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I've read the book and found it wonderfully thought provoking and inspiring. The Iargans tend to come off as somewhat arch and patronizing, as though
they are talking to an animal or an ape, which is sort of strange, considering that they themselves resemble, at least in some respects physically,
apes. I really enjoyed learning about their economic system, wherein no money is exchanged. Instead, if one needs something, one simply asks for it
and it is loaned to them for life. Objects are made very well to last for many decades, unlike our material objects, so they can be reused
It is true that the Iargans are all about efficiency. They want to figure out how to place the most people in group housing while still preserving
intimacy, harmony, grace, and beauty of surroundings. Industrial and agricultural functions are streamlined and mostly mechanized, so that a minimum
of human labor is required to perform. Each adult Iargan must work a couple of hours a week in order to keep communal systems running smoothly.
Otherwise, their time is given over to what they love to do, be it systems planning, creating art, going on recreational trips, spiritual or
philosophical pursuits, etc.
Since no money exists, the idea of "consumption" and "taxes" likewise do not exist. Here we are obsessed with how much we make, and how much we
are taxed; on Iarga, everything one needs is provided, so that a being can perform to the best of his or her ability in doing what they love for the
greater good. Even yachts and other luxury items are rented. Nothing is paid for on Iarga, only registered.
As far as goods are concerned, you may not have more "in stock" than is reasonable for your own use, otherwise the surplus can be confiscated. It is
practically the same sort of thing as a bank account, except that they place the control on the expenditure, whereas we place it on the income.
This difference is worth a lot of thought.
They are a very loving people, always saluting,hugging, or otherwise cuddling one another, mostly in water, being an amphibian race. Oddly, they like
to eat fish.
The Iargans consider humans a very brutal, violent, and viciously stupid race, and it's a wonder they allowed Stephan Denerde access to their
culture. They rightly consider our Christianity a sham, given how we treat one another. It is hard to understand this culture in some ways. While I am
willing to allow that they are superior to us technologically and spiritually, in the matter of human freedom, they seem to lack the concept of
"reformation" such as we understand it. If an Iargan is violent, psychopathic, or otherwise criminal, they are simply killed, as their society is so
highly structured and interdependent that it cannot withstand abhorrent or highly disturbing behavior.
The second portion of the book is given over to Iargan's spiritual beliefs or philosophy. I found this section nearly impenetrable. This is mostly
due to the abysmal quality of the translation from Dutch to English. This book begs for a new translation and a new edition. Finding it in hard form
is difficult, and one can expect to pay a lot for the book itself. I feel very fortunate to own a copy.
For weeks after reading about the Iargans, I found myself wanting to replicate, even if only through talking with my friends, some of the progressive
ideas of this advanced race here on Earth. We should not have to pay taxes nor even work to live on our planet; we have a right to claim Earth as our
own and to live peacefully here together, without living in a slave system wherein we must work at low paying jobs just to pay enough to own or rent a
bit of land. We shouldn't have to pay for energy, for heat, for food, etc. A new society will eventually be built here on earth that will resemble a
little more that of the Iargans, when people throw off the shackles of the world banks and take up instead a system of mutual contribution and
cooperation, wherein each individual gets to exercise god given abilities and gifts, and works for the greater good instead of personal profit and