154 – Left Unsaid

in which none of our questions are answered, but apparently there’s an important reason. 

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Ryan: What you are about to hear is all about the heart healthy fig.

Hey, there, Corin. It’s your grandfather. I hope that you’re doing well. Well, I guess I know how you’re doing. That’s why you’re getting this tape. I know that you’re looking around. I know that you’re looking for answers. I know that you’re trying to find things out, and you deserve to know things. You deserve to know everything if you want. It has always been your right. No matter what they tell you, there really isn’t any authority higher than you there at Kakos Industries. Or at least there shouldn’t be. If there’s something you want to know, then you should know it. You know the risks. You know the hazards. You are more than prepared for anything that could potentially happen. You know more than anyone should already, and I respect that your curiosity isn’t completely satisfied. There are things you should know. 

I want to apologize, Corin. I know that there are people getting in your way. They’re trying to prevent you from knowing things. To a certain extent, they are acting on my behalf, or at least what they think my behalf is. It’s disappointing, to say the least. They’ve gone by a bunch of different names over the years, but they function the same. I’m sorry that there are factions and that things can’t be simple, but I think you know that nothing ever is, and that goes doubly so for Evil. Evil is always complicated. The good, they get to be simple. Sure they can completely miss the point, but they can be simple. It’s black and it’s white. With Evil, you have to accept the gray areas. You have to let things be complicated. You have to be satisfied with no answer, or sometimes with multiple answers, and somehow, all of them are correct. Sometimes the choices in front of you don’t make any sense, and sometimes you have to make all of them.

I’m rambling, but I think you know by now that I can’t just tell you what I want to tell you, and I can’t just tell you what you want to know. There are mechanisms in place that keep that from happening. Mechanisms I put in place, no less. You see, Corin, I didn’t want you following in my footsteps. I didn’t want you making the same mistakes I did. I didn’t want you becoming another me, keeping Kakos Industries exactly the way it was forever. Things need to grow, and they need to change, and they need a renaissance once in a while. The times change, and people change, what people need changes even in their own lives. You can’t keep things stagnant. You need to let things breathe. You need to let things be what they need to be. You need to let things go. And that’s what I did. I let go, Corin. I left things in your hands. I trusted that you would do whatever was necessary. I knew you’d be capable. Shit, there wasn’t any doubt in my mind. 

I know that you’ve spoken with people who should know what you want to know by now, but they cannot tell you, Corin. They cannot tell you what you want to know. I’ve forbidden it in ways that make it an impossibility. Grace can’t tell you. Dunk can’t tell you. People who keep records and logs can’t tell you. It’s not going to be easy to get through those prohibitions. They may not even know or understand why they can’t tell you, but they can’t. It’s not impossible to learn the truth, but I made it difficult because I had to. I didn’t feel like I had any choice. I left you ways to find out, but they wouldn’t make sense right away. They will require you to go places and try things that you never would otherwise. They may make you think ways that you don’t want to. I wouldn’t blame you for backing down or walking away. In fact, I might recommend it, if I didn’t know exactly where your head and heart are at. I promise this hardship is necessary. I would never make you go through it otherwise. In fact, you rising to the occasion means that you are exactly who I thought you would be, and exactly who the world needs you to be.

There are things I didn’t want you to know, at least not right away, because I thought they might influence you somehow. I thought they might make certain decisions more obvious or appealing. I thought they might take choices away from you that they shouldn’t. Evil is complicated, as we know. Evil has layers and dimensions that we can’t underestimate. Otherwise, what is it? If it’s simple, it ceases to be truly Evil. If it’s simple, it’s only a matter of time before it starts to interfere with itself. If it’s simple, there’s no point. It doesn’t work. It becomes ineffective. 

I knew that there were things I wouldn’t be able to see. There were things I wouldn’t be able to understand. There were things that I wouldn’t be able to do when the time called for it. But there were those who didn’t want anyone else at the helm. They refused to change things or let things grow. They wanted Evil to be constant. They wanted Evil to remain the same forever, even within a global society that moved on and found new ways to express itself. They wanted things to go on forever and never change. And they never left. They’re still there. They even have new people. Younger people even. It boggles the mind why anyone would want to go along with that. Of course, I’m still here, but I think you already knew that Corin. And I recorded this tape earlier today. That’s today today, the day that you’re hearing this. To prove it, the Damnation and Ruination Squad are wearing ______folded newspaper armor_________ You’ll understand soon enough. Whether that’s a great thing or not, I can’t say for certain. But you will understand, because you want to. It’s your right to look into those dark corners. It’s your right to know the truth. It’s your right to know what it is that I’ve done, and what that means for you. It’s your right to understand. It’s your right to have the whole picture, and to make decisions based on that.

Remember that no matter what, I love you, kiddo. And whatever you do, that’s the right thing, because it’s what you chose to do. 

BRIAUNA: Kakos Industries is written and produced by Conrad Miszuk, who is also the voice of Corin Deeth, and the composer of the music. The introductions are read by Ryan Jenkins, and the credits are read by Briauna Kittle,  a cargo plane filled with awesome vibes.

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