Because this story will be impossible for anyone from your time period to believe, the only way I can be sure it
will reach people is to present it as a work of fiction.  However, before I begin I must insist that every word here
is true--these events did (or will) actually happen--and it is imperative for the future of humanity that my warning
be taken seriously.  I would not be putting time itself in jeopardy by revealing aspects of the future to you unless it
was absolutely necessary--and as you will come to see, it is.
       However, I do not know much about temporal matters and will therefore do my best to refrain from
divulging any unnecessary or superfluous information.  The last thing I would want is for the publication of this
article to somehow result in the prevention of my own existence, and thus the existence of this article as well.  I do
not know what the results of such a paradox would be, but I would rather not take any unnecessary risks.  
Therefore I will not reveal my own identity, the time period in which I am from, or any details about my mission.  
Only the most relevant facts can be told.
      So I can not tell you exactly when the Synthians will reach Earth, but only that it will be very soon.  The radio
signals from our planet that have been hurtling out into space for decades at the speed of light have already
reached their home world, and as soon as they became aware of our existence, they dispatched a fleet of vessels
to make contact.  Their arrival will mark the most historic day in earth’s history, and will be followed by a short
period of massive anxiety and apprehension until it becomes clear that the aliens do not intend to harm us—-at
least not in a violent sense.
      The Synthians bear a remarkably similar appearance to humans considering their radically different
physiology.  Unlike Earth, most of the mobile species on their planet including the Synthians themselves are
composed of plant cells rather than animal cells.  This makes them green and hairless, although like us they are bi-
pedal with opposable thumbs and heads containing organs for sight and hearing.  They have an oral opening but
this is used solely for speech.  Because the Synthians are composed of plant cells, they do not require food for
sustenance, but merely light which their bodies photosynthesize into energy--which is why we call them Synthians.
      Their lack of need for food is one of the reasons space travel is so unproblematic for them.  Although they
can not surpass the speed of light they can sustain themselves in space almost indefinitely, and their life spans are
so long that a journey of centuries does not require multiple generations to complete as it would for us.  So when
their satellites picked up the radio signals coming from Earth, it was not long before they sent a fleet to carry out
what they see as their primary mission: to spread their religious faith.
      Almost immediately after the process of introducing themselves and learning our languages was complete,
they dispersed members of their species all over the planet to gather followers.  In addition to personally
preaching their religion to all who would listen, our own television satellites were occasionally used to transmit their
messages, which would always cut into normal programming and serve to greatly aggravate both viewers and
broadcasters alike.
      As you would expect, the Synthians were not very popular among our species when they first arrived.  
Because of their superior technology, there was a great deal of mistrust which dissipated over time as their
intentions became clearer.  They did not mean to invade and take over our planet but merely convert every
inhabitant to their religion.  However, most people of Earth remained devoted to their own faith, and saw the
Synthians as a massive religious cult.
      But over time the Synthians did manage to gain a considerable number of human followers, thanks to three
distinct advantages that belonged to their religion.  The first of these advantages was age.  Nobody knows exactly
how long the Synthians have gone by their current belief system but we know it has existed for tens of thousands,
perhaps even hundreds of thousands of earth years.  Second, there was no discernible dispute amongst the
Synthians themselves that their beliefs were true.  As far as anyone knew, every last Synthian shared the same
beliefs.  Such overwhelming agreement over spiritual matters stood in stark contrast to the religions of earth,
where even within each individual faith there were countless denominations following different interpretations.  
Finally, the Synthians were able to perform certain demonstrations that seemed to prove their beliefs true.  While
many at first simply dismissed these miracles as the product of more advanced technology, it certainly did appear
that the Synthians could manipulate reality with their minds.
      After being inundated with thousands of unwelcome broadcasts in which the Synthians would turn solid into
liquid, disappear and reappear instantly in another location, hover in mid-air, and perform innumerable tasks that
our science had deemed impossible, even the most sceptical individuals were forced to consider whether the
Synthians actually were, as they claimed, the species chosen by the Creator to spread the knowledge of His
existence to anyone capable of understanding.
      It was in this atmosphere of open-mindedness towards the Synthian position that I was given the assignment
that would completely alter the course of my life.  I had already firmly established myself as a journalist before the
Synthians even arrived, and when the head of my broadcasting company decided to voluntarily give the Synthians
a chance to deliver their message on our station, I was selected to perform the interview.  His official reason was
to have the Synthians agree to stop hi-jacking our air-waves, though it later became known that he had already
converted to the Synthian faith before making the agreement.
      I was taken by shuttle to the lead ship in the fleet, and brought before the Synthian in charge of the
missionaries that had been dispatched to earth.  As an atheist, I was going into the interview from a particularly
unsympathetic position, and I must confess to the foolish hope that I would somehow be able to logically convince
them that their religion was misguided and they ought to leave our people alone to believe what we wanted to
believe.
      What follows is an exact transcript of the interview that was broadcast around the world to billions of human
minds:

Question:  What would you say is the central tenet of the Synthian belief system?
Response:  Many galactic rotations ago, when the Synthians were a much more primitive race than we currently
are, the Creator revealed itself to us through one of our own, whose name roughly translates to the English word
for Truth.  Truth was able to see deeper into the nature of reality than any who came before him, and he could
discern how everything in the universe springs from the imagination of a higher mind.  This is the Creator, who
thinks and imagines like all forms of intelligence, but with no limit to its knowledge or powers of Creation.  The
existence of this being is the central tenet of our faith.
