“There is no greater disaster than greed”
Lao-tzu (604 BC – 531 BC) The Way of Lao-Tzu
Flash Fiction for Circle of Scribes based on the concept of having Unlimited Resources. Story copyright Christopher Michael Bell (ChrisMichaels85@gmail.com), no reproduction without prior consent.
“Let this be my gift and my warning to any one, or thing that receives this transmission. Heed my words, find your own meaning in them, lest your kind see a similar fate as my own. Never in recorded history has man created such a complex and hopeless trap as we have done this last century. Our time is now at an end. But let us begin at the beginning…
There was an experiment. Nothing controversial in itself after you brushed off the sensationalism of the press. It was born out of the very nature of science. People didn’t know something, and they sought to understand it. Throughout scientific history, all the complex formulae, all the theories from the mundane to the fantastic. They all seemed to fall down in one way. There was something missing from the equations. Nobody could identify it, no matter how good the science, the explanations of gravity, of the origins of the universe, never quite added up. A myth was born, a legend, a holy grail for science. Something which we could not detect, could not see, could not feel was affecting everything. It became known as the God Particle.
The answer to all our questions and more.
And one day, we got our answer. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research barely let the experimental dust settle before they scrambled to announce their discovery to the world. The part of the equation that had been missing. Suddenly, everything came into focus. For millennia man had pursued the holy grail, had sought icons of wisdom. Now we had the key that unlocked the universe.
Some grand old theories fell from their pedestals as they were proven wrong, some inspired flights of fancy became breakthroughs. Science didn’t so much leap as soar on the back of that portentous day. Environmental and Biomedical sciences prospered alongside other fringe sciences that suddenly moved to centre stage.
The discovery also answered one important question. Are we alone? The answer was yes and no. The circumstances of our universe made the Earth a freak wonderful accident. Conditions were suitable for bacteria and microorganisms on some moons, Titan, Europa, even Mars we rapidly discovered with improving satellites and manned expeditions still harboured complex viruses and bacteria. However, so far as our rapidly expanding science could infer, we were the sole intelligent life forms in our universe.
But, there was more the one universe.
We we’re alone in this universe, but shared existence with infinite life forms in infinite universes.
Those universes were best understood as shards of our own, mirror images not quite right. A place where every possibility, every choice, every evolutionary crossroad that was ever approached, was taken. Never told that girl you loved her as she boarded the plane out of your life? Take comfort from the knowledge somewhere at some time, you did. Some of those worlds, maybe humanity never even evolved. Maybe they didn’t evolve past stone age man? Perhaps they were obliterated in a nuclear war, or embraced Scientology? The idea that enchanted scientists and businessmen the most in the 22nd Century, was the possibility that these limitless earths in other universes had not exhausted their resources as we had done.
A global effort was undertook and the potential of the God Particle – which had proved elusive for so long as it existed at differing times in our universe, the other universes, and all of our universes at the same time – was harnessed. The Cleaver Device trialled in the Arizona desert sought to use the God Particle to imitate the hydrocarbons it was presented with, a structure of Brent Crude oil, and to act as a magnet drawing resources from the other worlds into our own. Within ten years the system was so efficient that mankind no longer needed to want for anything.
The global price markets for minerals, fuels, foods, of all resources crashed. It was an unintended consequence of suddenly being presented with an all you can eat buffet of everything. Countries squabbled over the technology, demanding it be shared, others jealously guarding its secret to further national agendas and spheres of influence. A cold war began between the Chinese Republic and America. South Africa unified the sub-Saharan nations, Russia invaded and seized control of mainland Europe, and Britain abandoned any thought of assisting their continental allies after Russia shared secrets of their technology. Survivors, those Anglo-Saxons.
There were four global super powers each essentially propped up by a corporation controlling that nations God Particle harvester. An understanding developed out of the chaos that equality was truly a pipe dream. How could one enjoy plenty if they had never experienced or witnessed poverty? Strict embargoes on countries unaffiliated led to mass hunger, and civil unrest. Eventually every country had to accept the conditions and directions of one of the corporations. Countries now acted on the interests of business. More than ever. To maintain a business and social model of relative peace a two tier system of haves and have-nots developed. The workers and the new aristocrats. So long as the privileged classes maintained access to and control of resources, the lower caste – which amounted to entire nations – maintained the status quo.
Throughout all this, there was one question which was almost taboo. What happens to the random other Earths that we draw our limitless resources from? It was a moral question that automatically led to the thought of whether any OtherEarth held the same technology and was mining the multiverse themselves. Those early questions were dismissed at House Sub Committees, saying the likelihood of us drawing resources from another developed Earth, considering how many other Earths there could be was small. Hence, if another Earth did employ the same technology, that is why we have not noticed its effects. Concerns, lingered among some however, spurring the Infinite Earth, Infinite Love cult to develop and become listed as a terrorist organisation and the one entity that all the super powers, all the corporations agreed on as a threat following instances of sabotage at Particle Factories around the world.
There was another question, which should have entered the minds of the cleverest men of the world. But it didn’t. All the equations about the physics of the Universe added up. But when you change the figures used by adding more mass from other Earths to our own, what effect does this have?
The answer lay deep within some of civilizations earliest cultures. The earliest Chinese philosophers had acknowledged the universe as a careful balancing act, and most importantly self-correcting. Yin and Yang. By adding mass to the world from the multiverse, it brought dangerous instability with it. Not at first, mind. However as man’s insatiable appetite for resources grew and grew, as a solar empire was born to witness the full potential of Earths miracle technology, the Universe began to take notice. The Universe was intended for a finite amount of matter, when Earth added endless amounts to it, the Universe decided as mother nature had done so often to pre-modern civilisations on Earth… to correct the balance….”
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