The Cave Pt. I

Concave walls, towering impossibly into the miraculous light above. Their very peaks lurched over, acquainting each other in the middle.

Below this natural dome, darkness ruled. The light above served as a beautiful monument of nature, and increasingly frequently, a delicacy. But when it came to lighting their way, the people had to consider other methods.

Using a lightly sewn wicker-style jar, the glow worms were transported around the village until their light died out, at which point they were swiftly thrown into the nearest stew.

Getting the glow worms in the first place was an achievement to behold. A member of the village would, over time, carve a ladder into the walls straight to the top. The higher the rungs climbed, the more hooked the carvings became, allowing a person to grab and hang from the acutely angled tops with relative ease.

Of course, anyone who has ever tried such rock climbing would know it to be easier said than done. Those permitted to climb for glow worms were trained and tested, ritualised and awarded the rite to the right to the harvest.

Money and trade were not significant characteristics of this secret underworld civilisation; all commodities were considered to be in abundance, and so all could take whatever they wished – if they had the know-how.

As centuries passed, knowledge spread exponentially. There were once rules to prevent this progression in a desperate attempt for hierarchy, but in a world of plenty, hierarchy is the black sheep.

Needless to say, it wasn’t long before every wishful thinker was clambering up the rungs, higher and higher until they either fell to their deaths, exhaustively climbed back down or achieved their goal of a handful of worms.

But worms could only breed so quickly. They rapidly became scarce, the pseudo stars above started to fall into darkness.

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Below, hues of dark blue penetrated the central setting from an unknown source. This led to the village’s natural inclination to a higher power, and they had thus constructed a majestic temple directly in this navy glimmer.

The walls of the temple opposed the cave. Slightly convex, they could be slotted perfectly into the segment of cave wall they were facing. This slightly eggshell design was built to withstand forces believed to be pressed upon the people by a vengeful God – the same God that had forced them to retreat into the cave in the first place and now struggle eternally with ventures into the outside world in case He had some free time to slaughter the slightest sinners.

The villagers hadn’t a name for Him, but they had a name for their protector, Alaff who, to be honest, didn’t do a great deal. Any day that went by without incident was generally assigned to Alaff and the village pretty much settled with that.

Exceptionally, praise for the plethora of food and abundance of water in such a drab, dark location was given to the people, the workers, the architects. Those who sat down and furrowed their brows until something sustainable came to mind. Needless to say, Glow worms were also praised for their inevitable involvement.

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Alaff looked down on the villagers from some disused upper rung, idly ‘keeping watch’, protecting them all from whatever they pleased. They didn’t really expect much of Alaff, so it never did any harm to take a break here and there.

Alaff knew the other guy was weak. The very thought of entering The Cave spelled certain doom, because Alaff was bigger and more suited to the darkness. Should He threaten The Cave and cause the lights to go out, Alaff will assure a final breath from Him.

Alaff knew he was an effective bluff. And that was more than enough. 

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To be continued…

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Opinions

Here are some of mine, informed or not:

Feminism as it stands and as it is known today is a repugnant, ghastly concept that has put a permanent stain on the idea of equality.

I fully support all forms of equality

All drugs should be legal and controlled

The drug war is stupid

‘war’ and ‘culture’ are words so overused (war on ___, ___ culture) that I cringe every time I hear them.

The internet should be free

Religion has slowed human progress substantially

Humans would have slowed themselves down regardless, but it just so happens that religion is the one to blame.

Morality does not come from worshiping a God. It is innate.

Evolution is, though incomplete, an indisputable fact.

Calling somebody a nigger or a paki is not racist if the intention behind the words are clearly non-abusive.

You are free to be offended by words like this, but I am free to disrespect your offendedness.

Race is an outdated concept, we are too globalised to be bothering with that nonsense anymore.

Islam is not a race.

Islam is the worst current religion, but I acknowledge, as implied above, that all religion is bad at the core.

America is probably nice but I can’t imagine tolerating their pious pride for more than a couple of days

English people are ugly, the ugliest in Europe on average – maybe poles are on par?