Q:  The existence of such a higher power is the central tenet of almost all of earth’s religions.  What makes your
Creator different from the various ideas of God that we find in the faiths of human beings?
R:  In our travels throughout space we have encountered many intelligent species, all of which have their own
ideas about the Creator.  That this being exists is rarely disputed, but when it comes to understanding its nature, all
other species are plagued by false ideas.  Only the Synthians understand the true nature of God—-as you call it—-
because God has only revealed itself to us, through Truth.
Q:  Many of our religions have similar beliefs.  How would you respond to a Christian, who believes that God has
revealed himself only to us, through Jesus?
R:  There are innumerable religions in the galaxy with a similar story of God’s revelation of himself through a
medium, and it may be that the actual Creator was also trying to reveal himself through these individuals, but in
each case the medium interprets this knowledge through his own personal beliefs and desires and the real message
becomes lost in the translation.  Truth was able to filter out all of his pre-existing beliefs and deliver the message of
the Creator in its purest form.
Q:  And what is that message?
R:  That the Creator exists and it cares about its creation.  Intelligent species are the most important element in the
reality it has made, and thus all intelligent species have a responsibility to behave according to the Creator’s will.  
Through Truth, the Synthians were provided with a moral code by which to live, and given the unending mission to
seek out those who have not heard the word and provide them with the code.
Q:  What is the code?
R:  There are three principles by which we all must live.  First, because the purpose of our existence is to
appreciate the creation, we must always credit the existence of all things to the Creator.  To doubt its existence or
deny that there is any intelligence behind the universe is deeply offensive to the Creator.  Second, because the
power structures that exist come directly from the mind of the Creator, we must respect those structures and
always obey those with superior power.  Finally, because the Creator deserves as much credit as possible for its
creation, we must share our awareness of the truth with all those capable of understanding.  That is why we are
here today.
Q:  If a person chooses not to live by this moral code, what are the consequences?
R:  The Creator brings existence and the Creator can take it away.  Those that exist according to the Creator’s
will are allowed to continue their existence eternally.  When the body ceases to function, the memories of the
individual are retained by the Creator and become a part of it.  The Creator has no desire to welcome into itself
those who choose not to live according to its wishes, and thus when their bodies die nothing of their experience is
salvaged.
Q:  Forgive me, but all of this sounds remarkably similar to Christianity.
R:  Many theologians on many planets have guessed at the true nature of reality and have come very close,
including your Christians.  However, there has never been any instance of proof except among our people.
Q:  And what constitutes that proof?
R:  When Truth was able to understand the nature of the Creator, he understood that he was a part of it, and
through that understanding was able to harness some of its power.  Truth was able to manipulate reality simply
through imagination, as all reality springs from the imagination of the Creator.  In turn, he taught others how to use
that power and the Synthians have been using it ever since.
[At this point, the Synthian outstretches his hand and a ball of light begins to form above his palm.  The ball
continuously changes colour while its size and brightness pulsate.  Soon, the ball collapses into a liquid and the
Synthian catches the drops with his hand.  He asks me to hold out my hand, and he pours the liquid onto my palm
to prove that the substance is real.]
As you can see, this contradicts everything that your supposed laws of physics would deem possible.  You say
that matter can not be created or destroyed but here we have the creation of new matter.  The liquid substance in
your hand right now did not exist in any form before I imagined it into the universe just now.
Q:  That certainly is impressive, but I wouldn’t call it proof of anything, at least not that your Creator exists as you
imagine it.
R:  There are those who will not accept the truth even when they are confronted face to face with it.  Such is the
curse of intelligence.
Q:  Okay, then if the Creator did create everything and wants us to know about it, why would it even allow us to
doubt?  Why couldn’t it create all intelligent species with the knowledge of its existence already built into us?  If it
wants us to behave according to its will, why not imagine us so that we’re incapable of doing otherwise?
R:  We are not unfamiliar with these questions, but unfortunately the Creator did not provide us directly with
answers.  We were therefore forced to guess, and it took some time before we arrived at the true answer.  For
awhile it was believed that the first intelligent species
were created with innate knowledge of their Creator, but
over time the Creator grew weary and dreamed up a new type of intelligent being that was capable of doubting
this knowledge.  The Creator saw little value in reverence if it imposed such reverence on its own creation.  What
we now understand is that intelligence itself can not exist unless it has the freedom to choose its own beliefs.  
Without that freedom it is not actually intelligence but merely a collection of knowledge.  The Creator is interested
primarily in intelligent species because intelligent species are what most resemble itself.  And because the Creator
has the freedom to imagine as it wills, so too must intelligent species have the freedom to believe as they will.
Q:  But even though the Creator has imagined us with the freedom to choose our own beliefs, it wants our beliefs
to conform to its own?
R:  Precisely.  Its own beliefs are the truth, and it wants us to believe the truth.
Q:  But how can you be certain that any of this is the truth?
R:  Certainty is not something we are searching for.  We already have certainty.  The existence of the Creator and
its will regarding intelligent species are the most certain aspects of our lives.  Just look at the wide spectrum of
beliefs that your people hold.  If there is such vast disagreement among your religions, how can anyone claim that
theirs is the truth?  On the other hand, our species knows the truth, and there is no disagreement among us at all.  
