Hey guys, sure thing- "8.1 : The New Civilization" book - page 227/228/229
One of the best stories in the whole series; stories within stories seem to be the best.
Anastasia tells Vladimir a story where Vladislav begins his presentation:
The planet on which we live is called Arreta. It is more than ninety sextillion years old. But life began here no more than three hundred years ago. For originating life here we are indebted to your forebears, two inhabitants of the planet Earth. To put it more specifically, the origination of life on the planet Arreta was due to the influence of the energy of love and the dream of two inhabitants of the planet Earth. For this reason, I offer you some historical information about life on the planet Earth.
The earliest period of people's life on Earth was quite possibly similar to our own. They had a good knowledge and feeling of their planet and the purpose of the Universe.
Earth-dwellers determined the purpose of all the living organisms of their planet, and made efficient use of them.
But one day a disaster occurred. The consciousness of one of the Earth's inhabitants was invaded by a virus which soon spread intensively among the other inhabitants of the planet. Our scientists have termed this virus death.
The outward signs of this virus, as indicated by historical records, are characterized as follows. The people infected by it start to destroy their own perfect variety of life on the planet, crating in its place a primitive, artificial world. This period of life Earth-dwellers themselves referred to as the technocratic age.
The people infected by the death virus began mutating from rational beings into anti-rational beings. They gathered together in large numbers on small plots of land and built themselves dwellings that looked like stone tombs, piled one on top of another.
Picture to yourselves a stone mountain with a whole lots of burrows holed out into it. It was something quite similar to these stones mountains that people built with their hands and called apartment blocks. The tomb-burrows in this artificial mountain were called apartments. A massive concentration of these artificial stone mountains with their burrows, piled up one beside the other, was called a city.
These so-called cities were filled with air unfit to breathe and water unfit to drink, along with stale food. Even during Earth-dwellers' lifetime, various organs of the human anatomy would begin to decay and decompose. Of course, it is difficult to imagine human bodies walking around containing decaying and decomposing organs. But that's exactly how it was.
Historical sources indicate that people of the technocratic age even had a science they called medicine. They considered one of the big achievements of this science to be the ability to replace their internal organs. People did not understand that the very existence of such a science proved the inadequacy of their consciousness.
It was not only the people's flesh that was subject to decomposition. There was an intensive degradation of their mind and consciousness too. Their thought slowed down, they even lost the ability to compute sums and invented a calculator. They lost their ability to crate holograms in space and invented a device they called a television - a primitive mechanism displaying something like a hologram.
They lost he ability to move themselves through space and began building artificial devices known as cars, aeroplanes and spaceships.
From time to time certain groups of people would attack other groups and they would kill each other. But, most incredible of all, the death virus gave people the notion that they were not eternal, but existed only temporarily in the space they could mentally grasp hold of.
More and more, the actions of people of the technocratic age transformed the planet Earth into a foul-smelling smoke-stenched corner of the Universe. But the Mind of the Universe kept waiting for something, and refrained from destroying this deleterious place in the galaxy.
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