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Monday, 23 January 2012

Blog 62: Versions of the Truth (Version 10)

There are plenty of conspiracy theories about. Ideas about how power really works and who holds it behind the curtains. They don’t know so they have to guess. They get so close sometimes and at others they are hilariously wrong. They don’t have the perspective to see the world as it is. They are ants trying to appreciate the world as an eagle above might see it. There too many obstructions, too much just out of sight. They could never appreciate the scale of the truth. I find it hard to fathom myself, and its my job to keep track of this stuff. It is my job to keep humanity in check.
The year is 2320, fourteen years since everything changed. I remember watching as the lights of the world flickered and all of the power in the world flowed into our hands.
You can blame the E.M.P for the end of the last electronic age. As the next begins we have set the course for a golden age of technological advance. The progress of technology will no longer be marked by the increase in natural destruction.
We skirted suspicion after the E.M.P rendered our competition worthless. Luckily various terrorist groups have been blamed for the destruction. The scapegoats are hunted to this day by those who blame them for way life has changed. It can be more fluid, less predictable and life cannot be taken for granted as it once was. This is the sacrifice for a change in momentum that has steered us away from an abyss of ecological disaster.
Too many were blind to the threat posed by our actions. Warnings were given and ignored so we were more forceful. The E.M.P was the last resort of desperate men and women who saw clearly the storm headed our way. We left the water without drowning, gratitude not forthcoming, survival will suffice.
The sad thing is that the potential was always there for the kind of progress that is being made now. Clean energy was perfectly feasible before, it was just a boring option. Now we have eliminated the alternatives and continue to suppress any hint of resurrecting the fossil fuel industry. The manipulation is for the good of humanity and natural world at large.
Humanities history of non renewable energy use and harvest has been peppered with environmental disasters and conflict. There is no need to fight for the light that spills from the sun, conversely it has required the cooperation of international groups to harness the potential of this profound energy source. Finally the potential of renewable energy is being pursued. New ways of generating power using the latent energy of the natural world are found regularly whether it be harnessing the potential energy when water changes state in the clouds or converting the destructive movements of the earths crust into electricity for the world above. The new technology has yielded a cleaner, safer and more open minded future.
Biotechnology is being explored for those who feel our carnivorous nature ill befit’s the modern pacifists of humanity.
It’s not like all the wars are over, we still suffer the malcontents and their brutal nature but they have been left to squabble amongst each other over less dangerous toys. The nuclear technology of the past is useless. The digital components broken and their guidance systems likewise. Land grabbing followed inevitably but has settled as the old powers find themselves less in shape to repress those they represent.
New nations rose as new technology shook the balance of power. Even the weaponry these days is more efficient and run on renewable energy. Energy weapons have come to fore, clean weapons once confined to science fiction set in the far future are the reality of the present because of our actions.
Weapons like the concussion gun that overwhelms the mind with sound can be used to pacify large groups without causing permanent damage. The loss of hearing can be remedied with treatment. Battles can be fought where the victor has caused no permanent damage to the loser. When has that ever been said before? The stunned troops, taken as prisoners of war, can then be released when a peace treaty has been signed on their behalf.
War is now fought less and is more negotiable, this leads to less ill feeling between rivals. Blood feuds are fewer in number and old wounds have been healed by diplomacy. The ability to indulge violent whims has been diminished by our technology and we fully intend to build on this accomplishment. For too long mankind has played with dangerous toys like children but finally we will take responsibility and remove them. Peace will reign and finally we will enjoy it.
I want to travel, I want to see the world now freeing itself of war. I want to see the old scars healed as the world is rebuilt. Without the distraction of war humanity will be free to create great works of art and architecture. I’ve always been interested in photography, soon I will have the time to indulge that interest. I will travel across the world visiting the great temples and taking photographs. I will see the great cities of old; Athens, Rome and Constantinople. I want to see what’s left of the wonders of the ancient world. I just wish I could visit the Temple of Zeus at Aizanoi intact the depictions of the giant statue of Zeus. No doubt it was destroyed by war like so many other wonders, now none have the chance to marvel at the craftsmanship. It’s a shame I can only visit the rebuilt Garni Temple. Hopefully from now on such magnificent testaments to human ingenuity will only be lost through natural cause as with the earthquake that destroyed the origional Garni temple.
Who knows what the world will look like when the same period of time has passed than from now back to the creation of the Garni Temple forwards when mankind has created so many new architectural wonders that it has tired of some and moved on, populating new land for the challenge of building on it. Ghost towns will be the result not of massacre or economic strife but boredom. The potential of man is infinite, finally we have the chance to embrace the possibilities. I can’t wait to watch the results grow around me.

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