Chapter 1

 

“God has a motive?”

I question Aesop aloud, but he doesn’t respond. We’re silent for a time, but I start to reflect. Why would god create all of this in the first place? Why even bother?

The silence ends, and Aesop speaks.

 

Aesop: Let’s start with some simple concepts. Existence always had a reason behind it and every living being has a purpose. You have to grasp this concept FIRST.

Me: What concept?

Aesop: Purpose.

Me: The purpose of…?

Aesop: Anything. Everything. Purpose is the big WHY behind everything. Without purpose, nothing exists.

Me: That’s quite a statement. Is that really true?

Aesop: Purpose reveals motives, and motive is the motor that makes EVERYTHING happen. Motive is the driving force behind all results and outcomes.

As for truth? That’s something you must discover for yourself. No one can tell you what’s true, because it comes from within YOU. I can show you another way to look at things and expose you to a new understanding, but you must find truth on your own.

Me: Fine, I’ll think about it, but for now, I’ll assume that it’s true. Ok, without purpose, nothing exists. So what?

Aesop: So nothing exists without a ‘why’ because ‘why’ drives the behavior of all living things, and behavior always lead to results.

Me: I think I see what you’re saying. Before I take any action, there’s some reason behind it – why I’m doing it in the first place. Right?

Aesop: Correct. This is true even for the animals on your planet. All living things are driven by motive. That motive may be instinct or a conscious choice, but whether it’s automatic or deliberate, the reason why still remains. And ‘WHY’ always drives behavior. Always.

Me: So a dog’s ‘why’ is whatever instinct was built into it? A dog hunts, eats, drinks, plays, and does everything it was preprogrammed to do, for lack of a better word. Instinct carries the dog’s ‘why’, is that what you’re saying?

Aesop: Simple, right?

Me: I think so. That’s an interesting point of view. So, if there’s a reason why behind every action we take, then logically the big kahuna (god) had to have a reason for making all this up in the first place. Is that what you’re saying?

Aesop: You’re not as slow as you look.

I think I was just insulted by an alien…

Me: Whatever. Why does any of this matter? What difference will it make to know god’s purpose?

Aesop: All the difference in the world. Once you understand why the creator created everything in the first place, then you’ll come to realize how absurd and backwards many of you choose to live your lives, considering the results you say you want.

Once you see the ‘backwards-ness’ of your ways, well, you’ll simply turn and face in a new direction. You’ll see things with a fresh mind, and approach people differently. This will get you faster results.

Me: All that just from understanding god’s motive? Are you kidding me? And how do you even know what god’s motive is? Who told you?

Aesop: This is common wisdom where I come from, but I certainly don’t expect you to take my word as truth. Just be open, listen to some new ideas, and judge for yourself. If you FEEL it resonates with you, then remember our agreement. Share the message with 1,000 people. That’s all I’m asking.

Me: Ok, that works for me. What’s next?

This lesson on purpose taught me something. Even as I write down my notes, I see there’s a motive, or a reason behind my actions. I see a bird fly by, and I see purpose behind the bird’s movements. Someone just zoomed by on their motorcycle, and I feel the purpose driving him to his destination. It seems so incredibly obvious, but I’m amazed at the impact this is starting to have on me.

I’m excited. Anticipation is flowing through my whole body, and now I just wanna know: what is god’s reason for kickstarting the universe?

I never thought of this before, but now it seems like the obvious question to ask – dare I say, the MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION to ask – like EVER? I usually hear people say, “Why am I here?” or “Why me?”, but not, “Hey God! Why did you even bother creating all of this in the first place?”

This strange looking creature knows something. I start to wonder if he’s leading me astray or feeding me bad information, but like he said, I can take it or leave it. A ton of thoughts are racing through my head, but I can’t even think straight because now I HAVE to know WHY.

Prologue

You bore me…

If anyone else said it to me, maybe I’d punch them, but you don’t punch aliens. If I hit him, there’s no telling what he would do to me — or the planet.


Me: What do you think I should do?

Aesop: What do you want to do? I say your life is boring, mundane, inconsequential — and all you can muster is ‘what do you think I should do?’

Aesop’s laughing now. An alien is laughing at my ignorance. I just stare in disbelief.

Me: Ha ha. What’s so funny?

Aesop: You. I find you, and even your whole species funny. But play time is over. My mission is at stake.

Me: Your mission? What mission? And what does this have to do with me?

Aesop: You want to get rid of those panic attacks, don’t you? And I need your assistance to complete my mission. You help me, and I help you. That’s reasonable, right?

Me: Well, can you tell me what this mission is first? I need to know what you’re up to. And how do I explain to everybody that I’m collaborating with an alien?? What am I supposed to say? And how do I know you can even help me in the first place?

Aesop: I’ll explain my mission in a bit, but let’s get something straight. You can’t tell ANYBODY about your work with me. Got it? NOBODY. If you tell others then more people will know about me — and that’s no good because it increases the likelihood that I’m discovered by MY comrades. Trust me. We don’t want that.

My job is to make sure you understand my message. That’s first. Then I need you to spread it to a thousand people. How you do that is up to you, but I’m happy to suggest a few methods when we get to that point.

That’s our mission.

Me: Why would I want to share your message with others? What do you get out of it? And what if I don’t like your message?

Aesop: Good questions. You’ll share because your own life will change. I mean transformational kind of change. The message will be a part of your life, and that sorta makes you a pioneer (or guinea pig). But either way, your life will never be the same again.

