|The Twelve Hours|
Pacific Islands. Exploitation and maltreatment of the good-natured islanders.
[8.1] Now that we have surveyed mainland Australia, let us pay a short visit to the more prominent islands to see how things are there.
[8.2] I said only the more prominent island states, because there are still a lot of innumerable small islands in the world's sea, but all of them are ruled either by the mainland or by the larger island-states.
[8.3] For truly, you would not be able to find much more than a thousand small islands in the world's sea, which would not have been gnawed on and sniffed at by the main European despotism known to you.
[8.4] And this main world-rummaging nation has left more or less unscathed only those islets where it has convinced itself after the most exact conviction (research, ed.) that there is nothing at all for its rat's teeth to gnaw on.
[8.5] Look at the table; I will spread out the whole earth from pole to pole before your eyes, and no point shall be concealed.
[8.6] Look here! The great distance between Asia, Australia and America; see the multitude of islets, how they look out over the great surface of water like the stars in the firmament! But so that you can get an idea of the commercial greed of this world-robbing nation, I will also add the names in writing to each island, as they were given by the greedy explorers.
[8.7] Well, now read! See all even so inhospitable, most remote hiding places of the earth! Look only at the writing, and you will convince yourselves immediately as for which nation of the earth all climates are accessible. For these people do not care whether under the equator their sails are burning with heat, or whether on the other side they freeze between icebergs for three quarters of the year, and their ships are often buried many fathoms under the snow.
[8.8] In short, you will find few other names than those of these world-changers. Therefore, let us go to the major island-states to see the activities of this nation.
[8.9] See therefore about the north-eastern area, a significantly large island under the name New Guinea. This island is also counted to Australia. It has also only a few mountains, and is still younger than Australia according to it's origin; because Australia is only scarcely something over 3 000 years old; the island Guinea is however nearly 700 years younger than Australia.
[8.10] However, this country was discovered by some Asiatic peoples long before Australia; and thus the English and also the Dutch found it already far more cultivated than later the mainland of Australia itself. What was more natural than that such a find was taken into full possession through the cannon thunder of this world-addicted nation without further ado?
[8.11] Here, to be sure, no deportees are sent off; but the poor inhabitants of this island are themselves almost no better off than the slaves in North America.
[8.12] These people are indeed cultivated to some extent, but not for the sake of being educated in the so-called Christian religion or in other sciences, but only for the same reason that you train wild horses, i.e. to become more skilled and fit to carry English loads and to work and fight for them, and when the masters splurge, they also receive a wage afterwards, which is not better, but often worse than that which the draught cattle receive from you after their work is done.
[8.13] For these chief world-leaders do not want to eat bread in the sweat of their face, but they set themselves up with idle hands at all ends of the earth, tear their mouths wide open, and let the unjustly subjugated peoples, as you say, chase the roasted birds into their mouths.
[8.14] Now just look here in the center of the table; there the island is completely spread out. Look at the workers, how they have to perform the hardest work almost completely naked under the glowing rays of the sun.
[8.15] Look, there are many who climb the trees and have to collect a kind of wool from them, which is much more beautiful and finer than a similar one in the East Indies; again, look at others who are busy with the cultivation of sugar cane almost day and night. See others here, who have to dig in the depths of the earth for gold and all kinds of precious stones.
[8.16] See here again others who, like beasts of burden, have to carry their idle masters around in litters; and see here again others who are used in the construction of fortifications and large magazines and are often miserably mistreated for the worst pay.
[8.17] There are still a lot of miserable situations to be considered; but if you only take this little into the right view, it may be enough for you, if you add that this world-addicted nation deals with almost all the conquered island-states in such a political way, as the Romans once did with regard to the foreign godhood.
[8.18] For when they convince themselves that some heathen nation on an island is of a good-natured kind, they do not make much mention of Christianity, but they allow themselves to be instructed in this heathen form of religion; and when they have thus come to the conclusion that such a poor religion is better suited for their great worldly purse than the Christian one, they say, like My dear Paul: We want to be everything with everyone, in order to gain something from everyone; of course not like Paul, who wanted to be everything to everyone in order to gain them for Me, but as already said, everything with everyone.
