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Eidolon Forest (Part 2) [***]

When this story left off, three corrupt animals were overseeing the rationing of wealth and responsibilities of the animals of Eidolon. 

In time, the animals once again saw that things just weren’t working out the way they had hoped and so they gathered together for yet another discussion. This time, an eagle came forward to present his plan. Instead of just proposing a leadership style, he also proposed a new kind of system. The system would be based on a series of “checks and balances”. He proposed having several groups of leaders, instead of just one or three, who looked after each other and the forest. Unlike before, these leaders would be given very minimal power over the other animals. This meant that the animals would need some additional means by which to regulate themselves. For this, he proposed an emphasis on the acquisition of wealth. He claimed that the failure of the other ways was that there had not been enough motivation for the animals to work hard. By allowing all animals the freedom to work as much or as little as they wanted and by allowing them to keep whatever wealth they acquired for themselves, all animals would have equal opportunity. The leaders would only be needed to ensure that no animals were cheating, stealing, or in some other way harming the other animals. Most of the animals thought that the eagle’s ideas were brilliant so they declared the new ideas as law and quickly put them into action.

The eagle’s plan did work and very well. Initially, the number of leaders was very small and their duties were minimal. As animals started having more and more problems, though, the leaders had to lead more and more. For instance, some animals tried to take land away from other animals. Since there was no way to determine which land was the property of which animal, the leaders couldn’t help. So, they created a new group of animals dedicated to defining and enforcing property lines. There was a lot of land to keep track of so this group of animals wasn’t left with any time to gather their own food and take care of their own needs. It was therefore decided that they would need a property tax. A property tax meant that any animal that owned property had to pay these animals a small amount of money based on how much land they owned. Also, as more and more animals traveled, more and more roads were needed. Since there was no one in charge of the roads, they were often confusing and difficult to travel on. It was decided that another group would be created to manage the roads. Like with the land management group, a new tax would be needed to pay these new leaders. Any animal with a wheelbarrow, cart, or other vehicle would need to pay a transportation tax.

The taxes were all very small at first. Most of the animals, with a few exceptions, didn’t mind paying them because they always got something in return. Besides the roads and the property, leadership groups were created to manage health care, elderly care, public safety, banks, public parks, long distance communications, and more. As the leadership groups increased so did the taxes. In time, some of the hardest working animals were giving away as much as half of their income toward taxes! Because of various programs, some of the laziest animals didn’t work at all and didn’t pay any taxes, but also got lots of free food and other stuff. 

Regardless of some of the obvious issues, most animals very much liked the system that had been proposed by the eagle many years prior. In fact most animals became so wealthy thanks to the system that work became much less about survival and much more about a means to gaining pleasure. Since the leaders seemed to have everything under control, most animals focused only on how to make themselves feel good. That’s all that any of them seemed to think about. Each was chasing after the latest fad or got-to-have-it-now gadget. Those that didn’t care about fads and gadgets sought pleasure through other means including relationships, chemical stimulants, and wild living.

As the number of animals in the forest increased, so did the number of leaders and so did the animals’ hunger for pleasure. The Maker became more of a “good idea” than an actual being. The animals did not acknowledge the Maker let alone obey the teachings from His Book or thank Him for creation. In their quest for self-gratification, their thinking became futile. All throughout the forest, things slowly unraveled. Children disrespected their parents. Husbands abandoned their wives and children. Birds abandoned their own kind to have relations with fish. The prisons became overcrowded and unable to hold all of the bad animals so many of the guilty were let go, only to commit more crimes. Weaker animals became slaves to the powerful, although mostly in secret.

In time, the memory of the eagle and other animals who founded this new form of leadership and their vision for it became distant and distorted. The new leaders had a new agenda. Instead of seeking to improve the lives of all of the animals of the forest, they sought only to improve their own lives. They passed laws, set up organizations, and spent tax money in ways that ultimately benefited themselves more than anyone else. As public figures, though, they always put a positive spin on their questionable actions. They justified, shifted blame, rationalized, and even made false promises like “We know it looks bad now. Just give it time to work itself out.” and “Together, we will make Eidolon a better place to live.” Worse than all this, though, is that only a few of the other animals even took notice. Most animals were just too busy seeking their own pleasure.

So what will happen next? When will the Maker return and punish the leaders and other pleasure-seekers for their evil ways? How long will the Maker allow the animals to continue down their self-destructive path? Will the number of the leaders and their power over the non-leaders swell to the point that the leaders are no longer leading and serving but are actually controlling and effectively enslaving the non-leaders? Will the non-leaders take their focus off of themselves long enough to stop the leaders from becoming tyrants and dictators? Will the Maker appear to one of the animals like He did in the past and direct that animal to deliver a message? Will enough of the animals call out to the Maker for help that He hears their cry and does something to fix the situation before it’s too late?

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Romans 1:21-25 NIV

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