By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON
Rout Logger’s Group: To Save Spaceship Earth is a work in progress. While settings, plots, theories, objects, and narratives in this novel may be loosely analogous to the same that have happened in various realities, the names, actions, and attributions of characters cast herein are fictional. All parts of this novel will be published in the Effective Learning Report at various intervals on the Internet, subject to revision at any time, hopefully culminating in a final print edition offered to the public.
Copyright 2020 by Effective Learning Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this Internet novel may be copied or printed on paper without permission. Share on the Internet as you wish.
To refresh yourself about what happened in earlier episodes, go to the following website addresses:
Internet Episode 1, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-part-1/.
Internet Episode 2, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-2/.
Internet Episode 3, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-three/.
Internet Episode 4, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-four/.
A list of names of forty cast members with a short biographical blurb about each is presented in Internet Episode 1.
INTERNET EPISODE SEVEN
After the advent of Covid-19 Rout Logger decided to discontinue the Spaceship Earth group project in its present format after considering several options and consulting with the group donors. After cancelling meetings in April, May, and June of 2020, Rout notified the group members of his decision in this email message:
“July 1, 2020
“Dear Spaceship Earth Group Members,
“After giving the matter considerable thought while consulting with the group donors, I have decided the best option is to permanently discontinue operations of this group because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I appreciate your participation and the contributions of each of you to our group meetings. In my opinion, and in the opinion of the group donors, the project was a success, achieving several of the goals set at the beginning, a major one being to demonstrate how Earthian humans from disparate walks of life can learn how not to play psychological Games in discussion groups, while co-constructing better time structuring patterns, transactional patterns, life positions, and scripts for dealing with existential problems.
“A final five-thousand-dollar bank deposit has been made to the bank account of each of you as a form of severance pay. I intended to continue the group for a few years, but the Covid-19 virus made that infeasible using a face-to-face format in real reality.
“I and the donors seriously considered establishing some sort of zoom-like process wherein this group would continue to meet in virtual reality using computers and the Internet, after furnishing each of you a home computer to use for group meetings, but we ultimately decided not to do it.
“The donors and I however have decided to pursue the development of a new computer program for audio-visual virtual reality Internet group discussion. We have formed a new corporation, Spaceship Earth, Inc., designed to research, develop, and produce new computer code and programming for such a system. We have hired several technical experts in this field who are now working on the project, funded by the donors.
“The Spaceship Earth virtual reality computer system will be able to accommodate forty group members who will be shown simultaneously around the perimeters of computer screens in the homes of group members. A digital Truther rooster, replete with rooster-crowing audio, positioned in the center of the screen, will be spun to digitally randomly-select Leaders of the Moment for all meetings as we did manually in our group sessions. After the rooster crowing ceases the Truther-selected leader will be enlarged on the screen as s/he does what leaders did in response to the spinning arrow of The Truther landing on them in our hotel room meetings: Define the problem(s), delineate and discuss alternatives, and make recommendations.
“A procedure will be programmed into the system that will enable participants to digitally raise their hands to respond to the Truther-selected leader of the moment. The first hand to go up will speak next, and other respondents will speak in the order in which they raised their hands, using the same procedure we used in our hotel room meetings regarding time allowed for speaking. No speaker will be interrupted before s/he decides to stop speaking, provided my counterpart, a Rout Logger-like moderator for the group, does not decide a speaker is playing a psychological Game conducting a filibuster-like sabotage, such as used in the USian senate, malevolently trying to destroy Adult democratic discussion using ulterior Parent and Child ego state transactions. Should this happen, the group moderator will loudly clang a cowbell to stop the speaking. The group member attempting to destroy democracy will be muted and removed from the screen if s/he persists with this behavior.
“We hope to have the computer system up and running in few months, at which time we will provide the system to Spaceship Earth democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth that will download the new computer system for their group members, who will use a Game-free process analogous to what we used in hotel room real face-to-face meetings, to facilitate Adult democratic discussions of psychological, social, economic, religious, and political states of affairs among group members from all walks of life, primarily to prevent Earthian human extinction caused by human-caused global warming, climate change, and nuclear war, caused by obsolete and dangerous authoritarian human feeling, thinking, understanding, believing, and doing.
“While there is no way this virtual reality computer-based system using the Internet can be as effective producing the above results as real reality face-to-face meetings it can produce some of the same results, and it could potentially involve large numbers of people around Spaceship Earth in relatively short order.
“Please consider starting a Spaceship Earth democracy chapter where you live when we get the new computer system operational.
“Thanks again for your group participation and contributions toward making this democracy project a reality.
“Best wishes to you all.
TO BE CONTINUED…