I think we can all agree that we want to see the world a better place. We all live here after all so surely we don’t want to shit in our own nest? The differences arise from the size of our worlds.
For some people their world only contains one person. Others may visit their world on a ‘useful’ visa but they are all expendable, their visa expiring when they are no longer useful. Well-known uniterrarists include Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch.
Others populate their world with their family, either immediate or extended. Wealth, belongings, and resources are shared only within the family and protected from outsiders. These familiaterrarists include the Packer family, though they have, on occasion, given gifts to other worlds.
The xenoterrarists only allow people who are just like them in their world – people who look like them and talk like them and dress like them and belong to the same organisations as them. They fear other terrarists and avoid all contact with them. This includes people like Corey Bernardi.
The centriterrarists have a world that revolves around a single issue. They have many small worlds dedicated to different single goals like gun ownership, or growth at all costs. The Coalition government lives on one such world.
Whilst ostensibly holding out the hand of friendship, the religioterrarists only allow people who worship the same way as they do into their world. They have been known to try to infiltrate other worlds, and some see world domination as their goal. The Christians have been fighting and winning a battle against the Muslims for millennia but they are torn by factional fighting, and women are only given associate citizenship. There are some religioterrarists who want to change the old ways, who preach tolerance and compassion and inclusion, but they are often punished for so doing.
The natioterrarists have a world with very distinct boundaries determined by a line on a map or some geographical feature. They protect the edge of their world fiercely, though they give some safe passage to their shores whilst towing others away and incarcerating many more. Their criteria seem to depend on your mode of arrival, whether you said “Please Mr Morrison may I cross your golden river” before moving, and whether you are poor or scared enough to accept whatever conditions are imposed on you in silence. Scott Morrison is their fiercest warrior and he’s no wimp!
The corporaterrarists are the most feared group of all. Where the religioterrarists failed the corporaterrarists have succeeded in world domination. They do not own a world of their own but they have taken over the board of all the richest worlds and are now in the process of looting them of anything profitable. After they wring a world dry, they move onto emerging worlds where the looting continues.
And then we come to the poor, benighted omniterrarists, sometimes called universalists. Their world encompasses all worlds and the responsibility for their well-being. They try to keep an eye on every world and every individual living in that world. They try to fight for the collective common good and are often resisted by the very terrarists they are trying to help. The uni- and familiaterrarists see them as a distinct threat and have carried out a propaganda campaign to discredit every action by the omniterrarists to help the poor and disadvantaged worlds. The corporatists devote their huge resources to eliminating them by whatever means possible.
The omniterrarists are tired. Their hearts are breaking as they spin from one horror to the next, diverted and distracted and unable to make a concerted defence because they are fighting on so many fronts. But their numbers are growing. Their voice is getting louder. The ones who know are holding the fort as the young and disillusioned come to join them.
One candle in the darkness is hard to see. Millions of candles can light up all worlds.
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