Humanity: In Retrospect
Excerpt from the posthumous writings of the last articulate human being, Daniel, E.L. Arving
The world had come to a graceless end. Truth and honour, once prized possessions of the noble amongst the human race, had been abandoned. Worse, they had been betrayed. It was a very subtle dismemberment, a very clinical operation. But the end result could brook no feeble excuses, to the effect of, “we didn’t see it coming”, or “it snuck up on us”, or even “it’s not my fault it was like that when I got here!” For the effect was no accident it was a cultural decision that we all partook in, and that we all would be destined to renew from here on out, from one generation to the next.
All the ritualistic gestures of adolescence: the hazings, humiliations, drunken episodes, debaucheries. All the cynical bitterness felt towards an adult world of following the orders of ones superiors. In each and every case, the human individual was being placed in a tight corner from which the only escape door, the only way out, was to leave his truth and honour behind him, and fall in line.
How to do this? Simple: a lie in plain sight was to be acknowledged. If a person would believe and affirm a lie above what their own senses, and their own better judgement told them. A lie placed so blatantly and arrogantly in front of their eyes. If a person, rather than trust their own vision, would bow down to authority out of fear on such a basic point of individual integrity as this, then there was nothing left for them but a life of slithering chicanery and back-handedness.
Yes, we have been told such lies. And guess what? We were even told that they were lies. No one was hoodwinked. Each betrayed not the judgement of reality, not the judgement of others, but their own judgement. Their own intuition. Their own instinctive feel for their surroundings.
We created a schism, a polarity, a compartmentalization, call it what you will, within on our own mind. We rendered ourselves insane so society could carry on as if normal. This was the crime that extinguished humanities hopes, and ensured it of an ignominious end.