The way things are now, I can’t really see the next epoch being as peaceful for that long, especially given that people have taken to calling each other the most vile names they can think of over virtually nothing. They argue over trivial concerns, they take arguments far beyond the main point, and they abuse one another in the name of other people, which has been done many, MANY times in the course of this species. It’s enough to make even an immortal wonder why any force would think of continuing this failed experiment. Yet something appears to find some saving grace in humanity after all this, some spark that hasn’t suffocated as of yet and can still keep the species alive. I’ve seen it, but as of yet, only a few select individuals have even noticed it.
Is humanity worth saving? That’s a good question, and one I might have said no to a long time ago. They don’t remember, they don’t care, and they don’t understand that it’s all been done before. They’ve played out this particular dance again and again without retaining the memory of what came before. Granted, if they were given some visual aid, some bit of evidence that civilizations before theirs had in fact reached beyond the confines of their planet, had indeed performed the very acts that they write about, perhaps they would put aside their trivial concerns and band together for once to stand against a much wider reality that is ready to pounce upon them at any given moment. But their shortsighted ways have kept them in the dark, secluded, and apparently safe, as any other species willing to subjugate them considers humanity a disease that’s best left untouched.
The Final Rotation is drawing near, and I can’t help but hope that this time humanity will find some inkling of wisdom during the coming epoch, some reason to finally lay aside their differences and simply exist alongside each other. But I fear that such a hope is in vain.