Terminal Civilization

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


 

Terminal Civilization

Killing becomes us. Is extinction our true destiny? Are we on the brink? Is the point of no return upon us?

It’s such a beautiful place sitting atop this mountain perch, I can see for miles. At times, I almost feel as if I’m in a painting brushed by God. His use of perfectly blended colors from the kaleidoscopic complexions on His pallet are beyond mortal reproach. The deep browns and hues of the prehistoric rocks, the Emerald-green rolling hills, dotted with stands of birch, pine, and oak gently ending at the shoreline. The sharp primordial rock at the summit lay testament to the origins of the ancient landscape. But as stunning as God’s scenery, we are the masters of our own destiny. It is our free will that rules us and makes us what we are, what we have become.

Few today know of the blood spilled here in 1457BC when an invading army slaughtered tens of thousand defenders including women and children. Since then Civil Wars, World Wars, conflicts in unpronounceable regions around the world, man-made diseases, and pandemics have killed hundreds of millions.

My name is Kael and I am from the future. For several years now, I have been so very saddened to bear witness to humankind’s path similar to that of the 1457BC conflict. We have seemingly learned nothing from the millennium's past. We remain violent, alienated, and divided by territorialism, class, education, bigotry, fears, suspicions, poverty, racism, homelessness, power, and tyrannical politics. I fear that soon the world in which we live will become so skillful at destruction, we will annihilate ourselves. That may be the only course left, annihilation. A world without compromise, a world without solutions, a world without laws will certainly perish. Perhaps it is best….A fresh start!


Submitted: June 08, 2021

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