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Humanity is faced with its own mortality. Can humans turn things around before it is too late?

Years, decades after the last World War decimated the planet, humanity has reached the end, once again. The human race dwindles down to the final few. The only thing any of them have to look forward to is testifying. Then and only then will they be allowed to embrace happiness as their life comes to an end.

Chapter Links     The Collective Final Resolution

 

 

Summary of preceeding chapters:

Previously, we learned about the existance of a planet named Sancti and an event involving M49 that did not turn out so well. The introduction of the LEAP initiative allowed for successful relocation of planetary life, as needed...

 

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» The Human Catch 22

Read the previous release

Humanity is faced with its own mortality. Can humans turn things around before it is too late?

Years, decades after the last World War decimated the planet, humanity has reached the end, once again. The human race dwindles down to the final few. The only thing any of them have to look forward to is testifying. Then and only then will they be allowed to embrace happiness as their life comes to an end.

Chapter Links     Human History Pt 1 Human History Pt 2

 

 

Summary of preceeding chapters:

We are brought into the story at a crucial point in time. Several individuals are reciting information about human life, in the midst of something seemingly more sinister. These individuals also briefly touched on something called "testifying". Some of these individuals believe testifying is more than it appears, but are unable to prevent it from happening for others, when it doesn't happen for them. The last of the Subjects is about to deliver their report...

 

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Humanity is faced with its own mortality. Can humans turn things around before it is too late?

Years, decades after the last World War decimated the planet, humanity has reached the end, once again. The human race dwindles down to the final few. The only thing any of them have to look forward to is testifying. Then and only then will they be allowed to embrace happiness as their life comes to an end.

Chapter Links     Subject 5 | End of Report | Interview Pt 1 | Interview Pt 2 | Interview Pt 3

 

 

Summary of preceeding chapters:

We are brought into the story at a crucial point in time. Several individuals are reciting information about human life, in the midst of something seemingly more sinister. These individuals also briefly touched on something called "testifying". Some of these individuals believe testifying is more than it appears, but are unable to prevent it from happening for others, when it doesn't happen for them. The last of the Subjects is about to deliver their report...

 

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Humanity is faced with its own mortality. Can humans turn things around before it is too late?

Years, decades after the last World War decimated the planet, humanity has reached the end, once again. The human race dwindles down to the final few. The only thing any of them have to look forward to is testifying. Then and only then will they be allowed to embrace happiness as their life comes to an end.

Chapter Links     Subject 1 | Subject 2 | Subject 3 | Subject 4

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The Human Catch 22

Human History

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Humanity is faced with its own mortality. Can humans turn things around before it is too late?

Years, decades after the last World War decimated the planet, humanity has reached the end, once again. The human race dwindles down to the final few. The only thing any of them have to look forward to is testifying. Then and only then will they be allowed to embrace happiness as their life comes to an end.

Chapter Links     Human History Pt 1 Human History Pt 2

 

 

Summary of preceeding chapters:

We are brought into the story at a crucial point in time. Several individuals are reciting information about human life, in the midst of something seemingly more sinister. These individuals also briefly touched on something called "testifying". Some of these individuals believe testifying is more than it appears, but are unable to prevent it from happening for others, when it doesn't happen for them. The last of the Subjects is about to deliver their report...

 

Human History-Part 1:

When Inners first arrived here on Earth, they were amazed at the natural life that already existed. Some Inners, ones that were more connected to what humans refer to as the spiritual realm, had been recording information about the planet, but there was much that was still unknown. Several expeditions travelled back and forth, but no specimens were ever removed. It was critical to have the least amount of impact on the natural environment as possible. While there were many bipedal creatures on the planet, none were humanoid. It was after many decades of study and research that Earth was marked as a reserve planet.

            Reserve planets: are capable of sustaining life, may already have carbon-based life forms, but do not have a humanoid population. These types of planets are extremely rare and finding one so close to their own home planet, was a welcomed surprise for the Inners. The assignment of discovering and documenting these planets was a universal task. Other civilizations were also documenting reserve planets they encountered and all of this information was connected across the vast distances of space by lightspeech. If an extinction level event ever threatened life on a planet, any indigenous life that was able to be relocated, was transported along with the humanoid population to the closest reserve planet that fit their needs. Due to the rarity of reserve planets, an entire civilization and the natural life-forms would only be relocated if the extinction level event was naturally occurring and not caused by the civilization in any way. This was imperative, because if a civilization proved it was unable to sustain itself, it could not be saved. This guideline was of the highest priority and was never to be compromised.

            It had happened once before, very early in recorded history. Galaxy M49 contained an Earth-like planet called Biclar. Such a beautiful planet with two moons, one reflected a deep blue and the other was more yellow. Every half-year cycle, a lunar occultation happened where the blue moon blocked the yellow, casting an almost green hue across the planet. During a solar eclipse, the colors one could see seemed almost tripled in vibrant intensity. Life on Biclar was not without its own share of ugliness however. Wars still erupted between large factions and while they never escalated into a planet-wide war, the regional damages forced the factions into closer proximity, and as such made tensions even worse. Eventually all the factions were so tightly grouped, they were almost living on top of one another. Shortly thereafter, the first waves of a new epoch began rippling through the populace. In-fighting grew beyond the control of the local officials and spilled over into the lives of the innocents, thus they too defended themselves. That one Great War, tore the planet to pieces. The few left that refused to become involved, still fell under the machinations of war.

