Messing-up the Gene Pool

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is a Flash Fiction so I'm not giving away the story here. Let me just say it has a space alien in it and he is being deported.

Hi, my name is "keekurt", and I guess I'll be narrating this story since there is no-one else here to do it..

My name in English would be something like Hooligan, and in Spanish it might be Gamberro. In German you might say, Rowdy, and in French is the same as the English word, except there is a slight variation in pronunciations. But no matter how you say it, it means that I am difficult to get along with, a hard-head, and a confrontational non-conformist; let me explain.

Where I come from we have no governments. Everyone is expected to go about their business, working or running their businesses, tending to farms, etc., etc., and they are expected to do whatever they do, peacefully.

And when I say peacefully, I mean without confrontations involved.

If you have a dispute with someone about something, you call for a "Gathering". And as soon as you yell, "Gathering", a number of people that are nearby, gather together. After the Gathering has happened, then the people gathered hear both sides of the dispute. Whatever the majority of the Gathering decides is the right thing, then that is the way it is. The problem is supposed to be settled right then and there; there should be no confrontation and no further debate on the subject. But with me, if the Gathering doesn't decide in my favor, or agree with me, then I become very angry.

Like me, if any of the populace cannot abide by the Gathering rules, and they cannot or will not conform, then they are given a name such as mine. And upon their third offense, their third unsettled debate, they are dealt-with by the Big Guys.

Always much taller than the general population, and bigger all over, the Big Guys are the only part of the population that has permanent employment in what might be called a Constabulary, a police like force. However, their job is to eliminate nonconformists from the Lyemenion society.

Some of the extremely violent nonconformists are reduced to a powder by use of Dehydration weapons. But the less offensive and less threatening Lye-men are simply exiled from the planet. And that is how I ended up on planet earth.

Like humans on Earth, or Lititions on Lititious, as well as on several other water bearing planets, we Lye-men look pretty much the same as the rest of the human race.

However, skin color is limited on Earth, but as far as Lititions and Lye-men are concerned, our colors and shades are many.

You would think that hundreds of thousands of years of interbreeding Lye-men species would have produced humans with pretty much the same skin color on everyone, you know, a diluted form of their ancestors skin tones. But surprisingly enough, it went the opposite way with us; we ended up to be a rainbow of colors.

Now, when someone is deported to Lititious, no alterations to the skin is needed because they evolved just as we did. But when they are deported to Earth, they must go through a light-bleaching process to blend in; the bleaching takes the color pigments away.

In other words, the bleached skin turns whitish and cannot tan. Too much time in the sun would turn said skin a reddish-pink, but in just a few hours the bleached skin will return to it's form state, white.

Yes, I'm sad to say that bleaching is necessary. The Lye-men race can't have greenish-blue, or reddish-purple humans running around on earth, someone might get suspicious as to their origins and that might bring an end to Earth as a dumping ground for undesirables.

 

Well, I guess it's time for me to find a place to settle down in this new world of mine, since going home is no longer an option.

I have been given Historical and Language Classes related to the region and people I will be fitted into.

And I have my suitcase full of my stuff, $500 in earth money, and directions to the nearest city.

It is true, sitting on this ledge in the middle of nowhere, and watching my transport vessel recharge for it's trip back home isn't going to do me any good. So I guess I'd better move on.

 

They tell me that I shouldn't have any problem blending into Earth's population because there are plenty of others just like me.

After all, thousands of years of deporting rebellious humans to Earth has really changed the Gene Pool. I understand that Earth humans used to be a pretty passive bunch and seldom had confrontations before Lye-men started arriving.

In fact, after all these centuries and all the interbreeding, it is a wonder that there are any cooperative people left on Earth.

 

 

D. Thurmond / JEF

05-03-2021

 


Submitted: May 03, 2021

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olive tree

Do not take my words too seriously because I am only trying to make for discussion, as questions naturally call for discussion.

Recognising this is fictional, is the implication that without governments there would be no confrontations? Or is that dynamic just some arbitrary alien psychology for the purpose of narrative?

Sounds pseudo-democratic. Not that I think democracy works. Not the democracy Thomas Paine envisioned, at least.

For ‘peace’ (the status quo remains unchanged is what I am assuming you mean by peace) to be accomplished, the issue must be resolved in one instance. Not only that but that instance is decided at whim, and whomever happens to be near you at the time are the participants to the vote… and that vote may never again be challenged?

Sounds susceptible to corruption. Sounds tyrannical. Just like on Earth – in virtually any place and time in recorded history.

Also how are these rules enforced without government? How is a civilisation functioning in that capacity? Are important details being omitted here by the author, deliberately or not? Why?

Quick side-note - Catalonia in Spain functioned independently with great success for 3 years between 1936-1939 with worker-controlled factories and services, but that was under anarchy. There was no controlling regime. Some scholars conjecture Catalonia would still be around today functioning under anarcho-syndicalism if it were not promptly squashed by every other axis of power who perceived their independence as a threat.

Back to the story – if there is no government, then who are the “Big Guys”? Sounds contradictory to be honest.

Reminds me of a quote by Nicolas Walter in his book About Anarchism (1969):

• Like liberals, anarchists want freedom; like socialists, anarchists want equality. But we are not satisfied by liberalism alone of by socialism alone. Freedom without equality means that the poor and the weak are less free than the rich and strong, and equality without freedom means that we are all slaves together. Freedom and equality are not contradictory, but complementary.

• Freedom is not genuine if some people are too poor or too weak to enjoy it, and equality is not genuine if some people are ruled by others. The crucial contribution to political theory made by anarchists is this realization that freedom and equality are in the end the same thing.

This civilisation has no government, but it has a police force whose sole function is to eliminate nonconformists…

So, there is still a ruling elite, then? People who founded and maintain that police force? A government.

Are you sure you are not talking about Earth, and the deportation destination is just jail/detention centres/places where they secretly torture you like Guantanamo bay, or even just the threat of punishment to keep ‘peace’?

Because it actually sounds more sinister than the world we inhabit. Or at least on par with it. The idealistic perfection of it breaks down so fast under scrutiny. The values are incongruent.

I liked the descriptions of imagery and colours...

I really wonder though, is that your idea of a perfect world? Do you think simply that cooperation, or in other words accepting things as they are, not asking questions, not breaking laws or social norms, and being dependent and
unoriginal, do you think it is with these qualities that we ought to behave?

If anything, I think nonconformist qualities will redeem us, as has been demonstrated time and time again throughout history.

Then again maybe I am an idiot and I completely misunderstood, and you ARE talking about Earth and what we are becoming (or have become).

Thought-provoking piece. All the best.

Tue, May 4th, 2021 5:45am

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As you said, "I seldom take your words seriously."
As far as governments are concerned, and as you pointed out with your
comment about Catalonia, if you reduce populations to manageable sizes, then they seldom have a problem governing themselves. Unless, of course, there are antagonists among them.
The very old Patriarch System worked well until the extended family grew too large. A good example of size reduction is the story of Abraham and Lot dividing their families and separating their herds, peace was the goal.
But for the sake of conversation, and an understanding of what this story is really about, let me say this, "It's all about the Cover Picture. I looked at the picture and made up a story that I thought might explain what was going on in the picture, that's all. Smaller details are up to the reader's need to conjure." --- Have a great day!

Tue, May 4th, 2021 11:30am

EmmyShullenberger

Wow really great I would to have a sequel to this, Great job.

Tue, May 11th, 2021 11:27pm

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Thanks for commenting, I'm happy you like it. ... Hmm, A sequel? Food for thought.

Wed, May 12th, 2021 11:41am

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