For many years we lived in shelters underground. We built sustainable towns; drilled tunnels, created farms; our kids went to school.
Then the first hazmat teams went up. We had suits and machinery. We would create domes and live on the surface again; restore the world which had been destroyed.
What we found changed us. It wasn’t shock. It was something else. Repulsion? I don’t know. What I know is I felt something. A calling, maybe. But from somewhere beyond myself, beyond my humanity.
At first, we came back down, back to our families. We tried to relate what we had seen, what it meant. But people in the Tunneltowns were so different.
In the end, we stopped coming back down.
Many things have happened since then. I don’t know if they’re right or what ‘right’ even means anymore. I only know that as I write this in the middle of this strange paradise that we’ve created, I know the Earth will survive and flourish like never before. But without humankind.
If you find this, you should know it wasn’t sanctioned by Gaia, as you call us. No one told me to write this. I do this now, before I pass into my new existence because I want to get down what I learnt, what I know: there’s nothing beyond living in harmony with the Earth. Through that connection, the moment of greater connection is made.
So if you read this now, full of wilfulness and ambition, if you mean to do the Earth harm or populate it or contaminate it again, know this: the Earth can never be challenged or surpassed. Earth will always prevail.
Go back home.
While you still can.