Posted 13 December 2017 - 02:04 AM
Perhaps, in our world, there were once majestic, seemingly magical things. Things we pushed away or actively destroyed with our so-called "civilized" ways. The mammoths no longer trundle about the snowy fields of the north, and woolly rhinos have all but been wiped out, the last hairy rhinos of Sumatra hunted to critical levels, beyond hope of repopulation. The Stella's Sea Cow, gentle beasts of the sea, eaten in a feeding frenzy by sailors from the frozen realm of Russia. The rainforests and jungles get smaller every year, overlumbering and poaching wiping out countless species of scintillating arthropods, colorful reptiles and amphibians, and exotic mammals. We kill and cannibalize our primate cousins, using those we kidnap as test subjects for diseases. We declare certain plants "illegal" due to their possible use as drugs, and burn down the fields of poppies and marijuana. Where forests filled with stag and doe, wolf and bear once stretched on proudly, block after block of cheap apartment complexes and belching smoke towers are. The mighty aurochs no longer stampede freely through the German plains, their cousins,the common cow, raised in tiny concrete cells,fattened up horrifically, and slaughtered at a young age to make veal and steaks for the rich, and cheap patty meat for the common man. Diseases run rampant due to a lessening of natural deterrents, the falling amphibian population allowing massive swarms of mosquitos carrying debilitating disease to plague the poorest villages. The earth's soil garments are torn open and Mother Earth itself is raped by its own children, with young children dying in cave in for blood diamonds, and those who try to sneak out some to feed their family more than slave wages are shot dead at best, tortured to make an example of at most. We have set up religions of cruel old men who demand we obey or suffer eternal torture and flames. Society was never meant to be this way, but it morphed into this over time, like a perversion of a butterfly metamorphosis. The whales, gentle behemoths of the sea, those singing and frolicking leviathans, are dragged barely breathing onto whaling ships, then butchered alive for meat and, until a few hundred years ago, oil, which would quickly be rendered obsolete. We travel in machines that belch out a toxic gas that burns a hole in our ozone, and slowly makes it so that this planet's getting hotter. The ice melts, and more poor die of sunstroke and exposure. Petty tyrants rule their distant kingdoms, ruling by rape and hate and blood, while those with the goods are content to hide like cowards. The sea is being emptied of fish and shellfish, the great elephants and mighty rhinos of Africa are slaughtered en masse by poachers for bogus PENIS GROWTH POWDER, and the beaches are choked with garbage. A floating continent made of garbage is forming in the Sargasso Sea, choking and strangling turtles. Jellyfish populations and algae blooms are swarming, the seas own mosquitos and mold. The threat of nuclear annihilation hangs in the hands of two politically opposed groups of countries, a green poisonous cloud of radiation that could end all life on Earth, forever. The age of beauty and youth is dying, while an age of darkness seems to grow.