The World of "Vision Speak"
The story is set three and a half centuries in the future, after devastating wars and terrorism have plagued the earth and a controlling world government administers many aspects of citizens' lives, including their spiritual practices.
When I was first writing “Vision Speak”, I was plagued by questions like: Why are we here? Why can’t we live in harmony? Why is there so much senseless violence in the world? Why do spiritual practices, cultural background, religious beliefs seem to be at the heart of these conflicts? Since then we've experienced a global pandemic and frightening polarization and dissension even in areas of the world we assumed to be stable and democratic.
Included here are summaries of key institutions or cultural norms at play in "Vision Speak". Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Dystopian fiction or whatever you want to call it, aside from the entertainment value, can help us look at what is happening in our world today and extrapolate into the future. What might be the consequences if we continue on our current path?
People's United Republic of Earth
The People's United Republic of Earth (PURE) has world governors in regions throughout the planet.
PURE society and laws were constructed to protect man from himself, to ensure that never again will fanatics and terrorists reign...
At the heart of the Republic is the Spiritual Center which houses every great religion, philosophy and belief system in the history of man - or at least the version of those beliefs that conforms to the PURE governance.
The Cult of Armageddon
The Cult of Armageddon was born in the dark days of post-nuclear holocaust when millions around the world were sick and homeless, searching for answers. Out of the anarchy, Samuel was born, the original leader and author of the Holy Journals of our Trial - their bible.
Vision Speak Group
The catalog entry at the Spiritual Center describes Vision Speak as: "..a personal exploration of human spiritual potential. Through deep meditation and training, participants may experience an enlightenment achieved by reaching into the unconscious mind and ultimately, the symbiotic spiritual realm to which we are all connected."