THE GREAT SILENCE OF KIRIBATI

Bonus #2 “Memories from the Future”

The power of silence played a key role in the transition to the new world when the internet had allowed several hundred million people to unite in silence and gather momentum for the abolition of war and money and the overcoming of supremacist ideology. No wonder that right from 0000001 a daily global moment of silence is instituted. When the moon rises over Kiribati Island a signal is emitted worldwide by every radio and tv station, every mobile phone, every car, every bus and train, every plane and ship, every church and tower and every distribution depot for food and goods in order to mark the beginning and the end of “99 SECONDS OF SILENCE”. Radio and TV stations interrupt their program and the TV screens remain black. The signal can vary from place to place and from country to country. It may be a classic signal like a bell or a singing bowl, or it can be a simple electronic beep. As the moon rises approximately 50 minutes later every day, the moment of silence happens always at a different moment throughout the month. Obviously not everyone can and not everyone wants to participate in the collective exercise of silence which is no problem at all. The reality that every day several billion people know that they are connected in INNER silence to their brothers and sisters on the planet is much stronger than the reality of some crying babies, laughing children, working engines and chatting people. Some people grow very fond of the ritual and don’t miss a single session. Others join the silence once a week or once a month. Some join in accordance with their activity. They may like to join when they are particularly stressed by a challenging project but tend to miss out during times of idleness. Others act inversely, they join when they are off duty and miss out during work. One thing is for sure: if the signal was canceled one day, everybody would miss it.

EMBARCADERA

(Bonus #1 “MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE”)

In 0000030 a new kind of birth house opens its doors in Buenos Aires. Like all birth houses built after the end of the old world, it’s a bit of a universe on its own. Providing various birth spaces with and without pools it creates a “cocoon-like” experience, allowing the women to relax completely. It is also fully equipped with surgical facilities and is run not only by midwives who are by default in charge during delivery but also by medical specialists able to intervene in the relatively rare cases of complications. There is also at any time a group of laywomen and laymen in the birth house in order to assist in various ways the professionals. Most women give birth assisted by their family but in some cases, a woman might be on her own, needing company and support. But this new birth house, humorously called “Embarcadera para las Nuevas Almas”, is a novelty in its approach concerning the arrival of the babies. If the mother wishes so, volunteers organize a welcome ritual in an adjacent dome-like structure full of trees and flowering plants. There is even a little waterfall and pool with fresh, clear water. The ritual can take place right after giving birth or the day after, that depends entirely on the feelings or the medical condition of the mother. Music is always live. Particularly choral chanting is of great importance. But any other form of music from percussion to harp is available. For the mothers giving birth for the first time, it’s also conceived as a ritual of passage as they are “re-born” as mothers this day.
There is no particular medical philosophy attached to this new practice. People don’t expect to see healthier or happier babies due to the ritual. It is much more about sharing and celebrating as a group this particular moment in the life of a woman and a child. It’s about celebrating life.


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