My thoughts are being recorded by Westron's new thought recorder.
Filter's are on to screen out any extraneous thought noise. I am seated
in Westron's new time transport module. The current date is June 1,
2016. We have been sending robotic time probes into the future for four
years. However, in our last mission, our farthest probe came back with
no data to report. It seems all human activity ceased functioning on or
about 2120. The purpose of this current mission is to travel ahead in
time to determine if, in fact, human activity ceased and, if so, why.
OK, I am seated in the module chair and will set the forward date to
June 1, 2122. I am now activating the module accelerator. I can see the
date roll forward on the time track device on the system monitor. I have
set the location of appearance to Medland, Illinois. Medlant is my home
town. I am familiar with the geography. We are nearing reappearance.
Monitor shows June 1, 2122. Accelerator has shut down, we have
reappeared. I am now exiting the transport.
The first thing I notice is weeds and bushes growing everywhere. I am
standing on the corner of Maple and East Street. I lived here until I
went to college. The place is deserted. I see no activity of any kind. I
can see an access road leading to Interstate 12 but there are no cars on
the access road. There are weeds and tall grass growing in the cracks of
the road and in the cracks of the sidewalk. No indication exists at this
point about what caused the town to be deserted.
I am walking down the block to the school. Again, weeds and bushes
are everywhere. It looks like the place has been deserted for decades.
No sign of human life. Houses are in tact. As I approach the school I
still see no sign of activity or an indication of what happened. I can
look in the windows of the school. It seems many of the classrooms were
no longer used. Desks are stacked against a wall in nearly every
classroom. I see now a classroom with regular desk alignment. I am at
the back door of the school and the door is unlocked. I am walking to
the classroom where desks were aligned as expected. I am now in the
classroom. Everything looks normal except there are school materials for
various upper grades rather than just one grade level. It appears many
upper grades shared one room. No lower grade materials can be found. The
school has at least 30 classrooms. Why many upper grades shared one
classroom is unknown.
What happened here? What caused the town to be deserted? What caused
the lack of all human activity?
I am going over to the nursing home which is about a block away. I am
approaching the nursing home and can see in the window. Oh my, I can see
someone in a bed. Well, what was someone. What is in the bed is a
skeleton. Apparently someone died and their body was not removed. I am
going inside the nursing home to see if I can find any clues. I am
inside now and I can see in other rooms. In nearly every bed there is a
skeleton. In the dining hall, there are two or three skeletons on the
floor. What happened here? Why did these people die and not have their
body buried or even removed? I am at a nurse's station and see nothing
unusual or out of the ordinary.
I am out the door of the nursing home and heading to the library. I
am now at the front door of the library. The library front door is
unlocked. I am going to see if I can find current issues of magazines
and newspapers to see if there is any indication as to what happened
here. OK, I have found a newspaper dated August 5, 2020 or about one
hundred years previous to my current arrival date. The headline on the
paper is "The Last Issue: The End Has Come". From the article
it seems a silent virus began spreading over the earth. It appears the
virus was like the AIDS/HIV virus but was a super strain. The virus
major affect was to effectively sterilize men and women, thus creating a
circumstance where no baby's were born. The virus only affected the
young, so after a few years as the older population died off, there were
no young people to take their place. From the article, experts said the
virus was spread by sharing bodily fluids like the AIDS/HIV. Experts
screamed for abstinence but people ignored the calls for restraint.
It seems the virus only affected younger males and females. Older
person's, age 30 and up were not affected. The article indicates that
young people became so sinful and promiscuous only a few young people
showed any restraint. Even those young people showing restraint were
infected because they had relations with others who were infected. There
was apparently no easy way to tell who was infected and who was not.
Only a complex and rare screening process was available to tell who
might be infected and who was not. Within a few years no one was
available to run the screening process. The only symptom of the virus
was male and female sterility. The article indicates as more and more
older people died off and no children were born the most common of
services began to disappear. Mass starvation took place in large
population centers because there was no way to produce food. Riots took
place. All of society world-wide crumbled. The newspaper says there were
rumors of small pockets of survivors, groups the paper calls the
"The Last Remnant" who seemed to survive but nothing more is
known about them. Rumors persisted the members of these remnant groups
disappeared without dying but no one knew for certain. Mass
communication became non-existent because there were no people to
operate telephone, television, radio, and newspaper facilities.
So apparently, the whole human race, at least those people in this
area, died off of more or less natural causes because young people
preferred immediate pleasure rather than sacrificing and being abstinent
until they reached the age of thirty. What a tragic way for the human
race to end. Apparently human life did indeed end with a whimper and not
with a bang. All because of immorality.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage
bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually
A facetious story
giving a warning.
story first appeared in June, 2005, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com