This is Part I of a two-part essay summarizing my work on DOTE. The second part will be published in the 2nd half of September. I was going to publish this on Tuesday, but realized today that I will not stop fussing with it until I publish it. I need to move on, so here goes nothing. I explained my reasons for writing this stuff in my Coming Attractions post.
Three DOTE readers reviewed this essay. Although they will remain nameless here, I do appreciate their comments, which were invaluable to me. All errors (grammar, spelling, content) are of course my own.
This is a summary of the book I will likely not get an opportunity to write, and thus the material is pretty dense and difficult to read (or so I've been told, politely). I hope you'll put in the effort, and will find it rewarding. It comes to 30 printed pages, so I recommend you print it out in parts and read them sequentially. It might behoove you to read this essay twice.
This essay is closed to comments. I know that's not the "spirit" of the internet, but that's the way I prefer it. My e-mail is included below if you want to contact me regarding what I said here.
Decline of the Empire
August 31, 2014
How Goes Life Among the Humans?
Imagine if you can a wise, compassionate, and reasonable species quite unlike the one you belong to. This other species does not wage war or destroy its planetary environment willy-nilly. This species does not produce most of its own suffering. The members of this species are not deluded—they don't believe, as some humans apparently do, that if only everybody quit smoking, handguns were banned, and gays could get married anytime they wanted, all their big problems would be solved.
The list of differences between this imagined species and we humans would be very, very long.