Previous parts in this series:
In addition we talked about the depiction of complex battle scenes in a galactic civilization consisting of various Aliens, one species of which was messing around with their own genetics, then applying what they knew to other species. That is Chuck Gannon's work and it is discussed here:
Chuck Gannon's space battles are emblematic of domestic disputes.
My Tuesday blog entries are about writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Paranormal etc) ROMANCE. We focus on relationship driven plots where the core conflict occurs because of a Romantic entanglement.
We have mulled over what exactly constitutes "romance" -- what do we mean by that word?
I use the definition that "romance" is a higher state of conscious awareness of another person - a Soul hidden inside a body - and because that perception is not available to all humans at all times, it always seems the one "in love" is "crazy" because they are operating on information not available to others. Astrologically, this is a state of consciousness induced by transits (or natal positions) of Neptune.
That perceptual mis-match is the core of what drives every science fiction story I love. It is the core of HARRY POTTER - he can do things others can't, so he learns and acts on things others don't credit.
These kinds of stories are the essence of Romance - the one-eyed in the land of the blind. Perception.
It is a sort of "cognitive dissonance" which is part intellectual (Mercury) and part spiritual (Neptune) often driven by extreme situations (Pluto) such as war, massive loss to flood, famine, misfortune.
The main survival trait of humanity as a species is LOVE, which is one component of Romance but not always the dominant one. Sometimes Romance leads you astray. Sometimes it leads to a path you would avoid at all costs, but which your soul desperately needs.
Romance, the "vision" of the impossible, the "what if.." and "if only .." and "if this goes on ..." of science fiction, is the main focus of the human adult in formation, the TEEN.
That is why science fiction first gained popularity among teens -- the conceptual essence of a science fiction story is the impossible made real.
That vision of the impossible made real is the essence of human progress in civilization on this planet -- and our ability to build civilizations and survive their collapse.
It will drive us to colonize space, and other planets, and survive the collapse and ruin of this planet (or the explosion of our star).
We find this vision of the impossible made real in teens.
It bursts into consciousness with sexual maturity, and ripens by age 30 (first Saturn Return), then the 40-somethings become dictators of what is real and true, while new teens burst out of those confines of stodgy, wrong-headed thought.
This is a cycle within generations, and also among generations -- it runs about 4 generations, 80 years, and has been known by many names over thousands of years and many civilizations (most unrecorded pre-history civilizations or even hunter-gatherer societies),.
Writers of science fiction romance, looking to target an audience, should take the age-cycled characteristics of fiction appetite into account.
And here is a key post explaining how to create a family argument among generations, as well as how to target specific age-groups with fiction themes that tickle their sensibilities.
Here is the Index to posts about Astrology.
Now, Pluto is the drama behind the Theme-Conflict Integration -- the show-don't-tell. You can SHOW Pluto driven events - they are larger than life, soap opera sequences of "the worst thing that could happen to this character."
People deride soap opera simply because it's unbelievable that so many huge disasters could happen to this small group of people. But the truth is, families are composed of people with Astrological Natal Chart features that are in relation to each other - so when Pluto transits one person's sensitive point, it simulataneously hits the others in the family.
But each age group in a family react to the stimulus of Pluto differently because of experience. To a Teen, it is a life-ending disaster, to a parent it is a frustrating setback, but to the grandparent it is your just comeuppance.
To the Teen, an event (such as the family has to move for employment) is the first time ripping events have destroyed expectations. The teen is a virgin to high-impact Pluto transits.
The princess and the pea story illustrates this.
Likewise, to the Teen a major Neptune transit opens a whole new perception of reality, and it is the end of the world when the elders in the family joke fatuously about "puppy love" and older siblings tease.
Older Humans (not maybe your aliens?) regard the way Teens experience reality as a false view of reality.
That happens because, over decades, humans learn how wrong they were (via divorce, being fired from a dream job, flunking out of favorite major) when they assessed life through the distorting lens of Neptune.
Some Souls can translate Neptune data into useful information. Most can't.
Two ways you find out which type of Soul you have is to
a) act on what you think Neptune is telling you -- and see what happens years later.
b) read lots and lots of fiction, especially science fiction and/or Romance.
