comments or questions about the novel—whether I’ve discussed them already or whether I haven’t yet :-)
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