The Arkesyyan Chronicles



The 7 Heavenly Virtues: From The Sirian B Archives



Note of the Antarian Archeological Institute:

Yessardayr: 7th day of the Sirian B's week (yessar=seventh, dayr=day); equivalent to the Earth's Friday, it is the last schoolday.
Mythos: Sirian B name for "Month"; a mytho last 33 dayrs (days), or 3 wyckyes (weeks).
Wykye: Sirian B name for the English's "week"; on Sirius B, a wykye last 11 Earth days.
Ash-: Sirian B title for a Sirian B teacher; ex: Ash-Sateyt means "Teacher Sateyt".
Dawnight: Sirian B name of evening; dawn'n'ight, the dawn of night.
Dawnayr: Sirian B name of morning; dawn'd'ayr, the dawn of day.

1: Chastity

A delicate chime announced the beginning of the class. The students teleported from the backyard into the classroom, and sat behind their respective desks, giggling about an unheard joke. They were all in their late teenage years, most of them at only two years from becoming young adults. Their skins were very dark, while their hair were all dark, medium-long, and curly. Their clothes were all white or pastel-coloured, covering the limbs yet very loose and light. This resulted from the facts that the planet they were living on was Tyur, a M-class planet around Sirius B. Due to the extremity of Sirius A, and the intense radiations coming from both stars to the planets, the inhabitants there evolved into darker skin and hair, to counteract the radiation.

This was the story of the planet upon which an Antarian archaeologist gave his attention. He was seated in his loft, a strange device on his knees, and he took out from it some sort of disk. He picked another one from the pile beside him, and inserted it in the device. Its monitor lit up, and the classroom scene was again visible, and the archaeologist raised the audio output, and looked intently as the scene unfolded.

When all the students calmed down, a Sirian professor entered the classroom. He was too dark-skinned and dark-haired, but he had a dark mustache and glasses, giving him a constant amused yet kind expression.

"Dawnayr, students!" he cheered pleasantly.

"Dawnayr, Ash-Sateyt," the students answered back.

"So, thank you for the excellent reports of yessardayr, and I want to congratulate you on the integration and understanding of the debate about Right and Wrong. Now," the professor, Ash-Sateyt, began with his usual enigmatic smile, "I have a greater challenge for you."

He took a pile of books from his table's drawers, and passed them around.

"Continuing the subject about "Alien's History" and Ancient Earth history and culture, this book is a collection of Earthian's early beliefs, or so is believed."

The students chuckled at the play of words. Ash-Sateyt smiled, and continued:
"We have for the last mythos concentrated on the Early and Dark Ages philosophies of Earth. From today, the study will now concentrate on the Modern Age, and the remaining philosophies. One of the most important philosophy that remained in the Modern Age, was "Christianity", the same philosophy that we learned three mythos ago."

The students nodded in agreement and understanding, and the professor continued:
"Amongst the most important primary studies of Western Earthian population, was the study and comprehension of a book called "Catechism". We have found the 2134 Edition of the Catechism book, made in the Earth year 2134, and I have it integrated into your study book. Please open your book at page 78, and follow along."

After every students opened their book at page 78, Ash-Sateyt began his lecture:
"The "Catechism" book was a collection of what was considered virtuous and sinful, right and wrong. Keep in mind though that the Catechism book wasn't the only one teaching the Earthian population about those concepts, for there were many others, all teaching the exact same concepts, with minimal deviations and changes. For the next 7 dayrs, we will learn the 7 virtues of Catechism. At the rise of the next wykye, I will ask that you put on my desk a complete report on what you've learned."

"Yes, Ash-Sateyt," the students acknowledged.

"Very well," the professor clapped his hands. "We'll begin by the first virtue of the Catechism: Chastity. Let's read together the entry for that virtue, shall we?"

