The Superman Philosophy

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In 1957 while exploring the jungles of Guatemala, archaeologist Roger McTavish discovers a set of monuments apparently erected by Alvaro Manchez, an ancient Mayan leader and philosopher known as the Superman. McTavish translates the inscriptions carved on the monuments, and shortly after, disappears. Forty years later, a young couple connected to McTavish finds his translation, and they begin to reveal the Superman's ideas while the Guatemalan Army tries desperately to prevent them. The Superman Philosophy sets ...
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Overview

In 1957 while exploring the jungles of Guatemala, archaeologist Roger McTavish discovers a set of monuments apparently erected by Alvaro Manchez, an ancient Mayan leader and philosopher known as the Superman. McTavish translates the inscriptions carved on the monuments, and shortly after, disappears. Forty years later, a young couple connected to McTavish finds his translation, and they begin to reveal the Superman's ideas while the Guatemalan Army tries desperately to prevent them. The Superman Philosophy sets off a cloak-and-dagger train of international plotting and intrigue as American intelligence and an international secret society mount a campaign to suppress its printing. When the world's leading philosophers fail to refute the Philosophy, the story moves through a welter of terrorism, blackmail and betrayal towards its climax and the inevitable fate of the Superman Philosophy.
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John Walker

For decades the countries of Central America have been plagued by civil war, interregional strife, state-controlled terrorism, and often foreign-inspired revolution. This novel is set in Guatemala, but the events it describes might easily have happened in El Salvador or Honduras.

In 1957, the British archeologist Roger McTavish discovers a group of monuments allegedly erected by Alvaro Manchez, a pre-Discovery legendary Mayan leader and thinker. McTavish translates the inscriptions on the monuments and then disappears-or is "disappeared"-but not before he initiates a lengthy correspondence about his work with a fellow archeologist, Edward Milward. When Milward does of cancer, his papers are inherited by his daughter Linda and her husband, David Anderson, who set out for Guatemala to seek out the monuments and find the translations of the Superman philosophy, which purports to be a powerful synthesis of ideas that explain human existence. Their adventure there constitute the action of the thriller, which also depicts the political situation in 20th -century Guatemala.

As one might expect, given the traditional role of the United States in Central America, the CIA is involved, as are multinationals, mysterious organizations like "The Society", Rain Forest Action, the UN Mission for Human Rights Verification, and other groups. Drugs, terrorism, blackmail, corrupt generals, supine journalists, and the like all figure prominently in a novel that is concerned less with philosophy than with human rights abuses, the oppression of indigenous people, the suppression of knowledge, and the stifling of ideas that might endanger the political status quo. The mythical leaders' philosophy is a mere peg on which to hang this cloak-and-dagger novel's themes of corruption, betrayal, and international intrigue.--John Walker, Canadian Book Review Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780968294048
  • Publisher: Inexpressible Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Foreword

In 1957 while exploring the jungles of Guatemala, an archaeologist named Roger McTavish discovered the Superman monuments. He came upon them after two years of searching. It was through dense vegetation that he discovered an opening. The ten monuments, in a circular formation, rested in a clearing with the surrounding jungle canopy hiding them from the air. Inscribed on the top face of the first monument was the name, SUPERMAN. Beneath this were the words, The One Who Moves. The rest of the monument and the others were covered with the Superman's inscriptions.

Due to government control and suppression of archaeology sites, Roger decided to keep the discovery to himself. He dated the contents of the inscriptions to be about three thousand years old. Yet the carvings for the inscriptions worked out to be about eighty years old. What could account for the difference? He wondered. Could there be something wrong with his dating equipment?

For almost three months, he translated the inscriptions from Mayan into English. He learned that they were the contents of the Superman Philosophy. They consisted of nine realities and a truth. Roger believed that the circle formation of the monuments represented the wholeness of the Superman's ideas. And the gap leading into the formation represented humankind's entry into the existence of the Superman.

Who was this person? Roger asked himself. He imagined a man with powerful inner strength. By using his strength, the Superman was able to come up with ideas which explained humankind's existence.

Inside the circle formation, Roger felt elevated beyond his existence. He didn't understand this experience, but he could not deny that he had it.

