“What we discovered back when the dawn of the Age of Aquarius finally broke, was that neither answer was correct. It wasn’t agriculture, it wasn’t industrialization, it wasn’t the invention of gods. It was the interactive effects of all of those things.” Grace was animated, waved her hands around as she spoke, pulling in the world around her, painting the picture of what she was trying to explain.
“Ah, entanglement. So this is the era then, back when we started trying to undo those knots.” Pierre smiled. He loved this life, learning about what he’d learned about the wrong way before. That was the big pull with time jumping, for some.
Empiricism at its best.
“Experience, yes. I’d been trained as a scientist, science was running the show, well, that and money, but we’d forgotten what it meant to simply be human. It was a very hard lesson to learn. It’s one we’re still learning, it’s tough to unlearn, that we’re something special, a lot harder than learning that we’re not.” She shrugged.
“So how did you manage, despite your training in science?” He’d had that struggle himself, a time or two.
“Me, personally?” She thought about it for a minute. “Well, entanglement I guess. That’s as good an answer as any, since you gave it. It wasn’t just me, I read, I’m open minded. Maybe the fact of some of the drugs I did as a kid helped, I don’t know, for sure. The Internet helped, in terms of getting a lot of different perspectives. For me, science wasn’t any better than religion, not what science had become, anyway. Just like religion. Both were corrupted by money.”
“Ah, a fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” Pierre smiled as he said it. He’d made a fool of himself more than once, particularly in his youth.
“Yes. But at any rate, there was that ‘man in god’s image thing’, yes, that was a big deal in terms of putting us some place above the natural world, at least in our minds.” She paused, again, collecting thoughts. “But really, we didn’t become so drastically separate from ourselves, our tribes, the world that birthed us, until after the industrial revolution, not most of us. And of course there were lots of changes that took place over time, all of them mattered, or at least that’s kind of where our thinking is right now. And when I say ‘our’ I mean, the general consensus among the folks you’ll meet here.”
“Entanglement.” He said it again, and smiled.
“So, you probably know more about it than I do, but I’m not sure I want to know, I kind of like living life and enjoying the world around me and being an animal in nature.” She stopped, as they strolled, and looked at him. “Is that terrible? To have had enough of science?”
“We still don’t really get it, not really.” He grinned.
“Really?” She was agape.
“Well, our understanding of ecosystems has improved quite a lot, and of space time, and nutrition, and human health, and biospheric health, and of other cultures, even non-Terran cultures, but if I may, might I share one little bit of far distant future thinking with you?” He was still grinning.
“Sure, what the heck.” She grinned back.
“We still don’t much understand ourselves. We can’t, not using science, it’s antithetical. Most of us have decided we don't much need to. We just live.” She kissed him.