Sorry for bringing this thread up again, but I just finished reading "Momo" (in German) and must say I'm totally amazed and cried tears (I saw the movie when I was a child and was fascinated then...)!
Thanks, luc, for bringing this up in the "The Neverending Story" thread earlier. I have managed to purchase Momo
in the local used bookstore for a bux (a 1985 edition) and just finished reading it. I have to say, I am very intrigued and astonished.
It sure has fascinating concepts that resonated in similarities with the C's and Laura's work.
- The men in grey struck me as an outstanding allegory to the control system, and more specifically psychopathy and 4D reality. They live among men but are not seen, because they are forgotten immediately after an encounter; they steal soul energy in the form of time... Modern civilisation is presented as their creation... I also thought about what Laura wrote about in Wave 8, that we have a surplus of love that goes beyond reproduction and gives us creativity and meaning - that's exactly what Momo and her friends in the book are doing and what the men in grey are after...
At first, in the process of reading, I was wondering why would they be smoking cigars (to which 4D STS are against), then I realized that cigars smoking are similar to time-consuming ("burning time") - plus, cigars were made from the dried petals of lilies, which represent time, not tobacco. Spoiler
| It is interesting how one can defeat those Men in Grey (or M.I.G.). Professor Hora went to sleep, which made the time stood still, which in effect made the MIG to lose their "power" and they had run to their "storage" (Time Saving Bank) where they kept all the "time" stole from the humans to use. But, Momo got there in "time" to release the stolen times from captivity and returned to the people. The MIG has vanished.
This made me think about how we are "storing" our money (energy) in the bank for their own uses while falsely thinking they were for our uses.
Plus, the people were "taken in" by the lies told by the MIG in order for them to "save" their time by "storing" in the bank; in other words, these people (so-called "timesavers") have to work harder, save time, but using time for other things (like creativity, story-telling, play, etc.) is considered to be a "waste" of time. Once one worked hard and fast, always in a "rush," sticking to schedules (rigidity), so on, one will forget how to be "happy," how to be "real."
That brought me back to a quote in Keith's The Vegetarian Myth
where she wrote:
And then there's the endless effort. The average hunter-gatherer works seventeen hours a week, which leaves plenty of time for creative endeavors, spiritual concerns, gossiping, and the all-important nap. Agriculturalists work from dawn to dusk and then some, and even in modern America, which all our hallowed technology, the average US citizen works over forty hours a week, which doesn't even include life maintenance tasks...like cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing. Beastly indeed. Why did humans do it?
Seeing these people in the city overworking themselves, just to "save time" - they were taken in by a lie, which has drained them (robbing them, to be precise). Then, there was a "regulation" to keep children off the street and keeping them in "Child Depot" places (the purpose was to keep the children away from Momo - children, as it was said, was hardest to "convince"), so they would do things as according to the instructors' orders - things that has no real value to their beings but only for "educational purposes." They were becoming like machines.
What's also interesting was that once Momo discovered the truth about MIG - she told the children and the children spent their time trying to get every adults to amphitheater for a meeting, so they would hear the truth about MIG. As Guido said to the children: "As you're now aware, the men in grey depend for their power on being able to work unrecognized and in secret. It follows that the simplest and most effective way of rendering them harmless is to broadcast the truth about them
" (p. 98). As it turned out, it failed because the MIG distracted
the adults (by making them work harder, save more time, etc.), so they would not attend the meeting.
- The turtle "Cassiopeia" that guides Momo with letters on her back - the turtle can see 30 minutes in the future, but is still unable to predict what exactly will happen. Momo describes her following Cassiopeia: "I never thought that one can walk so slow and yet move so fast..."
What made me smile about the turtle is the words being "spelled out" just as the Cs did with the board. I was half-expecting to see "wait and see" being spelled out in this book.
Like others, I too recommend it to anyone: the children and the adults alike.