Hello, again. Tobin here.
Yesterday, I visited Ms. Brody (or Teagan, as she now insists I call her). While there, I discovered something. Ms., er... Teagan, was anxious for another blog entry from me since it has been so long since the last one was made and I realized just how much control this internet thing has over the lives of my human people.
Of course, I have only experienced this through Teagan, who does not spend much of her time online. But everywhere I go, I see people on cell phones or laptops. They use these things as a means of staying in touch, in the loop, in the know and just plain connected, to use the vernacular. Whenever I venture out into the public or watch television or films while visiting friends, I notice this is a world-wide trend - this constantly staying connected.
Teagan is not always connected. Yes, she has computers in her home, as well as cell phones, online gaming systems and televisions. These are used by her family members, for the most part. She is that rare bird who still prefers face-to-face communication. She still prefers sitting around talking with family and friends to being online. She did offer me a cell phone so we could stay in touch more often, but I refused. I enjoy her company, as I have noted in earlier blog entries. I do not feel I must guard my speech while I am around Teagan because she knows and understands some very key things about our world the majority of the public has either chosen to ignore or they have, for one reason or another, simply not yet discovered. This makes Teagan safe for me, comfortable. And I enjoy that.
But a cell phone... the idea of me running even that slight chance of being traceable by those who would wish to harm my kind is too much. If there was one thing that stood out amid the innumerable things I was taught while off world, it was the knowledge and absolute belief that should I ever be discovered by humans, I would be lost.
Teagan brought up the point that my off-world ancestry line must have a far greater knowledge of technology, and even a greater use of it, than humans. Of course they do! And that brings us back to my mission on this world. It also highlights the struggle the entire human race faces. You do not yet realize it, but your population currently stands upon the edge of a razor.
Those of the latest generations cannot see it, for this lifestyle is all they have ever known. However, the elders within your population have noticed the diminution of freedoms, traditions and cultural differences. Even I, who live on the outskirts of human society, have seen how man has lost so much because of the internet and the supposed explosion in technology. And this has happened in such a short amount of time.
Why do I use the term "supposed explosion"? Because this has all been done by design. All this knowledge was given to you to catch you up to speed. Do you not see? You have something everyone wants and they no longer care that those who set the rule baring all contact with humans will retaliate. What is that old saying? "While the cat is away, the mice will play"? Well, the Cat is away and the mice are definitely at play. The question is: Which team will win?
Humans do not have the option of sitting out this game. The moment the internet was loosed on our world, it was too late. Truthfully, it has been too late for eons, but that is a story for Teagan to tell. As for your options, what can I tell you?
Neither will appeal overmuch, but choose you must. You have been travelling down this path for some time and you have become comfortable with it. Your life pace has gone from slow and tranquil to this boulder barreling down a mountainside at full speed, nearly uncontrollable in its velocity. There is no turning back. Your acceptance of and dependence upon the technologies others have thrust upon you has ensured that. And when I ask "which team will win", I do not refer to humans. You do not...
No. I will not go into that. It does not please Teagan to write it and so it will remain unsaid. She knows. She has included it in the story she has crafted for you all. But know this: my scions and I have chosen a side and you will soon have to do the same. I urge you to read the story, the one Teagan developed from her visions and my own story. It contains valuable information and it can help in your decision-making process.
As for me, I am returning home for a while. I do not feel comfortable leaving my scions too long. I always fear for their safety when I am gone from them.
So, until next time,
Teagan Brody is author of Sci-fi/Fantasy novels. Her writing helps guide the people of Earth toward a better future. Her most common expression is, "What would Thomas Shelby do?"