The deepest, the only theme of human history,
compared to which all others are of subordinate importance,
is the conflict of skepticism and faith.
Jay needed to find a human who was open to his messages. He needed to plant some ideas on Soltrey. The first echo he heard back was from Lovejoy. It was clear that Lovejoy was in pain, vulnerable and yet also aware of the "Gods".
It had been centuries in human time since Jay had spoken directly with anyone on Soltrey. Humans had become less receptive to inner communication, partly by his design. Many trespassers, visitors from other planetary systems, not much more advanced than Sol's, were trying to gain footholds. They came in many forms. When they came in primitive mechanical vehicles, it was easier for Ellie's fence to halt them. So they often resorted to thought messages.
Because of this, Jay had pushed a "scientific revolution" among the humans. He didn't want them to be able to receive messages from trespassers. The scientific method Jay developed was designed to keep humans focused on the physical elements of their environment. Jay made certain that their science relied specifically upon measuring. That way, no significant discoveries could be made of the ethereal realms. To be sure, they had tried to measure radiation and energy fields. But because of measurement's absolute dependence upon material things, there was a limit beyond which their science could not go. Ironically they called it the "Uncertainty Principle". Humans disliked being uncertain.
Ultimately, Jay knew their scientific method would lead to an awareness of its own limitations. By that time, humans might have developed enough control over their body so that it could be used like a vehicle to escape Soltrey, as in Ellie's original plan.
Soltrey@humanmind.net is copyrighted July 2000. All rights reserved B.T. Brian Brown.