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Eidolon Forest (Part 1) [**]

In the beginning, the Maker created an enormous forest and He called it Eidolon. He created the trees and bushes, the streams and rivers, and the hills and the valleys. He populated Eidolon with many kinds of animals: birds, foxes, bears, rabbits, fish, and more. In the early days, the Maker walked among the animals of Eidolon teaching them how to live and how to benefit the most from the forest and from each other. The Maker commanded some of the animals to write down his words in the Book. All animals that lived according to the ways of the Book prospered. As the number of animals increased, the Maker walked among them less often. His plan was that the younger animals would learn from the Book and the older animals. As time progressed and the animals of Eidolon continued to multiply, many of the animals forgot about the Maker and his Book. They heard stories about Him and His Book but believed them to be just that, stories. 

During the ancient days of Eidolon, the animals had needed to rely on the Maker for guidance in everything from farming to clothing. They also needed instructions about right and wrong. During the later times that the animals referred to as the “progressive era” or “modern times”, the animals relied mostly on themselves. In those times, the animals chose to do things their own way and in their own time without guidance from the Maker. Some remembered the Maker and His Book and turned to Him for guidance, but these animals were small in number and were often made fun of for being “old fashioned” or “narrow minded”. Some of the ancient traditions established by the Maker, like marriage and observing a weekly day of rest, carried on independently of the Maker, but most were abandoned in favor of more progressive ideas.

Even while abandoning many ancient traditions as they transitioned from the ancient days into the modern times, the animals could easily see that by working together, instead of apart, they could have even greater benefits. Since the animals disregarded the Maker and his Book and since every animal focused mostly on him or her self, accomplishing anything as a group proved to be very difficult. 

So, some of the animals got together to discuss this and decided that they needed a leader, someone to offer direction and guidance. They decided the best kind of leader would be strong and would demand obedience to a common way. A certain lion was chosen as their leader. Yes, the lion was quite strong and did not tolerate disobedient animals. For a while, most of the animals worked hard and all prospered. Unfortunately, the lion grew hungry for more power. He began abusing certain animals and forcing them to be his personal slaves. A leader must lead after all, and he must not be bothered with mundane tasks like gathering food or cleaning himself. Most of the animals didn’t want to be the lion’s slaves of course, but those that refused were eaten by the lion! So, most animals complied, if only out of fear.

During the reign of the lion, the Maker appeared to a certain muskrat in a dream and gave him a message to deliver to the other animals. The muskrat did as requested and began sharing the message. He told all who would listen about the Maker’s better plan, one that did not require any animal to be subjected to abuse or slavery. Once the lion heard of this, he ate the muskrat!

In time, the animals of Eidolon grew weary of the abusive leadership of the lion. They decided the best kind of leader would be strong but also compassionate. A certain bear was chosen as their leader. Yes, the bear was quite strong and yet very tolerant. For a while, most of the animals worked hard and all prospered. Most of the animals liked the bear’s leadership at first and gladly complied. The lazy and disobedient animals quickly learned, however, that if they disobeyed the bear, there were no consequences. Initially, only these few animals disobeyed, but the other animals soon took notice and decided that doing things their own way seemed to be much easier. Eventually, so many animals were doing things their own way that it was as if they had no leader at all.

During the reign of the bear, the Maker went to a certain pheasant and gave her a message to deliver to the other animals. The pheasant went and told all who would listen about the Maker’s better plan, one where everyone worked to the best of their ability regardless of the reward or consequence. Although the animals, including the bear, listened to this message, they didn’t care enough to actually do anything about it.

Eventually realizing that the bear was leading the forest into poverty, the animals gathered together to determine the best course of action. After much discussion, they determined that just one leader was not adequate. No, they needed everyone to be a leader, as one united community. As a community, they would share all work and all possessions equally. The hard workers would earn the same wages as the lazy or sick workers. Since not all animals are equal (some are bigger than others, some are stronger than others, and some eat more than others), things quickly got confusing and it was decided that certain animals needed to be appointed to allocate the work, food, and possessions appropriately. A boar, a rat, and a peacock were made overseers of this and things did improve… for a while. Some animals of Eidolon were greedy for more than their share of the wealth. A small number of the animals were friends and relatives of the three overseers so they began asking for favors. It wasn’t long before nearly all boars, rats, and peacocks in the forest were getting more of the wealth than the others while also doing less of the work.

During the reign of three overseers, the Maker went to a certain tortoise and gave him a message to deliver to the other animals. The tortoise went and told all who would listen about the Maker’s better plan, one where all of the able workers cheerfully gave to the sick and elderly animals out of the abundance of their wealth. The overseers became angry at this and had the tortoise put in jail claiming that he was being divisive and radical.

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