Wednesday, 10 March 2010

the final frontier

assume that, the sun has reached the winter of its days. and at long, long last, that big, red (oxymoronic) giant has become so imbued, so expansive, that life on earth cannot yet be sustained. and so, humanity has become adept in sending its colonies to various new worlds, in the imperialist agenda of colonising new frontiers, where, of course, you snooze, you lose. finders keepers. if you dibs it, you get it. nothing screams motivation louder and harder (that's what she said) than potential resources and riches. that, and the survival of the human race.

as the people of the old world say their goodbyes to relatives and friends, sweet sorrows bring new beginnings. the boon of new life, of starting anew. the mystery and unexplained potential of untapped galaxies. so much excitement, much like the first time you enter the haunted house at an amusement park. excitement. horror. trepidation. shit-in-pants. as far as descriptive writing goes, there is much to be said.

but the importance of this is fleeting. there's been far too many post-apocalyptic movie scenarios to cover this contingency, even though we have yet to fathom the future technologies, cultural nuances, social interactions, economic situation etc etc. what concerns us for the now is how people would develop differently in entirely different settings. particularly with different time references. how valuable is a day to someone whose planet revolves around its sun in 23 earth minutes? a week? a year? how valuable is a lifetime of 3 years, 1 month and 4 days? of 1 month and 5 days? of 9 days and 2 hours? of 6 hours, 5 minutes and 3 seconds? everything is relative.

what would you do, if you found your life expectancy to be only a 13th of what you thought it would be? would you live life differently? would things change for the better, or worse? and would it be because of how you would live your life, or would it be reactive, to the life you are being forced to live by the cruelest mistresses of them all, time?

and contrary to the norm, i have given this much thought. and come up with the reasoning that... that. that is reserved for my own opinion, and maybe to be shared if the world is truly coming to an end.

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