“Mutantism on the March”: Chapter 34 “Zorollia Raises its Ugly Head”

Montenez heard the news of the slug people revolt and the role of Jiber Jr. in that fiasco while he was on his voyage back to Earth. Earth was having enough problems without a power obsessed spaceman running amok. Whatever Jiber Jr. had in mind for Earth would certainly lead to no good.

It struck Montenez that Zortixians had a particular fond disposition towards hero leaders which posed possible dangers to the liberties of Zortixians. If men like Montenez and his father were treated as demi-gods was there not a danger of cultivating one man rule?

If good and its bearers were accepted unquestioningly and placed in positions of power what was to prevent a pretender and followers from seizing power and ruling according to who they really were. Once they had gained power and public trust a coup could theoretically be easily accomplished. Say you are good, pretend to be good, seize power and then slaughter your adversaries. Montenez realized if he had stayed on Zortixia he would eventually assume high political power. If he stayed on Zortixia and became its leader the cult of the hero leader may have continued. It was best to depart. With fortune perhaps the next generation of Zortixians could solve this Zortixian politico-structural defect. Zortixians were technologically advanced but in many cases simple minded and easily taken advantage of with the worst possible consequences.

It was not without regret that he thought of his “pure consciousness” speech. The more he reflected on it the sillier it seemed. It seemed grand and idealistic but false and might ruin more lives than violence could. Violence, unfortunately, was a necessary part of life. It was violence that led to the Jiber being assassinated and his reign of terror and murder ended. Jiber Jr. had made a good point indicating   Zortixians were soft as jelly. For the most part the Zortixians were fortunate enough to have had decent leaders. Ironically, however, this facilitated the growth of evil. The Zortixians had lulled themselves into an innocence and ignorance of evil.

Zorollia had lurched back into the hands of Opposite Party refugees from The Federation. Redbeard, the leader of the Zorollian Opposite Party welcomed these fighters. Many believed a life of terror would guarantee a place in the otherworld with 7 virgins. All wanted the Opposite Party to be restored on their planets. A good start was to start terrorizing the goodie goodie planet of Zortixia. And why not start with a hijacking? The destruction of the Zortixian Triple Towers had been an excellent start but continual pressure would be needed to bring Zortixia to its knees.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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