Ash-Sateyt opened his own copy of the school book, and read out loud:

"Chastity is sexuality within the context of the marital relationship, that reflects a complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. Catechism teaches that sexual pleasure is good and created by God, who meant for the married couple to experience pleasure and enjoyment of body and spirit. Chastity is the uniting of man and woman, body and soul, in mutual self-donation. The union aspect includes the transference of each partner's being so that they are no longer two but one flesh. Chastity also includes sexual pleasure, the delight in it, and the desire for it, as long as it is sacred and in its right context."

A student raised her hand and asked:
"Excuse me, Ash-Sateyt, but wasn't chastity the abstinence of sexual acts, only meant for procreation?"

"No," Ash-Sateyt answered. "That is a common misconception, yet it is one that didn't seemed to have been resolved, at least, not in the early years of the Earthian Modern Age. Unlike the common belief, chastity did not meant abstinence from sexual acts based on pleasure. In fact, it allowed it and promoted it as a gift from God, as long as the acts were performed within the married couple, and as long as it included the spiritual connection and the love between the partners. Sexuality was used to unite and strengthen the spiritual bond between the husband and the wife, to make them become one."

"Then why, in the recovered Earthian dictionaries and encyclopedias, is it written that chastity was the abstinence of sexual acts?" another student asked.

Ash-Sateyt smiled sadly.

"I'm afraid, that is not known. Perhaps that myth made its way into being real, and no one made researches to know if that was true, and gradually, the original meaning got replaced by the myth. It was a recurrent problem in Earth's history, and in most other worlds too, even our own."

The students nodded in understanding, and Ash-Sateyt flipped more pages, and continued:
"However, unlike many mid-20th century Earthian beliefs, chastity does not only mean the union between two partners, but encompassed a much broader ideology, based again on friendship and love. If we continue reading further, we will find the other meanings behind chastity. Let's read them, shall we?"

He cleared his throat, and read out loud:

"Chastity also represent health and hygiene, and counsel to refrain oneself by from intoxicants. To be chaste also requires to be honest with oneself, one's family, one's friends, and to all of humanity. One must also embrace complete morality and pure thoughts through education.
Finally, one must be able to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption."

Ash-Sateyt closed his book, and looked at the class.

"So, as you see, Chastity represented absolute morality and pure thoughts in every aspect of one's life, that is sexual, friendship, or one's evolvement with his neighbours. That is why Chastity was considered as the First Virtue of Catechism, and an universal virtue, no matter which religion or belief you chose.
>> So, tonight, your homework will be a study on chastity, and to explain in details exactly what it means, based on what we've learned today, okay?"

The students acknowledged the task, and the chime rang softly.

"Go on, class is over," the Sirian B professor smiled, looking fondly as the students rushed to teleport themselves into the recreation center.

The monitor went black, and a single line of sentence appeared in its place. It was written:

"25 Jylyat 15,356; archived video from the 12 Tyryat 15,354 "Alien's History" class by Ash-Sateyt. Subject: Study of the Earthian 2134 Edition of Catechism, sub-study Chastity."

The screen went back to black, this time for real, and the Antarian archaeologist took out the disk. He brushed his fingers against the glass-like table beside him, and a text window appeared. He quickly wrote:
"Discovery of a major archeological proof of the presence of philosophical beliefs on Ancient Earth. Double-check in Antares Library for a book called 'Catechism'".

He sighed with happiness, and rose to freshen up his tired body, and to sleep before the next sequence of archived disks he had to look.

2: Temperance.
The next morning, after a heavy breakfast, our mysterious Antarian archaeologist sat back comfortably in his sofa, picked up the strange device, and inserted a disk from the pile upon the glass table, named "Sirian B Archived Files, #176", in the said device. As the monitor lit up, and a classroom was seen, the archaeologist smiled, satisfied, and leaned, as if to better see and hear the following video.

Students filled, or rather, popped inside, the classroom once more, this time in the afternoon.
Ash-Sateyt conventionally entered the classroom (through the door), and smiled pleasantly.

"Good dayr, students!"

"Good dayr, Ash-Sateyt!" the students answered.

