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To many outsiders, the Revelers were nothing but a self-destructive cult of escapists. But who wouldn’t want to escape from a society that had failed? Who wouldn’t want to reject an economic system that was based on planetcide and modern slavery? The Revelers’ lifestyle was a healthy reaction to an unhealthy system. Only sick minds could possibly continue to “function” in this world. Only irrational beings could delude themselves that “everything was OK”. The Revelers, guided by the Minimalists, sought enlightenment through the removal of all distractions that the system threw at them to keep them sedated: an AI-engineered steady drip of fake news, fake normality, fake reassurance that the world was perfect. Any clouds in the sky would soon clear. Even the sky had become fake.
But the Revelers could see beyond the fake sky. They just needed a little help sometimes. They used music to access their most primal, yet compassionate, inner life force. When they needed to connect to the Earth, they used a cocktail of entheogens called Black Sky. The trip would begin in total darkness, as their consciousness retreated into its primal core. But soon, fields of energy would begin to appear: first as shy, blue outlines that pulsated lazily, moving about as if they were trapped in a lava lamp. They would then suddenly become more active, more detailed, until they took a variety of different forms. Eventually one would realise that what they were seeing was the real the world, but through a new lens. The blue light was some kind of a new wavelength. It was an infra-blue vision of the planet’s energy flow. The Revelers would look up to the sky and be able to see, in every detail, the wind as it blew into the clouds. After some practice, they would be able to see oxygen slowly emanate like steam out of the trees. Some believed that what they were witnessing was the EoT, as it used its energy to send messages through the biosphere and beyond.
Black Sky helped the Revelers tap into the planet’s neural network. It reminded them that they were part of this network themselves: that they were all brothers and sisters with the sky, the sea, the plants and the animals. They would all survive together, or die together.
(from the upcoming novel A New Earth)
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