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   <para>I woke up in the morning and went to the post. It was a bright day at the beginning of spring. When I walked down the road that leads to the post, I enjoyed the lively green of the field, before the summer shows its marks. Flowers bloomed there in the colors of white, yellow and violet and I could hear the squeak of the birds that resided on the trees and woke up before morning. Drops of dew shined on the shrubs and flowers, and the ground was still moist from the rain that had fallen there a day before. The sun just began to shine and in the sky there was a war between the light-blue shade brought by the sun and the dark red of the night.</para>
   <para>In my opinion, it was a perfect day to launch missiles at the Enemy’s soldiers. However, that was not what I intended to do that day.</para>
   <para>As I came near the post, I saw from afar that two of my comrades were oiling one of the mortars that were in the possession of my post. They were so busy that they did not notice me until they heard me say “Good Morning.” to them.</para>
-  <para>“Good morning, the Member of the Organisation.”, they replied while turning to see me. “How’s it going?” added one of them.</para>
+  <para>“Good morning, the Member of the Organisation.”, they replied while turning to see me. “How’s it going?”, added one of them.</para>
   <para>“Top of the world. I’m going to quit today.”</para>
   <para>“Really? That’s a shame! ‘We’ll miss you, bro’, like they say.”</para>
   <para>“Likewise. But we have to move on.”</para>
   <para>“Good morning to you too, Sir.”, I interrupted him. “Excuse me for bothering you, but I don’t think it’s relevant anymore.”</para>
   <para>“Why?”</para>
   <para>“Because I came here to file my resignation.”</para>
-  <para>“No way! Just ten minutes ago the other Member of the Organisation resigned.”</para>
+  <para>“No way! Just ten minutes ago the other Member of the Organisation resigned as well.”</para>
   <para>“Really?”, I asked him.</para>
   <para>“Yes. He is now bidding the other members farewell.”</para>
-  <para>“Why did he quit?” </para>
+  <para>“Why did he resign?” </para>
   <para>“This and that. Said something that he couldn’t take all this stress any longer, and that he wishes to find a stable job and raise a family. He also noted that ‘it was fun to serve in the Organisation, but it’s time to move on.’  ”</para>
   <para>“Okay.”</para>
   <para>“Yes, but as they say: when it rains it pours. Well, just sign here and I’ll take care of all the other paperwork.” </para>
-  <para>After I started filling it, I said to him: “about the salary you gave me…”</para>
-  <para>“Forget it!” the commander said and continued “during your service in the Organisation, you've done a great service to your people and your country. You've earned your pay, even if not honestly, and we thank you that you've joined our ranks at all in the first place. I just hope that during your civil life, you'll continue to maintain the spirit of the organisation and its philosophy.”</para>
-  <para>“I'll do my best, sir.” I told him hastily while I signed it. Then I rose up and we shook hands. I thought a little about what the commander just said, and then recalled something and sat down. “Look, it may no longer be so relevant…”, I said to him “…but I’ve been a member of the Organisation for two years and nobody ever told me what the philosophy of the Organisation was. What is it, really?”</para>
+  <para>After I started filling it, I said to him: “About the salary you paid me…”</para>
+  <para>“Forget it!”, the commander said and continued, “During your service in the Organisation, you've done a great service to your people and your country. You've earned your pay, even if not honestly, and we thank you that you've joined our ranks at all in the first place. I just hope that during your civil life, you'll continue to maintain the spirit of the organisation and its philosophy.”</para>
+  <para>“I'll do my best, sir.” I told him hastily while I signed it. Then I rose up and we shook hands. I thought a little about what the commander just said, and then recalled something and sat down. “Look, it may no longer be so relevant…”, I said to him “…but I’ve been a member of the Organisation for two years, and nobody ever told me what the philosophy of the Organisation was. What is it, really?”</para>
   <para>“Ah… the philosophy? I am surprised that it hadn’t been presented to you yet. In any case, I’d be happy to give you an answer, the ex-Member of the Organisation. Now, how should I start? Oh, I know. So here goes:</para>
