Regression: Introduction

The year is four thousand, three hundred and fifty one. When writing novels, we write numbers in letters nowadays; we don’t mix mathematics with literature. There won’t be any casual intro either. No Jack will wake up, put on his slippers and make himself coffee, only for you to gradually realize that his coffee is not a normal coffee but a futuristic one. From the go I must tell you we live in what you’d call a utopia. Now, if you’re a smart person, which I’m assuming you are if you chose to pick up this book among all the sensuous activities of your era, you’ve already come up with two unavoidable questions: How come I’m addressing an audience from the past? or, from your point of view: How come I’m writing you from the future? And secondly: Does it take more than two thousand years to create a utopia? For some it may sound too long for the world to snap out of its stupidity, while for others it’s a relief to know that humanity survived itself, that we could at last learn to live in harmony.

Answering your first question: There are no parallel universes, just for you to know. I also must apologize if the tone of my writing is paternalistic and sarcastic, but I’m not particularly happy about the task that has been given to me: Retroinstruction. In simple words it means interfering with the past in a non-invasive way so we can better our present. It’s almost a quixotic idea, because too much effort must be put to get minimal results. Yes, a few atomic catastrophes have been avoided thanks to this method, but there’s almost nothing you could do in your time that our technology can’t fix. Evolution is a power that can’t be contained, and the aim of this novel is simply to show you that. So parallel universes are just another backfire of humans having a brain: Sometimes we get too carried away with our imagination. Even logically speaking, there’s no way there are multiple universes, or multiverses, and even if they were, each would be a single universe, disconnected from the rest, which means that, ultimately, it doesn’t matter. We have enough dealing with our reality to burden ourselves with improvable hypothesis that have no influence whatsoever on our reality. There is no way other universes, if they exist, can connect with ours, and if we happen to find out that there are parallel universes, then they will simple become part of our universe and will stop being universes, because the logical concept of a universe is that there is just one. So enough with that fake conundrum so popular in your era. Now, how am I communicating with you? How is a book from the future available in your computer network? Well, that would take another book to explain, a scientific one, which you aren’t able to intellectually grasp for now. But I’ll explain it in a nutshell, and then we’ll move on to the novel. The novel format was chosen because it’s so popular in your era. You’re in an empathetic period of evolution, where intellect is continually sabotaged by emotions, so novels are a good way of showing you something relevant in a way that your conditioned feelings won’t sabotage.

So, time is a continuum in which coexist information from our present: sensory observations; what we see, hear feel right now. There’s also information from our past: records, memories, etc. And information from the future: predictions, speculations. Now perspective comes into play. The more we approach our present, the less reliable the information is, because we have no perspective at all. We’re standing at the place of the event; we’re part of it, so we can’t, logically speaking, analyze it, because the mere analysis of it would change its nature, the same as analyzing a photon changes its charge. Basically speaking, we can’t trust what we see right now, but we can trust what we saw in the past and what we’ll see in the future. Now, looking into the future is a little trickier. For vision into the past, we only need reliable recording methods, which you already have in your era. Information can be preserved intact forever with your current technology. But for vision into the future, a good observation tool, a reliable speculum, is needed. The most advanced tool we have, even till now, is our brain, so we tapped into that. There are sometimes great leaps in evolution and one took place in your era. Some of your intellectuals unconsciously left a feedback outlet in your computer network. This feedback has a frequency and amplitude that we need to sync with if we want to transmit any information, so we can’t send whatever we wish. Language must be respected. Then we basically hack into any literary work with the perfect format for our message. In this case, we found this sci-fi novel called Regression, which has some accurate insights into the future, and which I’m basically overwriting. It’s a complex process of synchronization to achieve cohesiveness; kind of like having the chord arrangements of a song and just tampering with the melody. That’s what it was really important to find a good book in the first place. As I mentioned before, the novel format is the most efficient one, because it’s so ubiquitous in your era and it’s the most intellectually evolved form of expression you have at the moment, so I adapted my message to it.

Feedback outlet is just a form of quantum entanglement. Energy and information are narrowly interconnected. There’s basically no way of carrying information without energy. Atoms carry information in the same way blood vessels carry oxygen to the brain, only that atoms can travel very fast and thus connect to points two thousand years apart in a matter of minutes. In our present time, we’re entangled with our future and thus we double check on all of our projects to the point that we lowered the risk of failure to a zero point zero nine percent. There is still a slight percentage of error left because of the unpredictability of nature and the possible interference we may have while communicating with the future. The maximum lapse of time we can communicate with practically no interference is two thousand years, so I’m positive that you’ll receive this message in good enough conditions.

To answer your second question: No, humans can’t destroy the world. They can and they are destroying themselves every day in your era, but the self-destructive instinct overpowers the destructive one. Just look at your laws; they’re stricter towards people who harm their loved ones, which means that there’s a tendency in humans to harm what’s closest to them. There is almost no randomness in violence. People don’t kill for fun, unless they’re psychically ill. And in your time, you’re going in the right direction in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. Early diagnosis is very important, together with hormonal treatment, to make up for natural deficiencies. Hormonal, as well as genetic enhancement, were an important phase in our evolution, and thanks to that, nowadays we’re a healthy species living in harmony with the world. After having read this novel you won’t be able to deny the harmony in which we live, but I’m guessing that some of you may now be questioning its ethicality. Is harmony ethical? That’s the whole point of this book. To convince your hearts of the goodness of harmony and why we should embrace it.


I'm a writer born in Argentina, but currently living in Poland. I work as an English and French teacher, translator and copywriter.

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