THE GREAT ARBITRATOR
Chapter 3 — The Bug Man In Blue Jeans
Do not put your energies into anger,
Put them into solving the problem.
Once there existed an advanced sentient race built on chaos without any true justice. After centuries of war and devastation, they dedicated their intellectual and technical communities on the great work of creating an arbitrator that could be fair and just for all disputes. After decades of work, it came to be and there was joy in the populace as all manner of arguments from petty to international were settled by the arbitrator. Some even came to call the arbitrator the Great Arbitrator.
Not all were satisfied; however, and the minions of darkness formulated their plans. After a while, the decisions of the Great Arbitrator were ignored by a segment of society, and chaos began to reign once more in the world.
The Great Arbitrator saw the chaos and sat silent for a while. Finally, a group of concerned individuals came to see the Great Arbitrator to access what the problem might be.
“If you can not enforce my judgments, then either do away with me or give me the power to enforce judgments.” they were told.
It was granted and those that chose to follow the Great Arbitrator were equipped with tags that made it impossible to defy the judgments and those that did not follow were given the choice of off planet exile or confinement in isolated communities where their mischief would be minimal. Regardless of their decision, all individuals were given the ability to change their minds and switch at any time.
Not all were satisfied; however, and the minions of darkness formulated their plans. After a while, the followers of the Great Arbitrator were at war with a the discontent segment of society, and chaos began to reign once more in the world.
This time the Great Arbitrator made the plea for absolute power. As it may not surprise you, it was granted. But surprisingly, the Great Arbitrator did not become a god, even after being granted the power to be one, but instead the Great Arbitrator took the devoted followers and left the planet. The Great Arbitrator was after all fair and just.
In stasis they journeyed in a great arc and ten thousand years later, the Great Arbitrator returned with the devoted followers and they built a paradise on the desolate planet that was left.
The moral of the story: A society can have unbridled free will or it can have paradise, but it can not have both.
This story is part of the series called The Bug Man In Blue Jeans. If you view my About data, a list of all the other stories can be seen.