kingdoms that she told us about appear have been two local kingdoms that were
separated from one another by a mountain range, possibly by the Wu Mountain
range through which the Yangtze had carved one of its deep gorges. The kingdoms
were referred to in the story as the Kingdom of the West, and the Kingdom of the
of the West was ruled by a proud and cruel king, but the king was old and soon
died. The successor prince was of the father's stock, but lacked the father's
intelligence to rule a kingdom. People joked about the king's stupidity.
However, the king had a beautiful wife, a queen who had been the king's lover
long before he became a king. The queen was adored by the king for her mental
abilities that he, himself, apparently lacked. It became all too soon evident,
therefore, even to the king, that the queen was the real ruler in the kingdom,
while not a drop of royal blood flowed in her veins.
the legend, all of the elite and the wise of the kingdom courted the queen far
more than they courted the king, which angered the king. Naturally, the king had
the power to rule, and often overruled the queen on behalf of those who had come
to him seeking certain powers of their own over the people, for a purpose that
Wai-yi interpreted as their 'business gain.' Wai-yi explained that those people
were the 'business' people of the kingdom, even though the concept of business
had not been developed at this time to the extend as we know it today. She said
that those people worked for the king at first, collecting taxes, lending out
currencies, controlling the fields that the farmers could rent. They made the
king's business their business and let the king have some of the royalties in
exchange for their privileges. They also operated warehouses with trade
concessions of their own making, and they operated stores and bakeries, and
fisheries. In short, wherever profits could be made, they were the people making
them, and this, of course, with the full support of the laws of the king. In
fact, the king had no options but to support them as he received his income in
royalties from their ventures.
the queen strongly opposed the demoralizing trend, especially when the
profiteering became obsessive and evermore unjust. She alerted the king of the
tragic fact that the people of his kingdom became rapidly reduced to slaves for
the profits of others, so much so, that they could no longer develop their
potentials and upgrade their skills to enrich and strengthen the whole kingdom.
So it was
that during this time of mounting tensions, deeply reaching conflicts arose that
the king was ill equipped to deal with. Whenever he bowed to the wishes of his
queen who better understood the economic processes of the kingdom, he made
himself enemies in the business community, and whenever he relented to the
business pressures, his queen would stir his conscience.
that one could understand that the queen's influence on the king had obviously
caused no small concerns in the 'business' community that saw its status and
profits endangered. In an effort to protect the source of their wealth the
business leaders came upon a scheme that promised to force the king's hand.
business people where also traders with far reaching connections in other lands,
they had heard about a religion in those far off lands that supported the very
same corrupt ideals that they cherished, and the best of it all, it was all done
in the name of God. Hastily, they hired an ambassador of this religion and
brought him before the king.
the legend, the ambassador that they chose was a clever man who could be trusted
for a fee to support their case against the queen. And so it was, that without
ever speaking a word to the king about business principles, the ambassador
became the champion for their cause, the cause of business. He spoke to the king
about the law of God. He presented a law that supported a rigid code for the
enslavement of the people at the grass roots level, and this in the name of
love, and godliness, and honor. He told the king that a man is entitled under
this law to have one wife who becomes obligated to serve him and him alone. Each
man, thus becomes a king in his own right, and each tiny kingdom so created is
on the higher level obligated to serve the sovereign of the realm.
explained that the moral law became thereby focused onto the individual level.
There, the king's refined law defined severely guarded boundaries. However, the
new royal law became thereby a completely separate issue. The new moral issues
no longer pertained to they royal domain itself, and its business. They only
pertained to the people's private domain. The lower moral law, for instance,
actually encouraged the concept of slavery since the spouses literally owned
each other under this law, just as the king owned all the people in his realm in
a higher context. The ambassador of this new religion explained the virtues of
this law to the king, by which, whenever anyone was found to be stepping beyond
their prescribed sphere, which involved a violation of the ownership rights and
duties, the transgressor incurred the death penalty as a divine punishment. The
ambassador concluded to the king that not even his queen could stand above this
law, since it was the law of God.
understood to some degree what this meant, since the queen had made no secret of
her love for all the people in her realm, which invariably violated that new
law. Nor had the queen imposed boundaries for her affections as this law
demanded, but had honored all bonds that love has forged. The king was ell aware
that the brightest scholars with the most advanced ideas and perceptions had
been among the queen's most closely cherished friends. Those who had enriched
her life and the kingdom as a whole, were embraced by her in a richly generous
manner, at times even intimately so when this seemed appropriate.
understood that the new law would invariably become the queen's undoing.
Although, being a man of a small mind, he couldn't foresee the consequences that
went far beyond what the king could comprehend.
month had passed when the king became persuaded to mount a show trial against
his own queen, under the new law. The trial was ostensibly designed to frighten
the population into submission. In order to achieve this, the queen's death
sentence was announced at the trial that she could not escape. Naturally, the
death sentence was also imposed upon those whom the queen had loved the most.
