posted on Sep, 24 2003 @ 06:22 PM
Why should people in general be so nieve as to think that strip mining, ecological waste and destroying everything around as being the only way
technology can go? Just as evolution has branched many highly sophistacated animals, surely the mind can branch out along many different paths of
Archeologists have discovered many crystal objects with "no obvious value". Todays scientists are "discovering" that they can imprint
information on crystals similiar to computer usage. Ancient and primitive people have always known crystals harbour and change energy.
Another example of a different route would be the Ice Age man discovered in the glacier. He had acupuncture marks, carried medicinals; not bad
for a primative! Oh... that's right... acupuncture and herbs have started becoming mainstream...
Okay, how about this: Our planet is full of erosion. As many people have stated, earthquakes, rainstorms, mudslides, volcanoes... everything
takes away. Since New York sits along a fault line, what would be left if a 'quake happens there? Rubble. Maybe the land will shift abit, bringing
the waterline closer. Give a good 1000 years... the concrete would have turned to powder or mere pebbles/ rocks. The metal would have rusted, broken
down to its bases. People would have rotted away, along with books. Future explorers... if they excavated under the layers of rubble... would simply
find (if there was no fire or nuclear electric plant fallout) "intersting plastic fragments, probably used for skinning animals" (there is a zoo
there, so New Yorkers may have hunted elephants).
Now, when I stated that mankind would forget the advanced past, it seems to me that others automatically asume this civilization must by
world-wide. Why? The Americas weren't officially discovered until 1492... ntarctica later than that, most of the Pacific Islands WAY after that.
People are assuming that lands don't sink, mountians could never have been below water. Anyway, let me elaborate my "forget" statement.
Does an electrician know how to build a hydro-generator? Could a customer service operator tell you how to build a fiber optic network? Could
*gasp* an Internet user build functioning modems or cable connections?
Could an auto mechanic build an airplane? That one... maybe. But only if they had the tools, the resources, and the need to do it. If a
world-wide catastrophy happened, what resources would people have? Electricity (if they used it) would be gone. Try as they may, it might not come
up... especially if the catastrophy was an earthquake or meltdown. Gas would be gone (again, if they used it)... the pumps wouldn't work.
Communications, with the exception of walkie talkies, would also be gone... or stretched out until the last batter was stolen or looted.
Looting would be grand scale! When frightened, do people go "hey, we're civilized. Let's get together and discuss what has happened, form a
committee to resolve how to..."? No. We go back to our basic natures. Survival.
People may carry books and photos with them. Some of us would maybe even teach our children about how we lived. But honestly... how long would
you carry your library with you before you realized you could carry a simple but needed shelter, or extra food, or your own frightened child?
We would try to live the best we can, by our ways. We would use guns to hunt, but what when there are no more bullets? We would use first-aid
kits... until it was empty. We would have to discover again how to use bows and stones, herbs and other natural remedies. Our children will grow up
seeing this, become better at it.
Our children would be the stone age (okay, maybe our grandchildren)... but they will still remember we had flying machines, a magic that could
light the world making it day whenever we wanted. THEIR children would be told those stories, and so on and so on.
Eventually, they will be like us, having "evolved" again from stone through bronze, from steam to nuclear. They will hear and read about the
old legends of gods that walked among men, bringing lightning from the heavens, flying between the planets. There would be no trace of this...
everything was destroyed; earthquake, fire, meltdown, a great flood, whatever. Because the landscape has changed, there would be no obvious place to
start to find "us". Granted, there might be a monument or two, dedicated to so god-figure (the Washington Monument or Lincoln Memorial... boy if
those don't look like temples), but our children's children... would they just write them off as temples, or as an unexplained site (like
Teotihuacan)? Or maybe, if California breaks apart from American, or England sinks, would those be another Atlantis or Mu?
People forget. If a comet hit the world right now, could we rebuild? I for one would think no. Our decendants might, but not us. I just hope
they won't treat us in the same manner we treat our ancestors.