Things Fall Apart...
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
– “The Second Coming” William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
How can I describe The Change to those that have come afterward? How could I describe it to anyone who lived in the glories of humanity’s civilized and technological past? Would either of them believe the two worlds that I’m talking about were one in the same?
To start, I guess I should say that the Mayans got it right… not about the exact date perhaps, the world didn’t end on December 21st 2012… it ended just less than three months earlier on September 22nd 2012. Many people, perhaps ignorant of the exact date that the Mayan’s had predicted, blamed them anyhow… but at that point, the Mayans had been dead for over 1,100 years, and they didn’t really care what anyone thought of them anymore. The more religious Christians blamed The Change on the “Second Coming” of Jesus Christ, with all of the survivors “left behind” by God for their sinfulness… And who could deny them? While I have heard no reports of anyone bodily taken up to heaven, exact records of that time are almost non-existent, and over 90% of the world’s population died in the next 3 years… To claim that War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death walked the land would be absolute truth, even if those four “Horsemen” held no physical embodiment. To say that the survivors of that time lived in a Biblical “Purgatory” would also not be a stretch for anyone’s imagination who can remember those years. But this too is only a part of the truth…
Just like The Change cannot be blamed upon the Mayan’s, The Change cannot be blamed entirely upon God either, even if one were of such a blasphemous inclination. No, the truth was that we did it to ourselves. Just like the two-legged cockroaches that humanity can sometimes resemble, we too survived the Apocalypse… and eventually we clawed our way back to some small semblance of civilization. Once we have achieved that small measure of peace and security, the more philosophical and intellectual amongst us began to wonder… “What in God’s name really happened?”
That was when, eventually to our own horror, we discovered that we had brought our own doom upon us. Deep beneath the earth near Geneva Switzerland, mankind struggled during the years before The Change to unlock the secrets of the Universe… I speak of something called the Large Hadron Collider, a wondrous device if you were a high-energy particle physicist, designed to uncover the elusive Higgs-Boson particle… what some would even call the “God Particle” that existed at the time of the universe’s creation, when all other physical laws sprang into being… Great care was taken to make sure that the LHC and all of the experiments conducted there were perfectly safe, and would never cause any harm… but while scientists could predict with great certainty how all of their devices and safeguards would work when used for the purposes for which they were designed… none of those scientists designed their equipment to compensate for mankind’s own hatred for one another. In September of 2012 a special summit of all of the world’s most powerful nations, under the aupices of the United Nations was called in Geneva Switzerland… all of the leaders of their respective nations were in attendance. What better target for a terrorist’s hatred? Worse still, after many years of trying the unthinkable had happened. Unbeknownst to the world’s many nations, a terrorist group had finally managed to get their hands on a Nuclear Bomb… and while great care was always taken search for such errant nuclear devices, the experiments conducted near the LHC were of sufficient intensity that the masked the presence of the bomb from everyone who was supposed to be searching for it. What should have happened is that the bomb went off, and a great part of Geneva Switzerland would have been wiped off the map, along with all of the world’s leaders, but if things had happened that way I would be telling a much different story. At the exact time of the detonation, scientists at the LHC were finally isolating a near perfect example of the ever-elusive Higgs-Boson particle… and somehow the energy of the nuclear explosion interacted with the that particle or the equipment of the LHC itself and in a matter of microseconds the energy of a nuclear detonation that should have wiped Geneva off the map, was channeled elsewhere, opening a gate between our world and that other place… a gate that should have remained closed, but once open it allowed free access to our universe… and that is when the world as we knew it Changed.
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