“When we arrived at the empty village, it turned out that already some while ago it had transformed itself into a gated community of the one-dimensional type. There were no rabid dogs, but it was impossible to get in without breaking something. Actually the border the place had developed to its environment was of several layers, a distance strip inside the high and tight fence, and a garbage belt running outside of it. There was no doorkeeper or notification system, but a waiting lounge. Although the latter is an exaggeration, there was kind of a makeshift construct whose strongest function consisted of remotely remembering of what it ought to be.”

“So we waited, and after a while one of the foreigners took us in. But they were reluctant to talk what had happened and said most of the inhabitants had simply not come back after they left. We were allowed to look around and there were spaces people had elaborately prepared for themselves, which had been used by other people, and made available to guests. But then something beyond description appeared to have happened and people left everything behind. All we could learn from the foreigners there was that they were reluctant to offer explanations. We found no signs of contamination or dead bodies. Nothing like this.”

“But with the border fence having been put up, as a security measure to protect themselves against hostilities from the environment, the population drain and its leftovers quickly came to dominate the entire structure. Apparently the fence had been erected as an unsuitable means against an unacceptable problem, and contributed so much to worsening it that memory of the causal origin was lost in social interaction or lack thereof. It still dominated the place, although for the danger which had apparently killed its inhabitants the fence seemed not to have been an obstacle to the decimation of the population.”

“All the foreigners were able to do is give us an explanation why we found no immediate trace of disease in this community. And that was because it is located in the middle of a vast tropical rainforest plateau, which only recently had been swarmed by corporate speculation and industrial exploitation. It seemed a bit as if time had come to a standstill. When inhabitants were longing for healing, they were going out to natural spaces, and when they were longing for community, they were returning to their social living place. When modern civilisation came in, they chose to become a gated settlement.”

“Then there came this threat they were not prepared for. Community members had made it a matter of proving their mutual trust in each other to put down their various individual defences for one collective defence in order to achieve a more empathic and relaxed life. But it also turned out to be a more reluctant and scared community once the much-praised collective defence became ineffective. And the usual recommendations against Zika were useless as well where open water reservoirs are indispensible. Everyone could see that urban chemical applications would achieve the same effect as rural metallurgical applications already had or worse.”

“Zika slipped in everywhere, and since it was a gated community there was no free immunity. The affected left in order to spare everyone else what had affected them and never came back. Within less than two years since the first larger occurrence of problematic pregnancies the entire village had literally emptied, because people left with or without packing up their belongings and with or without already being affected by the Zika infection. The inhabitants had only prepared against corporate thugs and measles. Given the damage profile, it appeared that Zika might have been deployed to deliberately put the community at a bad-or-worse choice.”

“There is no doubt that the infection had been brought into the area as a bioweapon by thugs under the order of a conglomerate of logging and mining corporations interested in destroying the community as an obstacle to their plans for exploitation. Various malignant diseases have deliberately been brought from places where they were running rampant into the rainforest as to try to decimate native inhabitants, with Zika and its nefarious effects on the reproduction cycle only being the latest instance. Had we not already been working on it it might have been overlooked that this of all things was the cause.”

“Although due to the modalities of their handling, once surrounding threats have been removed infection sites of the described type pose no immediate risks to visitors, because there are no decaying corpses around, their eventual revival depends on an outside condition of certainty that threats would not return. Basically, it does require the industrial operations for the purpose of the extension of which the bioweapon had been brought in to cease in order for a popular expectation of revival to grow. That would allow to avoid the above mentioned mistake.”

“Why did these community members throw together their pots a bit too early? Because they wanted to motivate each other. But how they tried that was not suitable. For these upping their bets everyone who would not follow up was a coward. That left all of them equally helpless when they were confronted with the failure of their collective measures against the kind of threat they were facing, in this case infection bearers getting through the holes in the fence. Behind the monopolised collective defence competition had left no immunity. Alone the risk of their children getting sick would make people sick.”

“How comes that these habits of corporate alienation have penetrated an indigenous community which confronts these forces at a bigger distance than most of the world population? It seemed that the fence was not the root cause. Nor was the peer pressure. They both are symptoms of infiltration. How could that have happened? To see that it is necessary to see the proportions in size. In populations of millions and billions a tiny community of a few dozen or hundred people may be far from an additive majority, but under circumstances can turn into a multiplier of good and evil alike. After drawing fresh material, Zika could have jumped from there to virtually everywhere.”

“With that in mind, the individual behaviour of its residents appears plausible in terms of social relations. They did not want to become a Zika threat to others. That is because they understood multiplication. It is remarkably simple: Where a danger cannot multiply, you rescue yourself first. The air plane goes down, each passenger is obliged to reach for the oxygen mask on their own before reaching it to others, because doing the latter would infringe upon their ability to do just that, nothing worse. Other if they would become a Zika community.”

“Hence, these people left not because they wanted to abandon the place, but because they did not want to be used against their own interests and instead wanted to prepare to take it back. Therefore the subtle impression of standstill. But what kind of mortgage could it be that, when lasting upon a place, would make it that it could only be successfully mastered after drawing strength elsewhere? This is another symptom of infiltration. Apparently the community suffered at least a microscopic form of hostile takeover before it experienced all the rest of civilised atrocities from thugs to epidemics.”

“Especially remarkable is one case of a foreigner who had joined the village after the erection of the fence. Her way can be reconstructed because when we surrounded the place we found her remains outside the fence. Apparently she woke up one morning, felt infected, and like her indigenous brethren packed up her belongings for a rainforest retreat. But when she realised that she could not survive an encounter with corporate thugs she turned around, took camp directly outside the fence, attached her stuff to it and dug herself a tunnel grave in which she died before it collapsed upon her dead body.”

Saturday, Oct 22nd 2016