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Day 1,997, 09:00 Published in USA Canada by Mr. A. Smith

Cloning is the process of producing populations of genetically identical individuals. There seems to be quite a bit of this going on, like industrial forests with identical trees row after row, mile after mile. These trees derived from the same stock genetically engineered down to the last limb.

This is how the engineers like their trees: ones with a past, present and future that have been pre-engineered for them. Like all good clones, the trees are going to grow. Just as expected they will not bend or waiver from their genetics.

For years, the engineers marveled at their good fortune with the genetically engineered trees. But little did the engineers realize—something would soon change their future. Yes somehow some way a tree of another species had taken root within their perfectly engineered forest.

Some time had passed and one of the engineers gazed over the forest as they often did, when he was frozen with fear and confusion. How could it be, there in the midst of their perfectly engineered forest was an imperfect tree—an individual! He immediately gathered the other engineers, and a plan was developed.

That very morning the caretaker was dispatched with a chainsaw and tractor. As the caretaker approached the tree, the engineers could see the hate that he harbored for the tree. Before the sun could descend the deed would be done. Every branch and leaf cut down and burned, the stump yanked out of the ground by the powerful tractor and sent to be ground to a pile of pulp. The imperfect tree was gone, reduced to ash and dust, and the engineers were pleased. Through the remainder summer, fall, and winter into early spring everything was once again in order.

As the last days of spring became warmer the engineers looked forward to another year of growth in their perfectly engineered forest. One sunny morning one of the engineers was walking through the rows of genetically engineered trees when he stopped and looked in disbelief, “How could it be that there are four imperfect trees?” The caretaker was summoned and he set out to remove the threat. After a few days the caretaker returned to the engineers and informed them that the imperfect trees were sprouting faster than he could cut them down.

The engineers gathered to determine how could this be, but it didn’t take long for them to realize that in their haste to destroy the first imperfect tree they failed to destroy the seeds that had fallen. So the engineers once again would come together to plot their next move.

This brings us to the present day. What will be the outcome of this? That depends upon you. Will you be the perfect genetically engineered clone or will you grasp the seed of independent thought? The choice is yours. Will you play your game, or will the engineers play you?

The Seed of thought, from a single seed a forest can grow.
The Seed



Cubby Day 1,997, 09:08

Who do you answer to? Help us plant The Seed.

Josh Frost
Josh Frost Day 1,997, 09:13

No Free Thought ALLOWED!!!

humbled Day 1,997, 18:12

Free what?

PigInZen Day 1,998, 05:30

You mean I have to pay someone for my thoughts? WTF?!?

Jude Conners
Jude Conners Day 1,998, 06:46

Send the gold to my account, PiZ

Emerick Day 1,997, 09:13

I take it this is AIM's move into politics?

And please realize that when I say AIM, I know fully that this isn't necessarily AIM itself, but perhaps it's a result of AIM.

Also, what does The Seed stand for?

Mr. A. Smith Day 1,997, 09:54

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Mr. A. Smith
Mr. A. Smith Day 1,997, 09:56

The Seed of independent thought

Emerick Day 1,997, 09:59

You must've misunderstood me. I mean what are the party's platforms

Mr. A. Smith
Mr. A. Smith Day 1,997, 22:02

Emerick, sorry I didn't get to this earlier. J would like to let the PP or spokesperson answer this.

Emerick Day 1,997, 09:16

Also I tried to check out your forum and the url gave me this:
Board Does Not Exist.
Make sure you did not mis-type the URL.

These are not the forums you are looking for

Mr. A. Smith Day 1,997, 09:58

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Strength and Honour

Mr. A. Smith Day 1,997, 09:54

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Colonel W Kurac Day 1,998, 03:09

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Gnilraps Day 1,997, 10:26

I wish you well.

RaccoonGoon Day 1,997, 13:11

Voted because I like your extended tree metaphor and am waiting to see what comes of it.

John Largo
John Largo Day 1,997, 18:02

What's a Meta For?

Cyber Witch
Cyber Witch Day 1,998, 01:11

comes right before a metafive silly

Wrkn4Evrr Day 1,999, 06:31

And right after meta tree

Thorin II Oakenshield
Thorin II Oakenshield Day 1,997, 14:56

The Seed o7

Dogpyle Day 1,997, 15:40

I just love me some metaphor with my Crown & 7.


Nyx Lynx
Nyx Lynx Day 1,997, 20:25


theAbsynthius Day 1,998, 05:29

nice fairytale~
though, i must admit that military units are engineered for clear purposes.
the seed would only be classified as anarchy- (as i believe that the Seed aims, just like other parties, the power= which you can only have by having decisions made; and decisions leave many unsatisfied)


Mr. A. Smith
Mr. A. Smith Day 1,998, 08:40

Call it a fairy tale if you choose, the interpretation is in the eye of the reader. As for MU’s and individuals those are symbiotic relationships. We at The Seed do not seek power in conventional terms; we seek power for the members. No one needs to be a clone.

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Day 1,998, 05:47

Imperfect tree checking in.

Viarizi Day 1,998, 07:08


DMV3 Day 1,998, 09:02

This article really made me smile.

Countess Bathory
Countess Bathory Day 1,998, 11:03

joined today

weasel2 Day 1,998, 18:34

I've seen The Seed scattered about before this, but this article is a fine flowering for spring.

Satya Yuga
Satya Yuga Day 1,998, 20:54


Diggs Day 1,998, 21:11

Bravo! Maybe now a little sunlight we shine upon the sheep!

Candor Day 1,998, 23:38

Imma Japanese Maple if everyone else is gonna be a Pine. Yay for independent thought! Plus you've got Emerick engaging, that's a success already.

Voted hard and soft.

Silas Soule
Silas Soule Day 1,999, 04:50

Love this.

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