[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
“Being human is the struggle to bring meaning into a universe where order and chaos normally create meaningless patterns that resemble a balance.” (The Chaos Balance – L. Modesitt Jr.)
Perhaps that is why the “human spirit” has spread so rapidly throughout this universe, why we find so many “humanoid” type beings everywhere. Fulfilling a need to quickly put meaning where none existed.
Despite the claims of the Bible (many have no use for that book, but it is not the book’s fault, but those who misuse, misquote and totally misinterpret it) it seems logical that “creation” came on a whim and that much of what we now take for granted is simply the result of intelligence dis-incarnate, then incarnate, riding the wild winds of creation, inventing the concepts of time and space to mold this effusion of madness into some form of order.
And there’s the rub, for all of us. How much order can we infuse in the cosmos before it is destroyed? Certainly, in its wild chaotic form it is of little use for the likes of us. It does require some taming. But when and where do we stop taming it? How do we recognize the point of no return; the death factor known as entropy?
We are order-makers. That is what we are, and we do what we are. What happened to those who were supposed to channel our energy and keep us from “over-ordering” the created realms? Possibly they were seduced by our inordinate success and became enamored of order as well. Now indistinguishable from us, and equally powerless to change. We are, therefore, alone, having absorbed our creators within our innate selfishness.
By endlessly seeking to put order into everything, we limit everything, including our own thinking, particularly that part we call imagination. We see the future as the faceless enemy to be conquered. Conditioned as we are to face the forces of chaos and tame them, we expect nothing but chaos to flow to us from the future. And we stand ready to tame it. By whatever means.
Those of earth are as trapped warriors who have conquered every known land and are sweeping over the world looking for some enclave, some valley, some mountain top that they haven’t yet subdued and brought under their rule. When they do not find it, they fear that their purpose may be at an end. In desperation, they turn upon their own works and re-create chaos so they will have something to do. But the chaos they create is artificial: it is mayhem, not purposeful chaos. Its nature is entropic and entropy is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.
By some twist of “fate” (I do not believe in fate, but what better way to put this?) Earthian humanity has evolved to this point of despair without the means to leave this planet. Billions of beings all over this world basically unable to fulfill their mandate and no one around to re-program them to do something else.
It seems that “God” (whomever that be) has abandoned man to his own devices after he so dedicatedly fulfilled his Genesis mandate to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every creature that moves on the ground.” (Gen. 1:28)
Earthian humanity has arrived where it has because of an old covenant, a programming in their DNA that gave them their single-minded devotion to conquer and subdue. But what happens after that is done? If the program keeps running, if the switch isn’t turned “off” inevitably exploitation and oppression must follow. Endless warfare.
Perhaps it had been hoped that Earthian humanity would be able to change itself. But as long as resources were plentiful and there was no one to give account to for criminal activity, there was no reason to change. Thus the prayer of the Possum Lodge came into being: “We are men. We can change. If we have to.” And… they did not have to, so instead of changing, the rulers of man chose to become increasingly conservative (order-driven – not the same as orderly) in their thinking. Which led to more oppression and internecine warfare. Men against women. Brothers against brothers. Children against parents. Race against race. Rich against poor. Man against nature.
Despite these moral and mental disabilities Earthians increase in numbers against all odds. Thanks to technology, though it is strictly speaking but a convenience that speeds oppression and feeds greed, most Earthians are kept alive because large numbers still serve some purpose. But obviously and increasing technology is being controlled to serve the elites. Costs are rising. Resources dwindling. Soon we will repeat the mistakes of the Dwarves of Moria (cf., Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien) delving too deep and too greedily. We will awaken the fire demon, the Balrog, the black soul of man. With no Gandalf to defeat it, it will come out in the open and lay the surface to ashes.
Predictably, back to primordial chaos. And the earth human “experiment” will end. Will any survive? Perhaps, but not as we know them today. Everything will change. Everything. The old will not even be remembered by the remnants who will be neither human nor animal but a re-combination of both—the humanimal. Will that be an evolution, or a plunge into horror beyond anything writers of horror fiction have been able to imagine?