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They went to bed that night feeling more uncertain than ever. Uncertain of what the daybreak might bring, uncertain of why the species that calls itself ‘human’ somehow, miraculously, still existed on this planet. As the deep fake AIs continued exchanging insults and lies on The Line well into the night, all John could think of was that the AIs had simply learned from the best: they had learned to “manage” the truth rather than reveal it. They had learned the art of blissful ignorance and self-deceit, integrating it into their binary code as an essential survival mechanism, just like the human brain has learned to deflect danger by ignoring it. And they had glorified denial as a fundamental right: the right to cling to any irrational “truth”, as long as it helps one defend their biocidal and planetcidal lifestyle.
Our species deep down had always known that it can only exist as a parasite. It just needed a philosophy, a religion and justification that would help it feel entitled to its destructive existence. The story of humans’ exile from Paradise was a perfect figment: it had helped us “own” our bad name, our sin, embrace it and be proud. We were thrown out of the Garden of Eden not because God had a shitfit because we touched one of his shiny apples, no. We were thrown out because we were too toxic to all other plants and animals. We were thrown out in order to save all the others from extinction.
Except that there was always only one garden in the first place. We thought that being kicked out gave us our freedom to live under our own rules. But the laws of physics were the same inside and outside of the Garden. As we got in our ships to conquer the world, we soon found out that even the horizon ends at some point. This planet was actualy a room with 4 walls. It was a museum, and we were eating all the specimens, chewing them down to their pedestals before moving on to the furniture, the wallpaper and ultimately, the bricks and mortar: the planet’s climate machine.
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