At First Glance
by Rita L. Smith
Gentlemen of the Inter-galactic Council I have
just returned from Planet Earth. I, Jolla Cambini,
offer you my observations.
seems perfect, no one is sick or dying and
everyone lives long lives. The air is fresh and
clear with plenty of symbiotic greenery. The
oceans, rivers and lakes are blue. Something we
in the Andromeda Galaxy have not seen for many
I lived on
Earth for a year and I see it quite differently
than I first thought. There were no sick or dying,
because anyone who reached these stages was put
to death and cremated. Their ashes spread over
the planet to provide nutrients to the soil. It
doesn't seem to bother anyone that a friend,
lover, neighbor or family member was suddenly
questioned this. In fact, no one asked any
questions. In the schools, children werent
encouraged to ask questions. There was no
creativity amongst the people of this planet.
Children werent allowed to play. They were
constantly in the process of updating information
from their teachers or parents. In short all
curiosity was drummed out of the people on Earth
quite early in life.
When I took a
closer look at the people who had at first glance
seemed diverse, they werent really. When I
traveled to different communities on the globe, I
found the same people with the same jobs doing
the same things as those in the last area I
have been a hardship if I had not had my space
jumper, since there is no travel between cities
or continents. No one in the world travels at all
which surprised me greatly.
No one is
interested in visiting new cultures or ancient
ruins. Nor are they interested in the history of
the planet. These are closely guarded secrets
that only a few historians know. These people are
kept in asylums called libraries. When others
asked questions about the past they are committed
to these libraries or simply put to death.
the library was much easier than getting back out.
I, finally, made my escape after three months in
this wonderful institution. I have brought back
several history books that you, the Council will
find most interesting. In conclusion, I found the
only interesting people on the planet were the
It is my
opinion that Earth is a nice place to visit, but
I wouldn't want to live there, unless the people
change. Somehow, I don't see this happening.
The council in
a unanimous vote decided to eradicate the
Earths population with the exception of the
inmates of the libraries and the very young.