"I hope yesterdayr wasn't too challenging?" the Sirian B professor asked, smiling mischievously.

"No," was the general answer, minus a few more complex answers.

"Good, because todayr will be more complex," Ash-Sateyt warned, opening the school book he provided his students yesterday. "So, following with this wykye's theme of studying the Catechism book, we will follow with the 2nd virtue. This one is called "Temperance". Anyone wants to venture what it means?"

"Abstinence from alcoholic drink," a student answered, mentally quoting from the dictionary.

"Yes, and no," Ash-Sateyt corrected. "Temperance is described in the 2134 Edition of Catechism as moderation of food and drink intake, as its first meaning. Here is the definition:

"Temperance is the moral act to supply the body with enough food and drink to keep it healthy, but to know when to stop, so as to not disgrace the body. Temperance not only benefit the health of the body, but also protect and moderate the animals, the plants, and the water that God has so graciously provided us. Temperance also permits a better distribution of food and water to your neighbours, and their neighbours."

"But that is the what we do since millenniums in every country of Tyur!" a student remarked.

"Indeed; but it took a long time for Earthian to arrive at this decision," Ash-Sateyt explained. "It took until 2085 of Earth's years before its population decided to moderate the amount of food and drink taken by each citizen. It took a catastrophic famine and drought before the individual governments decided to ration the amount of food and drink. Before that, 1/3 of the population ate without consideration to others's famine. We have original studies from Earth who showed that in the Earthian year 2012, a type of culture known as the potato crops, were supplying enough potatoes to nourish all 6 billions humans with 1 pound of potato per day. The same were true for two other food crops known as wheat and rice. Yet, historical studies show that 2/3 of the Earthian population, in 2012, were starving, even though there were enough food for every 6 billions humans."

The students stayed silent for a moment.

"So that is temperance in the context of food," the professor continued. "Now, temperance also applied to the consumption of alcoholic drinks. Due to their high risk of affecting the mental behaviour, alcoholic drinks were suggested to be taken with control. Temperance allowed you to drink, but as long as you weren't affected mentally by it. However, this was another virtue that many people neglected, resulting in several accidents, and even deaths, every year. Rather like us, in the beginning of our civilization."

"It was corrected, right?" another student asked. "Like us, alcoholic consumption was more regulated?"

"Yes, but not exactly because of the virtue of temperance," Ash-Sateyt answered. "Finally, temperance also represented the third aspect of control: mental control over one's actions. The biggest example was the ability to control one's desire, and consider our surroundings's need before acting. Temperance taught you to judge any future actions or desire with regard to its impact on your surroundings. It taught you to balance your actions between self-interest and public-interest, your rights and needs versus the rights and needs of others. Strangely, that was a virtue that many Earthian found hard to follow, especially amongst the Earthian's higher caste, but also amongst some middle and low caste."

"So," Ash-Sateyt concluded, "temperance is basically the self-control of consumption of food or drinks, for health reason, moral reason, and environmental reason; and the self-control upon your desire and actions with regards to your fellows. Finally, not only the Catechism advised Temperance, but also various Earthian religions, such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. Temperance was widely advocated, for all the above-mentioned reasons, which is almost a mystery, since not many practiced temperance."

A chime was heard, and Ash-Sateyt smiled.

"Okay, so, tonight, your homework is a study on temperance, who advocated it, and why was it advocated."

"Yes, Ash-Sateyt," the students acknowledged.

"Have a good dawnight, students," Ash-Sateyt wished them.

"Good dawnight!" the students replied cheerily before popping out of the classroom to their home.

The monitor went black, and a single line of sentence appeared:

"25 Jylyat 15,356; archived video from the 13 Tyryat 15,354 "Alien's History" class by Ash-Sateyt. Subject: Study of the Earthian 2134 Edition of Catechism, sub-study Temperance."

The Antarian archaeologist ejected the disk with a satisfied smile, and opened up the note he made last night. Below last night's entry, he wrote:
"Temperance: possible explanation for the famine elimination dilemma on Earth?"

