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Chapter III: Day/Page 24 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . . Sofia continues. “Thousands of nuclear bombs were set off during the one-hundred-and-seventy years between the first one and the last, but there is no way of knowing how many were tests and how many were part of hostile actions. Evidence of residue in the air from conventional, nitrogen-based explosives seems to suggest, though, as I mentioned, that the people were constantly at war. Of particular concern was trace amounts found of some horrific organophosphate chemical compounds and other nerve-gas poisons in the air, which have no known commercial application, other than to indiscriminately decimate life in the most vicious, brutal way.”
“Wow, sounds like a great place to visit. I can’t wait to go,” quips Swift to lighten the mood, after noticing the visible alarm in Dr. Thrush’s face.
“The last point of interest,” Sofia says, “is that the data from the thousands of sensors on the planet varies significantly. In other words, some sensors provide a lot of data, while others very little, suggesting that the planet’s technological advancement and level of industrialization is not uniformly distributed. Some parts of the planet are heavily industrialized, while others are barely at all. The same is true for conflict. Some areas seem to be perpetually at war, and others rarely, or not at all—suggesting there is a big difference between what life is like for people in one part of the globe versus another. If my analysis is correct, their lives are so different that they essentially live in separate worlds, despite sharing the same planet together.”
“That is common for a class-1 life-form that has evolved too quickly,” adds Professor Hawkeye. “Most likely, if we looked within the heavily-industrialized areas as well, we’d find significant differences between the lives of one group of people versus another, such that even though they live side by side geographically, from a life-experience perspective, they too, live in completely different worlds. A class-1 species like that may have developed a basic level of intelligence, but they are not yet fully evolved, and therefore still have a strong, inwardly-focused sense of moral consciousness, rather than one more attuned to the collective interrelatedness of life. Though they may glimpse the intrinsic moral fabric of the universe, they have yet to grasp its meaning deeply.
“It’s quite sad, really, to see a species with so much potential,” he goes on. “So much capacity for contribution to our unending search for knowledge, that either can’t, or won’t, free themselves from the early evolutionary baggage of a more primitive time—baggage which once served an evolutionary function, but later retards development and sows the seeds of their destruction. I’m sure this is an area you will study closely, Dr. Swift, being your area of interest and expertise.”
The Professor thanks Sofia and turns the floor over to Pils.
Pils tells them that . . .
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW. . . .
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