[8.19] Only if some pagan religion has very selfish principles, then of course the Christian religion is preached with the heaviest canon caliber; and if this pagan nation has accepted the Christian religion, then it is self-evident what all-embracing reward is due to the preachers of salvation.
[8.20] And so look again at the table. Look, again another island. It is called New Britain, and a little further up you see another island, it is called New Ireland. I think you will not need to ask around for long to find out who the masters of these two major islands are.
[8.21] Look well down there, again a major island surrounded by several smaller islands: New Caledonia. There is no need to ask who are the masters of these great fields and how it is done there; look only partly to North America, Australia and New Guinea.
[8.22] Now look down there south, in the eastern part of Australia, an important but very meager and difficult to reach island called Van Diemens Island (Tasmania, ed.). Look, there it looks quite meager; therefore even the Dutch are allowed that this island, if nothing else, nevertheless carries a Dutch name.
[8.23] Despite this Dutch name, however, the English have chosen the very best landing place. Only the western part is open to the Dutch, duty-free.
[8.24] But concerning important fishing in the east, the English know quite well how to dip their nets into the sea.
[8.25] Now we leave this island and turn south; there you see two very important islands side by side, which are only separated by the so-called Coke Strait.
[8.26] This is New Zealand; and a little further south, a not insignificant island under the name of Cornwall. See, to these islands the English have left a free sovereignty in return for a considerable tribute of grain. That is, the rulers of these islands are still left in office for various reasons.
[8.27] The main reason is this, because in this way the government of these extremely remote countries does not cost the English anything, and because it suits them very well, due to their extremely hospitable attitude, as has been mentioned before, for which reason Christianity makes very meager progress here.
[8.28] The second reason why this cosmopolitan nation has not yet undertaken a more thunderous expedition against these lands, is the expense involved.
[8.29] The third reason is that this land is not easily accessible to large ships due to the frequent storms and the many cliffs and sandbanks.
[8.30] And so there are various other selfish reasons why these distant but very fertile sealands have not yet come fully into the despotic clutches of this world-famous nation.
[8.31] But now look, there are some English ships - which is something between merchant ships and warships - as you see, just going to these countries; because now the grain and other useful fruits there are already brought in. For you will know that your spring is autumn there.
[8.32] See, so these ships shall arrive there just in time. Count them once, how many are they? See, quite a fleet, 170 in number, large and small; but so that you may see their activity and busyness there, I will speed up this navigation in the spirit.
[8.33] Now look here; we are already on the spot. See how these poor peoples, mostly still true Cainites, hurry to the shore loaded with baskets and sacks and boxes left by the English especially for this purpose, in order to pay the supposed tribute to the gods; for these poor people consider these world-addicts to be beings of a higher kind, who have descended to earth from the clouds by means of such beautiful floating houses, so that, according to them, at the end of their world, they would receive the sacrifices that were due to them.
[8.34] That they are such superior beings, they conclude from the fact that from these houses they flash and thunder just like from the clouds, and throw mighty thunderbolts.
[8.35] Since the tribute-takers are familiar with such weaknesses of the people, they also indicate their arrival by the thunder of cannons, and when, after a stay of some weeks, they have packed everything into their ships, then, as a payment, these poor peoples are given a grand cannon and rocket spectacle, and this spectacle then tells the inhabitants that the gods have received sufficient sacrifice.
[8.36] In order to prevent any other nation from making such a free find, small islands surrounding these large islands are well equipped with English forts.
[8.37] And so these three great countries are themselves permanently trapped; for at the few points where these countries are capable of landing, the English have planted their fires crisscrossing the land.
[8.38] But where the land, as already said, is inaccessible, there is no need for guards. And so, despite the sovereignty of these countries, these world- and water-addicts are to be regarded as the rulers from the coast to the innermost regions.
[8.39] Here, of course, they do not practice cruelty, that is, they do not wield their slave-whips and hell-torches over these poor, but I say: This is the very place where these people degrade themselves to the greatest abominations of the earth.
[8.40] For as long as any man out of covetousness and avarice tyrannizes his fellows, he is well to be compared [with] a devil, who is a bare servant of Satan; For however bad the tyranny may be, it is at least certain that the mistreated part will be humiliated at least to the innermost drop of the marrow, and he will be taught - though in a tyrannical way - at least a concept of Christianity, causing such poor people, in view of My cross, to endure their misery with tolerance and merit.