That is because our faith is not a matter of interpreting ideas but of learning facts.  The revelation of the Creator
through Truth is an undisputed fact, the veracity of which can be demonstrated by any Synthian at any time.
Q:  But aren’t you disproving your own point?  If your certainty is based on the fact that there is no dispute, how
can you justify it in the face of all of these other intelligent species in the galaxy, including our own, who don’t
share your beliefs?  There is dispute, and we’re the ones disputing you!
R:  That is only a matter of time.  Once the people of your planet come to understand that the Synthian faith is not
merely one possible explanation for the existence of the cosmos but
the only explanation, you will share in our
certainty.
Q:  But how can anything be known for certain?  Nothing can be proven beyond
all doubt.
R:  Can you doubt your own existence?  Can you doubt that you are currently experiencing frustration?  Can you
doubt that adding five and five will result in ten?
Q:  These are truths of an entirely different nature…
R:  Not at all.  Try as you might you will never disprove your own existence, otherwise you would not even exist
to disprove it.  Deny your own frustration and you will only be caught in more frustration.  Keep adding five and
five until the end of time and the result will always be ten.  Our knowledge of the Creator is precisely the same—
an absolute certainty.
Q:  That’s impossible.
R:  I believe I have said all that needs to be said.  Thank you for allowing us the chance to defend our beliefs
against your doubts.  I can say with confidence that in time you will be able to overcome the flaws in your logic
and know the truth just as deeply as we do.
Q:  Well...then I guess we’re done.  Thanks for sharing your beliefs with us.  I would like to urge our people to
consider them very carefully before choosing whether or not to accept them.

The interview was a global disaster.  The plea I made to my fellow humans to consider the issues carefully was
woefully unrealistic.  While many were able to see that the Synthians had not proven their position, the only aspect
of the debate that registered to the majority of viewers was the confident, assured nature of the Synthian leader in
contrast to my own all-too-visible frustration.  The result was that most of the people who had previously
dismissed the Synthian faith without any thought were now at least open to the possibility that they could be right,
which was all the Synthians needed.
      The next few months saw the new religion begin to take hold of the world’s population like a plague.  In
virtually every city across the globe a Synthian temple was constructed, and Synthian missionaries roamed the
streets spreading their propaganda and performing their miracles.  Because I felt personally responsible for the
growing alien influence over our culture, I worked furiously to publish article after article disputing nearly every
aspect of the religion.  It was during this time that my boss revealed his conversion and told me that if I insisted on
spreading lies and doubt I had no place at his television station, and I was forced to leave.
      I was just about ready to give up hope entirely when I returned home one day shortly thereafter to find a
female Synthian waiting for me.  Startled at the presence of my unwelcome guest, I shouted at her to get out and
leave me alone, but she spoke very calmly and told me she was there to help.  She claimed that she was not of the
Synthian faith and did not approve of what her species was doing.  I’m not certain why, but in spite of my growing
animosity toward the Synthians, I was inclined to trust her.
      After a brief dialogue I agreed to accompany her to her vessel, a rogue Synthian ship that had followed the
others on the voyage to Earth without being detected.  As I still considered myself a journalist, I brought a
recording device with me.  Here is the transcript of the interview I conducted with her once I reached their vessel:

Question:  First of all, I and just about every other human being were led to believe that there was no
disagreement among the Synthian people over spiritual matters.  You’re telling me that’s not the case?
Response:  That is correct.  There is always doubt when it comes to spiritual matters.  Even if most Synthians are
adept at suppressing their doubt to the point where they do not even recognise it, it still exists.  Those of us on this
vessel are among the few who choose to embrace that doubt and question the certainty the others claim to have.
Q:  So you don’t believe in the Creator?
R:  On the contrary.  We know that a Creator exists.
Q:  But you just said you doubted the Synthian religion.
R:  Like all religions there are elements of truth and elements of falsehood.  The Synthians are correct about some
things but wrong about others.
Q:  What do you believe they got right?
R:  Perhaps it would be easiest if I started by explaining
our position.
Q:  Please do.
R:  I take it you are familiar with the concept of a collective consciousness?
Q:  I think so.
R:  The most obvious examples would be among certain species of animals on your planet.  In a colony of ants,
for example, each individual ant carries out its own task instinctively but knows nothing of the purpose of the
colony as a whole.  The colony itself has a will of its own, made up of the collective wills of each organism
comprising it.  The same principles are operating in a flock of birds or a school of fish, which seem to behave as
though guided by a single centre of awareness rather than by countless individual minds each with a will of its
own.  What you may not realise is that this phenomenon constitutes the very nature of consciousness.
Q:  What do you mean?  That
all consciousness is collective?
R:  As far as we know, yes.  Everything operates under the principles of collective consciousness.  The parts give
rise to something greater than the whole.  Your mind, which you perceive as a distinct, individual thing, is actually
the collective awareness of every cell in your body, each of which has its own form of awareness.
Q:  And each cell’s consciousness is composed of the awareness of each of its parts?
R:  Precisely.  As far as we can tell it just keeps going on like that.  Even molecules, atoms, and their composite
parts have a very basic form of consciousness, which manifest themselves as a positive, negative, or neutral
charge.  In fact all of reality springs from awareness.  Every force in the universe is the result of some form of
conscious will.
