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You'll never believe it!
by Phil Spickler
6 June 99

Well, hello!
      I've been off-line, in fact off-world, for the last week or so, and
have just returned after paying a visit to a clear planet.  That's right -- a
whole planet of cleared people.  It took awhile to find this place, but with
the help of a very fine search engine that has sworn me to silence
conecerning its call letters, they were able to find just what I was looking
for: namely, a planet that supports life forms that are exactly like the ones
we have here on Earth, with perhaps a few variations here and there as to
surface colors etc., but airbreathers, and on a planet about the same size as
ours with a sun in just the right position, and of course the other
requirement was that everybody there would be Clear.

       Well, I've just gotten back, and I can hardly wait to tell you what
I've observed and learned from this amazing experience.  First thing off, of
course, was I had to go into quarantine, 'cause they don't let just anybody
loose on this planet, being as how they're aware of the nature of contagion
of aberration, and therefore I had to stay in quarantine until, with the heip
of some of their pretty fancy technicians I was able once again to check out
Clear, at which point I was allowed pretty much the run of the place, having
informed the proper people that I was there to see just what effect having
everybody Clear on a planet would be like.

   'Course one of the things I quickly found out was that not everybody on
the planet wants to be Clear, and if they decide that that's not the life for
them, they send 'em here to Earth, which may have something to do with why
this planet seems to be so resistive to the idea.  Maybe it'd be a good idea
too if we sent everybody here who wants to be Clear to this other planet,
where everybody does want to be clear.

       Now of course there is some aberration on that planet, mostly in the
form of children, who, as they go through various stages of development,
often reach the conclusion that they don't want to be exactly like their
parents, namely Clear, but as I say, after a suitable period of time, if
their mind is made up not to be Clear, they send 'em here to Earth where they
can then engage in all the diverse possibilities that an unclear planet
offers to people.

      As you might expect, clearing has had quite an effect on certain
institutions that once were quite similar to ones we have here on our planet.
I speak now of things like various churches and religions, which ran into
quite a bit of trouble holding together when people got Clear.  For example,
they had a church not unlike our Catholic church here in the world, and when
their Pope took the plunge and became Clear, instead of just being a cleared
Catholic Pope, he took off all of his robes and laid down his scepter, said
goodbye to all the upper-level church officials, and went off and got married
and entered the music industry, where he's happily being a clear musician and

       Other professions have suffered enormously in this regard, namely,
the lawyers, and the politicians, and the military people, and the doctors
and the psychiatrists and all the groups that gain their identity by handling
all the problems that an unclear society engenders.

       One group that's still doing very, very well is the people who are in
charge of helping people to get Clear, and then dealing with the large
numbers of people who complain at different times that they don't feel Clear.
So that still remains a very active field or profession.

      People on this planet of course still play games, the kind where
there's a winner and a loser, and I spent quite a bit of time observing
Clears as winners and Clears as losers. Now as you know, a Clear is supposed
to have pretty good access to the Tone Scale, and to express the emotion
that's appropriate to what's happening.  Therefore, some of the Clears, if
they lose a game of tennis or baseball, might look pretty dark and moody and
angry, some even griefy, and yet as Clears they could usually after a certain
amount of time come back uptone again and not get into playing these games at
low tone levels where you're always wishing that your opponent would come to
some great harm or die or lose his ability to hold a tennis racket or see the
baseball or whatever so that you had all these destructive purposes when you
were playing.

        I'd have to say that when these Clears were playing, there was quite
a bit of spirit of play about the game, and competence without all the heavy
dark intentions present that we sometimes see in Earth games.  On the other
hand, if these Clears play these games long enough, unless they get
rehabilitated, they start to look and sound aberrated.  But since there are
certain laws and customs on this planet, anyone that exhibits such behavior,
or "case," must voluntarily or otherwise get fixed up again so that they can
check out Clear in order to enjoy the full benefits of the society.

       I'm not sure that this provision totally indicated to yours truly,
and was one of the things that left a less-than-happy taste in my mouth, so
to speak, as I reflected upon this visit.

      In my next posting I hope to tell a lot more about this clear planet,
and how it's organized, and what everybody does that may or may not be
different than it is here on our Earth, and I hope you'll find it as
interesting as I did.

       See you soon -- all the best, Phil

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