-  <para>The philosophy of the Organisation is very simple: our goal is to fight the Enemy with all our power. It is a holy war of our people against that criminal nation, and even though the well being of our people and its future are not at stake, it’s a war of the utmost importance. At least according to what we are told all the time or that we keep telling each other.</para>
+  <para>The philosophy of the Organisation is very simple: our goal is to fight the Enemy with all our power. It is a holy war of our people against that criminal nation, and even though the well being of our people and its future are not at stake, it’s a war of the utmost importance. At least according to what we are told all the time, or that we keep telling each other.</para>
   <para>We must sacrifice everything in order to achieve this purpose by our struggle with the Enemy, even the lives of the members of our people, which for their interest we are acting in the first place. And we have indeed done it successfully, and when I look back I realise one thing: we have been doing it and we are still doing it, despite all the difficulties. True – we had some difficult times. But they were nothing compared to the almost impossible times, which we usually have to operate in.</para>
   <para>However, since we began fighting the Enemy, we’ve noticed the existence of a major obstacle that hinders us. Actually it’s not a physical obstacle but a metaphysical and abstract term, and as such is supposed to be of no significance. Yet, the popularity of this term made dealing with it an inevitable fact. My friend, even if we had accepted a very mild interpretation of it, we would have found ourselves bounded by all sorts of invisible and impractical rules; we would have been in infinite conflicts and on top of all, the ambition of our soldiers to fight would have declined enormously. This term is ‘Morality’. </para>
   <para>Therefore, we have decided to accept the philosophical equation ‘Morality = no morality’.”</para>
   <para>1. A is A.</para>
   <para>2. A is not not-A. </para>
   <para>Thus, we fully deny the Organum, or at least don’t view it as indispensable.”</para>
-  <para>“In that case, it is excellent.”, I said to him. “I read the ‘Organum’ of Aristotle and although it is a very interesting document in the field of pure logic, I must say that I also had doubts about it. I’m very glad that the Organisation rejects it, because in my opinion this fact may facilitate its activity considerably. For instance, if A could be not-A then because the members of the Organisation are not the soldiers of the Enemy, they can in-fact be its soldiers. In my opinion, if you kill each other, you can save a lot of resources, because the Enemy would be right within your reach. Plus, there will not be a risk of any casualties since all the men that can possibly get hurt will belong to the Enemy’s forces. The element of members risking their lives while infiltrating the Enemy’s lines will not exist either, nor will the possibility of the Enemy bombarding you.”</para>
+  <para>“In that case, it is excellent.”, I said to him. “I read the ‘Organum’ of Aristotle and although it is a very interesting document in the field of pure logic, I must say that I also had doubts about it. I’m very glad that the Organisation rejects it, because in my opinion this fact may facilitate its activity considerably. For instance, if A could be not-A then because the members of the Organisation are not the soldiers of the Enemy, they can in-fact be its soldiers. In my opinion, if you kill each other, you can save a lot of resources, because the Enemy would be right within your reach. Plus, there will not be a risk of any casualties, since all the men that can possibly get hurt will belong to the Enemy’s forces. The element of members risking their lives while infiltrating the Enemy’s lines will not exist either, nor will the possibility of the Enemy bombarding you.”</para>
   <para>“Amazing!” cried the commander as he raised from the chair excitedly. “Why didn’t I think of that before? I’ll make sure your proposal is implemented right away, and I’ll inform all the other posts and the Organisation’s headquarters about it. It will be a turn-point in our war against the Enemy. I thank you, the ex-Member, you have definitely enlightened me.”</para>
   <para>“The pleasure is all mine, sir. Bye!”, I told him while rising from my chair.</para>
-  <para>”Good bye to you, too.”, he said while barely phasing out of the arrangements he started in order to implement my proposal.</para>