As for me? I get peace of mind. You know what it’s like to watch your species for hundreds of years? You have no idea. The anguish, the unnecessary frustration, and all the crappy behavior I had to endure? So many boring, mundane lives. So much destruction and mayhem. So little moments of triumph. So many who squander their talent everyday. So much lost talent and unfulfilled potential.

And where does all this dead potential lead to?

Dead potential turns people against each other. Ignorance of ‘who you are’ makes people into terrible people, bad leaders, and control freaks who abuse others needlessly. This is global. Parents are the first to reflect this ignorance, and pass it down generations at a time.

So people get depressed, have low self-worth, and shun responsibility in exchange for victimhood. Victims of fear, the economy, your boss, the system, and the ‘man’. Overpowering the young or the physically weak is one thing, but choosing a victim mentality is quite another.

Me: You know about ‘the man’, too, huh?

Aesop: I know about your institutions as well. You maintain institutions like school that do more harm than good, and justify it by pointing to the few that excel in spite of it. Yet prescription meds have multiplied every year. Wouldn’t wisdom result in healthier people? It does on my planet.

You place too much importance on knowledge, not enough on wisdom. You place too much emphasis on “figuring it out as you go” and not enough on principles that will guide you better than the best advice in the world.

You have counselors, guides, and therapists who work to normalize people back into the very society that made them “sick” in the first place. Does this make sense to you?

Me: Is that a rhetorical question? Of course it makes sense. I just never looked at it that way before.

Bad Apples

Aesop: Let’s look at apples…

A particular apple tree always produces rotten apples, so you come up with a brilliant idea. You’ll make the tree look better by putting some cosmetic finishes on it.

You begin by cleaning and polishing the apples and painting the leaves so at least it all looks good. After some time, you notice the difference, but even though the outside looks much better, the apples produced are still rotten. You continue to paint the brown leaves so they appear green, and shine up some more apples – but YOU KNOW the apples are still rotten.

You don’t realize there’s ONE poisonous root making all the apples go bad. If you were to remove or kill this root, the apple tree would flourish, but you continue to work hard on the tree’s appearance.

Why? Because you don’t see the real problem. Because the real problem is a particular root — and the root is invisible to your eyes. So you go on painting, and continue to work on the tree’s exterior.

Humans do the same thing. Their fruit is rotten, and they want to make it look better. You find better jobs, borrow more money, put a little more makeup on, do some liposuction, and swallow pills — but those problems are still there.

That poisonous root led to your weight gain, created your financial situation, makes you go into a rage and throw things, and makes you feel so unfulfilled and unworthy — yet it’s still there despite your best efforts to make everything look healthy. As long as the poisonous root remains, they will bear fruits of like kind, and you will go on treating the appearance and not the true problem. Roots will always bear fruits of like kind. Always.

Why don’t you kill the poisonous root and nourish healthy ones? Ignorance. Laziness. Arrogance. You just don’t realize who and what you are. You don’t know how powerful you really are. You don’t even know your own roots — the good and the bad — so how can you solve the repeatable problems of your life? How can you finally end the cycle of rotten fruit?

The Necessity of Ignorance

I realize a certain amount of ignorance must ‘BE’ in order to evolve (if you don’t understand that, you will by the end of our interaction), so I will keep my planetary intervention to a minimum. I want to give your planet a tiny nudge. A thousand people out of seven billion is not asking much. They will be enough.

This was NOT an easy decision to make. I’ve been ordered to stay out of your affairs. I was ordered NOT to interrupt or intervene. I was ordered specifically not to influence your world in any way whatsoever, but I’ve had enough. I risked everything to speak with you and I’m in danger of losing everything if they find out about us.

Your assistance will keep me inconspicuous and invisible. You will be the messenger. You will spread these ideas, and you will get all the credit while I remain hidden.

In return, we’ll take care of those annoying panic attacks you’ve been having lately, and I may throw in a few bonuses. And if you don’t want to participate? Then I’ll simply find someone else, and I will leave you back to your same old, tired, uneventful life. You won’t remember a thing about me or our conversation — and I will never bother you again.

What do you think? Do we have a deal?

It may not seem like much, but I feel it in my heart. He doesn’t come across like a jerk, and admittedly, I don’t have a lot going on in my life. And how often does alien life come along to help? Usually they’re taking over worlds.

Me: Ok, I’ll help. What’s the next step?

Aesop: The next step is simple, but not easy. You must understand the ultimate context for our entire existence. In order to get the most out of your life, you have to understand God’s motive.

Me: God’s motive? For what?

Aesop: God’s motive for creating the universe and everything in the first place, including your puny lives.

Me: You mean, why did God choose to create all of this in the first place? You’re talking about everything, right?

Aesop: Yup. Why bother with any of this? Why bother creating this world and the trillions of other worlds when you have no NEED to?

Me: Interesting. I never thought of that before. Why would God or some higher being even start creation in the first place? Hmmm… But wait a minute! What if there is no god? What if I don’t believe in a deity?

Aesop: It doesn’t matter if you believe in god or no-god, just think of this as a thought experiment. An exercise of your imagination. You will benefit either way, but you must remain open. Skepticism is always welcome, however, a closed mind won’t get you anywhere. Believe it or not, I selected you because you like to question things, and that’s what the world needs more than anything now.

Well?

I’m excited and can’t wait for what’s next. I think it shows.

Me: Let’s do this.