WHO NEEDS CHANGE?

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

~ Confucius

Confucius was an ancient Chinese teacher and philosopher who pre-dated Christianity by five centuries. He is one of the most influential and quoted thinkers of all time. In this quote, he teaches us about change. He likely wasn’t the first great thinker to discuss this topic and he certainly won’t be the last. One might conclude, from the plethora of statements and essays about the reality of change, that people just aren’t getting the message. Or is it a message that people would rather not hear? Continue reading “WHO NEEDS CHANGE?”

13. I’m Still Here, Marco… #RRBC

Nonnie Jules is the founder and President of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, as well as interviewer of RRBC authors in the famed, “Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie?” interviews. Her interviewing skills are legendary and she decided to accompany Author, John Fioravanti, through space and time to another galaxy 700 years into the future. Nonnie’s goal is to meet the key personalities on planet Genesis featured in Fioravanti’s series, The Genesis Saga, and utilize her formidable skills to find out something more about these characters. This scene is the thirteenth of many, which will follow.

In the last episode, Nonnie and John disappeared from the Campus Café after Annie and Marie left to track down Marco. They reappear in the formal living room of Marco’s campus home, several weeks later, Genesis time. Continue reading “13. I’m Still Here, Marco… #RRBC”

STARTING A WAR IS EASY…

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.

André Gide

Andre Gide (1869-1951) was a French author and winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. He was noted for his significant writings about human problems and conditions. It is important to understand that Gide lived in Paris, France, during both World War I and World War II – two of the most horrendous armed conflicts in history to that date. Within this context, I consider his words about war and peace. Continue reading “STARTING A WAR IS EASY…”

5. Musings of ArcLieutenant-General Helena Romano, XO

Excitement abounds on the ship today; we’ve finally arrived at our destination – Genesis! It was probably a good precautionary tactic that, once we achieved orbit, Scepter’s defensive shields were activated. Who knows if the planet is inhabited by a sentient species capable of launching an attack? Preliminary scans have turned up nothing untoward, but the ArcGeneral has ordered the crew to remain on defensive alert. Deep scans may tell us more. It would be so exciting to accompany the teams of scientists that are standing by, awaiting permission from the High Chancellor to launch their away mission to the surface. Continue reading “5. Musings of ArcLieutenant-General Helena Romano, XO”

4. Musings of High Chancellor Jerome Hayes

This is a day truly blessed by the Gods above – for we have fulfilled the prophecy and arrived safely at our new home – Genesis! Now we can begin the sacred tasks we were born to accomplish. I feel the staggering weight of the responsibilities the Gods have assigned to me as their Vicar. Continue reading “4. Musings of High Chancellor Jerome Hayes”

3. Musings of ArcGeneral Thomas Hastings, CO

By the Gods! This planet is an incredibly beautiful and welcome sight! I’ve spent my entire lifetime, forty-eight years, aboard this vessel. Genesis… the focus of all of our dreams… and so few are left of the original generation who boarded Divine Scepter from the moon base shipyard. Sensor scans have given us incredible images of this lush jungle planet but can we breathe the air? Is there an indigenous race of beings that will oppose our presence on their home? Did we escape certain death on Earth only to fall victim to some other deadly disaster? So many unanswered questions… Continue reading “3. Musings of ArcGeneral Thomas Hastings, CO”

Collective Judgments? All Wrong!

“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”

~ Elie Wiesel

Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, (1928-2016) was a Romanian-born, American Jewish author, professor and human rights activist. He survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps under the Nazi regime. He championed the cause of human rights throughout his life and in 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading “Collective Judgments? All Wrong!”