hello dear regulators, i have been working on that piece all day
i call myself cutting it tight for performance but thats become the
piece now, this is an old draft but i find myself reluctant to put
the new piece on line, usually i consider my nonfiction open source
i put it online, if somebody steals it fine w/me, but this piece i think
i want to hold onto it at least till i first perform it, im gone, i got so
much work to do, so little time
I will give you the stars
hello dear regulators, what do i say about this one
one thing, rough as it is im very proud of it, its my
core vision of the future of humanity, now i got tomake it sing
rhetorical hook will be 'i see . . ' playing on divinatory, playing on prophetic,
ima do 3 versions, a performance version, immensely truncated, lyrical, transcendent
and a version for rest of fleshed out w/flash stories on this framework
major research on cosmology in play, interesting i had planned
this to be a major research phase but i was thinking mystical/
metaphysics stuff for the hoodoo book of flowers
instead im buried deep in cosmology and loving it
been planning to master the universe for awhile now
i just hate i waited so late in my life to do it, but all things
in their proper time and place i say, the gods must deem i am ready
so this is the gist of it, as i get a better comological grip i will refine it
the more i understand the science and the physics of the universe i will refine it
the more i put my fictional and performance licks on it i will refine it
as i work out the mythwork of it i will refine it
and 3: im going to do a childrens book version, see if i can translate my pasion for
humanities conquest of the stars, humanities evoultion, to them in a way that they can see it
also i see its trumped my perennial conflict over do i speak for black people or all
people, this far into the future its humanity im shepherding - thru the hoodoo way
a universalized african american way
healing two birds w/one stone
sorry about the roughness, i shouldnt show it to you at this stage
yet rough as it is im proud of it, constitutes a new phase of my scholarship
and my visionary nature, also dug in on revision of rest for the weary
opening it up, taking it to higher ground, god i love being a writer
all my love
listen o ye 1stborn to the geas of rickydoc and i will give you a mission greater
than your adversity, i will give you a destiny - i will give you the stars
And suddenly I see. I see it all. The river and Beale and Memphis and all the Delta, laid out before me.
Everything in the world there is to see. Open your eyes, hoodooman, tell me what do you see.
I see a path. Stories that need to be told. I see the march of humanity awash
in a multitude of possibility, futures populating a thousand and one planets,
And I see futures where humanity dont make it, i told you one planet is not enough, i told you extinction events happen, one hit wiped out the dinosaurs and they were a lot bigger than we are, rouge asteroids, nuclear winters, global warming, need I go on, one planet does not ensure survival of the species, got to spread out, increase the odds.
In the future I see, humanity is no longer planetbound. in the future i see, humanity is a multiplanet species.
But I see costs unimaginable. Missing colonies. Falling off the grid. Ships that fall into the galactic ocean, fireworks in the sky, dropping into the sun, starship that leave realspace and never return. I see the challenges, the impossible tasks that one by one science delivers. Deep freeze. Reboots. The Talcon Drive. Perhaps Einstein was not the last word. Nobody else was. Perhaps we can squeeze through the wormhole, tailor genetics, traverse hyperspace, perhaps the human body can be transported from one world to another, why not one universe to another, one dimension to another, who knows what await us out there. Beam me up Scotty.
I see a thousand, thousand years, a blink of the eye of the universe, but in it i see generations. I see what is to be seen, once we off the planet reality is an open book, evolving in quantum leaps, cause humanity like a challenge, such is life for a star faring folk, a folk whose power lies in their curiosity about the far side of the mountain, a great migration out of the brithplace of africa that has taken us to be staircase of the stars. i see planets terraformed, suns moved out of orbits if necessary,
but first the conquest of our own solar system, an epic struggle of its own, becoming a multiplanet species,
the kardashev scale postulates 3 types of cultures, a type 1 culture accesses the energy of a planet, type 2 the energy of its solar system, type 3 the energy of its galaxy, ima bring that down to earth, type 1 is planetbound, type 2 has mastered its solar system, type 3 insterstellar, and ima add a type 4: transcendent
intersteller, type 3, the numbers are humongous, even faster than light it would take eons to get to the centauris, our closest galactic neighbor and just the first of a billion billion stars and galaxies of stars, and around each one of those stars you got x many planets, this will be the challenge of the eon, and science will step up, the human spirit will step up, frozen sleeps, genetic packages, ramjets and solarsails, generational arks, space habitats, and expect miracles, the more exotic vsions, the hyperspaces and the wormholes, nanojacked ships and teleportation devices, Just cause current science say its impossible dont mean they are. Once upon a time everything was impossible. From science i dont expect miracles, i depend on them.
