By His Bootstraps
By His Bootstraps
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-88) wrote the science fiction short story, `By His Bootstraps` (1941), shortly before the Japanese attacked the Pacific fleet of the United States of America at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, to begin war in the Pacific theater for global fascism. Europe`s Germany and Italy were the other Axis powers, along with the Middle East`s Iraq, and Heinlein`s character, Diktor, examines the concept of the dictator, who believes he can dictate to others what to do. The central character, Bob Wilson, has locked himself in a room in 1952 to write his University graduate thesis on metaphysics. A voice says: `Don't bother with it. It's a lot of utter hogwash anyhow.`1 The interloper, Joe, is from the future through a Time Gate, a 2 meter circle in the air behind him. While Joe is manhandling Bob through the Time Gate another character arrives. A fight ensues during which Joe receives a punch and he finds himself knocked through the Time Gate into the future. There, 30, 000 years in the future, he meets Diktor, who explains that the Time Gate was built by aliens who made humans their slaves, but the aliens left, so anyone can now get ahead using the aliens` technology, which is Diktor`s secret.
Diktor tells Bob where he is: `In the Hall of the Gate in the High Palace of Norkaal.` During a welcome meal, Diktor explains women: `They are slaves by nature.` Arma is the woman serving the food and drink, and Diktor says: `If you like her, I`ll make a present of her.` Bob is aquiescent: `She composed her face quickly, and, moving over to where Wilson reclined, dropped on both knees to the floor and lowered her head, with both hands cupped before her.` It doesn`t occur to Bob that she wants him to share freedom with her by placing what he values in her cupped hands. The next course is served by Arma, and another woman: `When Bob saw the second girl he let out a low whistle. He realized he had been a little hasty in letting Diktor give him Arma.` As `armer` is a masturbator, masturbation is thought of as a solitary activity approaching solipsism, which is a constant theme in Heinlein`s fiction, for example, `By His Bootstraps` is about how Bob is Joe and Diktor.
As masturbating someone else can be interpreted as goading, so pornography goads the viewer into masturbating. As knights in shining armor goaded others into fighting, according to the legend of king Arthur in Thomas Mallory`s Le Morte d`Arthur (1485), for example; so preparing modern tank armor for war can be interpreted a masturbatory activity if it`s designed to be provocative. As Arma is provocatively available, she`s armor, that is, as a textual figure she represents goading into masturbatory activity, which is a form of warfare. Consequently, Diktor`s observation that Arma and the other women like to be slaves is belied by the woman`s name, Arma. The second woman Bob sees causes him to want her too, but having her is dependent on an aquiescent Diktor, which suggests that, if Diktor wasn`t aquiescent, the men would fight for her. Arma`s battle to escape slavery depends on the two men`s dying for her, which is why she`s symbolic of masturbation.
Diktor`s living in a fool`s paradise; if he thinks women want to be slaves. The original paradise on Earth was Eden, according to the Torah and Talmud of the Jewish `chosen people`, which became the Old Testament of the Christian Bible after Jesus` New Testament teaching: `Love your neighbor as you love yourself.` (Mk: 12. 31) God created the first woman, Eve, and the first man, Adam, to dwell in Eden along with Satan, who`d rejected God`s plan that the human host would be greater than the angelic, so God turned the angel Satan into a serpent, which tempted Eve to `eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil`, that is, death, saying: `You shall be as gods.` (Gen: 3. 5) Because Eve and Adam`s descendants would be born in ephemeral ignorance, they`d be gods of death in war. God warned Eve that her `seed` would have `enmity` with the `serpent`s seed`: `You shall crush the head of the serpent with your foot, but he will bruise your heel.` (Gen: 3. 15) Born from the side or rib of Adam, Eve`s birth was euphemistic of `woman`s seed`, that is, Adam was a hermaphroditic futanarian self-fertilizing woman, which is the human species` survival trait.
