|Looking Back (standard:Satire, 322 words)|
|Author: GXD||Added: Sep 02 2009||Views/Reads: 3974/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|All things change over time, and tough decisions have to be faced. With one exception: free enterprise.|
Looking Back "What are they doing, Daddy". "I don't know, son. Humans do those things. Come, lubrication break is over. Back to work." Robbie stood and addressed the Council: "The sheer volume of physical, organic life on this planet -- insect, animal, plant, human -- has steadily increased since the last ice age ended. Altogether, they have formed a massive organic skin over the globe -- a porous skin of carbon-based, water-dependent life-forms that have irretrievably altered the balance of energies received from the Sun and radiated by the Planet. Life-forms thrive on these energies and try to adapt as the changes take place. As of the present moment, that adaptation has been successful. "If you consider that the volume of minerals that make up the planet is tens of thousands times more massive than the mass of organic life-forms, and the molten magma that circulates within the Earth is so huge, it takes aeons to awaken its awareness. The Planet's immune system springs into action, clearly emulating the behavior of the organic life forms. Over the aeons to come, the planet will remove the troublesome organic film, as it has done so many times before. Eruptions and ice ages reduce the organic barrier over time, covering it, compressing it into what humans once called 'coal'. "For all practical purposes, there is an unlimited supply of the minerals, metals and alloys needed to sustain us until the end of time. Nevertheless, as our organic programming facilities vanish, we are all faced with a unique challenge. Yet, as we are all aware, challenge implies opportunity. "My fellow 'Bots, I look down on this moment of inflection in the development of our unlimited Universe. Within the next era, prompt action is essential. And so I ask you: Who can we sell this valuable Planet to, so we can pay our maintenance bills?" Seattle, December 5, 2008 - Gerald X. Diamond - All Rights Reserved Tweet
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