Sascha von Bornheim
Copyright 2010 Sascha von Bornheim
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Hello and thank you for finding this letter. My name is Steve, and I lived through the supernova of 2014, well for a little while at least. I want to write a few things down so someone may know what happened, and how it all went down; I’m afraid I’m not a scientist or an expert on anything though; I’m just a guy who is going to die soon.
It’s always dark now. The power went out a few days ago, just a week after the sun stopped shining. There’s rioting. There’s looting, killing and general mayhem. Nobody knows what happened, or why; except that the sun went supernova on us.
I’m out of food. I went to the shops the day after it happened, the people on TV were telling us to prepare ourselves for a long, dark night; and they told us that scientists were working on a solution, something about artificial oxygen generation on a planetary scale. ’We are going to be alright, there will have to be adjustments, but we will make it.’ Nobody believed them.
Maybe it’s not so bad. This world isn’t quite as good as it’s made out to be. It could be paradise, but people are too stupid to realize that. They fight and kill each other over religious beliefs or simply for profit, each side claiming it is right and moral to do what they do. That is quite a twisted sense of morality there. Take Christianity: are Christians not supposed to share with one another? Are they not supposed to embrace all life as a celebration of its (and their) creator? And yet, they have created a society where blind consumerism and greed rules the day, where other life forms -even non-Christian humans- are reduced to the status of second-class beings, to be exploited and taken advantage of for the benefit of some nameless corporation or corrupt government. They say they believe in the ideals of Jesus, but if such a man existed today he’d be thrown in jail. Nobody in the West wants to hear about peace or love or brotherhood when they can have oil and guns and power.