Original posting: January 1, 2020.
Updated: October 19, 2021.
Part 2 of 5

The Chrysalis Allegory

Some readers have formulated their personal interpretations, while many others have asked me why I chose the name Chrysalis. Moths and butterflies are classified as Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Lepidoptera. All living things on this planet benefit from the lepidopterans because they are one of nature's significant pollinators.

Thanks to lepidopterans, certain plants can reproduce, other creatures eat the plants or the fruits they produce, etc. Food becomes available for some living thing somewhere. All lepidopterans are descendants of larvae that were once caterpillars. They are miraculous creatures of nature's metamorphosis. But there is a difference between moths and butterflies. Moths are creatures of the night. They rest with wings open, and its caterpillar spins a cocoon of silk within which to metamorphose into a mature adult moth. Butterflies are creatures of the day which rest with their wings closed, and their caterpillar constructs a chrysalis within which to transform into an adult butterfly. Allegorically, one can argue that the difference between moths and butterflies is knowledge and wisdom. The butterfly, a creature of enlightenment, is wise to keep its wings guarded, closed at rest, making itself as inconspicuous and invulnerable as it can from predators. The moth, a creature of the night, with its wings wide open at rest, is conspicuous, vulnerable, and therefore resorts to camouflage in the hope of being invulnerable, which it’s not. All Lepidopterans were, or are exploited by humankind as a commodity, especially moths. When adult moths are not flying willingly into flames, their larvae offspring, like the butterfly, spin silk cocoons within which to metamorphose into adults. The moth’s cocoon is the most useful to humanity as a commodity. Commercial silk farms exploit moth caterpillars where they never achieve the end of their natural lifecycle. We kill them, harvesting their cocoon silk, spun into a traded textile and sold for the clothing industry, making it available to consumers.

And so, as far as the chrysalis is concerned, it depends on what kind of metamorphosis we are talking about. One of enlightenment like the butterfly, or one of exploitation like the month that so happily flies to its doom? My books cover both – the enslaving exploiters and the exploited serviles who once lived free - which, for my first two books, Chrysalis III and Chrysalis II, describe the European Dark Ages. It was a period in European history when enlightened heretics sparred with the enlightened Church, which demanded its flock to be dumber than a stump of wood! Servile, in other words. This friction has dark consequences. It’s a history that every enlightened secular soul in Europe knew, but one the enlightened divine Church and its Holy Roman Empire kept in the dark. Written history has not changed much since then. This is important, because if one want's to know what drove anyone opposed to the empire, one needs to know what these enlightened heretics knew about the origins of the Church and the Holy Roman Empire. It was still very relevant in the remarkable watershed sixteenth-century which gave us our world we know today. Thus, the title Chrysalis is an allegory for the metamorphic historical origins of devine enslavers and secular liberators in my first two books, Chrysalis I: Metamorphosis of Odium and Chrysalis II: Carpathaian Liberty. The butterfly-moth crysalis is an allegory in my next two books too.

Read part 3 of 5, Why the Chrysalis Books?