Chapter 2 “The Opposite Party”
Why the Opposite Party had gained so much strength in Zortixia might be simply a desire for change from a society so long steeped in peace, tranquility and democracy. The Opposite Party fomented hostilities and hate which they secretly propagandized. Their lies and slander were so unbelievable many believed in them. Their view was the bigger the untruth the more readily it would be accepted. The entire foundation of the Opposite Party was based on the Big Lie. Suddenly peace and tranquility once seen as a valuable societal asset became peace and tranquility begets boredom and promotes a dull mind. The goal of the Opposite Party was to eradicate Creaturism which they theorized was a corrupting force. State benevolence was to be replaced by state barbarity. Most enjoyable for the Opposite Party was the dream of capturing power and subjugating the masses.
The Opposite Party presented a strong attraction to the less fortunate elements of society. The greedy, perverse, spineless and opportunist bile the Opposite Party spewed attracted adherents with the same characteristics as their bile. It’s members cast themselves in some sort of messianic light calling themselves “the new creatures of the universe of power and respect that power generates.” However the leaders of the Opposite Party held entirely different views. It would be far too dangerous and predictable to let rank and file control decision making. It was best, as the inner faction said, to use these “insects” to gain power and once they gained power they could easily brush and swat the “insects” away.
Many Zortixians were distressed as they witnessed the growing strength of the Opposites sweep the entire Federation. The most vocal critics of the Opposites were the Creaturerists who believed that kindness and benevolent co-operation must underlie the foundations of civilization. Their spokespeople never tired of condemning violence and its attendant suffering. The Creatureists main principle was that all citizens were suffering and it would always be the ultimate goal to reduce the suffering of the citizens of the Federation. Their abhorrence of violence, as noble as it might have been, really lead to the slitting of their throats with their moral sentiments being no match for the thuggery, smooth talk full of lies and weaponry of the Opposite Party.
Vast segments of Zortixian society were for some reason no longer satisfied with the peace and tranquility they had lived under for so many decades. If this attitude was not really apparent in the Zortixian Legislative Assembly it was certainly to be found in the marketplace or in some of the seedier cafés. One could sense the boredom and a strong desire for change. A sedentary and peaceful existence for many (but not a majority) lost its charm. However, at least initially, there was no consensus in what direction or shape this change should follow. It was if a minority of Zortixians wanted change simply for change’s sake.
The political equality and established liberties of the Zortixians were subjected to abuse and ridicule by the Opposite Party. Subliminal desires for power crept into the edges of Zortixian society. It was an historical fact that Zortixians had suffered long and hard for equality and had paid a price for it. Now that equality had been obtained and maintained for so many decades it began for some to be but trivial and boring. The Opposite Party manipulated this sentiment and it was not long before the operational efficiency of the army, bureaucracy and even the Zortixian Legislative Assembly was impaired. To the Creatureists it seemed unfathomable the inhabitants of Zortixia and the entire Federation were choosing the road of senseless sacrifice and misery over the time proven civility and effectiveness of polite debate and rational discussion. The Creatureists in power throughout the Federation could have (and in hindsight should have) acted with a strong hand and confronted the Opposite Party but force was not permitted in their ideology so they stood and slowly watched their demise. The Opposite Party was greedily sowing the assets of discontent it had previously planted. Zortixia was no exception; it was to be the prime prize of those warlocks of illusion, the Opposite Party.