posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:28 PM
I have been reading a number of threads on ATS the past few week that have given me pause for thought. The gist is that humanity faces destruction
because of our collective consciousness asking to be punished.
This thought has inspired me to ask a hypothetical question but I decided to do it through a short story. This is my first attempt at writing a story
so please excuse my style or lack thereof.
It's a miserable night, the wind is howling down the chimney and my dog Shadow stretches and yawns as he soaks up the warmth from the log fire. The
rain is beating on the roof in waves and the sound of running water on the patio is a constant niggle at the back of my mind. I should have fixed the
gutter yesterday when it was still dry I thought to myself.
As I sit back in my chair, I sigh, thinking about how lonely it is in the house since my wife left to go on a trip to see her folks. I haven't seen
anybody for days, I must have a tendency to be a bit of a hermit, I pondered
The fire needs more wood, and that means a trip to the shed, bugger! my choices are either get wet, get cold or have a few more drinks and go to bed.
My dog looks at me accusingly and then looks back to the fire. It appears my dog has made the decision for me.
The rain sounds as though it is easing off a bit so I slip on my shoes, pull my coat over me and grab the bucket from the side of the fireplace. "you
coming Shads?" "No" came the reply in a way only my dog can tell me, his eyes firmly fixed on the bucket as I empty the remaining chips of wood on
the fire. "Who's the boss around here?" I mumble as I put my hat on and make my way to the back door.
As I step out onto the patio, I am suddenly startled by a bright light shining in my face. My reaction was shock thinking, "who the hell is on my
property", and a cold shiver runs through me. I stood their like a rabbit in the headlights trying to make sense of what I was seeing. The light
wasn't a torch, it was much bigger and it seemed to be throbbing.
As I gathered my senses I realized that the light was about twenty feet off the ground. I put the bucket down and raised my hand up to my eyes to see
if I could make out any detail.
The light suddenly changed to a dark red. My heart was pounding as I could see the silhouette of a figure floating down from the light, its limbs
where motionless as it silently glided towards me. "Who are you", "what do you want", I said trembling and choking through the lump in my throat.
The figure approached closer. My instinct was to run back into the house but I was frozen on the spot, I couldn't get my body to do anything I
wanted. It was as if the message from my brain to my muscles was being jammed and all I could do was stand and wait for whatever was my fate.
The figure stopped and hovered about six feet in front of me. I could just about make out the small size, and humanoid shape as it blocked the deep
red light. I was now completely speechless and couldn't even hear myself breathing.
There was just a low hum inside my head and my eyes where transfixed on the creature in front of me. The hum then became a rushing sound, like wind
with a high frequency whistle. The creature was somehow trying to communicate with me, the sound then changed again and sounded like birds, and then a
After a few seconds my own voice started talking to me inside my head but I couldn't control my own thoughts. The voice greeted me and told me to not
be afraid, and I immediately felt a little easier. The voice ... my voice, explained that it was from a race of people who travel through the
universe. Their mission was simple and clear. It explained that the universe is full of life, and that a balance had to be maintained. Each planet
they visit, a test has to be conducted. The test is to determine whether a planet and it's alpha population where worthy to develop and flourish.
This test was always performed on just one random subject from each civilization
"Pass the test and the population of your planet will receive help, through the gift of technology", it said. We can advance your people thousands
of years beyond your present understanding, he explained. Fail the test and the whole alpha population of your planet will be terminated.
"What the, I don't...." I mumbled..... All, that is, except for you and your close ones he interrupted. You would be shown things beyond your
wildest imagination and we will provide you with everything you need for the rest of eternity as a reward for your part in the cleansing.
What is the test I spluttered, hoping to God it wasn't a mathematical question. The test is a test of your spiritually, he replied. From your answer
we can determine the level of spiritual advancement your race has achieved. The test is very simple.
If you sacrifice your own life and spirit this very moment, then we will know, that your species is worthy to survive.
We require your answer .... now.
To be continued ..... by you.
[edit on 13-1-2010 by kennyb72]