The north pole is cooler than the south (don’t forget areas of Canada and Russia, not just Greenland)

Russian is an amazing and fun language

Russia is less amazing and fun, probably.

Language learning is the most boring subject in existence, which is annoying given its usefulness.

I don’t like gay people that push their sexuality in my face, like it’s something to be proud of

I don’t like straight people who do that, either.

Pride is the most annoying deadly sin

Pride is the second coolest Homunculus

Horror is the worst movie genre

Women are, by and large, less passionate than men

Men are, by and large, more passi obsessive than women

We aren’t spending nearly enough on space exploration

I don’t care what or who is to blame for climate change, it needs to be sorted regardless so get over yourselves

School is obsolete and serves no necessary functions other than social development. Maybe schools can focus more on that than actual education.

Education, at the very least, needs a huge reform

Conspiracy theories aren’t fun nor interesting.

Neither are alternative sciences such as astrology.

I have way more opinions than that. I’ll probably do a part II.

Thought of the day

So I put on an early Christmas playlist on my newly updated, Android 5 phone (Had to wipe the entire thing to get it but hey, at least I’m a week ahead of most people who don’t care!) and the first piece that came on was ‘When a Child is Born’ which, as you can guess from the title alone if you don’t know the song, is about Jesus.

Specifically, the resurrection of. The singer claims such bold statements such as tears being turned to laughter, hate being turned to love, neighbours loving one another all over the world and peace for everyone will ensue.

Forgive me for being a skeptic but I think he was right when he goes on to say ‘It’s all a dream and illusion now’. However, his blind faith pushes him to say ‘It must come true, sometime soon, somehow’.

It got me thinking. What if Jesus WAS reborn to transform the world. Would it be possible? Well, given his majestic miraculous magical abilities, I’d say so. But does that make it right?

In order to achieve what is claimed in the song and I’m sure by many a hopeful Christian, you would have to basically brainwash a large portion of the population, and control them. I mean, not everyone is going to be so chuffed if Jesus came about. If you think everyone is going to drop their hats and start praising, correcting their religious ideologies and so forth, you are pretty blind to what’s actually going on in the world and what people actually believe out there.

So needless to say there would be a lot of brain washing and mind control. This, if you hadn’t noticed already, directly contradicts the idea that God gave us Free Will. If he was to give us free will, only to take it away again when Jesus comes back, what exactly was the point?

The very idea goes against everything we stand for as human beings. So, failing the global mind control, forcing the world to be happy and overjoyed at the prospect of worshiping the tyrannical.. uh, I mean, compassionate Lord, I can’t see another way to achieve the Christmas Classic’s goal, miracle or not.

Just sayin’.

Are we seeing a new space age?

We all think about it. We always have. Humans in space.

The big push to the moon came in the late 60’s and as a result the human perspective dramatically changed; we became more conscious of the value of Earth, we became more ambitious and we would dream so much more.

Of course, this is not my own personal experience I’m talking about – I’m only 27 – but from what I read and watch and talk about to those who were around, the western world was a place of the future.

Then the cold war kinda stopped and so did the space age. Not everyone knows it, but the reason we went to the Moon was not for the fancy prospect of exploration and ‘because we can’. It was a little more sinister.

This was a time when Russia and the US were stockpiling large amount of nukes and other military devices, desperately planning on the most efficient way to destroy the world. They were doing well as a team, but they were also rivals, and needed to show each other who was boss. This, as much as it shouldn’t have, paved the way to a LOT of technological advances; with limitless budgets and testosterone calling shotgun, the decision was made by the US to get men on the moon as proof that Russia was inferior.

Once that was done, there was no incentive to really go back. We COULD have gone back, I guess. But why bother? Russia lost in the eyes of the Americans.

So, like the space programme, dreams slowly died off and we all got right back into our routines. Dreaming about space, watching the movies, but not much else.

