Kingdom 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.
to 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.
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
said 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.
the 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.
to 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.
king 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.
king 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.
a 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 easily solved.
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.
the 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 killing.
first 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.
the 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.
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.
the 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
did 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.
their 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 environment."
this 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.
to 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 miracle.
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.
urged 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.
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.
was, the queen turned out to be correct in everything that she had
proposed, because the entire war unfolded precisely as she had forecast.
then 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.
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.
newly 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.
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.
Western 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.
the 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.
the novel, Lu
Mountain, Chapter 4)