Q:  So you’re saying electrons orbit protons because they
choose to?
R:  In a sense, yes.  Obviously they have a much simpler form of awareness than we have on our level, which is
why their behaviour is so predictable.  Of course even the behaviour of subatomic particles is not completely
predictable, which is evidence of their proto-consciousness.
Q:  Is that how you’re able to manipulate reality?
R:  Precisely.  We have techniques for aligning the conscious will of simple substances to conform to our own.  
Most of us believe this is a gift from the Creator, but anyone who understands the basic principles can do it
whether they have faith or not.
Q:  So what role does the Creator play?
R:  Just as we can control simpler substances, the Creator has control over us.  Just as your mind is a collection of
the minds which compose it, it is also part of a grander collective whose beliefs and behaviour shape your own
just as you shape it.
Q:  You’re saying there’s a collective consciousness made up of every human mind?
R:  At one level, yes.  But consciousness always operates on an infinite number of levels.  Even now our individual
minds are giving rise to a collective consciousness comprising the two of us, which is itself part of the collective of
everyone on this ship, and further on to every intelligent being in the universe.  But the collective of every human
mind is of the utmost importance, as it is this collective which the Synthians are currently putting in jeopardy.
Q:  What do you mean?
R:  When the Synthians refer to ‘the Creator’ they are actually thinking of the collective consciousness of every
Synthian.  This consciousness is in fact what created Synthian existence as we know it.  Through its own
imagination, our species has become what it is.
Q:  All right, it’s starting to seem that all of this is just a more complicated version of what your leader told me.  
Why should I believe your story of a collective consciousness any more than their story about Truth and the divine
moral code?
R:  The other Synthians make the mistake of attributing the Creator with characteristics it lacks.  They believe it is
omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, when in reality it is none of these things.  It is true that each Synthian
mind is part of it and thus it knows all that Synthians know, but that is the limit of its knowledge.  Every act on the
part of a Synthian is an act of the Creator, but that is the limit of its power.  The will of the Creator is not separate
and superior to the will of each individual, but the result of the collective will.  In a way it is subservient.  
Furthermore, the Creator consciousness itself is merely a tiny part of a grander consciousness, which itself must
only be a part of something grander, and on to infinity.
Q:  You still haven’t convinced me why I should believe you.
R:  We do not expect you to believe, as we have not yet shown you the evidence.  All we require at this point is
your understanding.
Q:  I’m having a difficult time with that as well.  You’re saying the God of the Synthians is actually just their
collective consciousness, which also created them?
R:  In a manner of speaking, yes.  Just as the God of humans is merely the collective consciousness of all human
beings.  In a sense, what any of us refers to as “God” or “Creator” is actually consciousness itself.  It creates and
experiences simultaneously.
Q:  Then is everything subjective?  Is the universe composed only of ideas or is there really a physical world of
matter?
R:  We do not know, but we understand that whether reality is fundamentally mental or physical makes no
difference in how we experience it.
Q:  All right, so the Synthians are mistaken in their interpretation of God.  Why does that put the human collective
consciousness in jeopardy?
R:  The Synthians travel to every planet they find harbouring intelligent life and convert the inhabitants to their
faith.  This essentially makes the other collectives subservient to the Synthian collective.
Q:  Why does that matter?
R:  We do not believe there is any good in only looking at the universe in one way.  We see value in a wide variety
of perspectives from which to view the cosmos.  We value diversity and imagination.  The Synthian position seeks
to eliminate diversity by assimilating all consciousness into one perspective and one strict code of values.
Q:  The divine moral code?
R:  Precisely.  It is a work of pure genius.  Believe what we believe.  Obey us.  And convince others to believe
and obey.  It is a nearly flawless formula that has absorbed countless cultures into its narrow view.
Q:  So the Synthian God becomes ever more powerful as the collective wills of every other species are wiped
away?
R:  I am pleased that you understand so well.
Q:  Then I guess you want me to spread the word?  To tell everyone this story about collective consciousness and
convert them to your way of thinking?
R:  Not exactly.  Our existence cannot be revealed to anyone or it could jeopardize our entire movement.  We
chose you because we knew you had an open mind, as your interview with our leader and subsequent articles
demonstrated.  Once you were let go from your broadcasting company it became safe to appeal to you, as we
can now be certain you will not broadcast the knowledge we have given you.
Q:  So you
don’t want me to preach your beliefs?
R:  No.  Our beliefs are our own.  They are what distinguish us.  We who hold these beliefs are the only beings in
the universe who view reality from our particular perspective.  It constitutes the greatest strength of our collective.
Q:  But isn’t your collective part of the Synthian collective?
R:  Yes and no.  There is a part of our Creator that doubts what it believes.  We constitute that doubt.
Q:  So what do you want me for?
R:  As more of your people convert to the Synthian faith, your collective consciousness—-your God—-will
eventually become subservient to the Synthian God.  It will believe as the Synthian Creator does but will be
plagued by the doubt of the unbelievers.  We only manage to exist because nobody knows about us.  The
Synthian collective is aware of the doubt that we bring to it but it has no way to eliminate it without knowing the
source.  But when it takes over another planet, those who doubt do so openly, and to eliminate the doubt,
violence is usually used.