Marriages leading to divorce are like that. Raising a kid you thought would be one thing who turns out to think he is another thing, likewise contains a Neptune (illusion, idealization) message. Soap opera stories are good cautionary tales.
Fiction is the main source for Teens, but today that does not necessarily mean novels, stories, movies, games, and other "published" professional fiction.
Today's teens are imbibing "fiction" via "social networking.
People depict their real life in a fictional way on social media, creating an illusion. The most skilled social media teens can tell the truth and make it seem better or worse than reality.
The less skilled copy them, but don't cast the illusion well, or it doesn't come out as planned.
Teens are teens. With hormones roaring to life, and no experience to guide actions, they have only the proto-type of an ability to understand what they are seeing via the lens of Neptune or Pluto.
However, all humans (even teens) are individuals, and react to what they perceive in idiosyncratic ways. Many are born with the Soul level skills to perceive through the lens of Neptune, Pluto (even Uranus), with piercing accuracy their parents do not have.
Humanity as a species is designed with this generational cycle.
See the part near the end of this post:
where I list where Pluto is during which decades.
Where Pluto is in the natal chart is fixed to a sign by generation, but for each individual is in a different House with different aspects to the faster, inner Planets.
The pattern is unique to each individual, but powerfully similar to members born in a particular span of years.
A third variable is age.
The human species has certain age-specific body functions, and thus very specific epochs in life - lessons on the table before you because of your age.
The first ten years are the dawning of consciousness. According to one model, the Soul "descends" into the body in stages, a year at a time and by 12 or 13 is ready to begin learning life's lessons.
How do your Aliens mature? Gradually? Suddenly?
Humans stumble into sexual maturity with legendary ineptitude, in growth spurts.
But one thing the Teen years always bring is the business of enlarging and cementing Relationships.
The child's world is the parents, siblings, cousins maybe, and the home environment. The Teen's world is the surrounding village, maybe people from other villages. The adult's world include's the King's Castle, the tax collectors, and the conscripting soldiers.
Today, the conscripting soldiers have invaded the nursery.
That is the changing world in which the current crop of teens (born in 2005) are adapting.
We have brain studies showing how experience changes the way our genes "express" and how our brains develop different synapse patterns according to different stimuli,
That is why kids could program VCRs that mystified adults.
That is why the current crop of teens really need phones and Facebook.
The teen years mold the brain and body, and create the network of support groups (and the ability to join and/or leave a support group or clique).
The business of the teen years, the vital and profitable activity of teens, is reaching out to the "village" and working with, learning to know and appreciate, people of different ages, interests, skills, and talents.
The teens are called the formative years, and referred to later as "I grew up here among them" -- the social connections are important not for who is connected to whom, but for the ability to form connections.
Humans need the ability to form connections (not just friendships or romance but all sorts of connections) and to break or out-grow those connections.
The teens are the time when the brain learns connecting, but to learn that, there has to be practice, real-world application.
It used to be that Parents knew every other family in the village and chose who their children could associate with.
An adult raised that way would not be successful in today's world on Earth.
I suspect the interstellar consortium of former Earth colonies would likewise not favor adults whose teens were spent knowing only a very few other humans.
Today's teens need to develop synapses of no use (or even perhaps toxic) to their Parent's generation.
That need arises from the world the current Teen's grandparents built.
These Teens' business is to develop a perception level, an intuition, that will allow them to select out the FEW THOUSAND other humans who are worthy and useful associates.
Watch the structure of LinkedIn grow.
Watch the toxic robot-repeated messages flood outwards on whatever topic Big Bucks are funding (via Press Releases etc).
Teens will be hurt - many will die, becoming examples to their peers of what not to do. Teens will sort out, churning some to prominence and others to obscurity. Teens will learn that the prominent are not the powerful, not the decision makers whose judgement prevails and creates a new world.
Teens always set out in life to change the world they were born into. That is their business in their teens.
In their twenties, their business becomes finding "The One" partner for life, and then having kids, supporting kids, and so on -- should you survive all that, then comes grandchildren.
But as soon as the human leaves the Teen years behind, the disapproval of whatever the new crop of Teens are doing sets in.
Some twenty-somethings cling to the latest Teen jargon, others discard it like dirt.
