Ahuizote: A Startlingly Clear Look at Eternal Life, Post Eleven (Fiction)

   Unlike Xocoyotzin, the twin brother whose heel he held at birth, Ahuizote left home for the Academy of the Church at the death of their hermitted father, Nahua. Unlike Xocoyotzin, Ahuizote did not learn the ways of (secular) political man but they ways of sacred politics instead.

   The two were depressingly similar, he was to discover.

   Nor could Ahuizote claim to meet his life's love early though he would later have numerous satisfying relationships. He met people he could love and protect, provide for and defend. Ahuizote would have a long, full life, replete with successes ending in immense failure and his own violent death.

   That, however, was a long way away.

   Ahuizote learned about the holocausts of his people. He learned he was half of the people who had genocide practiced against them, slavery forced on them and poverty institutionalized in them. He then learned he was also half of those who practiced genocide, forced slavery and institutionalized poverty. Ahuizote later thanked the Church for offering him the solitude to study his history and the ethical compulsion to bare the truth.

   Ahuizote also learned he was a perfect representative of what his culture had to do to move forward from its parlous racial past. The victims could not overcome the past by declaring they would "move on." Nor could the responsible race announce a general amnesty for itself. The two would have to go on together, to find reconciliation, mercy and forgiveness. Repentance would require both penitence and acceptance.

   Ahuizote would have to spill half his blood to renounce his guilt. He would have to spill the other half to assuage his victimization. In the end, he would spill all his blood, instead of half.

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