He looked at his watch; it indicated that only 1 hour had passed, so he inserted another disk in his device, and sit back comfortably, the device on his knees.

3: Charity
The monitor lit up, and the familiar classroom appeared on the screen, with the familiar pop of students teleporting behind their desk straight from home. Ash-Sateyt was already behind his desk, flipping through the pages of the schoolbook. When he heard the pops, he closed the books, and looked at the students with his usual pleasant smile.

"Good dawnayr, students," Ash-Sateyt began, as each morning.

"Good dawnayr, Ash-Sateyt," the students answered.

"So," the professor began without further ado, "We have covered Chastity and Temperance, the first two virtues of the 2134 Edition Catechism. Anyone ready for the third virtue?"

The students politely cheered.

"Good. Today, it is "Charity". I don't think I need to quote the Catechism's description of Charity; we in Tyur are all pretty much familiar with it?"

The students cheered in agreement.

"Indeed," Ash-Sateyt continued. "For 12 thousands years, Tyur's society prospered and evolved around charity. Now, it is not even a doubt: everyone helps everyone, all classes are equal, etc.
>> Yet, it would surprise you how much different the population of the Modern Age era on Earth was. In the beginning of their 21st century, the 6 billion Earthian population were divided with 100 millions people homeless, 920 millions people were starving, and 1.7 billion people were below poverty level. Finally, in those 6 billions people, roughly 5% to 20% of those were in what Earthian culture called "upper class". In our culture, that word means nothing, but in theirs, being an upper class was the highest level you could be. You owned many buildings, you owned many lands, etc. In contrast, there were 17% of the Earthian population that were homeless, starving, and below poverty. The rest were divided between what they called "middle class" (between 20%-40% of the population, depending on the description of middle-class), and "working/lower class" (between 20%-30%, depending again on the description).
>> Now, once, a very long time ago, this was also the case on Tyur. We had the ruling class, the middle class, and the low caste. The ruling class didn't helped much the lower caste, and the middle class had barely enough to give to the lower caste. But what happened in Tyur?"

"A ruler rose against his class, and devoted his entire fortune to the lower caste," a student recited.

"Yes, exactly," Ash-Sateyt congratulated. "After many eons, the ruling class completely devoted itself to helped the lower caste, and they merged with the middle class, which is the system we have here since 12 thousands years. You look in our streets, and not one person is homeless, poor, or hungry. But that concept took time to gain popularity on Earth."

"Why?" a student asked.

"Greed," Ash-Sateyt answered simply. "Which is the exact opposite virtue from Charity in the Catechism. Earthian schools used to learn that you had the choice of charity, or greed. Many upper class members chose greed."

"But doing so would anger the lower class, no?" a student replied, perplexed.

"And angered the lower class it did, yes," the professor acknowledged. "Most upper class members decided to keep for themselves all their fortunes and their gold, and only from time to time would they donate, but it was done always to appeal to the middle class than as a true act of charity."

"Then what happened?" another student asked.

"Groups formed, from people who willingly followed in the path of the lower class and the poor, so that they could donate all they earned to those that truly needed it. Those groups of hundreds of people traveled throughout the world to give medical help, to feed the hungry, to provide shelter for the homeless and the poor; to basically do with their limited amount of fortunes what only few upper class members could have done in less amount of years. The most important Earthian archived charity group was named the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Between the 19th century and the 22th century, it held 100 millions people, all devoted to charity, and to help the lower caste. Many other notable groups still yet unfound in Sirian Archives groups also did the same, according to the Earthian history.

"Were the lower caste and the upper class finally merged with the middle class?" the student asked.

"Earthian books states that yes, with the help of all those charity groups. But it took until the 23rd century to accomplish that. Yet, with their help, poverty, hunger, and homeless people diminished in quantity and gravity, which states the importance of charity in any civilized and modern society."

The students noted it down, while the professor cleared his throat for the rest of the study.

