Having grown a bit weary of this space and time, I decided to take a journey. I have studied the past, but this time I decided to look into the future. What I saw there surprised me. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World became clear right before my eyes:
The Great Pyramid - More than just a manifestation in Giza, this was the structure through which the whole world was ruled. It stood for centuries as the model for maintaining control over people and exploiting their labour. It remained until the free radicals were numerous enough to bring the whole system crumbling to the ground, destroying the power of the All-Seeing Eye. The civilizations that grew from the rubble had no such set structure, but most closely resembled the wiring of the human and the roots and branches of the tree.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon - Oh Babylon, the once great city, doomed to fall. A city of great buildings and powerful men, it was the center of trade for the world. But its confidence was shaken by the collapse of its sacred buildings. After that, many were able to foresee its imminent fall from grace. After the oceans rose up, the city streets were reclaimed through the sewers. Windows and walls became broken and eroded, but the strength of men's industry remained for many years in the steel frames. Nature reclaimed her materials and put them to her uses, cultivating a magnificent wild garden high above the sea. No one could gaze upon the Hanging Gardens of Babylon without a great sense of awe. A city taken by time.
Statue of Zeus - There he sat just as he stood, a giant among men. Deified by his country, he was erroneously credited with freeing a good many from bondage. The people who followed this demi-god killed their brethren only to be sold into slavery by the same system they helped to save. He was the model by which leaders were judged, leading to catastrophic consequences. After a short while, people had lost most records of this man and would wonder at the small pieces of copper-plated zinc they came across from time to time. Eventually, his temple fell to the ground, but he remained seated for a while longer, staring out across the shores. Only the birds were left to honor the memory of my brutal relative.
Temple of Artemis - Artemis, the goddess of forests and hills, had her temple built in a land of incredible natural beauty. A domed center with its two wings, it soared grandly above the rest of the world for a short period of history. The temple was magnificent, but the facade only served to hide the foul deeds that were occurring within. It was brought to the ground by flame, serving as its own crucible. Young Herostratus, seeking fame, claimed credit for the destruction.
Mausoleum of Maussollos - Used by those who honor death over life, the mausoleum housed their shameful past. This order of men sought to rule over the people of this earth through deception, but their greed, arrogance, and lack of faith in humanity were their ultimate downfall. The secrets were revealed and their power destroyed. This structure did not take long to fall.
Colossus of Rhodes - Often misunderstood and mistranslated through the years, the colossus of roads was the method by which men physically conquered this planet. These routes and roads brought them to faraway lands full of unimaginable treasures to plunder. One of the most successful practitioners of this philosophy was Cecil. His company was able continue his legacy and convince the deluded people of the world (especially Babylon) that rocks symbolized love. Through their roads to the mind, they told many that these rocks were important because they lasted far longer than the human being, despite all of the evidence to the contrary. A lie soon became "tradition," while many men lost their lives fighting over rocks. The roads of the land, the roads to the minds, and the scholars of Rhodes all became unnecessary. Travel was revolutionized, people thought for themselves, and morally bereft leaders were thrown from office. The Colossus splashed into the ocean piece by piece.
Lighthouse of Alexandria - What a noble pursuit, to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Alexandria was the home of inventors far ahead of their time, like Heron (Hero), but their works were relegated to triviality, as ground-breaking developments were unneeded with slave labor so readily available. The lighthouse was built to attract everyone safely to Alexandria, but also to gain the highest perspective and see for miles around. With so much collected information, the All-Seeing Eye eventually assumed control of the tower. Together, their power seemed limitless, but this was only an illusion.
Is the future I saw the end of humanity? No, it is only the beginning! It is truly the Kingdom of God, a land of men and women living in peace with themselves, each other, and their surroundings. Humans will evolve to amazing heights with no systems of domination and exploitation there to hold them back. It will be the Golden Age of man. When it will happen is only a matter of Chronos.
The truth is that I am a child of God. Just like you.