Once upon a time, deep beneath Siberian ice, there existed a
glass-domed city. Its tall cathedrals, minarets, and temples looked as
if aiming for the sky. As the city had been specifically constructed
to engineer the best society possible, this, symbolically at least,
was true. Privileged children from around the world were immediately
given up to this city below the ice – which was actually very warm
indeed – where it was said they would be brought up to live socially
productive and utterly fulfilling lives.
Provided with the most comfortable and sensual environment there
existed, they were schooled in the art of negotiation and rhetoric,
profitable and healthy living and hygiene in all its forms.
One day, someone entered the city by deception. Touring the city
undercover, he filmed the unsuspecting inhabitants going about their
daily lives. When he later showed the film to the outside world, there
was great fascination, awe, and outcry.
Examined in the light of the day, the city-beneath-the-ice-dwellers
were shown to be no different from the other humans. The only
difference being the outside world’s view of them, as if they were
designated containers for humanity’s need for ideals.
The resulting furor caused them to be brought cruelly over ground, and
the city –demoted to “no better than a cave” – was abandoned to the
elements. It is said, that it suffered the most unlikely outcome
possible: the city spontaneously combusted and the dome, giving way to
the ice above, caved-in.
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