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Terror of the Sea

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Fundamental Principle:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

—The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, July 4, 1776

Fundamental Question:

What elements of character and insight must children develop to become adults who work to ensure that government truly honors this principle for all members of the family of man?

Democratic governments are operated by government officials. In representative democracies, high government officials are elected by the citizens, and the rest are appointed by those elected. Most citizens have no direct control over democratic governments. The founding principles in the constitutions of democratic governments and their laws are powerless in themselves to control the actions of government. The citizens must rely on the officials to operate the government in good faith according to these principles and laws. It is a relationship of trust. Government officials are human beings and therefore susceptible to the improper influence of special interests. Sometimes, government officials improperly serve these interests to the great detriment of many of the citizens they vow to serve and often to the even greater detriment of poor citizens of other countries. Because this improper service is in violation of the founding principles and laws of the government, the citizens must be deceived. One of the techniques of deception is the use of disinformation: factual circumstances are intentionally falsified and the false information is disseminated. This technique is often used in relation to other countries, especially those with exploitable human and natural resources.

Saurcana: Terror From The Sea is a science fiction novel for children ages 10 through 14. It is a story that introduces on a child’s level social concepts such as addiction to wealth, exploitation, disinformation, enemy-making, war and their connections. It is also a story that reinforces the importance of active empathy, seeing through the “curtain,” thinking for oneself, and standing up for what is right and just. It is intended to encourage the development of the ideal citizen – the citizen democracy needs if it is ever truly to exist. It is intended to empower children.

There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom. — Joao da Veiga Coutinho

© 2005-11 by Robert Hager. Seaworm Press and Saurcana are service marks of Robert Hager.
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