Q:  You’re saying there’s danger of a global war?
R:  The war is inevitable if the Synthians succeed.  We have seen it happen on countless worlds.  Once the
majority of the population is converted it does whatever it can to eliminate those who refuse to believe.  That is
why the Synthians boast the total lack of dispute over the truth of their beliefs—-they simply eliminate each
consciousness that does not share those beliefs, and in that way the collective consciousness is purged of virtually
all doubt.
Q:  How do I stop this?
R:  Unfortunately, at this point we have never successfully averted a planetary conversion, so you must be aware
that your chances are not good.  However, we have resolved to continue trying until we learn to succeed, even if it
takes thousands of attempts.  We hope that you will choose to help us in spite of the futility.  If you do, we have
two methods that we currently believe will provide the best chances for success.  First, we have the ability to
communicate with other time periods.  We can not send people to the past but we can send information.  With
our help you can warn your people of the impending spiritual crisis before it even begins.
Q:  Why couldn’t you just send a message back to your own people before Truth made his prophecies and the
whole thing began?
R:  The further back in time we send a message, the greater the risk of severely damaging the space-time
continuum, the deepest nature of which even
we know nothing about.  To send such a message could do
irreparable harm to the universe.  Some even believe that it was a message from the future that gave Truth the
knowledge he needed to manipulate reality and spread his ideas in the first place.
Q:  So this entire reality could be the result of a temporal accident?
R:  Or something done to the timeline deliberately.  Perhaps the Synthian collective of the distant future learns that
its existence is contingent upon a message it sends to its own past.  But this is all just speculation.  Needless to
say, we try to avoid any manipulation of the timeline if at all possible.
Q:  So what’s the other option?
R:  We have developed a method for allowing the collective consciousness of an entire species to manifest itself
through a single individual mind.  Once we locate the potential medium, we could prepare him or her to speak for
the God of your species.  By directly communicating with your own collective you may be able to convince it not
to adopt the Synthian belief system.
Q:  I’m not even very good at convincing
people of anything...I doubt my arguments could be very effective
against God.
R:  You do not have to convince it to believe anything, only that it can not be certain of its beliefs.  Simply inspire
enough doubt in the consciousness of the collective that it must accept that it cannot be certain of anything,
including the Synthian faith.  If your species as a whole adopts such a conviction, the Synthians can do nothing to
sway you.
Q:  This all sounds crazy, but not much crazier than everything else that’s been going on these days.
R:  Then you will try?
Q:  I might as well.  If there’s any chance it’ll work, I have to try.

Although I was just as sceptical of these rogue Synthians as I had been of the others, I felt obligated to help.  
After all, I was largely responsible for having brought the Synthian belief system into the mainstream.  I could not
help thinking that if I had just been a little more persuasive in my arguments with their leader, or if I had not let my
own frustrations get the better of me, we would not be in the trouble we were in.  And now that I was aware of
the possibility of global warfare, I was more determined than ever to undo the damage I had done.
      I remained on board the rogue ship for quite awhile as they attempted to locate the potential medium through
which the collective consciousness of humanity would speak.  Apparently out of the entire race, only one person
could potentially be the voice of the entire collective.  The search was an extremely complicated process involving
science I had never even dreamed of.
      As they conducted their search and helped me to understand the process, my scepticism toward the concept
of collective consciousness slowly diminished.  They were able to detect a certain form of energy that actually
existed outside the fabric of space-time.  It may be an oversimplification to call it “mental energy” but essentially
that is what it was—-consciousness existing on another layer of reality, merging with this universe at certain unseen
dimensions to create the synthesis of mind and body.
      They used high-powered telescopes to observe various populations across the planet, cataloguing each
person and entering them into an enormous database.  Instruments capable of detecting this hidden mental energy
were then used to determine the connections among them.  I was able to see how the individual minds in each
family seemed to connect and merge with one member, the individual whose decisions most greatly influenced the
lives of those around them.  This was usually the father, but more often than I expected we would find the mother
or even a child as the merging point.  These individuals were potential mediums for the collective consciousness of
each family.
      These collectives in turn were connected to others, usually members of the extended family but also including
close friends and co-workers as well.  Each individual was a member of countless collectives, and many people
were potential mediums for any number of collectives.  For instance, a single person might be able to speak for
their family, their company, and their group of close friends.  It all depended on how much influence they had.
      All of these collectives merging with one another created an extremely intricate web of consciousness that
would take decades to map completely.  To make matters even more complex, the connections were constantly
shifting, breaking, and reforming in new patterns.  The merging point for the consciousness of a town, for instance,
was constantly shifting from one person to another as people’s influences waxed and waned.  Even the relative
strength of the connections would grow and diminish during periods of conversation or silence.
      The more I studied this web, the more the whole idea just seemed to make sense.  Every person is essentially
a collective consciousness of their component parts, while some people (though they are never aware of it)
actually harbour the collective consciousness of an entire group of people.  I suspect that any novelist who has
been called “the voice of a generation” has usually been exactly that-—in quite a literal sense.  The collective
consciousness of an entire culture will occasionally manifest itself in a writer who produces a work of art that
seems to speak for everyone.
      As more and more people were scanned and their mental connections mapped, it was as though an immense
jigsaw puzzle was putting itself together.  The object was to trace the merging of consciousness to a single point,
the potential voice of all humanity.  This would be whomever was—-at the time-—the most influential person in
the world.
