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For many generations, as long as the divine nature lasted in them, they were obedient to the laws, and well-affectioned towards the god, whose seed they were; for they possessed true and in every way great spirits, uniting gentleness with wisdom in the various chances of life, and in their intercourse with one another. They despised everything but virtue, caring little for their present state of life, and thinking lightly of the possession of gold and other property, which seemed only a burden to them; neither were they intoxicated by luxury; nor did wealth deprive them of their self-control; but they were sober, and saw clearly that all these goods are increased by virtue and friendship with one another, whereas by too great regard and respect for them, they are lost and friendship with them.

By such reflections and by the continuance in them of a divine nature, the qualities which we have described grew and increased among them; but when the divine portion began to fade away, and became diluted too often and too much with the mortal admixture, and the human nature got the upper hand, they then, being unable to bear their fortune, behaved unseemly, and to him who had an eye to see grew visibly debased, for they were losing the fairest of their precious gifts; but to those who had no eye to see the true happiness, they appeared glorious and blessed at the very time when they were full of avarice and unrighteous power.

Zeus, the god of gods, who rules according to law, and is able to see into such things, perceiving that an honourable race was in a woeful plight, and wanting to inflict punishment on them, that they might be chastened and improve, collected all the gods into their most holy habitation, which, being placed in the centre of the world, beholds all created things. And when he had called them together, he spake as follows-*

The rest of the Dialogue of Critias has been lost or perhaps was never written. Likewise, Atlantis has irrevocably been lost forever. But like the tip of the mountains that are still surfacing today on the islands of Azores, a small portion of the spirit of Atlantis and the soul of the Atlanteans remain.

We are hereby summoned to rebuild what could have, or perhaps, should have been a contemporary existence. Is this fiction, reality or, as the case may be, virtual reality? It does not matter because, if we believe then it is real. Transcending time and space, the Atlantis metropolis has a chance to live and be powerful again, fulfilling its destiny as it were, of a different kind of human race. This journey will take us beyond galactic stars, into the omnipotent realm of the gods themselves, moving our souls, until the cycle has come full circle.

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The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

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