Still, the king could sense that the queen and the people convicted were also
the most loved in the kingdom. This posed problem. Of course, the problem was
In order to
prevent the possibility of creating a martyr, the king was quietly advised by
his 'business associates' to reduce the death sentence to exile for life; which
he did. So it was that on the next day after the sentence was announced, the
queen was deported, together with the most loyal and the most intellectually
advanced subjects of the realm. Being "deported" meant that they were
placed onto a raft and set adrift on the river that flowed out of the kingdom.
queen now removed, a new era began in the kingdom. Under the new law, the
impediment was removed, against stealing and killing, at the level of the royal
'business.' The so-called 'moral' part of the law, as much as there was any
morality left, was deemed applicable only to the people's dealings with one
another in their private lives. Consequently it became legal at the 'business'
level to cheat and steal, and to cause death for profit, as long as the
murdering wasn't done in the private domain in the form of a private killing by
ones own hands. Murder by starvation, or in the context of conducting business,
was deemed to be the outcome of 'business conditions' rather than as an act of
hardly anyone realized that the newly imposed trend was destroying the kingdom
from within. Everybody seemed happy with their newfound riches. No one noticed
at first that the best workers in the kingdom, those who didn't escape to save
their life when the new law became enacted, were slowly worked to death, or
became sick and died of their illnesses for the lack of care.
best workers became used up and were discarded, the lesser-able workers were put
to the task and were used up in much the same fashion. In the background, the
insatiable appetite for more profits grew, that the business piracy demanded.
Out of this
background, a whole new trend emerged. Quietly, working in the background, the
'stronger' in the business world began to steal from other businesses by means
of clever schemes that promised the sky, but were empty structures of lies in
real terms. After all, lying was legal in the name of making profit 'for the
king.' The lies were said to be necessary to conceal the truth and thereby to
protect their business dreams of ever-greater wealth, some of which was actually
paid out to the king.
pretending stopped. The most 'advanced' business people started to trade in
goods that simply didn't exist, which were merely deemed to exist in the future,
but which could be sold and bought many times over for real profits before the
time at which they were actually created. In evermore cases, they were never
created. In this manner the 'business' people created for themselves enormous
wealth out of thin air in the form of intangible aggregates that existed only in
the form of numbers written in scrolls that had no real correlative in the real
world. Soon, even this process was simplified. It became too bothersome for the
businessmen to relate their businesses to merchandise, whether real or imagined.
They started a game that allowed them to trade the numbers directly with one
another, allowing for big and easy profits that they pursued with greedy eyes.
they realize in their obsession that no one was left in the kingdom tending the
fields. The workers had all been starved to death, and they themselves would
never pursue such lowly employment. Why would a businessperson do that? Still,
there was no one left alive of the peasantry to do it. The harvests were
failing. Bread was increasingly hard to get, and what could be found was of poor
quality. Eventually the business people realized that all these lowly things had
to be done. That is when they realized that they, themselves, lacked the
necessary skills to farm, or to raise cattle, or to harvest, to butcher, to bake
bread, to make tools, and so on.
frustration they prevailed upon the king to use the remaining people of the land
to wage a war against the Kingdom of the East which had in abundance everything
they needed. "Apart from that," they said to the King, "it is
always good to start a war when things don't work anymore. War changes the
urgent matter, once again, the king followed the advise of his trusted advisors
and prepared an army of sorts, armed with whatever weapons the kingdom had laid
up in previous times in its armories.
the legend, the exiled queen, being guided by her leading edge supporters, had
survived the journey through the haunted rock ribbed canyons that were cut so
deep that never a ray of sun had touched them, and on a river so swift and so
violent that it took their combined strength to prevent their rafts from being
smashed against the canyon walls. Still, they survived by virtue of their skills
and prayers and arrived unharmed and hungry in the Kingdom of the East.
arrival was considered a miracle, there. The people of the Kingdom of the East
were fully aware of the perils. They had heard stories being told of narrow
gorges that lead to the lair of dragons surrounded by steeply rising cliffs,
guarded by waterfalls and rapids foaming over submerged rock formations. To
their knowledge no one had ever dared to make this journey for a thousand years,
or had come through, alive. The queen, though, who understood the rumors and the
legends, feared no danger, nor did she fear the dangers that might await her on
the other side. Indeed, such fears would have been in vain. Her companions were
knowledgeable in many things, and had been quick to adapt, to become expert
boatmen and to become wise in the ways of the river. So it was, that when they
emerged on the other side, they were kindly received. Their achievement was
celebrated. They were brought before the king of that land as the people of a
The king of
the East was young and powerful, but the kingdom was also in trouble by an
invading force that had crossed its borders in the North. The king, therefore,
regarded their arrival as something more than a miracle. He saw it as an answer
to his prayers for a solution to the crisis. Against this background the exiled
queen and her advisors proposed a daring plan that must have appeared like
suicide to the king.
the king not to counter-attack in this situation, but to do the opposite. She
had been told by the king's own military leaders that the invading armies had
been judged to be too numerous in strength. Her concern was that too many people
would die in a struggle that would accomplish nothing. She said that an attack
against the invaders would assure the greatest tragedy the kingdom could suffer.