+  <para>”Good bye to you, too.”, he said while barely interrupting the arrangements he started in order to implement my proposal.</para>
   <para>I left the room and then spent some time at the rest of the post. I parted from the other members and also found the other member that resigned that day. I suggested to him that we’ll go back together, and we indeed left the post’s yard and started walking on the path that lead back to the village.</para>
   <para>We started chatting, but it was not five minutes before we heard a sound of an explosion coming from the post, just as we climbed a hill that overlooked it. We turned around and watched in terror how the members of the Organisation kill each other. They split into two opposing sides and fought each other to the knife with every weapon in the post: guns, grenades, mortars, bombs. They even blew up the missile storage.</para>
   <para>At the end, only one member was left alive, and he stood on the roof of the post’s ruin and jumped happily while holding his machine-gun over his head. Then, the commander came out of his room and shot him three times at the stomach using a pistol. The member fell to the ground, dead. </para>
-  <para>The commander return his pistol to its sheath, and went back into his office. We heard him write something on his typewriter, and when he exited he placed a letter into the mailbox of the post. We assumed it was a report regarding the successful operation we had just witnessed, which was intended for the Organisation’s headquarters. After he put the letter in the mailbox, he turned towards his office while rubbing his hands. Afterwards, he took out his pistol, turned around and shot a bullet at his head.</para>
+  <para>The commander returned his pistol to its sheath, and went back into his office. We heard him write something on his typewriter, and when he exited he placed a letter into the mailbox of the post. We assumed it was a report regarding the successful operation we had just witnessed, which was intended for the Organisation’s headquarters. After he put the letter in the mailbox, he turned towards his office while rubbing his hands. Afterwards, he took out his pistol, turned around and shot a bullet at his head.</para>
   <para>After the other ex-Member and I witnessed all this, we shrugged, turned around and continued to walk towards the village.</para>
   </chapter>
   <chapter id="return_from_the_cold">
   <para>I saw my two younger siblings hesitantly take a look at the sofa from the opening of the corridor. When they saw it was I, they looked at each other and then looked back at me. “The Member, why are you back home at such an hour?”, my sister asked in a surprised manner.</para>
   <para>“The ex-Member.”, I corrected her.</para>
   <para>“Oh… you quit? That explains it. Well, on a normal condition I would have congratulated you... if a congratulation is suitable after a resignation. In any case, I’m too tired to think and I want to go back to bed.”, And thus they both returned as they came.</para>
-  <para>A little later that morning, the whole family (including me) sat down near the dining table to eat breakfast. “Can someone pass me the butter?” I said a short time after the meal had begun.</para>
+  <para>A little later that morning, the whole family (including me) sat down near the dining table to eat breakfast. “Can someone pass me the butter?”, I asked a short time after the meal had begun.</para>
   <para>“There you go,”, my mother told me while she was passing the butter and putting it on my side. “I understood you resigned from the Organisation.”</para>
   <para>“Yes.”, I replied and started to spread the butter on my slice of bread.</para>
   <para>“So, what are you planning to do now?”, my father asked me.</para>
-  <para>“I didn’t really give much thought to it. I suppose I’ll hunt for a job.”</para>
+  <para>“I didn’t really give it a lot of thought. I suppose I’ll hunt for a job.”</para>
   <para>“Very good.”</para>
   <para>After we finished breakfast, I went out of the house and went to the other villagers to look for a job. The first one I approached was a farmer that lived several houses away from us. When I reached him, I saw that he was doing some work in his crop field. “Good morning!”, I told him as I approached him.</para>
   <para>“Good morning, the Member of the Organisation”, he answered me.</para>
   <para>“Actually, it’s the ex-Member, and that’s the reason why I turn to you right now. You see: I’m looking for a job.”</para>
-  <para>“I am very sorry, I would love to offer you a job, but business have not been very good lately. Because of the Enemy, of course.”</para>
