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Information foolishly shared can destroy

social responsibility,

An individual’s character,

As well as hope for the future,

Even physical life itself.

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Still, information can and should

and will be processed and shared.

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There are 5 types of processing and sharing.

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   Since some of these use language of the 2 Emryss Chronicles, I will make notes where appropriate. The 2 chronicles are Earth Is Not Alone (published–see right column). The Blood of Three Worlds (is still in ms form). The examples, of course, are very close to me.

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   (1)  To the world.  After processing what’s been observed, one shares accurately, generally, and openly with everyone anywhere. A reality: Not many are willing to hear or are interested in what you have to say about anything. To many, what one says is only empty words. A danger: A careless and dishonest relating of information still may damage to people’s, or their society’s, character, prospects, or hopes, or fears.

   (2)  To a select group that’s affected by one’s behavior. On the Zareba mountain-top¹, after a clandestine encounter with privileged information that may affect an entire group, there needs to be, or one volunteers, a general sharing of new responsibilities and patterns that will affect people around them. Certain secrecy still remains because of one’s promises and commitments. Responding to a legal court’s “demand to reveal” would fall here.

   (3)  To a trusted group with need-to-know responsibility. On Mt. Zareba there is an important newly discovered secret that (according to the Emperor) requires (perhaps long-term) protection. Hence a select group (of 12 people in “OHM” emerged in the situation on Zareba) receive the information and make a promise to continue the secret knowledge. At the right time (at or near death), each person–or the group–will pass on this information and the responsibility that comes with it to another trusted person. Occasional meetings of the group occur. This is not, though may echo, masonic behavior or groups that are privy to nuclear secrets.

   (4)  “Klepta”² sharing. This is the private sharing of spouses with each other. There are hundreds of things that are, or should be³ known only to a person and that person’s spouse–and God. There is no other “need to know.” This does not negate appropriate sharing of private problems, difficulties, and joys with the right people in the right way at the right time. There’s probably a fine line here that some may struggle with. However, persistent curiosity or prurience from one’s companions may press for more openness (leading to Number 2 above). There is a corollary category here, “klepta-type” sharing. This is a sharing with (almost only) one other person, such as a person to which one is engaged, a mother, a father, or of a single highly trusted friend (such as when Prince Galen shares a heavily freighted prophecy received in a vision with Sir Kerky in “The Secret of Zareba”). Still, klepta-sharing almost always refers to a marital partner to whom one is tightly bound.

   (5)  Solo reception and “no sharing.” The take-away here is that, technically, there is no such thing. There is no absolute secret. You may have noticed that “God” slipped into the previous type. The secrets that a person takes to the grave are still shared secrets. God knows everything whether it seems to matter or not. Even the kind of secrets that needed and received confessing–whether they were sinful or not. Jesus himself has illustrated that. Before his execution, long into the night he talked to his father asking and agonizing. We know very little about what those conversations were. But we can do the same as we face what lies ahead.We can talk to God about anything we hear, learn, or think about. It’s okay to realize that no matter how deep our secrets go, they’re never totally private. And we’re never totally alone.

   Keeping certain secrets matters. But the loss of complete privacy never occurs…and that’s a good thing.

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   ¹ Several illustrative moments here refer to the story from the Planet Emryss, “The Secret of Zareba” that appeared in Earth Is Not Alone (see column on the right). Galen, a teenaged prince, and 9 others defend Mt. Zareba, a mountain fortress, holding off a thousand enemy soldiers. Sir Kerky also also appears in that story.

   ² On Elphia (another Earth-like planet–the story, The Blood of Three Worlds, is still in ms form)”Klepta” is a an Elphian word for a true wife in a permissive human society, though technically it can refer to a husband. Klepta and klepta-type secrets underline the special privilege and comfort within a lasting marital relationship.

   ³ The beautiful privacy and give-and-take of the marital relationship is a perpetual literary theme. The underlined part here is that privacy and privilege is no secret to a third party in whose image people are made. This should be a healthy recognition that adds to a couple’s relationship, rather than hindering it.