"However, this meaning of Charity is but one out of four meanings it has. We've talked of the equality of castes and the abolition of poverty and hunger, but to obtain that, one must also uphold Generosity, Self-Sacrifice, and Love. Self-Sacrifice is the ability to abandon your comfort in order to bring it to those in lack of it. To be able to renounce to riches, so that you can give it to the poor. To renounce feasts so you can feed instead the hungry.
>> From Self-Sacrifice then derives Generosity, which is the action of self-sacrifice, which is only the thought. But the greatest of these meaning, which even Self-Sacrifice, Generosity, and Charity derive from, and exist only because of it, is Love. But Love as we Tyurian express it: unlimited kindness and compassion towards all beings, regardless of their lives, beliefs, or actions. Because of this ability to love everyone no matter what, Earthian held Charity as the greatest of all virtues. Because no one is truly virtuous if he or she cannot love and be kind."

The end of class chimes rang, and the professor smiled softly.

"This announce the end of this class for today. Dawnight, you will write a study on all charity meanings , alright?"

"Yes, Ash-Sateyt," the students acknowledged.

"Good. Now time for you to relax. See you tomorrow!"

The students popped out of existence, and popped back into the recreational area.

The monitor screen went blank, and before the usual line of sentence appeared, the mysterious Antarian archaeologist ejected the disk. Below his notes from the last archived files he's seen, he scrambled:
"Charity groups: another explanation for the sudden disappearance of famine and poverty dilemma on Earth?".

He stretched his tired limbs, and rose to prepare his lunch. He will have to wait for the next files, for he had a meeting with the Antarian Institute. Upon a feeling, he copied his archeological notes on a disk, and thought that he might interest the committee into further funding his researches on Ancient Earth. With a smile, he quickly ate his lunch, and went to prepare himself for the meeting.

4: Diligence
Dusk was falling in the home of our Antarian archaeologist. Suddenly, his front door opened, and he walked in his house with the look of someone who won a battle. He was smiling widely, and upon setting his eyes on the pile of Sirian B archived files, he blew them a thankful kiss. With a relieved sigh, he prepared his dinner, and plopped in his couch.
"Let's see what's next, since you earned me an expedition," he said to the Sirian disks, inserting one in his computer-like device. Taking a bite from his plate, he sat back, taking off his shoes, and listened closely as the monitor lit up to the usual classroom scene.

"Very well, students, your Catechism reports have been excellent," Ash-Sateyt admired, flipping through the files that the students gave him this morning. "That is encouraging!"

The students accepted that compliment with a polite smile.

"From today, this is where it becomes more complicated," Ash-Sateyt warned, leaning comfortably back against his table, facing the students. "For the last dayrs, the Virtues we have examined (Chastity, Temperance, and Charity) have all been ideas more physical in nature. From now, the remaining Catechism Virtues are more philosophical, especially the Virtues of todayr and tomorrow.
>>The following Virtues are not life-threatening, or disgrace-prone. Meaning, if the Earthian population didn't follow them, they weren't risking hurting their soul mates, they weren't damaging Earth's ecosystem, or they weren't jeopardizing the well-being and health of their comrades. The following Virtues were more of an abstract idea, one that would make you a better person. Who can tell me what "Diligence" is? Without looking it up in the schoolbook or in the dictionary," Ash-Sateyt finished with a corner smile.

The students looked at each other, uncertain as what to answer.

"Exactly. What is Diligence?" Ash-Sateyt continued. "If you look its definition, it means dedication to a work, to a person, or to an ideology. But it is much more complex than that. Diligence is to do everything zealously and carefully; decisive work ethics, not giving up, and stability in your beliefs. Also, being diligent was to guard oneself against laziness, which could be disastrous during an important work."

A hand was raised amongst the students, and Ash-Sateyt paused.


"Giving way to laziness would be disastrous because it could degenerate into taking the easy way out, which in certain cases would be the dark path, right?" the shy student asked.