As the host womb slaver of the human race, the serpent, Satan, represents an earlier saurian evolution in the Mesozoic period of Earth`s pre-history 248 million years ago., whereas the parasitical hominid host womb slaves of the parasitical `serpent`s seed`, which would become the humans, didn`t begin to appear until the Jurassic period of Earth`s pre-history 220 m.a. In Heinlein`s `By His Bootstraps`, Arma represents the human futanarian species of `woman`s seed` in host womb slavery to the `serpent`s seed`, which soars above the Earth dropping its bombs to make sure that the daughters of the human race remain `grounded`: `The dragon stood before the woman, who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment it was born.` (Rev: 12. 4) Jesus` disciple John`s apocalyptic Revelation of the future followed upon Jesus` death. Taken to the hill of Calvary outside the city of Jerusalem by agents of the Empire of Rome then occupying Jewish Palestine, Jesus `Christ`, `the chosen`, was nailed to a cross of wood as a `dissident` freedom fighter, and he died there. Born from his mother, the Virgin Mary, uncontaminated by male semen, Jesus experienced Resurrection and Ascension to heaven in prefiguration of that of `woman`s seed`.
Heinlein`s Arma corresponds to the woman anointing Jesus with the expensive perfume, `spikenard`, before his crucifixion. His disciple Judas` spy canard was that the perfume be sold to raise money, but Jesus demurred: `Leave her alone.` (Mk: 14. 6) Arma isn`t a queer`s scent. She`s `woman`s seed`, which isn`t aquiescent in host womb slavery to parasitism: `The dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war on the remnant of her seed.` (Rev: 12. 17) In parasitology, the parasite that emerges from the host to kill it is termed `parasitoid`, which is what men`s wars are. Provoked into the masturbatory activity of manufacturing armor for war, the `remnant` of the human futanarian species of `woman`s seed` is killed by the aliens soaring overhead to drop its bombs and prevent the race from rising to colonize the planets among the stars of heaven above the Earth.
In Christian iconography, Jesus` mother, the Virgin Mary, is depicted crushing the head of the serpent with her `foot`, because futanarian `woman`s seed` produces better brainpower for the devising of starships to leave the Earth and `seed` the universe. The model for democracy in the west was Greece, where women`s host wombs were enslaved for homosexuality in pederasty for war: `Let he that has wisdom have understanding. The number of the beast is the number of a man and his number is six hundred three score and six.` (Rev: 13. 8) 66.6% is the number of western democracy, which lacks the 33% futanarian human species of `woman`s seed` that would make of the west something more than a military dictatorship of the aliens soaring overhead; waiting to drop their bombs. At least since ancient Greece men and women have been manufactured as a single male brained creature wearing each others` clothes in `TV` transvestism; for the waging of war to entertain the aliens. Although the television `TV` machine wasn`t invented until 1926 by Scot, John Logie Baird, the `TV` people had long been rehearsed by the aliens` waging of war upon the Earth; prior to its being broadcast for their entertainment.
Despite Arma and the other woman`s availability for sexual entertainment, the publishing conventions of 1941 made sexual themes taboo for science fiction. Probably because reproductive sex between women was the logical arena for the genre to express itself and the aliens then soaring above the Earth in its bombers during World War Two (1939-45) didn`t want it to. Consequently, masturbation and its concomitant, fighting, was the only homosexual activity expressible. Diktor asks Bob to go back through the Time Gate, and bring the man he finds there. Bob finds himself in the room writing his thesis and attempts to manhandle him through the Gate. Then the second character arrives, and the fight ensues, during which the thesis writing Bob is punched through 30, 000 years into the future, where he`ll meet Diktor, who`ll ask him to go back through the Time Gate to fetch himself: `Keep your eyes off those wenches and listen to me! There's work to be done.` Obviously, the slaver, Diktor, would prefer a eunuch.
