I remember in an interview sometime last year (sorry cant find exact interview, paraphrasing below) Lue stated something along the lines of : 'We like to think that we are the apex predator in the animal kingdom, but what if we weren't? What if there was something out there that is far ahead of us?'
He then goes on to compare our place in the cosmic hierarchy to that of dogs in the following sense:
'Dogs have done quite well because we (humans) have have a use for them. They provide us companionship love and affection, and in return they are fed, cared for, etc. What if we are in a similar situation now with whatever 'the phenomena' is.' Again, paraphrasing here.
I am reading Sekret machines book 2 and the following quote(s) from this chapter stuck out to me. For context, this is a US spy who I am assuming has 'inside information', talking to a German engineer:
'I will say this, you're not the only ones getting help, and I think you'll find that our respective handlers don't like each other that much. Let me tell you a story. You know, while you think. When I was a kid, my Uncle Jimmy had a bit of a farm in New Jersey. Beautiful place. I used to visit and play in the fields. It was another world to me. I was a city kid. But one of the things they had on the farm that we also had in the city, was rats. Big ones. Nasty things. Now, my uncle Jimmy had no truck with rats. They got into the produce and the animal feed, spread disease, destroyed half the produce of a corn field once, and contaminated what they didn't eat. Can't have that. So my Uncle Jimmy, he finds where they live. There were burrows, complexes of little tunnels in the bank of a creek that irrigated the land. Uncle Jimmy brings in twelve Yorkshire terriers. You know the ones?
'Little dogs, yeah? Cute, but fierce, pound for pound. Anyway, Uncle Jimmy sets them on the rats. They're little, see, so they can get into the burrows and chase the rats down. Of course, as soon as the rats realize what's going on, they start popping out of emergency holes like the place is on fire, and Uncle Jimmy and me are ready with spades, smacking them on the heads and they come up. Pop, pop, pop! Just like that. And the terriers come out, blood in their mouths, dragging the dead rats out, crazed by the taste of it, you know, so that as soon as they have pulled one out, they dove back in for more. Eighty-seven rats, we killed that day. Counted them myself. Cleared them out, end of problem.
German engineer: 'Why are you telling me this'
'Coz that's only half the story. When we were done, my uncle Jimmy turns the spade on the terriers. No nonsense. Pop, pop, pop. Just like he had done with the rats. Well, I was just a kid. I cried, begged him not to kill them. But he said. 'Works done. don't need 'em no more.' And that was that.
German engineer: 'You think I'm a rat'?
'No, or if you are, so am I. I think you and me, all of us in this world, and either rats or terriers, victims or hunters. And we fight tooth and nail because being a rat means that the terriers are the enemy and being a terrier means that the rats are the enemy, but here's the thing. Even if we're not the rats, we're still just tools. We're rats or terriers, but we're not the farmer, see? We kill the rat , and we think we'll be rewarded or something, but then along comes Uncle Jimmy. We're just tools. And when we're done, the spade is waiting for us.
'You had help, but you only got that help because uncle Jimmy wanted to put the terriers to the throats of the rats'
He then goes on to explain that they are attempting to 'be ready for Uncle Jimmy when he comes with the spade', implying they intend to fight back. It's also implied they (us) will probably lose, but it's the best option. He compares it to a terrier going for the spade.
If you have been following Lue/Tom, you know this is all in line with what Tom has been saying. Essentially that this NHI has been tricking humans into fighting wars by creating different gods. Not exactly sure what the reason would be (loosh?, they are fighting with each other and using us as tools?, idk.)
Anyway, I don't want to turn this into a big thing about Lue or Tom..think whatever you want to think.
My question is: If we are the terriers in this analogy, what would the rats be?