"Indeed, yes," the Sirian professor agreed. "Especially in Earthian culture, many times has laziness given way to taking an easy way out, which then sometimes gave way to disastrous events. One example would be taking the way out with violence and countering it with the easy path of violence, instead of taking the more courageous and righteous path of diplomacy and peace. So yes, diligence was to not only be careful and zealous in one's actions and works, but to guard against laziness, and uphold one's beliefs above everything else.
>> Finally, the last meaning of diligence is to maintain one's convictions at all times, especially when no one is watching. It is the moral action of upholding our beliefs not because we have an image to give to our friends, but because it is the truth. Also called integrity," Ash-Sateyt added with a wink; the students chuckled.

Suddenly, the video fluttered, and a message appeared as the screen went black:

"Footage (of the 15 Tyryat 15,354 "Alien's History" class by Ash-Sateyt; Subject: Study of the Earthian 2134 Edition of Catechism, sub-study Diligence) incomplete due to a temporary power loss in the surveillance system at 3:47 of the 15 Tyryat 15,355. Input the 28 Jylyat 15,356 archived video for the remaining footage of the 15 Tyryat 15,354, starting back at 11:52, during the 'Science' class by..."

With a sigh, the Antarian archaeologist ejected the disk before the message ended, and searched through his piles of disk to find the next Ash-Sateyt class.

5: Patience
"Today, the study is quite simple," Ash-Sateyt said to his students.

The Antarian archaeologist had skipped the usual routine of the beginning of the class, to reach the actual class. He was getting tired with lack of sleep, and he wanted to be left with only two more disks tomorrow about Earth's history.

"Last dayr," the Sirian professor in the monitor continued, "we've learned the first abstract virtue. Let's now study the second one: Patience."

The students chuckled.

"The name is quite misleading," Ash-Sateyt smiled, "for it should rather say 'Peace'. Anyway, Patience, in the 2134 Edition of Catechism, is the virtuous ability to resolve conflicts and injustice peacefully, and never resort to violence to resolve such conflicts. Simultaneously, it also uphold the virtue of having the grace to forgive and show mercy to sinners, instead of remorselessly punish them. Finally, Patience also upholds a society based on a peaceful co-habitation, rather than a society based on suspicions, antagonism, hostility, and suffering.

"Weren't all Earthian cities based on peaceful co-habitation?" a student asked, puzzled. "It only profits everyone."

"And yet, you would be surprised on how much cities actually upheld such virtues," Ash-Sateyt answered. "Some ancient Earthian cities abhorred anything or anyone that didn't 'fit' in their beliefs. The same for some Earthians. Some of them were constantly hostile to new ideas, some were always suspicious of their neighbours.
>> An example was two ancient guideline that Earthian had when dealing with suspicious events or ideas. To ascertain a danger or a suspicion, they had two choices: 'Guilty until proven innocent' and 'Innocent until proven guilty'. What does that mean? Well, if someone, for example, was under suspicions of committing a crime, but had in fact not committed the crime, if the judges chose 'Guilty until proven innocent', they would condemn anyway the 'guilty' (yet innocent) person to be punished, until proof came to them that he was truly innocent."

"That's horrible!" a student burst out.

"Indeed it was. Some unwanted executions were performed under that belief; an innocent man was condemned to death in lack of proof that he was truly innocent. That is why that all Earthian modern cities afterwards adopted the 'Innocent until proven guilty'; it bore more risks to let a criminal go unpunished, but it also bore less risk to take the life of an innocent person.
>> But that same mentality applied not only to crimes, but to people and beliefs. Toward the 21th century of Earthian population, when people became suspicious of other people, they abandoned the predominant 'Innocent until proven guilty' and adopted the 'Guilty until proven innocent' mentality, contrary to the Patience virtue. It resulted in population being blamed for their leaders's crimes, in believers being wrongfully blamed for their leaders's actions. It wasn't until the 24th century that the Earthian population returned to the 'Innocent until proven guilty' mentality, and treated their fellow neighbours as such, instead of automatically see all of them as guilty."

