Montenez remained on Zortixia for about a month basking in the public limelight and cheered by the good citizens of Zortixia. Initially Montenez owed his great popularity to the reputation of his late father but as he gave his own speeches and spoke his mind his popularity was a result of himself. Zortixians loved him for his own merits. Zortixians couldn’t get enough of Montenez describing his life on Earth. The Earth became the centre of public discussion. Earthling clothes became a regular site at many of the fashionable cafes of Zortixia. It was Earth mania!
Matters were going so well for Montenez he was offered the assistant deanship at the Zortixian University of High Education. He was also offered an honorary seat in the Zortixian Senate. Huge funds were to be at his disposal to establish an Earth Studies Institute. However flattering these offers were Montenez thought of Earth as his true home so he announced he would remain in Zortixia for another week and return to Earth. After all he had announced, in the presence of the Greek Gods, that he would remain on earth and help its inhabitants. He was well aware his departure would be emotionally difficult particularly parting with his best Zortixian friend Frizzy The Smicket Boy who was chief of the Zortixian Defence Academy. But he simply had to return.
Zortixia was in a deep state of harmony which it had not seen for years. The Jiber was but a bad memory. It made Willie proud to know that his father had been such a wise and noble Zortixian. In fact a new university was being constructed that would bear his name. The Zortixians would have loved to have a living reminder of the Montenez name but they had no luck. On the eve prior to his departure he gave a farewell speech promising he would be back for visits. The following day the Capital Hedbo published an editorial written by the esteemed Milkhim Mudrage.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending William Montenez Jr’s last speech before he returns to Earth. The speech was inspiring and reminded me of the great oratorial skills of his late father. He spoke with integrity and honesty which are trademarks of great Creaturists. Like his late father he espouses a doctrine based on peace and humility. He calls the use of force “pure repression” stating that force oppresses both its wielder and its object. His view is that only the power of “clean consciousness” can overcome violence. The great advantage of this doctrine is that even the simplest people can grasp it and act according to it. Montenez reminded us that many others, especially on Earth, accepted and espoused this ideology but most were insincere and willing to manipulate this doctrine for their selfish interests. Unfortunately this lead to the creation of cynical and defeatist Earthlings.
Montenez stated clean consciousness has no leaders but only participants. It is his belief that when you have leaders this means there must be followers and hierarchies of power leading to repression. This automatically excludes many from the decision-making process. Repression need always be overt Montenez said as it also can be quietly internalized.
Perhaps the most controversial part of his address was dealing with the use of violence. One member of the audience stated that if violence had been used quickly against the Jiber and his blackbooters Zortixia might have been spared years of repression and murder. Montenez replied saying the use of force would have eliminated the Jiber and his blackbooters but their ideas and philosophy would have lived on. It may even have resulted in people considering the Jiber a martyr. Montenez thought Jiber’s accession to power and his stream of foul deeds permitted the Zortixians to fully understand his evil. Zortixians could see him discredit himself and how criminal it would be to follow his ideas. In this way the leader and his ideology self destructed.
Montenez did not appear to have convinced many in the audience about his views on violence many, of course, still hurting from the ruthlessness and barbarity of the Jiber. He concluded his speech saying that we should never condone violence as civilized people should view violence as repulsive. He did back down somewhat when he said in certain rare circumstances such as where primitive peoples are being exploited by more technologically advanced peoples violence by the primitive may save many lives and suffering. It was advisable to try and restrain violent urges and let the masses see how disgusting violence is by witnessing it.
My thoughts about the speech was that it was inspiring but it was vague and lacked practicality. I think it is naïve to expect people to sit and watch violence in action so they can see how repulsive it is. I will say a small amount of violence can curtail baseness it should be used. And violence can be most effective when it is pinpointed to its biggest perpetuators. If the Jiber had been assassinated earlier Zortixians would have been spared much suffering. Sometimes freedom can be quickly reached by a few beams from the laser gun.