Tyrants Among Us

 Millennium: Land of the Eight Great Treasures

The great sage, Metamorphosis, told Hunter Wainright, “Millennium was once a world where rules and laws did not exist. Without laws, we all lived in peace and tranquility. We knew no hatred or war. Thievery was unknown. The Millennians lived without needing to be governed. Codes of conduct and laws were unnecessary. Anarchy did not exist. Everyone lived life as a leader.”

“Where I live we seem to need lots of laws and rules,” Hunter said.

“The greater the restrictions and prohibitions, the more the people are impoverished. The more advanced the weapons of state, the darker the nation. The more artful and crafty the leader’s plan, the stranger the outcome. The more laws that are posted, the more thieves appear.”

“Doesn’t that go back to what you said about governments, that we need less government?”

“Truly, the best governor governs least. When the rulers know their own heart, the masses remain simple and pure. When the ruler meddles with their lives, they become restless and disturbed.”

“I guess politicians do like to be in charge of everything, tell people what to do.”

“They are power fanatics. Once Hades became infected with the Extractor Virus, he radically changed the cultural direction for the infected citizens of Avernus. They abandoned The Great Way. Once they lost their way, they needed rules. With the rules came the rulers to restore order. From the order came chaos. The Great Way is very smooth and straight, and yet primitive beings prefer devious paths. That is why the governments are corrupt and the fields lie in waste.”

 Millennium: Land of the Eight Great Treasures

“Do a lot of governments fail?”

“All governments eventually fail. This is because governments base their existence on deception. Lies. Governments lie to maintain stability and to hold the loyalty of the citizens. The leaders of government, politicians, want you to believe that their self-interest is the same as your self-interest, but this is false.”

“Why do the citizens of Avernus allow this?”

“Because it reflects their low self-esteem society, their collective consciousness of negative thoughts. In other words, the ignorant masses have made all the wrong choices.”

“You mean, like my country?”

“You keep voting for the same politicians year after year, decade after decade, century after century. Your government officials not only represent you, the people, they are you, personified. For the past 250 years your citizens have chosen your leaders unwisely. Look at the results.”

“I’m not going to argue with you.”

“There is nothing to argue about. Truth rules. All governments plunder the planet, destroy the environment, start wars that only benefit them and deny their citizens the basic necessities of life.”

“Tell me again; what’s the solution?”

 Millennium: Land of the Eight Great Treasures

“The collective consciousness of your nation, all nations, must change. Only when all of you change your thoughts shall the government change. Only then shall you have less government. Less government is the wisest choice.”

“I’ll remember that. Less government is the wisest choice.”

“Excellent, my son.”

“I bet if a philosopher king or a sage ruled Avernus, no one would starve.”

“Good point. A sage’s crown is in his heart, not worn on his head, not decked with diamonds and stones, nor to be seen. The crown is called content, a crown that kings seldom enjoy.”

“With all his wealth, why doesn’t Hades enjoy his riches and fame, take care of his people?”

“Hades is power hungry. Those who seek power over others develop unjust rules to benefit themselves. With the unjust rules come laws, and with the laws come government, and with the government comes corrupt politicians, crime, poverty, and high taxes.”

“You have high taxes on Millennium?”

“Yes, just like Earth, when self-serving politicians and government officials are in charge of lawmaking, they write rules that benefit them personally. The masses are overtaxed to sustain the bad decisions of politicians and the rule makers’ luxurious lifestyles. Rule makers always take advantage of their citizens. But keep in mind, unhappy citizens always rebel. Revolutions have become a predictable part of your world history. Unhappiness starts at the top, with leadership. Hades, Ruler of Avernus, self-proclaimed ‘King of the Underworld,’ has become an extremely unhappy god.”

“If he is the king, a powerful god, why is he so unhappy?”

 Millennium: Land of the Eight Great Treasures

“Because he has become a tyrant. All tyrants begin their reign as the champion of the poor. Like Hades, tyrants promise to release the citizens from their debts and bring wealth and prosperity to the kingdom. By the end of the ruler’s reign, the citizens are over-taxed and enslaved. The tyrant, the master over all, becomes a slave to all that he rules over. The greedy tyrant is ruled by his uncontrollable appetites. He cannot sleep, worried about betrayals and assassinations. The power-hungry ruler lives in fear. I believe your Shakespeare said it best, ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.’”

“Did he get that from you?”

Morph grinned. “Human wisdom originated here, on Millennium, and was brought back to Earth.”

Hunter grinned, thinking about the sage’s profound statement. He then asked, “So you’re saying that Hades is paranoid?”

“Among his other emotional illnesses, yes.”

“Are those his ships out there?” he asked.

“They are Hades’ slave ships.”

Before Hunter could ask another question, Morph turned and pointed to a grotto underneath the middle waterfall. “I suggest you bathe up there, in the second pool.”

Millennium: Land of the Eight Great Treasures

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