Roger wrote to his friend and colleague, Edward Milward. He told him about the discovery and his translation. Also, he asked Edward to come and see the monuments for himself.

While waiting for Edward's reply, Roger continued to visit the monuments. One day he approached the clearing and discovered a mass of rubble. He stared around in disbelief. From the surrounding jungle, he could hear voices and footsteps. On the other side of the clearing, a soldier stood. Roger ran through the jungle. From behind him, he could hear shouts and gunfire. He clutched a bag with his translation in it. As he ran through the jungle, he could sense people closing in on him. He ran towards a cliff, and entered a cave. Moments later, he re-entered the jungle.

With no food and darkness approaching, he struggled on. He could see flashing lights approaching him from a distance. He was never seen again.

Forty years later, after battling cancer for most of his life, Edward finally succumbed. Due to his ongoing illness, he had never been able to travel to Guatemala. Although he had replied to Roger, he never heard back from him.

Edward's daughter, Linda Anderson, received ten thousand dollars, a piece of property, and personal effects, including artifacts, from his estate. Since she had been his only child and Edward was a widower, she received a large number of effects. He had also left a note asking Linda to share his photographs, artifacts, and letters with her children.

One evening while Linda and her husband David were going through her father's personal effects, Linda came across the letter from Roger. She recalled her father mentioning him, though her memory was not clear. Upon reading the letter, she was quickly drawn to Roger's discovery of the Superman monuments. "It's an unprecedented discovery! My years of hard work have borne a remarkable fruit for all of mankind." She read on. "The translation has taken months. It's an unbelievable synthesis of ideas. It explains our existence!" At the end of it, she noted Roger's invitation to her father to join him.

"You won't believe this," Linda said to David. She handed him the letter.

As David was reading it, she searched through more of her father's letters, coming across one from her father to Roger that was unsent. "My illness has prevented me from taking up your invitation. I can't walk, and even eating has become difficult for me," her father wrote. "I have tried on repeated occasions to contact you without success. Is everything all right?"

Flipping through more letters, Linda found one from the British Government. "Our investigation into the whereabouts of Roger McTavish has come up with nothing.... We have listed him as an overseas missing person."

Linda continued her search through her father's letters, but couldn't find any more letters concerning Roger. "It's unusual. There is no mention of his translation or the Superman monuments," David said as he set aside the letter from the Government. "Roger's letter is dated August 16th, 1957, and your Dad's unsent reply February 3rd, 1958. That means he must have gone missing between late August 1957 and November 1957."

Linda took a closer look through her father's letters. "Wait," she said. "Here's one from Dad's archaeology association."

.... We have sent two archaeologists to Guatemala, and have come up with nothing.... Could Roger McTavish have been so overworked or ill that he imagined his discovery...? We must conclude that the monuments do not exist because we have searched the area without success where he said they were located. Moreover, the local authorities have no record of their existence... Thank you for contacting us about the possibility of an important discovery.

"It's signed, Robert Inglewood, President of the Global Archaeology Association."

"So Roger has gone mysteriously missing, and the monuments never existed?" David questioned. "It doesn't make sense. We would expect Roger to go missing if he had made the discovery--not if he had not made it."

"There may be something we don't know," Linda said. "Remember that Roger called the Superman Philosophy a powerful synthesis of ideas which explains our existence. All of mankind would be effected by it.

"And why would Roger lie about the discovery, and at the same time invite my Dad to see it for himself?" she asked. "It comes down to who we are going to believe," David remarked.

"Well, we know that Roger is missing, and that he made a claim about discovering ancient monuments. Also, we know that he invited my Dad to see the monuments...."

David interrupted her. "Your Dad and Roger were professional archaeologists. Neither of them would lie. Besides, it would serve no purpose."

"Let me finish. The archaeology association says that the monuments do not exist. And the British Government claims to have found nothing about the whereabouts of Roger."

David took another look at the letter from the archaeology association.

"Do you remember your Dad talking about funding from the association? He said that the association receives almost all of its funding from the British Government."

"That's right," responded Linda.

"There is a question we need to ask," she continued. "Is there a reason for Roger to lie?"

"Even if he was overworked or ill, there would be no point," David said.

"We must conclude that he did not lie," Linda added.

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