"Why so long?" another student asked.

"Who knows?" Ash-Sateyt answered sadly. "Fear makes people do horrible things. We must not blame them, for at that time, they feared for many things, and they preferred eliminating the danger before it even existed, even if that meant to punish many innocents. That is why that before the virtue of Patience, Earthian people had to learn the virtue of Diligence: never to take the easy way out. Because when you're in fear, it is much less riskier to take the easy way out (suspicions, hostility, violence) than to be the better man and to risk the hard, risky, yet virtuous path of peace and mercy.
>> There were some important characters in Earthian's history that followed the virtue of Patience, and ended up with the same, if not even better, results than those who followed the path of violence and hostility. Some of them won the independence of their country through only peaceful resistance, some of them won the absolute respect for the people of different colours or beliefs, all through the virtue of Patience."

The end of class chime rang, and the Sirian professor smiled.

"Now, do not forget that Yessardayr, school is closed for the Tyur holiday, so tomorrow will be your last dayr of school for this wykye. That means we will also cover the two remaining virtues tomorrow. Now off to play, and this dawnight, your homework is to write about Patience, and the different ways possible of resolving conflicts through that virtue."

"Yes, Ash-Sateyt," the students acknowledged, rising and popping out of the classroom.

The Antarian ejected the disk and rose with a yawn, deciding he was done for tonight. He closed the reading device, and went to sleep.

6: Kindness

"Kindness," Ash-Sateyt began, the next morning. "It's all the virtues we've learned, such as charity, compassion, and friendship, but acted out. It's to uphold all those virtues not because you are obliged to, to keep an image, but because it is truly the path you choose. Kindness is to empathize with your fellow companions; to trust them, and to abandon all prejudices or resentment (which brings us back to Patience and Charity). It taught you to unselfishly love and to be voluntarily kind to everyone, without any bias or spite. Unselfishly love means to love and help people for its own sake, because many Earthians pretended to be kind, but it was for their own interest (to create a debt, or to promote one's image to their friends).
>> Finally, Kindness was to also have a positive outlooks for life and a cheerful demeanour, so it could inspire others to follow that path."

The Sirian professor looked at the clock, and added, with an apologetic tone:
"We'll skip right to the last virtue remaining, so that we'll be able to tidy everything up."

7: Humility
Ash-Sateyt smiled, and flipped the schoolbook's pages to the end.

"Okay, so, the last, but not least, virtue of the Catechism: Humility. One of the most important and universal virtue beside charity and patience, Humility upholds selflessness and a modest behaviour. Being modest and selfless would permit the believer to abandon self-interest, and to have no desires impeding any acts or thoughts of charity and kindness. In its most simple meaning, Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but to think of yourself less.
>> Other meanings of Humility is to self-examine oneself, constantly working to better oneself through examination, while at the same time, understand and give compassion to people you disagree with, since they follow the same path of betterment, consciously or not. Secondly, Humility is to have the courage and the heart to undertake difficult, tedious, or unglamorous tasks, and to graciously accept the sacrifices and efforts it involves. Again, to have the courage and to take the risk of not taking the easy way out, no matter how hard the other way seems. It also involves responsibility of one's actions, such as being faithful to promises one made, no matter how big or small they may be, and to give credit where credit is due. Modesty comes into play, as Humility also uphold to not unfairly glorify one's own self and merits.
>> Finally, the last meaning of Humility is to refrain from despair, and to have the ability, courage, and heart of confronting fear, uncertainty, and intimidation. Once more, not taking the easy way out."

Ash-Sateyt observed with a pleased smile as the students wrote it all down.

"As you can see, all 7 virtues of the Catechism complemented each other, each fulfilling a specific aspect of morality. Not one virtue was truly perfect if you didn't also upheld the remaining virtues."

