The Goddamn Story
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“You’re probably wondering how things got to be the way they are here. Earth wasn’t always this way, so tribal, so whipped to our technology and the tyrannical corporation who builds it for us. Earth–… well, this Earth anyhow; I don’t know how your so-called other Earths work, Jonathan Knox, but this Earth used to be free. Life wasn’t always easy, and you had to work hard and work often to get anywhere, but life was free. Heading out to a little hut in the woods like this used to be considered a vacation, a desirable getaway. If you’re caught in one of these nowadays you’re tossed into gulag and raped until you can’t be anymore, unless you become the kind of ‘man who does the raping. Hell, most folks around here don’t even have to become that kind of ‘man. Most folks around here are that kind of ‘man already, and it’s not because they need to be, either. Our food is provided for us, same as health care, same as pretty much everything else we need to keep on living; life is easy, life is granted, and life is pretty Goddamn uneventful unless you put in the effort and do something about it.
“Most folks, see, most folks don’t want to do anything about it. Most folks – those of us who were around before TICC took over, anyhow – believe they put enough effort in during the old days. Since we don’t need to work in order to survive anymore, most believe they don’t need to work at all… but there’s a thrill in working towards a goal, the thrill of the chase, and without that thrill, well… things go stagnant; when things go stagnant, the trouble begins. That’s when the darkness comes out. Light takes work, Jonathan Knox, it doesn’t just pop on by itself, and that’s a fact. A fact I believe I understand better than most folks living around these parts.
“I wasn’t always the way I am. I once had a vastly different outlook on life, lived in a wildly different way. I was a different ‘man back then, Jonathan Knox, I even had a different name. I once thought I was entitled to the good life, whatever that was supposed to mean, just because I popped out of my mother’s box one day. Thought I was some gift to the world. In other words, I was just like everyone else.
“I still remember the day it all began to change for me…”
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Over the River
The Emancipation of Jonathan Knox
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The Fall of the Seven Earths
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