A Message from the Last Generation of Man
by Gregory Cioffi
What I am about to tell you is the absolute truth, and in no
way exaggerated or fabricated. I am reaching out to my ancestors to
inform you of your foredoomed future. I am one of the few surviving
members of the last generation of man. Believe me when I tell you that
we are, irrevocably, the end of human life. The purpose of leaving you
this message is not a scare tactic, but rather an urging for you to
avert your tragic and fatal future.
Many, many years from now, mankind will enter its final world
war. Weapons beyond nuclear power will be created and eventually
deployed. The war will be fought with virtually no human soldiers, yet
billions will die nevertheless, due to our everlasting desire to wage
war. Less than one percent of us survived the holocaust. The remaining
members of our race chose sides. I am a member of the faction of man
known as the Mahatma. In your time, we would be
considered pacifists. The other faction is marred by ignorance and
stupidity. They wish to continue fighting until we are all eradicated.
It was at this moment that we admitted the true nature of our species:
we are a people of savagery, ferocity, and onslaught. Once we had
accepted that, we felt obliged to correct the inherit flaw within us.
Before I continue, however, it is crucial that I inform you
that at this juncture mankind has gone through its second major
evolutionary jump. The first, of course, was the transcendence of
beasts into Homo sapiens. The second evolutionary
stage was not one of the body but of the mind. Humans have developed
what we call thought transference. This cognitive ability is not one of
intrusion but rather a higher form of communication. With that said, I
can now continue on the matter of correcting the wrong within our
It soon became rather blatant that the source of our violence
is acted out through the body and although individual actions do stem
from preconceived malignant imaginings, without the body, they are
merely harmless thoughts. A friend of mine, a scholar of history, one
day brought to our attention the writings of a 17th century philosopher
known as Rene Descartes. In a treatise entitled Meditations
on First Philosophy, Descartes discussed the mind and body in
great detail in what was a truly revolutionary piece of work. In his
treatise Descartes proved that the mind and body do not need to coexist
in order for each to function. This section has become the genesis of
scientific breakthroughs and somewhat of a holy document, which we have
dubbed The Eight Laws to Peace. It reads as
- It is possible for God to create anything I can clearly
and distinctly perceive.
- If God creates something to be independent of another,
they are distinct from each other.
- I clearly and distinctly understand my existence as a
thinking thing (which does not require the existence of a body).
- So God can create a thinking thing independently of a
- I clearly and distinctly understand my body as an
extended thing (which does not require a mind).
- So God can create a body independently of a mind.
- So my mind is a reality distinct from my body.
- So I (a thinking thing) can exist without a body.
Point eight created great uproar and inquiry within our
faction. The notion that mankind could live body-less captivated the
scientific minds of men and women everywhere. Looking back at our
history we were saddened to see not one century not plagued by
destruction. We wished to be the first and subsequently last generation
characterized by peace. Ergo, we began experimentation on three
volunteers to see if we could divest our bodies in order to live
harmonious, cerebral, and intelligent lives.
You must also remember, our thought transference skills allow
us to communicate with one another until we die, and things such as
nutrition and sleep will be taken care of due to medical abilities that
you cannot yet fathom due to your inability to conceive what the acme
of the human mind has become.
But it is not these technicalities that are important; it is
our fate. After we successfully separated three vulgar outer shells
from their host’s indispensable brains , we knew peace was at hand.
I approached our enemies to offer them a life and a world free
from pain and suffering. But when I arrived at their fortress, I had
found that I was too late. There they lay, deceased, killed by their
own weaponry. I suppose even evil turns on evil.
We, the Mahatma, had truly become the last
group on Earth. Wishing not to revert back to the seemingly fundamental
ways of mankind, the remaining men and women, including myself, all
agreed to undergo the transformation and live without the body. We all
understood the quintessential dilemma that presented itself, however:
without the body, reproduction was impossible. In the end, we
unanimously concluded that it was better to have one final generation
of peace, than infinite generations of death and devastation.
We are truly the last generation of man, unable to continue
the perhaps egocentric evolutionary drive to exist, grow, and multiply.
After we inexorably perish, mankind will be no more.
I do not know what more can sway you into stopping such
unnecessary madness than to show you your own catastrophic undoing. If
this is not the destiny you wish to embrace as a people, I implore you
- do something. Otherwise, this is your future. We are your fate.
© 2017 Gregory Cioffi
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