Nemo Finds Himself
Sequel to Film "Finding Nemo"
When Nemo and his father came home, everyone saw them as heroes. They said that their clown-fish had become a true hero, traveling thousands of miles and braving sharks, jellyfish, seagulls and people to bring his son back home. Everywhere that Nemo's father went, he was greeted like royalty. And after a vote they made him their leader.
In school Nemo was treated with deference. He was the son of a hero - the son of their leader - and they saw him as their natural leader as well. When the teacher asked them what he wanted to do, he said that he wanted to become a hero like his father. He studied avidly how to understand the ocean, navigate its dangers and create society worth having. He developed a rigorous sense of fairness, compassion and wisdom. And everyone expected from him great things.
All kinds of creatures paid visit to the colony from thosands of miles away. Sharks, whales, clownfish, dolphins - everyone wanted to have a piece of the great clownfish hero and his son. They were greeted with hospitality and given ideas they needed to solve their problems. And everyone was talking about the wisdom and generosity of the two generations of clownfish living in the colony.
Nemo wanted to become a hero, and he was doing all he could to become one. He developed strength, an unshakeable sense of justice, compassion, honesty and identification with all other creatures, being able to see their problems and help them to solve them. The heroism that his father had developed accidentally, as a result of tragedy, he made it his deliberate project to achieve. And pretty soon other fish, by watching him, understood what it meant to be a hero.
As all the other fish started understanding the components of heroism, they started prevailing upon each other to develop and use heroic qualities. They made it their goal to become heroes themselves, and also to develop their community into a heroic nation that would one day rule the ocean with wisdom, fairness, compassion and goodwill. They developed what some called the science of heroism - the science of what it takes to instill in the youth the heroic traits, and how also to make them work together in such a way as to achieve lasting and beneficial outcomes that it would take many heroes instead of only one to attain.
Naturally they made Nemo their leader. He was their captain, indeed their admiral even; their inspiration, their visionary, their founder. And soon they codified a covenant based on heroism, not only with liberty and justice for all but also with wisdom, compassion, goodwill and inspiration to achieve a great civilization.
Their civilization grew and became the pride of the ocean. And they were able eventually to bring over the rest of the ocean to their heroic ways. The ocean, from a place of small livable communities surrounded by predation and ruthlessness, turned instead into a loose confederation of communities united in their pursuit of justice, liberty and legacy of greatness visible. The confederations practiced politics and negotiation, and took every effort to avoid conflict, but having nevertheless the strength necessary to win.
The people started watching this with concern. They no longer were able to haul big loads of fish, because fish knew how to not fall into the nets and how to break them if they were. They were no longer able to innocently shoot dolphins swimming alongside the boats, because whales came along and capsized the boats. And they also were no longer as able to catch clownfish and other creatures in order to bring them to their children. The reason was, once again, that the fish knew their tricks and did not fall for them as often.
After a fair amount of deliberation, people developed new technology to get what they wanted from the ocean. The confederation started falling apart; fish were again on the run and again started eating each other. As Nemo's father kept getting older, he told his son, "This is a task for you, not for me. I can no longer lead. You have to lead, and then you too would become a true hero."
And that Nemo did. He visited fish communities and told them that whatever their differences they had common purpose: In fighting the people and preserving the ocean for future generations. He said that the variety of life in the ocean was tremendous, and that for the sake of survival of the world they had to be protected and and kept alive. He said that the people were solving a temporary problem - the shortage of food caused by the out-of-control population growth - with permanent tool: The tool of killing everything, no matter how much it took for these creatures to be brought into existence, and however intricate and beautiful and good and loving they are.
So Nemo and the fish wrote a manifesto and delivered it by seagulls to captains of fishing and whaling boats, to politicians, to businessmen, and of course to the people who stole fish from the ocean to keep as pets. He said that life in the ocean contained far more wisdom, beauty, variety and inspiration than anything that the people had ever produced, and that by destroying something so rich and beautiful the people were destroying what they had no right to destroy - and which, if destroyed, would impoverish the future generations, not only for fish but also for people. When asked by people what he thought of their civilization, he said, "That would be a nice idea."
The people had different reactions. Some scoffed at the idea of fish having any kind of intelligence or ethics and thought it their job to pacify them through force. Others thought to the contrary and were branded mindless bleeding-heart liberals and traitors. As the two parties were fighting each other, Nemo decided to let the sympathetic people see his community. Not only did they walk away impressed, but they saw in the social organization in the ocean a model for their own.
Needless to say, the fishing continued. Only now, rather than simply killing enough fish to eat, the people were killing whole communities, killing deliberately, maiming and killing fish wholescale and dumping them on their communities to testify to the power of the people. When confronted at home with the people sympathetic to the fish, they attacked them for being disloyal to their civilization, for not understanding reality of the world. To the latter argument Nemo told the people to say, "The reality of the world is what we make it to be. And it is people like you that make the reality of the world artificially horrible."
Nemo started realizing that it is important for history that the values and social organization under him be recorded for future generations. His human friends helped him to do that. He instructed them to carry this information to countries all over the world. They were greeted with venom in much of the world, labeled as traitors and commies and idiots, ridiculed left and right. But as they created a systematic code of the knowledge they had gathered, younger generations started seeing it and recognizing it to contain many worthwhile practices and beliefs.
The young people started applying these beliefs, to the great consternation and rage of their elders. Some started making communes based on the ones in the ocean; others started trying to change society to make it more wise and humane. Many people started believing that the world was going insane or that the moral fabric of society was breaking. To the latter the young people replied, "Given what those morals were, that is a good thing."
When Nemo was invited to speak, a huge number of people gathered. He said that he envisioned the world in which humanity and nature can live in agreement, with humanity being free to use its intelligence to create a great civilization, while using resources wisely and sparingly and preserving nature for future generations. He said that he wanted what had worked for the fish to be available for humans as well, and the beautiful societies the fish had created to be used in human society. He said that he did not wish to destroy the civilization, but to enrich it with wisdom of nature. He said that he had a dream in which nature and humanity could live next to each other as brothers, sharing their wisdom and knowledge with each other and working together toward making a magnificent world.
Nemo was killed shortly afterwards; but the people had heard what they had needed to hear. And having heard what they had needed to hear, they knew just what to do. Over the next several decades they struggled in their socieites to make official in their covenants all the wisdom that Nemo had brought them. And Nemo became a true hero, both for fish and for people, whose struggle to make the ocean livable also helped make the land livable and stay livable for the rest of the natural life of the planet.