Timbers and Stars

Among the timbers and the stars, I looked upon the lights of the city and wondered what tomorrow would bring. 

I thought of the concrete temples which we’ve built in the image of the gods of civilization and materialism, toiling in caves of perpetual daylight. Information streams in to us at speeds previously unmatched, tomorrow obsoleted. We have conquered nature say our songs. Even Death Itself has taken a step back to watch us live twice as long, and some would say, half as brightly. 
The element fire rules this time, electricity governing all of our lives from rising until setting, controlling the climate in our dwellings, bringing water to the desert, food to the farthest corners, fruit in midwinter, and even footfalls upon the face of Luna. 
Violence increases. Scientific discovery increases. Medical advance increases. Human population increases. The amount of information which we have stored increases. The speeds at which data can travel increases. Mass species extinction increases. Inflation increases. Disease resistance increases. Dissatisfaction increases. Depression increases. The global CO2 level increases. The number of massive storms increases. The effects of global warming increases. The drain on our attention increases.
I continued to feel all of this, even through the quiet of that night. A quiet breeze whispered through the trees. The city lights twinkled softly down below. 
Among the timbers and the stars, I looked upon the lights of the city and wondered what tomorrow would bring.

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