            While only a few civilizations within the Universe had joined together in the beginning, they all felt the pain, anguish and destruction, but were largely powerless to intervene. A small group took it upon themselves to step in and attempt to save the remaining population by relocating them to a reserve planet. For a time, that appeared to have worked, but only for a time. The old grudges were reforged, but were now fueled with destructive knowledge from their former lives. In terms you humans might understand, it would be like prehistoric Cave-people carrying automatic weapons with stealth technology. Many of us watched in terrifying horror as those we had attempted to save were struck down by war once again, only this time they too had picked up weapons. A key member of a research team had managed to leave the planet and reported that the entire populace was being driven by fear once they realized their history was repeating itself. I believe you humans call it a “domino effect”; one individual convincing another or several others, of some danger to civilization.

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Human History-Part 2:

NOTE: At this point in the recording, Graydon and Henry seem to be relating this information in a tandem. If Henry is unable to give the information, Graydon continues to keep the natural flow of the story moving along without any breaks. We are not sure if this was an indication of some type of psychic connection between Henry and Graydon, or if it was related to the process of testifying.

After the M49 incident, the group that had tried to help, began research into the reasoning behind what had taken place; both before and after the relocation. It was determined that some local flora had been incorporated into a regional diet. This particular plant released chemicals when heated, which caused paranoia and hallucinations. This discovery led to the Leap initiative. Leap allowed a relocation group to prepare and store a six –month supply for the entire group that was transported with them. Within the Leap collective, a group of researchers was solely responsible for determining the germination time for local flora. This allowed for pre-crops to be prepped before relocation was to take place. Pre-crops were mixed genetically with any native crops from the home planet, which were similar in biological makeup. Before the pre-crops had been harvested, a planting and harvesting cycle has to be determined as well. For the purposes of this dialogue, the complexity of the process and all that is contained therein is all just superfluous information. Suffice to say that the entire process was fluid in performance from start to finish; expertly executed, you might say. This is important to stress, because with a stable, definitive purpose in their lives, those involved in the relocation were happier and more satisfied with their overall living time.

Purpose. So that truly was the key to everything, clear down to the root of all. This realization made way for another research group to form. This time, instead of focusing on some relocation project, they were looking at environmental stresses and how they impact a civilization, in addition to whether or not each individual had a purpose. These constructs were programmed into an undetermined number of simulations and then the data was analyzed and cataloged. The majority of the data pointed to a large issue with individuals that had no purpose. They felt aimless, hopeless and were more likely to fall into mental decline due in part to poor consumption choices, but also because feeling hopeless became all-consuming. Shortly thereafter, paranoia seeped into society and took root, which led to the fall of the entire civilization. Of course the fall would not happen overnight and in many cases the simulations showed the downfall happening over hundreds of years, but it happened regardless of when.

In terms of universal understanding, M49 taught the collective the most about civilizations overall. There are commonalities amongst them, almost certainly based upon different ideals. For example, M61 is very similar to Earth in many aspects, but especially in regards to the ruling body and processes involved. However, only those with exceptional artistic ability may ascend to the body politic. As such, children that display certain characteristics are more nurtured than others. Earth, on the Outter-side, is not that different, but instead of artistic ability, the body politic is comprised by the ones with the most monetary value. Many such comparisons can be made across the universe and it was then that the collective began noting the commonalities. These were then used to determine how relocation could best be facilitated, in the event it was ever a necessity.

The commonalities were also used to help determine a path of best evolution for a society. The collective idea of evolution and the human idea, differ greatly though. Humans tend to see it as more linear, point-to-point, when in fact, evolution also happens laterally. Time moves forward, that is true. When you reduce time to a set length, it is possible to create a surgical process in which to affect evolution.

Until the collective encountered Sancti, they did not understand Greed. As we attempted to rescue the inhabitants and relocate them to Earth, those that remained behind gave detailed accounts of the societal fall. It was strange that details between the remaining and the rescued were so differing though. After the collective completed the relocation and returned to their home galaxy, it did not take long before reports from Earth began delivering startling news. The first indications of a problem occurred when the Outters and Inners split again. The Inners were the collective’s only source of information from Earth, although by the third, Earth-year two thousand, 3GE52K Inner time, or SecD-5MW-3G52MK, radio and television broadcasts were also being received. As information was pouring in and being analyzed, broadcasts not originating from Inners, were all soon dismissed as Earth-based entertainment. The Inners had neglected to mention that this entertainment was also a reflection of many issues facing Outter society and even more of those issues were directly leading to the majority breakdown of the entire planet. In overlooking the correlation to these items, the collective was unaware of the breakdown until it was beyond repair. Looking forward, the collective began acting in order to avoid another M49 situation.

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I was born in 1977, in Flint, MI. My parents divorced when I was two and I lived with my mother in Indiana. We left our small town when I was six or seven and moved to a much larger city. It took a lot of time to adjust to the move. During this time, my mother met a new man, and he later became my stepfather. For years my parents would use me to fight between one another. Neither of them letting go of their grudges before it was too late. My first marriage did not turn out so well, and neither did many of the relationships that followed. I was learning from my experiences (some might call them mistakes), and attempting to grow into a more responsible human being..

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