The office looked like one of those scenes from Wall Street we see in the movies. People frantically making calls on their desk telephones to friends and loved ones, all sharing their concerns about what could possibly be going on. They had become so accustomed to information and communication being so readily available, it seemed almost foreign to them to actually speak to another person.
I glanced to the far corner of the room; there was Sally, just starting blankly at the wall. It was like the light had gone out in her eyes; I liken what I saw to that of a machine that had been unplugged, just sitting there, not even in standby mode.
I approached her.
“Sally” I said.
“Sally, are you ok?” I asked.
She turned to me with the most blank of expressions, her eyes began to fill with tears, and her lip began to quiver.
“Is this the end? What is going on? I don’t know what to do. I don’t even have anybody’s phone numbers anymore, the only way I keep in touch with people is online”.
As much as I was in disbelief at this information, given that instant communication had really only taken off in recent years, I felt it was not my place to judge.
“Sally, as long as we are breathing, everything is going to be ok. It is just the Internet that is down, all else that we know is working. There is still light, still power, we are still functioning human beings” I reassured her.
My words were met with yet another blank look.
Sally seemed not to understand what I was saying; she just turned back towards the wall and slumped in her chair.
My mind was racing a million miles an hour, yet it was completely silent at the same time. I suppose you could say that I had long been preparing for this day, as we know, nothing lasts forever. The world as we know it had been speeding towards this moment for a while now, gaining more and more momentum with every new piece of technology released.
Creation was no longer linear; businesses were created and destroyed by the Internet seemingly overnight. We had created a world that almost does not exist, and had allowed ourselves to begin to neglect the physical world that is all around us. Perhaps this is the Earth’s way of hooking our attention back to the present, after all, the Internet doesn’t produce oxygen, or food.
Many humans have been awakening in recent times, but if these events I am seeing show anything, it is that there are just as many who are still asleep. I’m torn in this moment as to what to do next. Part of me feels like just running to the hills and starting a new life in a much calmer and organic manner, the other part of me tells me I should stay to help and guide the others.
To be continued.