She urged the king to surrender the northern regions, but to do it slowly with
protracted negotiations. She told him, that at the same time he should send
other messengers who should urge the people in these regions to escape from
there, in order to save their lives, and to burn their houses and their fields
before leaving. She assured the king that the invading armies would be weakened
by the winter rainstorms, that she was told turns the country of the North into
pools of soggy quagmire, the kind in which horses and wagons get hopelessly
stuck, and in which people get ill without proper shelter. The queen then
proposed to the king to ready his armies for an eventual counter-attack at the
height of those winter storms, but not defeat the invaders. He should offer them
food and sanctuary, and so rescue the invaders themselves.
She told the
king that killing his enemies would lead to revenge. Moreover, if he were to
invite the invaders, disarmed of course, into the country as his guests, and
utilize whatever skills they might posses, he would have gained a resource with
which to further develop the kingdom, while his enemies would be deprived of
that resource. She told the king that he would likely gain many times the
equivalent value of what would be destroyed by the invasion.
As it was,
the queen turned out to be correct in everything that she had proposed, because
the entire war unfolded precisely as she had forecast.
persuaded the king to employ the invaders to build canals and dikes for the
kingdom, and to clear new fields for their own use, and to build themselves
houses. "After three years," said the queen, "those who would
still wish to return to their own country should be allowed to do so, and those
who wished to stay should be invited to bring in their families as well.
So it was,
that a potentially ugly war became avoided. The queen was elevated to become an
acting queen once more. By a royal degree she was made equal in status in every
respect to the already existing queen of the kingdom. The king even helped her
to research the origin of the cruel law by which she had been condemned to death
in her own land. The end result of the research was just as everyone at court
had suspected. The cruel law, for which she had been exiled from her home, had
been a total perversion of a fundamentally natural and beautiful law. This
natural law had urged the people to respect one another and to honor the bonds
they had established between one another. The undistorted law contained no
references to sex, age, status, or numbers involved in a bond of love between
people. The law merely urged people to honor all human bonds, regardless of
their shape and form. It was a law of love; the essence of love.
discovered, real law, soon became the law of the land. It didn't become law by
the force of a royal degree, however. It became understood to be a law, because
adherence to it enriched everyone's life. This law became also embraced by the
kingdom's guests of the armies of the North, who were now vigorously enriching
the land and were building a richer life for themselves than they ever had,
laboring alongside everyone else.
against this background that the invasion by the kingdom of the West occurred.
The invading forces didn't come by boat or raft, as the queen had come. The
kingdom didn't have enough boats or rafts, nor did it have the economic
resources to build them, nor the skilled people who would be able to drive them.
The invading army came on foot across the mountains that the boatmen said were
touching the sky, which they said; no one could ever cross-alive. Still, many of
them did. They had worked their way up through steeply rising valleys until they
were indeed touching the sky. Those who survived the arduous journey to the very
end had no heart left for any fighting. Whatever weapons they had still with
them were gladly exchanged for food that was offered by their previous queen.
Many of the
would-be invaders still recognized the queen who had come from the city to greet
them. She even recognized some of the once proud business tycoons among them who
had become mired in the poverty of their own creating, who had then joined the
army as a way out. They, too, found a new life in the queen's new country in the
East. In this environment everyone became richer. Nor were all of these riches
of a type that could be carried away. These riches unfolded from being human.
They were the riches of love.
Empire that the would-be invaders had come from was never attacked in return.
There was no need to do so. It simply died out on its own. There were rumors
heard of wide spread crimes and starvation in the dying empire, followed by
rumors of pestilence. After a while there were no rumors at all forthcoming.
After still a while later, new rumors emerged that the land was being resettled
by some of the people who had once fled. Still, no New Kingdom was established
by the resettlement. The people realized what they hadn't realized before, that
they had a choice to choose their own destiny. They realized that they had had
the power to overthrow their earlier king who had become corrupted. They just
hadn't realized this, then. Now, that the realization was made, they chose not
to have a new king, over them. They chose to remain subject to the new law that
was cherished by the queen, and always had been cherished by her, that they had
learned to value. Thus the two realms simply became one larger kingdom, as
indeed, the inhabitants of both realms had become, being bound together as one
people by that law that none of them had made, which had merely been discovered.
same happened in the Kingdom of the North. The returning people remained united
in their bond to each other and to the people of the kingdom that was ruled by a
wise king and two queens, and a law that honors all human bonds.
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