Why did I write Homo Cosmiens?
Homo Cosmiens: A new beginning to the final ending
It was two years after the death of my wife
Mina. As you can imagine I was devastated. I had an overwhelming urge to run
away. Run away from everything, my home, my life, my work, my friends, and my
family. So I began to travel and it did help.
While I was wandering about the
ancient ruins in Luxor, I was suddenly struck by how little we humans have
changed in nearly 5,000 years of recorded history. Oh sure, we have changed at
some levels such as technology and to a lesser extent social order. But,
emotionally we really are the same people that were depicted in the hieroglyphic
stories surrounding me in Egypt. These people dreamed of a better life. They
looked to invisible gods as an escape from their daily drudgery. And they were
manipulated by propaganda and advertising, just like us. Their emotions were the
same as ours. They loved, hated, and were jealous, envious, brave, cowardly,
strong, weak, charismatic, and boring. Just like we are today.
So if we humans
had not changed emotionally in 5,000 years would we ever change? Can we ever
become emotionally intelligent?
In Homo Cosmiens Akira McDonald, the young
protege anthropologist is fascinated by the idea of the human race. In her
world, we have been extinct for 10,000 years. She looks back at us as we now
look back at early hominids such as Australopithecus. She tries throughout the
story to understand our fascination with deference to power and mysticism. But
just as we are unable to fully understand the behavior of early humans, so too
does Akira struggle to understand us. In Akira's world there is no religion,
there is no money, no overpopulation, no children born without love and
nurturing, no sexual stereotypes, and no starvation. You would think in her
world there was no suffering at all, and yet it persists.
Since I was a kid, I
have been captivated with science fiction stories. In so many of them is the
theme of invasion. So when I wrote Homo Cosmiens I wanted to have us invaded by
aliens. The story has been done so much that it seemed there was no new way to
tell it. This is when the thing I had been struggling with since Egypt
intersected with the idea of alien invasion. If after 5,000 years of human
evolution, we had not changed emotionally, what would happen if an alien
invasion forced us to change? This is the main theme of Homo Cosmiens. I hope
you get to read it. If you do, I would love to know what you think will happen
to us in the next 10,000 years.
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