During the last days on Earth, humans had stopped talking with each other altogether. It was almost as if they had realised the extent of the damage that language, especially in its written forms, had inflicted on their society, their civilisation and the planet. Following many years of successive wars, pandemics, cyberattacks, economic crash after economic crash and a worsening climate crisis, humans had finally lost their trust in words – in fact, in any form of spoken or written language whatsoever. Because they had finally realised that human civilisation had become the business of lying: people can claim almost anything in writing: whether it was advertising and marketing, political or war propaganda, fake news or fake promises.
As the last humans on Earth began to abandon spoken language, written text and social media, they gradually became more like animals. They began to pay attention to what actually matters, what they can verify with their own eyes as “real”: sights, sounds, even the delicate sound of a breeze. They began to pay attention to other people’s facial expressions and body language, which were much more honest and reliable forms of communication compared to language. They began to pay attention to peoples’ actions, not their words.
Of course this had its downsides. It was a massive adjustment to the “economy’’ – which had previously been built on a delicately choreographed architecture of lies: lies to consumers, lies about the natural destruction, lies about what makes people truly happy. Abandoning the convenient, reassuring, fake world that humans had surrounded themselves with was a step out of their safety zone. It was like throwing away the blanket and running out in the cold naked.
But no one cared about the ‘’economy’’ anymore anyway – especially after the fall of the Elites. This was a completely new, post-apocalyptic world where the ordinary people had taken back some control over their lives: doing their daily business with other people face-to-face using smiles, handshakes, and keeping verbal communications to the bare minimum. Those who still used language extensively were seen with mistrust and soon became a very small, isolated minority at the fringes of society. Things were difficult, but the upside was that life for humans had become much, much simpler. People had come to cherish their silent way of being. Since abandoning language, it seemed that all of their senses had been heightened: they now paid a lot more attention to the world around them: noticing every detail, every sound, every smell, and easily predicting changes in the weather long before they arrived. They soon developed a new awareness, a new intuition about the world around them that was almost like a new sense: Some of them felt so connected to life, nature and the other people around them that they found themselves able not only to read the present, but to sense the future. Their new insight was more powerful, more effective than any language they had previously invented.
George is an author, researcher, podcast host, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, sign up for blog alerts below, or enjoy his books