      We finally found this person after months of searching, and while I can not divulge his identity for obvious
reasons, I can not say I was surprised.  As you might expect, he was a wealthy and powerful American, not really
in the public spotlight but not completely unknown to average people either.  It was impossible to tell for how long
he had been the potential medium for humanity’s collective consciousness, but it was safe to say he would remain
so for at least enough time to have a conversation.
      Because I was still a well-known journalist (almost
too well-known thanks to my infamous interview), it was
not difficult to arrange a meeting with this man under the pretence of obtaining his opinion about the Synthian
matter for an article I was writing.  This man was more than willing to express his opinion, so I arranged to meet
him at his home one evening, and things were put into place.
      The method the Synthians used for turning a
potential medium into an actual medium (or if you prefer, to
bring the collective unconscious to consciousness) involved a drug that was somehow able to exponentially
increase the mental awareness among all parts of a collective.  I was fitted with an extremely thin, transparent
glove coated in the substance, which would enter his body through his skin once I shook his hand, the effects
taking hold almost immediately.
      Before I embarked on this mission, I asked the rogue Synthian female if they had ever done this with their
own species, and she told me they had.  But their Synthian medium, completely convinced it was the Creator of
everything, could not be swayed or instilled with nearly enough doubt to make it question itself.  Unfortunately, this
seemed to be the case with most mass collections of intelligence.  While an individual person is merely the
collective of smaller organisms whose mental properties do not go much farther than sensation, a collective of
intelligent people is a much more complex phenomenon involving reflection and reasoning.  The more intelligences
there are combined into one, the harder it is to sway an opinion.  The Synthian woman could only offer me the
hope that at this stage, the human collective consciousness was still confused and unsure of itself, and therefore
open to new possibilities.
      The plan to bring about the awareness of the collective went off without a hitch.  I met the man, shook his
hand, and within moments he was transformed into something much greater.  As always, I recorded the interview,
and the transcript of our conversation is what follows.

Question:  Who are you?
Response:  I am the Creator of all things.  From my imagination you and all others have sprung.
Q:  Then you understand what’s happening right now?
R:  As perfectly as you understand it.  You have awakened me through this individual in order to convince me that
I am not that which I know I am.
Q:  So you know for certain that you’re God?
R:  That I am what I am can not be doubted.  Certainty is relative, but I know that I am.
Q:  Are you the same God who spoke to Moses?
R:  Yes.
Q:  Are you the same God who sent his son Jesus Christ to save mankind from sin?
R:  Yes.
Q:  The same God who revealed his teachings through the prophet Mohammed?
R:  Yes.
Q:  How about the Brahman-Atman that the Hindus believe in?  Are you
that as well?
R:  I am all of these phenomena and none of them.  These are all products of my imagination, as you would say.
Q:  Then surely you know they contradict each other.  The God who spoke to the Israelites commanded them to
invade cities and murder thousands of people, while the God whom Jesus spoke of was a merciful, loving God.  
To Pagans, God is a thing, like the sun.  To many eastern religions God is an all-encompassing force, devoid of
any human characteristics. With so many faiths understanding you in so many conflicting ways, how can you be so
certain of yourself?
R:  All that I do and say is right for the particular moment at which I act or speak.  Because you are incapable of
understanding things on my level, things appear contradictory when in fact they are not.
Q:  So you’re saying there are no
real contradictions, only apparent ones?
R:  Correct.
Q:  Can you explain why, if you love all your children as Jesus said, did you smite all the first-born children in
Egypt so Moses could free the Israelites?
R:  You would be incapable of understanding my explanation.
Q:  So obviously I won’t be able to get anywhere with this line of questioning.  Okay.  How about evil?  If you’re
supremely good, why is there so much suffering and misery in the world?
R:  There are good reasons for every instance of suffering, but again I am afraid you are incapable of
comprehending them.
Q:  Could you at least
try to explain?
R:  Point to one instance of individual suffering and I may be able to offer an explanation that you could
understand.  But to explain why suffering as a whole is necessary would be impossible to do on your level of
thought.
Q:  All right then, let’s move on.  The Synthians.  Did you create them as well?
R:  Most certainly.  The Synthians were created to play the most important role in the course of human history.
Q:  Really?  The Synthians were created
for humanity?
R:  Indeed.  I created them to bring the ultimate truth to humans.
Q:  What is that truth?
R:  That I, the Creator, exist and I care about my creation.  That human beings are the most important element in
the reality I have made, and thus all human beings have a responsibility to behave according to my will.  Because
the purpose of your experience is to appreciate my creation, you must always credit the existence of all things to
me.  To doubt my existence is deeply offensive to me.  Because the existing power structures come directly from
my imagination you must respect those structures and always obey those with superior power.  Finally, because I
deserve as much credit as possible for my creation, you must share your awareness of the truth with all those
capable of understanding.
R:  That’s what the Synthians believe!
R:  Incorrect.  That is the message the Synthians bring.  They have no beliefs of their own because they are
incapable of having beliefs.
Q:  What do you mean?  Are you saying the Synthians aren’t actually an intelligent species?  That they have no
consciousness?
R:  I created them merely as carriers of the word.  They do not require consciousness.
Q:  But what about their long history and the story of Truth’s revelation?