The fight scene takes place between Bob, Joe, and the latest version of Wilson, who doesn`t want himself to go through the Time Gate and meet with Diktor: `He doesn't go through the Gate.` Despite his prohibition, it`s number three`s punch that sends Bob through the Time Gate, and `Joe` Wilson follows. Joe confronts Diktor: `You are telling me that I did something because I was going to do something.` `Joe` Wilson finds it difficult to understand that he`d arrive to persuade himself to leave after he`d left having been persuaded to leave: `What happened to the guy that came through just ahead of me?` Diktor shows Joe a small windowless unfurnished room, a room that he recognizes. Sprawled on the floor, snoring steadily, is Bob Wilson: `When you wake up, I will give you breakfast and explain to you what needs to be done.` Diktor then gives Joe a list of items to purchase in 1952 and sends him back through the Time Gate, where he appears as number three who, remaining to keep the deadline for writing his thesis, receives a `phone call from his girlfriend, Genevieve, which becomes brusque because of his new preference for the slave woman: `He thought of Arma. There was a proper girl with the right attitude. Genevieve tells him: `I'm not any too sure I want to marry you.` Genevieve is of the generations of Eve, who didn`t want to marry either.
According to Jesus, women are a single unadulterate species; if they don`t marry: `At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.` (Matt: 22. 30) Consequently, conventional marriage, and conventional engagements between men and women, are conventional forms of warfare, where the objective is for men to adulterate, that is, commit adultery, with a non-adulterate species, whose subsequent boy sons are the poisons of the `serpent`s seed` in parasitoid war against the human host womb that bore it. When a woman was taken in adultery by the Jewish fathers, Jesus said: `Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.` (John: 8. 7) He thought it laughable that men of the parasitoid unredeemed `serpent`s seed` should accuse a separate species of adultery.
Fulfilling Diktor`s shopping list, Wilson buys The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, Behind the Ballots by James Farley, Mein Kampf (unexpurgated), by Adolf Schicklgruber, and How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The Student`s Co-op on campus doesn`t have, Real Estate Broker's Manual, History of Musical Instruments, and Evolution of Dress Styles, so Wilson goes to the University library, before purchasing `Marseillaise`, Ravel's `Bolero`, four Cole Porter records, and `L'Après-midi d'un Faune` at the town center`s music store. Finding the Time Gate that brought him gone, Wilson decides to go to his apartment. Taking the opportunity to two-time Arma with Genevieve before he goes there, he takes the path of adultery: `When he came out he glanced at his watch. Three thirty-plenty of time. He went down the street wearing the expression of the canary that ate the cat.` Letting himself into his apartment, he goes through the Time Gate: `As he did so he noticed that a large chunk was missing from a corner of one case. Half a book showed through the opening, sheared as neatly as with a printer's trimmer. He identified it as Mein Kampf.` Looking to live ten years in the past to secure his own future through the Time Gate, Wilson encounters more slaves: `The man dropped to his knees and cupped his hands in front of him, head bowed.` Wilson observes to the reader: `This isn't even sporting, I ought to shoot him on the rise.` Slavery is what he`s for; as aliens are. Wilson plays `Begin the Beguin` for `The Forsaken Ones` left by the aliens, and they`re reduced to tears:
`Wilson's rise to power was more in the nature of a triumphal progress than a struggle for supremacy; it contained little that was dramatic. Whatever it was that the High Ones had done to the human race it had left them with only physical resemblance and with temperament largely changed. The docile friendly children with whom Wilson dealt had little in common with the brawling, vulgar, lusty, dynamic swarms who had once called themselves the people of the United States. The relationship was like that of Jersey cattle to longhorns, or cocker spaniels to wolves. The fight was gone out of them. It was not that they lacked intelligence, or civilized arts; it was the competitive spirit that was gone, the will-to-power. Wilson had a monopoly on that.`
Wilson looks far back into the past to see if he can find the alien slavers: `He saw it. It was moving toward the Gate. When he pulled himself together he was halfway down the passageway leading away from the hall. He realized that he had been screaming. He still had an attack of the shakes.` Heinlein describes Wilson`s encounter with the alien: `It had not been fear of physical menace that had shaken his reason, nor the appearance of the creature - he could recall nothing of how it looked. It had been a feeling of sadness infinitely compounded which had flooded through him at the instant, a sense of tragedy, of grief insupportable and unescapable, of infinite weariness.` Bob Wilson`s future is that of the irredeemable alien slaver, Diktor, because that`s what the `serpent`s seed` of men are.
1 Heinlein, Robert A. `By His Bootstraps`, Astounding Science Fiction, October, 1941.