+  <para>“I am very sorry, I would love to offer you a job, but my business has not been very good lately. Because of the Enemy, of course.”</para>
   <para>“But Sir, not a single missile that the Enemy shot on this village had ever hit your land or even fell close to it.”</para>
   <para>“Nevertheless, the noises that the missiles generated caused the crops not to grow properly.”</para>
   <para>“But according to my knowledge in acoustics, the resonance of the seeds is far higher than the frequency…”</para>
   <para>“What difference does it make? In any case, the Enemy is responsible for everything.”</para>
   <para>“I see. Have a good day.”</para>
   <para>“Yes. And in any case, good luck to you in finding a job.”</para>
-  <para>I went to another farmer that lived farther from my home. When I reached him he was also busy taking care of his field. “Good morning, the Member!” he greeted me as he noticed me approaching him.</para>
+  <para>I went to another farmer, who lived even farther from my home. When I reached him he was also busy taking care of his field. “Good morning, the Member!” he greeted me as he noticed me approaching him.</para>
   <para>“Good morning” I answered him. “In fact, I quit from the Organisation today and I came to ask you if you can supply me with a job.”</para>
   <para>“Unfortunately, the crops in my field, because of the Enemy’s activity, were not as successful as I hoped for. Therefore, I cannot offer you a job.”</para>
   <para>“But the last missile which the Enemy fired and which hit your land was 7 years ago.”</para>
   <para>“Still, the explosives remained in the soil.”</para>
   <para>“I’m afraid I disagree. The amount of work you put into removing them, not to mention the erosion during all that time, were supposed to leave only a minute amount of them in the field, if at all. And besides, there is no indication that harvest that grows on a field with a small amount of them will not grow normally.”</para>
   <para>“Never mind. I still think that there was a long-term effect.”</para>
-  <para>“Okay. I’ll try at someone else. Bye!”</para>
+  <para>“Okay. I’ll try someplace else. Bye!”</para>
   <para>“Good bye to you too.”</para>
   <para> And so I went to look for a job at the village’s grocery. I had to stand in line and when my turn cam the grocer said to me: “Good day to you! We don’t see you around here often since you joined the Organisation.”</para>
   <para>“Actually, I quit this very day. I was wondering if you have any job for me.”</para>
   <para>“Thanks to your wonderful organisation I don’t. Do you remember that, three weeks ago, the post next to the neighboring village tried to fire a missile at one of the Enemy’s posts but instead it hit this grocery store by accident? The missile ruined half of the ceiling and reaped a large hole in the west wall. The renovations here cost me a fortune, and although I could really use some help here, I really don’t have the money for a worker’s wage. Maybe some other time.”</para>
-  <para>“That does it!”, I thought to myself. I had to take action against such a crime against logic. “Sir, ”, I said to him firmly, “I’ve heard some rather weak excuses for a weak financial status today that I decided to keep silent about, but I’m not ready to simply resume my daily agenda after such a poor excuse.</para>
+  <para>“That does it!”, I thought to myself. I had to react to such a crime against logic. “Sir, ”, I said to him firmly, “I’ve heard some rather weak excuses for a weak financial status today that I decided to keep silent about, but I’m not ready to simply resume my daily agenda after such a poor excuse.</para>
   <para>If your business is in bad shape, try to find out what you didn’t do well and don’t blame someone else. This excuse is non-factual, not to the point, inconsistent and simply unconvincing. Even a bad politician would not have used an excuse like that.</para>
   <para>Even if you had a job to offer me, I wouldn’t agree to work for you. Have a good day. Maybe I’ll come back in the evening, hear from you what happened to you today, and then I’ll be able give you another ten excuses why your financial state is bad recently. And believe me that all of them will be better than the one you gave me this instant!”</para>
   <para>And so I left the place in anger. A complete lack of reason is always an irritating thing, not to mention that there was a personal insult involved in it too.</para>
-  <para>After I exited I noticed that there are a senior mature officer and a group of soldiers from the Occupier’s army standing at the end of the street. It seemed to me like they were asking the residents of the village something, and then I saw that one farmer pointed straight at me in answer to their questions, and that they started walking towards me.</para>