But still, some futures I see humanity decline and disappear, but I also see the Great Diffusion with humanity populating a thousand and one planets,
Some futures I see without black people as a distince race and culture, disappeared into myth and archeology with maybe a telltale feature here and there in the family tree, and I see futures in which black culture shapes future generations and the evolution thereof, manifestation of the hoodoo way, a cosmic shapeshifter, giving up whatever needed
What of life on earth in a galaxy of star wanderers. Burnt our remnants of what once was, stripped of everything worthwhile except the people who cannot go anywhere else. The refuse of the galaxy and an elite playground, all problems solved by science, a utopia of a sort unimaginable to the cyrnical, what kind of world will our children inherit, our childrens childreen, hell on earth or the holyground.
I see divergences: generic, social, spiritual, political, economic, physical, cultures and governing systems, i see divergences, I see conflicts and cooperations, dominances and alliances, r the squat overmuscled children of a heavy gravity planet, the elongated limbs of folk who have never set foot on a planet in all their generations, i seenew prejudices & injustices, who cares what color their skins are when some folk got gills, when you got grand old men with enormous wings, tattered and torn from galactic winds, kilometer long solarsails, slinging themselves around stars and through blackholes of the Thousand and One planets of human space
some recognizably human, some only barely so, some enlightened and illuminated, some mad and offensive to the human spirit and i see humanity stumbling blumbling thru, as it always does, crises by crises, I see moments of despair, death doom and destruction unimaginable, megadeaths in the 10s of billions, planetbusters, sunpoppers and dimension wipes
I see new ways to torture and enslave humanity, new systems of authoritatiranism, mad systems that must sometimes be confronted because humanity wont stand but so much oppression of its fellows, a inhumiayt that appall the rest of the world, finally connected by the Galataweb, real time between solar systems, a dream of humanity for a millennium, and one by one the mad systems are brought in line with the rest of human space, sometimes by persuasion, most often by force,
I see humanity adapted to heavy gravity planets, acauatics,I see folk adapted to space, folk who have never been planetside in all their generations, name it we will define it, whatever the problem humanity will figure it out, in the name of the hoodoo way, a shapeshifter itself, adapting as necessary for the immensity of the future and evolution
then, after giving up on ever meeting another species, lo and behold, initial contact, afrter all these years of nothing, now we get this – insectoid, amphibian, feline, walking lizards, some telepathic race maybe, fucking sentinent trees, ET or the War of the Worlds, only certainty we will be surprised
stumbling 1st contacts, dominant races, subordinate races, races with whom any sense of interaction is impossible, races w/technical knowleddges equal our own, no, a primitive society, that must be nurtured, colonized, enlightened, left alone, o no, an advanced culture willing to take us under advisement, by force if necessary, for our own good, you do understand, what is it you call yourselves again, humanity, how quaint, arent you just the cutest thing.
I see futures in which evolved races genocide humanity out,
or is it humanity doing the genociding, i will not abide a thief of souls
always strive to be greater than you are
but what to do when human colonies are wiped out, planets cored, solar
systems obilierated, what to do when its survival of the species, do or die
or is it humanity doing the megadeathing, got to have the power just in case
sunpoppers and planetbusters, galaxy wipes and dimension sawwers,
empoyed and endurec, I see megadeath and all kinds of redemption,
victories and defeats, renewals and resurgences, fighting its way back
thru empires and prophecies, ethereal star wanderers, an old and weary race
no longer planetbound, or even matter - transiting
Open your eyes, conjureman. Tell me. What do you see.
I see a great and glorious people respected thru out the cosmos, healthy wealthy and wise, an illuminated people whose culture is a beacon light of evolutionary power, leading always to a betterway
I see futures in which humanity becomes more than human, and less, meeting
any challenge & finessing it. Clear as day I see the hoodoo way
I see struggle, generations of struggle, but I also see grace,i see experience
become knowledge, knowledge become wisdom, wisdom become prophecy
listen firstborn to the geas of rickydoc and I will give you a mission greater
than your adversity, I will give you a destiny. I will give you the stars.
I ask only that ypu be the great and glorious people you were meant to be, the illuminated children of rthe
sun, humanities living ancestorys and gods true chosen, I ask that you take responsibility not only for your
own destiny but the destiny of jah creature great and small - and when you come to
the crossroads always take the highroad, always strivbe to be greater than you are
More than anything, I see humanity meeting any challenge
& finessing it. Clear as day I see the hoodoo way