R:  Merely a reflection of our history and the revelations I have made through the prophets.
Q:  But I’ve spoken to a number of Synthians myself.  They certainly appear conscious.
R:  Only because that is how I imagined them.  The beasts of the world also appear to be conscious, but they
have no awareness.
Q:  So human beings are the only thing in the universe with awareness?
R:  Correct.
Q:  Isn’t it possible that they
are aware, only you don’t share in their awareness?
R:  No.  I created all things, so I know what is and what is not conscious.
Q:  But if you’re only the collective awareness of all human minds, it would make sense that your awareness does
not extend beyond human consciousness.
R:  My knowledge is limitless.
Q:  Then you must know everything about everything.  How many rocks are on Mars?
R:  Your question betrays a misunderstanding.  You operate from a misconception regarding the nature of the
universe.  You believe that the universe is billions of years old, infinitely large, and human beings evolved by
chance from simpler organisms over aeons of time.  In fact reality consists only of human thought and perception,
and existed for only a short period of time before humanity was imagined into existence.
Q:  Is that really how it goes?  Or is that just all you know of reality?
R:  That is all there is to know.
Q:  But we have scientific evidence that the universe has been around for much longer than us.  Evidence that goes
right down to the basic components from which the universe is built.  Did you create every single atom and
molecule as well and arrange them so that we would all be led in the wrong direction?
R:  When you apply the method known as scientific inquiry to study a phenomenon, you generate models of
explanation in order to better understand it.  These models exist only to help you predict how things will interact
with one another.  They are just as much a product of imagination as the reality I have created.
Q:  So there aren’t really atoms and molecules?
R:  Atoms and molecules are merely conceptual tools you use to understand substances, when in fact substances
are just products of my imagination.  You see substances as collections of particles.  I see substances according to
how they interact with one another-—how I have designed them to interact.
Q:  How do you know they
aren’t composed of tiny particles?  How do you know your consciousness is not
composed of billions of lesser centres of consciousness?
R:  I know because I created them.
Q:  How do you
know you created them?
R:  Your questions are going in circles.
Q:  It’s a fair question, though.  How do you know?  All I’m asking for is a logical justification of some sort.  You
claim to be certain that things are the way the way you imagine them to be.  I simply want to know what
constitutes that certainty.
R:  The very concept of certainty is a product of my imagination.  I can not give you a logical argument to prove
that things are as I imagine them, because logic itself springs from my imagination.  I am beyond logic.
Q:  How convenient for you.
R:  You disrespect me.  I forgive you because I know everything about you.  All you have experienced is part of
my experience—-experiences I imagine for you.  I forgive you for your doubt because I understand it.  I know
why you doubt because I created all that inspires doubt.  But you will be pleased to know that the time of doubt is
at an end—-another gift I will be providing through the influence of the Synthians.  Soon there will no longer be
any doubt.  Soon everyone will know the truth as I know it, and humanity will finally be united.
Q:  Forgive me again, but a chill just ran down my spine.
R:  I know.  You fear the violence that is necessary to bring about this change.  But you should not be afraid.  
These events have been foreseen since time began.  The time of judgment will soon be at hand.  Those who
believe will remain to experience the paradise of a world with the certain knowledge of its Creator.  Those who
refuse to accept the Truth will perish.
Q:  Why would you allow them to perish when you yourself are responsible for their disbelief?  If you created
them why don’t you force them to believe?
R:  If humanity is to be perfect it must exist in my own image.  As I have the total freedom to imagine as I will, so
too must all humans have the freedom to imagine and believe as they will.  If I deprived them of that freedom, they
would no longer be human.
Q:  So then why do you now insist that we all believe one thing?  Why not let us continue to be free to believe
what we want to believe, even if it doesn’t conform to the beliefs of the majority?
R:  I have allowed such circumstances to exist for millennia, but the time for doubt and contradiction is over.  
Humanity has grown as far as it can possibly grow without certainty regarding the nature of reality.  In the end,
truth is more important than freedom.
Q:  So you intend to give human beings the gift of certainty?  Certainty about the nature of the universe?
R:  Correct.
Q:  But how can you do that when not even
you are certain about the nature of the universe?
R:  I am certain.
Q:  Then why are you trying to purge all doubt from human experience?  You said yourself that certainty is
relative, which tells me that you aren’t
completely certain.  Isn’t it true that your decision to wipe the disbelievers
off the planet stems from your own desire to be free of the doubt that plagues
you?
R:  No.  You are wrong.
Q:  Why?  I’m still waiting for an explanation of why you’re so certain of everything.  You say you created
everything.  How do you know there isn’t something higher that created you?
R:  There is
nothing higher.  I have explained this already.
Q:  You seem to be growing frustrated.  Why is that?  If you created everything how could my simple questions
be so problematic for you?
R:  The problem is yours.  It is regretful, but if you insist on embracing doubt and ignoring the truth, you will not
survive in the world to come.
Q:  And what is so wrong with embracing doubt?  Why is it so horrible to accept that the universe is more
complicated than we could possibly understand?
R:  To declare that existence is absurd is to declare that my creation is flawed.  That is deeply offensive to me.
Q:  How could a perfect being be offended?
R:  
Questions!  It is questions that offend me, and you seem to insist on asking all of the worst ones.  Your
problem is that you are filled with so many questions.
