Isobel sobbed uncontrollably. She could not stop the floods of tears anymore, as she carefully removed her headpiece with its hundreds of wires connecting it to the Mega Link Computer.
Finally she agreed that her mentor, Kuma had been right in making her go through this traumatic experience. When Kuma first suggested that she use the Mega Link Computer to relive the lives of her ancestors over the last four mllennia, she protested with a fierceness very untypical of her nature. She did not want to go back to their barbaric lifestyle even if it was only virtual.
"Why would I want to go through the pain and hardship of these primitive people?" she argued.
"Understanding our past and coming to terms with it, is a crucial part of growing up. Isobel, we are about to realise mankind's dream...humanity has struggled a long time to make this day possible..."
"But, I am leaving the planet for good! What is the point of taking excess baggage with me when I am about to start a new life?"
"Isobel, just listen to me! The past, present and future are intricately connected. You are our future: the first generation of our race who will set up home elsewhere. You will be the link between us here on Gaia and a new society on Alpha Magnus. One day the next generation will ask you questions about life on earth. You owe it to them to be able to explain that this move did not happen overnight. It has been planned over hundreds of years!"
Having gone through the ancestral experience, she began to feel like a totally different person. Isobel realised she had been living life as if she was a machine. In the fourth millenium life was so easy!
You press a few keys on your menu card and your healthy meal with the right number of calories to keep you at your ideal healthy weight and the taste you fancy will be on your plate without too long a wait.
She was shocked to hear there had been so many crimes in the past. The word "crime" was almost non-existent, although it seemed that her ancestors had no control over human behaviour. Nowadays, before a child is born, all the criminal genes are removed. It seemed there were debates about this issue for centuries before finally everybody agreed that the human mind got so corrupted that intervention on genes was no longer tampering with nature and going against God's will.
And "God" was another big debate in the past. There were so many different religions and yet the fact that there is only one God and it is within all of us was staring at them all the time. How could they have missed such a fundamental issue?
There was a gentle knock on the door and Kuma came in with a look of anticipation.
"Ok! You were right!" Isobel gave him a big hug and he knew she was also thanking him for everything.
Six months later, Isobel and one thousand and sixty people left earth for Alpha Magnus to start the first interstellar settlement of mankind. They were all prepared for this mission and each one of them carried memories of mankind's past.
Eventually all fifteen billion inhabitants of Earth would be relocated all over the Universe. This quantum leap meant that Gaia would be free from human exploitation at last!
You can now take the quiz an watch the video and if you want you can read the background information.
A bit of background
When I was living in Houston, I started reading quite a bit about the future of space mission and was amazed to find how many experiments are being carried out in space, about growing food and survival of humans in a non-earth-based environment.
So I decided to write a short story about the ultimate aim of our species: Survival.
We know if our species outsmart any "end of the world" events like a comet hitting our planet, another ice age, a reversal of polarity on earth [this is very likely to happen some time in the near future and the north pole will switch with the south pole, but the effects apart from compasses pointing the opposite to what we expect are not really understood yet].
One day in the distant future, the sun will explode and become a white dwarf and we will be inside the atmosphere of this white dwarf and all life on earth will disappear. So eventually, a new home will have to be found for the human species, if we are not extinct by then. This is what I would call very long term planning and it has already started.
view quiz statistics
- Major Discovery: New Planet Could Harbor Water and Life | Space.com
An Earth-like planet spotted outside our solar system is the first found that could support liquid water and harbor life, scientists announced today.