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Tacitus, the famous Roman historian (56 to 120 AD) and respected politician made this astute observation. It’s so obvious!
This makes me wonder why so few seem to realize the consequences of authoritarian government. We realize the rule of laws depends on the authority of the state to enact regulations to uphold order in society. As it should be.
History, however, shows us that the more powerful the elite are allowed to become, the more excessive their laws become. Sadly, this has been most of human history. We see this everywhere, including in our ‘Western’ democracies today, more than ever.
Perhaps people don’t realize how easily they are bought off by the authorities just by pandering self-serving ‘entitlement’ promises. Or if that doesn’t work, frightened them into becoming serfs. If no one is standing up for the populace, it's only a matter of time until laws serve only the interests of those who write the laws and wield its authority. Power, money, and influence! Kind of go together, doesn’t it?
As long as the masses feel ‘safe,’ and provided for, they are often more than willing to give away their power to the state, whether enslaved or not. When the police and armies back the authorities, there is little that can be done until there is another bloody revolution, often no better than before.
That’s why those who have not yet been subjugated to totalitarianism iron grip and fist, must remain extra vigilant, ever watching for the creeping laws that ultimately confiscate rights, liberties, property, and at times conscience.
Ever notice how often our liberty is suppressed for ‘our good?’ Governments and corporations that stand to gain control (and/or considerable wealth) from the masses, often become complicit in spreading fear, such that it’s not always certain who is beholden to whom. Possibly it’s mutual. Just possibly.
More than ever, this slide into tyranny continues with little effort. So little that often police enforcement isn’t even necessary. For example, we can be denied the renewal of our driver’s licence over an unpaid parking ticket. Then, if we get caught driving unlicensed, our vehicle can be impounded and sold off without once seeing a cop. (Okay, that's extreme, but you get the point).
With today’s technology, anything is possible when it comes to controlling the masses. Unfortunately, I see this tendency creeping everywhere, especially in health services and what treatments the authorities will permit in conjunction with their unholy alliance of business interests. In my opinion, this ‘industry’ is the most corrupt and dangerous.
For more information on this controversy, go to the COVID blog post. https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/corona-virus-shut-down-or-herd-immunity
Speaking of Big Pharm, I could go on a big rant about this all day and night, but won’t (this time). But don’t be surprised what might happen someday if you choose not to be vaccinated, or have your children vaccinated. Whether you are for or against vaccination, it's frightening.
I believe there is only one way to avoid this slide into authoritarian hell, but that's another topic for another day. But wouldn’t be nice if a few extra-terrestrials would come down to kick ass against the forces of evil? (Someday I should write that into a novel.)
To comment further on the subject of laws, corruption and authoritarianism, I have pulled some related excerpts from certain Elysium’s Passage novels (pending). If they're a bit scattered in content, I still hope you'll find the dialogue intriguing and worth thinking about.
Chapter 6, Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent (Bk 1)
‘Whatever presuppositions one may choose to believe,’ Mo said, ‘be they contemporary or historical interpretative, all must be questioned. What if they're all wrong? Too few students are aware of implicit assumptions, preferring to accept whatever their friends, leaders and institutions tell them to accept. It’s easier and safer that way.
‘It’s not much different than when religion once used whatever means it had available to impose its dogmas on society. Perhaps even more concerning today, are the false totalitarian beliefs many governments continue to impose on their gullible subjects.
‘This is why one’s beliefs, and their proximity to truth, have such significant consequences. Likewise, what you believe about your current state of existence will have profound consequences for when you return to the earth-plane. And not just for you, but everyone who hears about your experiences here.
Chapter 13 Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent (Bk 1)
‘For many, there exists a perverse pleasure in being wretched. The more pitiful, the better since it makes them exceptional, even superior, especially if they can blame someone for their condition. At some point, should they become sufficiently hostile, they often organize into a gang of vengeful militants, demanding their perceived rights. As the anger continues to smoulder, shame is projected on anyone they choose to blame for their plight and alleged misfortunes. Sometimes it’s everyone but them. This psychosis is what happened in the holocaust when the Jews were blamed for Germany's perceived misfortunes.
‘I’m not discounting the many injustices committed against the oppressed when revolution seemingly becomes inevitable,’ Mo said, ‘particularly where there is totalitarian oppression. Unfortunately, throughout history, many of the revolutionary leaders have aggravated and exploited dissatisfaction towards the existing orders, only to create greater oppression through their own totalitarian regimes. By fulminating resentment, tyrants learn how to catapult themselves into power by sedition and insurrection.
‘History repeatedly shows how wars are festered after revolutionaries exacerbate sufficient resentment, hate and envy. Russia was often oppressed by its czars, but nothing compared to the millions of lives destroyed by their presumed liberators Lenin and Stalin.
‘Unfortunately, much of humanity continues to seek vengeance, which in the end, agitates even more inner pain and torment for most everyone. Yet this outward discord is but a macrocosm of the inward discord caused by the tyranny of the collective ego that seeks to destroy humanity, one person at a time. And yet, by destroying its host, it destroys itself. It’s that insane! But then, the ego is an illusion. Unfortunately, what it inflicts upon humanity is no illusion.’