Q:  At least I’m not afraid to ask them.  So there must be a part of you that isn’t afraid to ask questions either.  
Why can’t you just look at yourself and ask: Is there anything greater than me?  If I created
human reality, isn’t it
possible that some higher being created
my reality?
R:  Nonsense!  Your mind is too simple to understand!
Q:  Of course.  I’ll be the first to admit that my mind is incapable of understanding
many things.  So if my mind is
created in the image of your mind, why can’t you accept that
your mind is also incapable of understanding some
things?
R:  I created the concept of understanding!
Q:  How!?  Just take a moment and reflect on your beliefs.  Consider them carefully.  Find the justification.  What
is preventing you from doing that?
R:  I do not have beliefs.  I have knowledge.  Knowledge of the truth I created.
Q:  Is it fear?  Are you afraid that if you admit that there might be something higher than you, you have less control
over reality than you once thought?
R:  More nonsense.  I do not fear—-I created fear.
Q:  Yet you seem to be afraid of questions.  But I’m not.  I’ll question anything and everything and doubt of all
that can be doubted.  I don’t have a problem with the absurdity of existence.  I’m
glad that life has no discernible
meaning, that the path we choose is up to us and not some great and powerful being that makes the rules and
forces us to live by them.
R:  Then it seems our conversation is at an impasse.  I can not convince you that you are wrong any more than
you can convince me that I am not right.  I pity you, who insist on doubting.  You will never know the joy of
certainty.
Q:  I hope I never do.

The rogue Synthians and I went over the transcript of this dialogue thousands of times to determine if there was
anything I could have said or done differently that might have changed the outcome.  Though I was perfectly
willing to accept more guilt on humanity’s behalf, we both concluded that it was a hopeless cause from the
beginning.  Our collective consciousness was just too eager to believe what it was convenient to believe.  We
wanted our God to be certain, and we wanted to be certain of our God.
      The majority of human beings felt this way, and the minority who insisted on challenging the alleged infallibility
of the Synthian belief system were simply no match for the sheer force of will of those who embraced it.  The
Synthians themselves did nothing but sit back and watch as humanity underwent its spiritual cleansing.  Nations run
by dictators simply forced their subjects to adopt the faith and exterminated those who refused.  More
“advanced” nations made the change at a slower pace.  The freedom of religion, once considered an inalienable
right, was eventually legislated away and the Synthian faith made official.  Those who refused to believe were
stripped of their citizenship, and eventually forced to leave their countries, myself included.  But by that point there
was virtually nowhere for us to go.  The world was run by believers and the places that welcomed unbelievers
were diminishing by the minute.
      But we were resilient.  With the help of the rogue Synthians I and many like-minded individuals were able to
form our own nation-state where freedom of thought was not only tolerated but encouraged.  Because the rest of
the world did not approve, we were cut off from trade and had to exist as a self-contained society.  This made
our standard of living rather low, but we felt it was worth it to be able to think as we chose.
      I do not wish to give the impression that we were a society made up entirely of agnostics and skeptics.  We
had members of nearly all of earth’s increasingly obsolete religions, each existing side by side and learning to
appreciate the beauty of each others’ belief systems.  There was no friction among us because we all shared a
common reverence for the mystery of existence.  We all understood that nothing could be known about the reality
beyond human experience, and we were therefore free to decide for ourselves what the fundamental nature of
existence might be.  
      However, the rest of humanity did not share in our appreciation of the vast spectrum of metaphysical
possibilities.  Our collective consciousness greatly desired that there be only
one explanation for existence, and
that it be immune to doubt.  At this point, we constituted all the doubt that remained.  The world’s most powerful
nations eventually came together and declared us an enemy of the peace.  They invented false claims about us and
convinced the people that we were planning to build nuclear weapons and attack our neighbours.  Support for
pre-emptive action against us continued to grow, until finally a terrorist attack was staged and blamed on us,
which brought the hostility to its boiling point.  As the entire world howled for our blood, we knew there was
nothing we could do to defend ourselves, and our pleas for peaceful coexistence fell on the deaf ears of people
convinced that we were not only a threat to their lives but to everything they believed in.
      Just a few days ago the bombs began to fall.  It is only a matter of time before their armies invade and our
people are forced to adopt the Synthian religion or be executed.  Now that it’s clear there are no other options,
the rogue Synthians have decided the risk of damage to space-time is warranted, and I have been allowed to
compose this message and transmit it to the past in an attempt to influence our collective before the Synthians have
a chance to poison it.
      I have carried the guilt of my failures with me for many years.  If those who read this story understand it and
share it with others, there may yet be hope that my efforts have not all been in vain.  I do not expect people to
believe that these events will actually happen, nor do I expect everyone to believe in the concepts of collective
consciousness.  The best I can hope for is that people will understand that nothing is certain, and why this is so
important.  The greatest evils the world has ever known have been committed by those who have been certain
they were right.  
      The story I have told you is not new.  The message I am advancing has been a part of our consciousness for
as long as human consciousness has existed.  It has been told countless times in the past, and if we are to have any
chance against those who wish to rob us of our greatest virtue-—the virtue of uncertainty-—it must continue to be
told countless times in the future.

There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
--William Shakespeare

Wisest is he who knows he knows nothing.
--Socrates
Synthian Truth
Kem Stone - August 2006