The Thirty-somethings who have Teen children try to beat "teen-ness" out of their children - deny them cell phones or the toxic social networks, keep their Teens from making the same mistakes they did.
That's what Parents do -- prevent children from making mistakes.
But what if the children are correct and the parents wrong?
That "what-if" is the essence of Science Fiction -- the dream (Neptune) that "I know better than those who have power over me." It's Harry Potter.
The only way today's crop of Teens being driven to suicide by cyber-bullying (or doing the cyber-bullying or hacking and stealing, or sabotaging other kids) will learn to handle the social networking world, develop brain synapses their parents do not have and can not understand, and be correct in their judgement calls, is to wander the Web and get into trouble.
Getting into trouble and being rescued is what children do.
Getting into trouble and rescuing yourself is what adults do.
How do you get to be an adult if you've never been a child?
Today's readership is freaked out by children getting "wet" on Facebook because the social networking tools appeared after these parents were teens. These parents do not know how to rescue kids from cyberbullies.
The only remedy they know is to cut off acccess to the Web. But "the Web" is the village these Teens must reach out to, embrace, and master.
This speed of change in society has never happened to humans before.
"Unprecedented, Captain" is Spock's response to the unknown.
Most humans do not welcome encounters with the unknown. Fear paralyzes then causes aggressive strikes against what might be a threat -- long before real analysis can be completed.
In today's world of social networking, analysis will lag change by years - enough years to bring up a new crop of Teens.
The fact of social change is not a problem to humans (but might be to Aliens, thus Star Trek's Prime Directive). The problem for humans now comes from (as Toffler indicated) the accelerating speed of change.
Parents can't rescue and train children because the parents have no experience of what the children are adapting to.
Adaptation has always been humanity's main survival trait.
Our Teens can adapt to this new and changing world -- forty-somethings are already losing the flexibility of youth.
So, the Battle of the Generations is built into our DNA.
Pliability, and the ability to create new brain configurations to deal with new kinds of threats, is the main characteristic of the human Teen.
Stability, strength, Will Power is the main characteristic of forty-somethings.
These two characteristics might make Humanity (Earthlings) a fearsome, creeping horror threat to the Aliens out there in the Galaxy who do not have such short generations (anymore).
Or, perhaps your Aliens may retain that Teen ability to form new Relationships well into age?
The perpetual Teens would have an inexorable thirst for novelty (as do our Teens).
Now, suppose humanity is now about to meet up with Aliens from out in the Galaxy. Suppose we opt to prevent all our Teens from experiencing raw social networking because of cyberbullying and suicide triggers. We might end up without any thirty-somethings who are capable of forming Relationships with those Aliens, taking as good a beating as the Aliens can dish out, and come back swinging.
Our thirty-somethings who didn't grow up in the brutal world of social networking wouldn't be able to keep interstellar war from destroying Earth.
Or maybe, there would be no Alien Romance to create an epoch of peace and plenty on Earth?
Humanity's survival might depend on our willingness and ability to inflict brutality beyond measure upon our own.
The greatest brutality might be the natural, inevitable, built-in human tendency to "protect" our children from adventuring into a wider social world than they have been trained to navigate?
Maybe we need to train our 5 year olds to navigate hostile social territory -- and thereby create friendly territory (cliques?).
High school and college are the realm of cliques. Should we expunge clique-formation?
If Aliens infiltrate Earth societies, would be force change on these social tendencies to form safe-associations (cliques) that turn on the loner, and bully them to death?
Or would the Aliens swoop in and rescue the targets of our bully-cliques? Take them far away and raise them through their Teens with magic skills?
The business, purpose of existence, of the human Teen years is the forming of wider social circles (search for a mate) and forming solid Relationships with absolute strangers from alien backgrounds.
Would you let your bullied Teen be adopted by Aliens and taken away for 15 years?
Do you think that kid would ever come "home" voluntarily?
If the Teen years pass in isolation from other Teens, what sort of Adult results?
Human parents have always acculturated their Teens to the world the parents grew up in. The difference today is that this natural process denudes the new adult of the skills needed to "make a living" and find a mate, make a home, raise children.
THEME: humans need other humans, Relationships and love to survive as humans.
CONFLICT: parents must keep their children from associating with other humans with the power to harm.
The generations have always been at odds, but never quite like this, at the survival level.