+  <para>After I went out, I noticed that there were a senior mature officer and a group of soldiers from the Occupier’s army standing at the end of the street. It seemed to me like they were asking the residents of the village something, and then I saw that one farmer pointed straight at me in answer to their questions, and that they started walking towards me.</para>
   <para>The Enemy holds a small part of our country, which is close to its border, claiming that it needs it to protect his border settlements. The Occupier, on the other hand, holds half the nation directly, and in the other half rules a government that it assigned and supervises. Hence, the men of the Occupier’s army can do within my country as they please.</para>
   <para>In any case, after the group of soldiers got close enough to me, the officer spoke to me and asked: “Are you the ex-Member of the Organisation?”</para>
   <para>“In the flesh.” I answered.</para>
   <para>“Actually, it’s very conceivable. It was a constructive outcome of my efficiency-improving proposal.”, and I went on to tell him the rest of the story.</para>
   <para>“But it makes no sense.” cried the commander.</para>
   <para>“Look,” I replied “You must understand that for every logical claim you can think of there’s an opposite claim which is not logical. The conclusion is that half of the claims in the world are illogical. You should probably encounter them every day.</para>
-  <para>Let me give you an example: principally speaking, is it moral that another people, say the Enemy, will hold and tyrannize the country of another people, say the Occupier?”</para>
+  <para>Let me give you an example: principally speaking, is it moral that another people, say the Enemy, will hold and tyrannise the country of another people, say the Occupier?”</para>
   <para>“Damn no!” said the commander firmly. “If they dared to do so…”</para>
   <para>“And yet you yourself are doing it to us, even though you don’t need to do it for a long time!”</para>
-  <para>The younger soldiers started to laugh wildly until the commander turned his angry look towards them and they silenced. </para>
+  <para>The younger soldiers started to laugh maniacally until the commander turned his angry look towards them and they silenced. </para>
   <para>He returned to me, “In any case: it was not the handiwork of the soldiers of the Enemy’s army?”</para>
   <para>“Not as long as they are defined according to Aristotle’s Organum.”</para>
   <para>“O.K. You are free to go.”</para>
   <para>“Thank you.”</para>
   <para>And so they went away. It seemed to me like the soldiers continued to giggle or were at least smiling to themselves.</para>
   <para>I couldn’t find a job that day, but when I returned home that evening I was told that a I had received a telegram from the leaders of the Supporter, the country that finances the Organisation. I opened it and started reading it. The telegram read:</para>
-  <para>“</para>
+  <blockquote>
   <para>Head of the Department of External Security</para>
   <para>Headquarters of the Supporter’s Military </para>
   <para>The Capital City</para>
   <para>The government of the Supporter will finance your travel, and you will be able to leave tomorrow morning. We would like to inform you of the following facts: we cannot assure your safety during this travel. Furthermore, despite your long service at the Organisation and your constructive proposal, we cannot say, wholeheartedly or halfheartedly, that we wish to protect your safety. Likewise, we cannot guarantee that we would not take actions that may harm you, indirectly or in a direct manner.</para>
   <para>We hope to see you here very soon.</para>
   <para>Head of the Department of External Security of the Supporter’s Military</para>
-  <para>”</para>
-  <para>After I pondered it during the evening and discussed it with the members of my family, I finally decided that I do want to go there and meet with them. The next day, I traveled to the airport by car, and boarded an airplane that flew there. </para>
+  </blockquote>
+  <para>After I considered it during the evening and discussed it with the members of my family, I finally decided that I do want to go there and meet with them. The next day, I traveled to the airport by car, and boarded an airplane that flew there. </para>
   </chapter>
   <chapter id="crying_wolf">
       <info><title>Crying Wolf.</title></info>
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