A walk in the park (questions for a human-ET relationship)
Hey folks, just to let you know that I deleted the previous post for a reason. Dude came to me after I suggested I’d make the 1 minute ET contact video and showed me several negative consequences of my posting the video and reprimanded me for not thinking through the consequences of what I was going to do. I know that might seem really strange because it was something so simple and seemingly harmless. But believe me it was my Ascanio moment and a very valuable lesson for me. Some of the negative repercussions were profoundly disturbing and came as quite a shock to me. So I apologize for suggesting I would do something that I can now no longer do.
The Dude interview is still happening. I just haven’t had time to bring it to a completion and my recent focus has been on my oncology follow up.
I thought that given it may be a while until the Dude interview is complete, I’d give you an opportunity to participate in a creative project with me. I’ve started a new novel, which will be my primary focus for this year. All I can tell you right now, is that it revolves around a relationship between a man and a male and a female ET. So here’s what I am suggesting. Just like you did for the Dude interview, send me your questions and ideas about their relationship, for both the main character and the ETs and I’ll see if I can integrate as many of them as possible into the novel. Some of the novel will integrate real conversations that I’ve had with Dude, Anamika and other ETs. The male ET will be a kind of hybrid of Dude/Number 1 and the fame ET will be a hybrid of Anamika/other female ETs who have been part of my life. I figure this is one way for me to explore human-ET relationships. It’s also a story I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but I didn’t have a clear sense of what it needed to look like, until about 2 months ago.
Some of you might be familiar with hypertext fiction (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertext_fiction), which I think is a wonderful approach to exploring the subject of human-ET relationships. But this is a novel that like HF, draws on the creative capacities of many different people.
At the end of the day, I might not see anything of value in what you give me and include nothing but there might be just one idea or one question or one comment that is absolutely critical to the shape of this story ! There might also be dozens ! So I just thought I’d put it out there for you to consider. This is a story about what it means to be human and what it means to be an extraterrestrial, as much as what it means for humans and ETs to have a relationship with one another. I’ll try to tackle some of the BIG questions of existence but I’ll also spit venom at all the things I detest about the human race. It is my intention to write a powerful and moving story, that transports the reader from one point in their spiritual development to another point in their spiritual development and utterly transforms how they see the cosmos and how they see themselves. If that translates into action, then I will have written something worthwhile. So, I guess it’s a tall order but that’s what I’m aiming for !
Feel free to say anything you want about what I’ve said or related to the subject matter of the novel. If I choose to integrate something you’ve contributed, I’ll put your name in the acknowledgments at the front of the book.
This is kind of a scary concept for me; opening myself up to other peoples creative ideas and to other peoples questions, ideas and beliefs – for a story that I’ve conceived. It’s kind of like making a pizza and inviting the insects outside, to bring in their own special ingredients and add them to the pizza !
A suppose a similar parallel can be found in the Dude interview (and later when I interview Anamika). I had already asked Dude lots of questions and knew all I needed to know. And I can ask him whatever I want, any time I feel like it. So I didn’t need to interview him for my sake. But when I asked you to contribute, it was a really interesting experience for me. First I had to go through all of these questions and some were fantastic and some were really stupid ! Then I had to narrow the questions down to 10 questions I liked and I couldn’t do that, so Dude let me have 19 questions. Finally, I had to arrange the questions in an order that seemed to make sense. But ironically, when I went to ask them, I found myself doing them in a completely different order. And then there was the interview itself. Dude has been happy to answer all the questions but he seemed to have liked some questions more than others. I was also learning things I didn’t know. I’d sometimes need things clarified, so I asked a lot of questions as we went through each answer and Dude would continue to elaborate. So it’s been a real give and take, kind of fluid experience. And along the way Dude has also shared lots of other things, that were only meant for me and so they haven’t gone into his answers. Through the interview, I’ve come to understand Dude far better than I did before and I’ve come to understand humanity far better than I did before. The things people ask, say so much about who they are and who we are as a species. So even though it has been absolutely exhausting, sitting and listening to Dude and transcribing what he said and then editing it; it’s been very rewarding.
So I suppose I’m optimistic that opening myself up to what you can contribute, will be equally rewarding. But not just for me but perhaps for all of us and in particular, for everyone who reads the book.
If you know of anyone who you think might be interested in participating, please let them know. This will be the only post I write on the subject, so check out the ET contact novel category for any follow up comments.
Thanks for making this such an interesting journey !
Brightus Brighticus. 😉