Dak and the President

Below is an excerpt from a story I started writing a while ago. I am hoping to finish this story and share the whole thing, perhaps even publish it. A book is a lot of work and dedication and I wanted to share a small part now in case I never finish the book. Let me know what you think of it.

After taking with the stranger in the park Dak felt like he’d gotten somewhere. The man just might know something about the man who’d robbed him. Then again, the stranger could be bluffing. There was no way to tell. Dak didn’t have a lot of experience making deals with people. He’d always had food and shelter provided for him on Mars by the government.

Luckily for Dak, being the only man ever born on Mars as well as the oldest human alive and this being his first time on Earth, he had some special privileges. He was going to see the President of the United States.

“Mr. President. Thanks for taking the time to see me.” Dak said.

“The pleasure is all mine” said the President of the United States. “I’ve heard a lot about you and am excited to learn about you. The first and only man ever born on Mars and the oldest man ever to live. So what have you spent all those years doing there Dak?”

“Well sir, I’m quite well read on history of the world. I have a lot of knowledge of historical conflicts, although I must admit that the more I have read the more most conflicts seem frivolous to me. I am also a first rate technician in the footsteps of my mother. Keeping your habitat functioning when you’re on Mars is a pretty high priority! For the last 20 years I’ve been learning more about the human body, specifically my own, preparing to come to Earth. As you may or may not know, being born on Mars I grew up in one third the gravity of Earth. That lead my body to develop much weaker muscles, as well as allowed me to grow so tall.”

“So what brought you to request a presence with me?”

“I was mugged the other day. I was wondering why we have such abundance while other parts of the world people are still hungry?”

“That’s a great question Dak. It all goes back to when we figured out how to create energy through fusion in 2100, before I was born. This allowed us to produce literally unlimited electricity. Naturally we weren’t willing to give that formula to other countries. Up until that time, we relied on other countries for a lot of our energy production. That lead to us maintaining a huge military presence in many foreign countries, acting as a de facto world police at times. That was both expensive and as you can imagine created some friction between ourselves and the countries we were in, both peacefully and not so peacefully. Since we didn’t need those resources anymore we were free to leave. Opening up that much more money to spend on national defense and securing our own borders. Now we have some of the most secure borders in the world. Not many illegals get in each year. Also since we have the greatest society in the world not many people leave either. The world is a dangerous place. Much of the rest of the world was actually happy to see us go. The man who mugged you was one of the few illegals who was able to sneak in over our very secure borders.”

“So why don’t we just help the others?”  Dak continued.

“They don’t necessarily want our help. Many places are afraid of outside influence, our own country included. Many people are afraid of a one world government. They expect that if we started providing favors we’d expect some influence over their government. It’s not a completely unfounded fear.”

“Is it right to continue in this way of thinking?” asked Dak.

“It is for us for now.” said the President wearily. “I like how you’re thinking Dak, but being the President my obligation is to my country, not the world.”

“Well that’s a huge discussion for another day, Mr. President. I wonder if you could help me with a smaller matter?” asked Dak.


(All characters were created by myself, Axel Hoogland. Feedback is welcome to axel-jerome@hotmail.com)

Questions 2

I wrote something I called “The Most Important Thing” almost exactly 1 year ago. It was mostly a long list of questions. I have come upon more questions. I am not sure if any of them is the most important question or not (probably not in this list).
Maybe the most important question is:

How do you determine what the most important thing to think about is?

So here is my list of questions. Have you thought about any of them?

Why are people gay? Is it a natural (coming from some brain chemistry) behavior or is it induced by something that happened to them during their life (trauma)?
What is a natural behavior?
What other actions are induced by some action?
Are most neurosis brought on by some action that happens to people?
What is the most important thing for the future?
Do we want to reduce deaths?
Do we want to push death off later?
Is longer life the goal?
Is avoiding an unplanned death good?
What is a planned death? No one plans to die.
What is a quality life?

Why don’t women go bald?
What is the carrying capacity of the Earth? (How many people can the earth support).

What makes someone smart?
Connections in their brain?
Why can’t we all be savants, photographic memory, pick all dates from history, do large math equations in our heads?
Why are not all successful people “smart”?
Why are all “smart” people not “successful?
Why are some people who are successful “not as smart”?
How is smartness measured? Street smart vs. Book smart
How is success measured?

How do 2 particles get entangled?
Do they get un-entangled sometime?
Can more than 2 particles be entangled?
Wouldn’t all particles eventually get entangled together?

Why do people worry about “using” water? It can’t be destroyed. It can only be contaminated, and contamination can be cleaned.
There are very few things on the earth that “consume” water. It is always returned, sometimes just not in the same place.
How many people will the earth sustainably support?
We will be better able to ration food as we get more technical since fewer people will be making the food. This is a good argument to be the people making the food! At the same time, this should allow us to take care of everyone’s hunger needs. There should be abundance. In fact there already is!
Why do some people die of hunger each day? (21,000 according to this site) That’s ridiculous

Why did the 1918 flu epidemic end so quickly? Why didn’t it just spiral out of control and kill everyone?
How do they get genes in a GMO?
Gene Gun
Does a trans-gene have to go on a specific chromosome?
Does a trans-gene have to go in a specific part of a chromosome?
If so how do they get it in the right place?
Why do we have 23 pairs of chromosomes instead of 1?
How many examples of fusion genes are there in different animals?
Why is our GULO (vitamin C gene) apparently broken?
Is it broken?
Do we want to fix it?
What other animals have a mutated GULO gene? (fruit bats)
Why don’t we make all 20 essential amino acids we need?
Would we want to turn that ability back on if we could?

How are there always fresh fruits at grocery stores? Who is harvesting tomatoes all year?
How old is the apple you are buying from the store?
Yet according to this study, antioxidant activity in apples gradually drops off after three months of storage in the cold. An apple stored for nearly a year? It will have almost no antioxidants remaining in it whatsoever.
What exactly happens to the antioxidants? They break down? Into what?

What is someone paid if a gas pipeline is forced onto their land?

Why are there homeless people?
Why don’t they get social security money?
How would we provide them a safe place to live?
Do they want a place to live? (you’d sure think so)

Below is a line of questions I worked down after a friend asked the first one. I have included links to some of the answers I found.
Q. Why don’t Jewish people do sacrifices today if they don’t think the Messiah has come yet?
A. We stopped offering sacrifices because we do not have a proper place to offer them. – Link
Q. So that brings up the question – Why don’t the Jews rebuild the temple?
A. “Truthfully, we don’t even know how to construct it.” – Link
Q. How are you supposed to build something that they don’t know how to build?
Comment: “It is forbidden to enter the Temple area in a state of ritual impurity. The only way to become ritually pure is with the ashes of a red heifer, which presents its own set of challenges.”
Q. Where is the red heifer?
A. “The cattle rancher is utilizing the technique of implanting the frozen embryos of the Red Angus cattle, which originally come from North America in Israeli domestic cattle.” – Link
Q. Should not God provide the Red Heifer?(from a commenter on this article, not my question)

What are some of the most burning questions you have? Why haven’t you sought the answers yet!