Human kind’s quest to have eyes beyond became our worst emery. What first turned out to be an advantage has, ended up to be our Achilles heel. Two individuals will see first- hand a, technology that turned out to be a disadvantage.
Max and Joe are walking back from a morning trip to look for food and water when, they come across a interesting artifact. Its something that they have both heard about but, never seen in person Joe asks, “is that?” max answer with, “yes it is.” Joe asks, “ever seen one before?” he answers her question with, “only pitches of them long ago from books, magazines, and the internet. Before, the lights went out.” Joe asks, “All the lights just went out simultaneously? What day did it happen and, how many years ago was it? How did everyone react? Can only imagine because, they must have been mixed.” Maxes response is, “not sure it was two long ago to remember when it all happened and, not enough people from that time period are left over. After that conversation both max and Joe move on and start to head home.
It’s only a few miles a head till they find another one Max says “second one today and, from the looks of it pretty old. It must have been one of the first to be lunched. Wonder how many of those were left when that day happened?” Joe says “was once told there fallen gods from the sky. At least that’s the way they were described as. Guess it’s all based on other people’s options.” Max adds “they could be viewed in that light. How we lived off their existence It’s hard to argue how they are not. Whether or not a person thinks about it, they did have a god like present in our lives. They gave us what we needed then took it all away in one night.” after that statement both Max and Joe are silent for a moment when Joe breaks the silence with a question.
It is “how could a person think of them in that way? All they is a machine with wires. How can they be that important?” Max replies “They were just one piece to the global puzzle but, an important one. Upon Their fall lead to scars resources, fallen armies and finally countries resorted to last minute measures and, that is when everything turned ugly. The skies turned black and the lights when out.” Joe’s face read like it received all the answers they were looking for however, she did ask, “what lead to all the issues for lack of resources? How could of any of this happened? There are just too many questions to ask. Would ask about war and why we fight but, feel like it would only lead to more questions.” Max pauses for a minute before responding with an answer.
Maxes answer is, “For your first question humans happened. It’s our proven history to find ways to create problems. For your second war never changes. We competed for something and do anything to win. You’re third will never have an answer.” Joe can’t help but say, “war seem so point less because, the feeling is the end results will always be the same no matter where or when it happens. Are human beings always doomed to be their own worst emeries?” Max pause for a moment before responding with, “to answer your fourth, humans never change. History provides more than enough examples how we find new ways to recreate past mistakes and, fail to lean them. Human kind will always be its own worst enemy as long as it existence. It’s our nature to doom our self’s. It’s very puzzling to think about.
Max continues to say, “to make a long story short, a number of things happened to cause the one event. A person could pick just one however, when dealing with global evens there are many. It’s the best answer to all your questions. Sorry if it’s a disappointing one. “Joe response with, “It can’t be because, it’s clear that there will never be an understanding how evolved creators like humans act the way we do. Took the gifts of free will and intelligence that, few species have and, throw it all away because, we can’t learn to share. That is disappointing.” She pauses then says, “the human race can be viewed as a disappointment because, with free will and intelligence we should have done more.” Whit that being said, Max wants to head back home and want to tell Joe it as well.
Max begins to say, “let’s continue on home”, but, Joe ask another question, “how did hackers factor into the severed connection? Max answers her question with, “cyber warfare. It became the biggest national threat. The right person in front of a key board should have been registered as a leather weapon. A person could infect more damage from their personal computer then a whole army. Its far to argue that, hackers became more feared than anything else.” Joe’s facer expression looked like she still had some-thing on her mind. She says, “That’s a very sick and twisted thing to do and, its warfare with-out honor. That sounds like the characteristics of a coward. Only a coward would hide behind a computer screen instead of looking an enemy in the eyes.” Max answers her thought with,” it’s important to under-stand that technology changes human behavior. New technology allowed us to fight in new ways.”
Joe asks, “what-ever happened to the power grid? Isn’t there still a land line?” Max answers, “yes there still is a power grid and a land line. They are heavily guarded builds some think it’s the military that guards them. No one completely knows where they are any more. The ideal is so they are a well-kept secret.” Joe asks, “with all the power to, at least restore the western world why be so secret about it. It feels like they are hiding something. What could they be hiding?” Max answers Joe’s second question with, “head that the military and another faction struck a deal. The deal was to join together and restart the western world with, a new world order. No one is sure who will start it or when it will happen because, there isn’t any transparency with this new organization.”
Max feels another question about to be asked so he says, “no one is sure when they started and for what purpose. Some say this group was put in place long before the blackout but, others say it was put together in the last hours before or after the sky turned black. It’s impossible to understand who they are and their mission. The only way any to know is when they come out and say what their goal is. Even then, there will be questions.” Max pauses to catch his breath then continues with, “they are just another organization that wants one thing only and, that is power. It’s clear that they will do anything .” Joe listens to maxes statement and agrees. What she stated to agree with max is a though about humans and, what would arguable be our short coming.
With that being said, “it’s clear that foresight isn’t one of our greatest grift and, the need for power is our biggest weakness. We will never under-stand consensus and repercussions. Even if we could see a head of time the lights going out, we most likely still wouldn’t have done anything about it.” She pauses for a moment before saying, “a person doesn’t have to ask what we were thinking putting that much of our trust in technology. Sure, everyone became guilty of it but, letting a machine become everything? Did someone think the sky wouldn’t fall? The use of satellites did have a positive advance but, with a bigger negative. It was great to have an eye in the sky however, what were we to do if those eyes were lost?” Max pause for a moment to think of how to respond to her question. Finally after a moment of silence he begins to speak.
His response is, “you’re argument is valued and asks the right questions. It was an interesting move to use satellites the way we did, but thought it was more important than the risk of being disconnected.” Joe adds, “guess it was worth the risk if the powers to be wanted to go that far with the use of satellites because, after all they were just one piece of a large puzzle and who really can think that far ahead however, one has to ask the question, where do we draw the line before machines completely controlled our lives?” pauses for a moment to catch her breath then continues with, “A voice of reason was needed to bring people to their senses. It’s very easy for an ideal too far ahead of with- out thinking it though. Thinking an ideal though is the one true human thing to do.”
Max Replies with, “you’re last statement sums one of the greatest questions of all time. It’s the question that, near impossible to answer what makes us human? The best answer that a person can proved is the able to think for them self’s. In the end we acted more like machine acting out and not thinking.” Joe replies with, “that thought makes complete sense. For all the great technology that was created to improve our thinking, it only made us less intelligent. We let the machines do all the thinking. Thinking back some of the machines were missed used potential.” After that statement she adds one more comment with, “don’t get too close to it because of possible radiation. My Geiger counter is reaching very high levers but, there is always a spike in radiation when the sun begins to rise.”
After that last conversation Max says, “better begin to head home. Only had enough air filters for a short trip and this one is beginning to beep . We have plenty of ammo and want to make it last because, finding more has become difficult over the past few months. The sun is beginning to rise as well and, In an hour the day time creators will wake up. “Joe nodes her head in argument but, before turning around to start walking ask with a smile “isn’t also mating season already? Can’t wait for it.” with a grin across her face.
The book of human history is full of chapters written about playing the game of risk however, it would appear that the final chapter has been written. Could humans re-write this same chapter? The answer to this question is if, we stop repeating the past and learning from our mistakes.