Regression- Chapter Four

I talked to Erin about Valentin, but she didn’t seem really interested. We all know there are cases of regression; these abnormalities are common knowledge and they’ve always occurred. They seem to be quite exponential too: The more evolved we are, the more we regress to a primitive state. Going back to the source, is called. But society-wise this process is undesirable. Now, I must also clarify our current concept of society, because I’ve been using this term negligently, without accounting for a possible misunderstanding. Since universal morality took hold of society, society is synonym to individual. We allow for exceptions, but there is a standard for sound evolution of the mind and a happy life. The common consensus is that regression is not a variety but an illness that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, despite our advances in neuroscience and psychology, we haven’t found a cure for psychological regression, since our state of art gene therapy can’t prevent it, and therefore there are some proponents of treating it as a variety, the same we treat homosexuality, that is, simply allowing it to exist. When there’s dissidence, like in this case, we apply an old method: The benefit of the doubt. That is, we allow for something that’s seemingly wrong just in case it’s the next step in our evolutionary state or at least it may give us the key to it. In practice this means that regression is not treated at all, but it’s let to unfold or be cured naturally. Eighty percent of patients just snap out of it and go back into a normal state after some months or maybe years, but the rest of them leads a secluded life for their own benefit, because they can’t adapt to society. Again, the standard for society is merely mathematical. Most of us are evolving forward without regressions, but if in the future, people started to regress more frequently, then regression would become the standard and it would be deemed good for society. Society nowadays does not mean an ideal system to be applied and followed but it simply means the majority of individuals. Also, regression patients aren’t forced to comply with their isolation. There are some who have a very active social life, but due to the laws of positive discrimination, in certain occasions they need to make sure that other people know about their condition to avoid misunderstandings. There is a specific list of rules of interaction for them, which is too long to enlist here, but, for instance, if they want to marry someone or apply for a job, then their condition comes to light for sure. But mainly a simple label -Regression- on their social media profile does the trick. There are also given compulsory psychiatric help to see their progress and learn about them and their condition. Generally, it’s just a hiccup in their lives, which goes on normally otherwise. A little of isolation always helps them recover faster and fit into society again.

Erin didn’t talk to him, so I understand she isn’t interested. I can’t convey to her the sensations I had while talking to him. She’s rather interested in knowing why I’m so interested, but she wouldn’t give it a second thought if I stopped talking about it. Now, I’m not an authority in most of areas, which is irrelevant, because I could access any information there is in a matter of milliseconds and copy-paste it to these pages. But I’m writing a novel here, so I’m trying to dispense with Cyber help and give the appearance of naturalness when I write. Nowadays, however, we’re not so naive, we all know everything there is to know about the world and new information is constantly uploaded to the net to which we’re connected all the time. Now let me give you a glimpse of where biomechatronics stands nowadays and the evolution of superinteligence. It’s important to better explain regression. Cyborgs are a mere science-fictional construct; they never happened in reality. Why? Because simply the technological level never caught up with the human level of stupidity. By the time cyborgs were technically possible, humanity knew better. Electronic prostheses are used in medicine, but there aren’t electronic human enhancements. No one wants to add artificiality to their biological bodies. We’ve learned that nature is inimitable. Everything we do to replace it will fall short. We’ve learned to naturally unlock the power of the brain, but we’ve also learned that intelligence is just a tool for happiness, so we must respect nature’s pace. Our bodies and minds evolve simultaneously, and we can’t rush the process. There’s no way of guessing where exactly nature is heading to, so if we rush it, we may end up in a dead alley, basically extinguishing humanity.

This doesn’t mean we don’t make good use of electromechanics. We’re surrounded by all kinds of microscopical devices and nanorobots. We’ve harnessed nature, but we’ve given free rein to the only wild card in nature: our brains. We’ve managed to control every single factor in nature, even extraterrestrial factors, such as meteors, viruses and bacteria, solar flares, global warming and glacial ages, tectonic movements, volcanoes and every single possible threat to humanity is under control. I’ll talk more about it in a chapter dedicated to the reasons behind the colonization of Mars, which started already in your age and was successful by the beginning of the twenty second century. It was later recolonized, but more of it later.

Artificial intelligence goes hand in hand with natural intelligence. However, the trend towards humanization of machines simply stopped, because humanity just took a huge leap forward and biomechatronics couldn’t catch on. Machines excel at calculus and precision, and humans at decision making, so division of labor was simply adopted here. Tying to imitate artificially humanity is not banned, of course, but it’s relegated to the arts, because the attempts merely futile. Nanotechnology simply took the lead in human enhancement, and we’ve become the best versions of ourselves. The accent is put on the evolution of our minds, however, and not on commercial purposes. Therefore, no monstrosities were performed in pursuit of science. The aesthetic value of biodiversity was at last taken to heart, so people wouldn’t give up their natural beauty, the beauty with which nature had endowed them and which made them unique.

Aging and the accumulation of cellular damage has also been reversed. Body rejuvenation has surpassed the longevity escape velocity, which means that life expectancy has dramatically increased. We could basically live forever, were it not for the brain, which is wired into mortality. In practice this means that today, we have one-hundred-and-twenty-year-old people who look like thirty-year-olds, dying from strokes. Brain damage is almost exclusively the only kind of death we have. Men tend to die younger, around a hundred and twenty on average. The second kind of death is euthanasia, that is, suicide dew to psychic apathy to life. We have some immortals, though. The oldest person on earth is a two-hundred-and-ten-year-old man. People are labeled immortals after passing the threshold of one hundred eighty years. That makes up two percent of the global population and they are an inspiration to others. However, no one can tell for sure what we live for and what’s the ultimate end of life, and that’s why regression is lately not only allowed but desirable in society, to be able to see into our future through our past.


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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