I have always been excited about this stuff, always blurting on about space things enthusiastically to a pretty tired audience. I spent my years listening to ‘lol you need a hobby/a girlfriend/a life/ to get out more’ or simply ‘oh. Anyway…’.
The more polite would feign interest but those who share my level of enthusiasm were always few and far between. It took me years to get myself surrounded by at least 50% of people of the same level of intrigue.

Recently, however, I have sensed a change in the wind. My senses started tingling with Space X.

Space X is a space transport company founded by one of my relatively recent inspirations, Elon Musk. He and his company promise cheap, efficient, reusable space travel, but more excitingly, colonization on Mars. This would be immediately cast aside as a pipe dream if it was anyone else. But Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla motors, the brains behind the second largest solar power system in the US, the mind behind Hyperloop, the philanthropist, is another kind of dreamer. He gets things done.

Musk

Musk

The current achievements of Space X show this: ‘…include the first privately funded, liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit; the first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft; and the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station’

Space X's Dragon Capsule

Space X’s Dragon Capsule

The reason I find Space X so important to my upcoming point, is because it’s a symbol for something potentially much bigger; capitalism.

For all its worth, I have a feeling the concept of capitalism will drive this world forward and beyond. Space X is a private company, with full intentions to make a profit. That drive for profit is far more suited to intellectual pursuit than the drive of a nation’s government, set on protecting, advancing and controlling the population.

As technology increases, prices drop. Things that were financially a dream become financially viable. The cheaper it gets, the easier it is to consider trips into space. The closer the dreams become. Now, we appear to be preparing our landing gear on those very dreams.

So, are we seeing a new reboot of the ‘space age’? After Rosetta and Philae ripped the scientific community apart with excitement, I soon read that the ESA (European Space Agency) is planning to have test flights for manned missions to Mars and asteroids by 2017. I had heard about this a few months earlier, but BBC now informs me that they’ve officially made a 390 million Euro deal with Airbus to get the project off the ground.

Aside from that, you have the… controversial… SLS (Space Launch System) rocket in the US, removing their reliance on Russia to get people into space. You have the ISS (also a little controversial) being operational for an extended decade.

China has landed on Mars, India has landed on Mars, US has once again landed on Mars. Gravity and Interstellar infecting the movie industry. And then there’s, well, Elon Musk. He plans to retire on Mars.

Interstellar, proof that we're dreaming harder than we have in a long time.

Interstellar, proof that we’re dreaming harder than we have in a long time.

How can a capitalist system benefit from such endeavors? Well, the obvious answer is space tourism to start but I think that’s pretty paltry. But take a glance at Philae landing on the 67p comet, and you can see a wealth of potential wealth. ‘Asteroid mining’ is no longer a dream, it is a very seriously considered prospect which may already have businesses working on it as we speak. Asteroids contain more precious metals than we could possibly imagine. Given that we’re running pretty short on many down here on Earth, it’s going to eventually become more worthwhile to head out into space for the stuff. And I’m not talking in generations, here. I’m only talking years.

Asteroid-mining-illus-2

Asteroid mining is no longer a dream. It’s an actual thing. Just give it a few years.

Asteroids could be the source of trillions of dollars, but even more generally, the science of space frequently benefits the way we live our lives without us even knowing, which is why so many ignorant people complain that we’re wasting our money in space when we should be helping those in need right now with all that money. They’re simply unaware of how privileged their lives are thanks to space travel.

Phone cameras, scratch resistant lenses, water purification/filtration, clean energy technology, CAT scans, technology for the disabled, GPS, forest fire protection, weather prediction, UV protection, fire resistant technology, hybrid cars, solar power, frozen foods, and most important of all, Inspiration. You can see an endless list here.

Given that Europe spends more money on pet grooming than the space agency, I don’t think you have too much to be complaining about, right guys?

You can thank NASA for this.

You can thank NASA for this.

Needless to say, there’s a lot of money in space. The corporate world knows this, and that is probably why we are apparently seeing the start of an economic space boom. I’m pretty excited.

You?