It looked highly likely that conditions were ripe for to see the unfolding of that story in our world. In an earlier career at IBM, I remembered that we colloquially referred to the vast computer network we were constructing and assembling as “The Beast.” Coincidence perhaps. It was likely a determinant factor in my goal of not having a job during my year of travel, as an experiment, to see if it were possible to exist outside of society’s control. As the story goes, those not having the beast’s mark are not able to buy or sell. Not taking the mark meant not having money, or at least not using it in the traditional sense. I believed not having a job, put me out of the beast’s reach. But it did put me within reach of other’s who were intent upon escaping the beast’s clutch. As the Christian story unfolds it issues warnings of the dire consequences for those accepting the mark.
Besides this dark tale, was a similar unfolding story that held possibility of just as great consequence of opposite description. In this story, mankind’s spiritual progress would yield a new version of paradise. In this story we would all live in peace having supplanted our materialistic goals with those of the spiritual nature. I witnessed these two tales unwrapping in juxtaposition. In both matters spiritual sprang into prominence. So perhaps we were indeed entering the dawning of a new age, that brought spirit into play. I am penning this story with today’s dateline, but it reflects back to a state of mind, I faced while winding down the end of that first year’s experiment. These are similar thoughts I dwelled on then as I was coming to a decision about where to head after finishing my goal of not having a job for a year. As I get back to relating that tale, I will also expose underlying notions that influenced my choices.