The Sirian professor closed the 2134 Edition of Catechism book, and rested against his desk, continuing:
"In Earthian history, Catechism existed for centuries; yet, it was only from the 22th century that the entirety of Earthian population decided to uphold the 7 virtues, and it took another 200 years before they integrated them completely into their society. Yet, those virtues were not only universal, but they did not need the belief into a powerful deity. The 7 virtues were independent of religion; they were only guidelines of way of life. They were rules on how to respect one's neighbour, one's body, one's family and friends, and one's society. No belief in a God required. Only morality. Yet... Yet not many Earthian, at the beginning of the 21th century, upheld those virtues. Why?"

The students stayed silent, searching for an answer.

"Exactly," Ash-Sateyt answered. "Now you see how it relates to last Yessardayr's study on 'Right and Wrong', when we've learned that for some reason, the population abandoned morality and embraced chaos instead. And unluckily, that reason can never be found, for it isn't a book or an event; it was an abstract event, one that left no traces of its beginning nor its end, and nor why and how."

The chime rang softly, and the Sirian professor smiled.

"This chime concludes this wykye's 'Alien's History' study. For the next two nights, you will write a full report on the 7 virtues of the Earthian 2134 Edition of Catechism, their meanings, their effects, and their importance, to be on my desk in the dawnayr of the next wykye. Speaking of which, next wykye will be about the legendary Aldebaran Council of Gyur, a secret sect worshipping the Aldebaran sun.
>> Good dayr, students," Ash-Sateyt wished them.

"Good dayr, Ash-Sateyt," the students answered, before teleporting to the cafeteria.

Ash-Sateyt smiled fondly of his pupils and left the classrooms.

The monitor went black for the last time, as the following message appeared:

"29 Jylyat 15,356; archived video from the 17 Tyryat 15,354 "Alien's History" class by Ash-Sateyt. Subject: Study of the Earthian 2134 Edition of Catechism, sub-study Kindness & Humility. End of the Earthian 2134 Edition of Catechism; input the 29 Jylyat 15,356 disk for the archived footage of the 22 to 29 Mythyar 15,354 'Alien's History' class by Ash-Sateyt; subject: Aldebaran Council of Gyur."

The Antarian archaeologist ejected the final disk about Earth's history, and sighed, stretching his numbed limbs. He thought for a moment, then opened his previous text file containing his notes, and wrote a new entry:
"New possibility for the collapse of the Earthian civilization in 2075: abandon of laws and rules? Explains the lack of philosophical books during the end of the 21th century up to the mid of the 22th century. New rise of Earthian civilization in the mid-23rd century, followed by an unknown length of peace and prosperity; correspond to the rise of guidelines and moral laws?"

He stared at his entry, closed it shut, and thought how he needed more evidences to prove or disprove the theory. He rose from his sofa, and went into his kitchen to take his lunch before leaving to the library.
A note from MelodieRivers

 In the far future, Earth fell into the stuff of legends; and so did all Terrian culture. An Antarian archaeologist finds precious files about an ancient school of philosophy; and within those are contained a long forgotten Sirian B class of Alien History. Through them he unravels the mystery behind what is believed as the greatest influence of Terrian culture: the 2134 Catechism.


Five years ago, this became a First Place winner short-story and my proudest work. Writing this story has not only been a refreshing challenge, but an utmost interesting journey. My researches led me to an interesting discovery about Catechism. I consider this story as my proudest work up till now, as it surprised everyone who believed they knew what the 7 Virtues meant; and after their own researches, they all confirmed my own. 

What we are taught is not always the original teachings; a growing issue in our world. I believe some of you will understand after reading.

This story is also a sequel of sort to Right and Wrong.

Well, this is the end for the moment of The Arkesyyan Chronicles. Should there be more stories, I will begin a 2nd Volume.
Now, would anyone be interested to volunteer as beta-reader/editor for the whole compilation? I intend to publish this professionally. :)

About the author


Bio: I'm a writer that believes in optimistic, hopeful stories that tell a good future. A friend said: if you cannot find the light, become the light.
So if you like feel-good, kind fantasy and sci-fi stories, sometimes dark but always striving for the light, you've come to the right place.

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