Appendix ‘C’ Elysium’s Passage: Quantum Leaps (Bk 3)
‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, comes to mind,’ I said. ‘It’s an outstanding example of human resilience in the midst of ominous despair. I’m sure there are plenty of other great books like this; I just can’t remember reading any recently.
‘Actually, that wasn’t a bad example,’ Mo said. ‘Solzhenitsyn knew much about suffering after being a political prisoner in Russia’s notorious gulag prisons. The greatness of his books involved going beyond the pain of suffering to explore the inner light that gives hope and meaning to humanity.’
‘I've never read him,’ Eli said, ‘so what else can you tell me about his life?’
‘Having renounced Marxism and its attenuating atheism,’ Mo said, ‘Solzhenitsyn came to embrace Christianity and thereby found the strength and courage to expose the prevailing evil of Soviet communism through his writings. Even in conditions of extreme adversity, suppression and cancer, he persisted in secret to express the heroic greatness of his soul.
‘Perhaps his greatest legacy was to create glimmerings of light to waken humanity out of its spiritual complacency. Astonishingly, the power of his words caused Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to defend this book, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich against censorship. In 1962, he addressed the Russian Politburo, saying, There’s a Stalinist in each of you; there’s even a Stalinist in me. We must root out this evil.
‘This was a colossal admission of the failure of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, finally recognizing the totalitarian nightmare for what it was, jolting millions of communists throughout the world. The book did this by affirming the indomitability of the human spirit in the midst of extreme adversity.’
‘Likewise,’ I said, ‘Shakespeare wrote many tragedies that involved the conflict with his masterful dramatization of honour, betrayal, dignity, cowardice and heroism. These stories need to be told repeatedly, not just because of the human drama, but because they illustrate humanity’s strength and weakness in contrasts of character.’
Chapter 5, Elysium’s Passage: Surreal Adventures (Bk 4)
‘Did anyone tell you how oppressed you were as a student?’ Rhom asked, ‘because most insurrections occur when a class warfare narrative is created to convince everyone how oppressed they are. This is where the term useful idiots come in handy in abetting those who seek to gain power over the masses. Often, they are the first to go, since the regimes don’t consider them trustworthy.’
‘Be it fascism, communism, theocracies, or some other form of totalitarianism, the results amount to the same thing – servitude and suffering for the masses, but not the leaders who control the military. As sheep led to the slaughter; the compliant serfs no longer recognize who or what they are.’
‘What you say reminds me of what Mo kept going on about,’ I said, ‘as though you’re both reading from the same script on the same soapbox.’
‘I’m only telling you what I’ve observed over the centuries,’ he said. ‘As for soapboxes, the authorities no longer permit such platforms unless they approve of what’s being proclaimed, based on what beliefs are considered acceptable to the cultural norms of Flatlands society.
‘For this reason, they don’t tolerate dissent or debate. Over and over they parrot the words: It’s settled, it’s settled. At least to them, it’s settled. But if they truly believed what they said, they wouldn’t have to shout so loudly to convince themselves.’
Chapter 14 Elysium’s Passage: Mystical Romance (Bk 5)
I was still new as a refugee to the free world, not even knowing the English language.
As a result, I felt very alone when trying to fight my battle for the truth. Many of the faculty members were ardent left-wing socialists often harbouring strong sympathies for the communist system. They didn’t seem to care that I barely escaped Prague in ‘68, just as the tanks were moving in. Neither did they have any regard nor sympathy for my wife and daughter who couldn’t get out from behind the iron curtain that Moscow mercilessly imposed on my homeland.
My political activism to end the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Communists was more of an irritation to them, as if they, with all their textbook Marxist ideology knew better than me. With my story invalidating their cherished beliefs, they reacted with umbrage. So their response was to, in turn, dismiss my experiences with their opprobrium. And as I always say, the greater the ignorance the greater the smugness. This I have learned over and over from much life experience on earth.
Neither were they particularly concerned about the tens of millions of lost lives that their ideological comrades Stalin and Mao were responsible for in the name of equality. It always agitated these ‘progressives’ whenever I quoted to them Churchill’s famous dictum, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
 Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1908-1998), Russian writer, soldier, prisoner and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970. His books include The Gulag Archipelago, In the First Circle and Cancer Ward.
 The term, useful idiots, has often attributed to Lenin, perhaps since he used willing accomplices to advance his communist propaganda. In actuality, the term is a variation of useful innocents, a term Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises used when referring to the complicity of liberals in the West and elsewhere.
 In reference to this, Jan said he would sometimes quote Alexander Solzhenitsyn to them. This famous Russian author and former political prisoner in the Soviet Gulags once said in an address to Harvard after his release: “We have put too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life.”
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE
This the first in a series of seven ELYSIUM PASSAGE narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding about life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
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The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”
"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"
“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"
“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”
“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting, yet calming, experience that is not to be missed."
"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.
“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE ASCENT fall 2020
THE SUMMIT fall 2020
QUANTUM LEAPS fall 2020
SURREAL ADVENTURES winter 2021
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2021
HE ELIXIR spring 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023