[8.41] But where, out of shameful greed, a nation is completely excluded from all higher light, and on the other hand, despite this, the blessed progress of such a nation, while it is secretly left in the most shameful darkness, is announced to the world in a lying manner; listen, no devil is able to perform such feats, but a grand master must lay hands on the work.
[8.42] Behold, this is and belongs to the greatest horrors of the earth! Truly, if a tyrant would kill a thousand innocent people throughout a whole year with the most horrible instruments of torture, so that his torture would be such as no human tongue could pronounce, I would rather show him mercy than such abominations from the abyss of the Prince of Hell.
[8.43] You do not understand this unspeakable cruelty as if you were to see how on another island people are hung by the feet on a tree-branch, so that the head reaches down to the earth. There they are consumed by their own kind of little green ants, and often on the sixth or seventh day, they breathe their last under the most unspeakable pain, and then remain hanging until the last drop of marrow has been consumed by the mentioned ants.
[8.44] Yes, I say, your hair would grown snow-white on the spot, if you would see on another place, how people are held on large grinding stones and ground together to the last fiber, yes, you would close your eyes inevitably, if you would find on another island people with gagged arms and feet hung on tree branches by the genitals, and the female gender, with a rope pulled through the labia, only afterwards hanging on the feet of the male.
[8.45] I could tell you about countless other such cruelties, but you would see nothing in them but all kinds of crucifixions, by which people are deprived of earthly life.
[8.46] But look, all these cruelties are hardly to be considered as a dewdrop in comparison with the sea of the world, which is actually such a spiritual mistreatment of poor mankind; for would someone separate from the body one limb after the other, the body will endure such torture only up to a certain degree.
[8.47] Once the soul has become too angry, it immediately detaches itself from it's covering in union with the spirit, and thereafter the tyrant may pinch, scourge, burn, drag, and in short, do whatever other cruel things he pleases with the body, it is not much different than if one of you would do such things to his stripped garment; for the body is only capable of pain as long as the soul remains in it.
[8.48] When the soul commended itself, if it has become too angry, then, as already said, all pain has ceased.
[8.49] But such an abuse of the soul and the spirit, such a profit-seeking putting on of the slave chains to the immortal spirit, that is more, yes, I say, infinitely more than all physical cruelties which are committed on the whole earth. For do you think it is easy to convert such slave-spirits in their freedom afterwards?
[8.50] Oh see, the human spirit is a free spirit; but once it has taken a direction, who is able to change it so as not to destroy the spirit?
[8.51] And think how it must be for the Father's heart, if He, like a careful landlord, has to watch idly as the hail destroys His fruits.
[8.52] Therefore I say: Woe to you tyrants, you will share your lot with your brothers, the devils; but infinitely woe to you, who have power in your hands to bring a true light to all the peoples of the earth, and you do not do it, but hurl them, out of vile greed and worldliness, into even greater labyrinths of darkness than they were before in their innocence.
[8.53] Yes, I say once again: Infinite woe to you, when the day of payment shall come for you; truly, you shall receive what My Divinity is able to invent and conceive in the innermost depths of the fire of your wrath! - I need not say more.
[8.54] For to deprive a man of his God is the supreme abomination; I need not tell you more.
[8.55] To use My Word for the lowest, greedy and avaricious purposes, as well as all the preceding, is the highest abomination; I do not need to tell you anything more!
[8.56] As for the other island-nations, except for Japan, which will be dealt with in the ninth hour, except for an island in the middle of the ocean called Otaheity (Tahiti, ed.), almost the same is the case for the former islands.
[8.57] This island is almost like New Zealand, except that European weapons-training has been introduced here at some points, and here and there also Christianity; for this island, as small as it is compared to the others, now supplies almost all English island-states with sulfur and the best salnite salt, for which reason very important powder-factories have been set up there; For the soil of this island is almost pure sulfur, for which reason there is also one of the largest fire-spouts, whose crater is several hours in circumference and is always full of glowing lava.
[8.58] And thus it is enough for you for today's eighth hour, because by virtue of the small introduction that I have given you in this hour, both physically and spiritually, the next ninth hour will provide you with more vivid information. Amen.
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