"Homo sapiens is the only species in Gaia’s realm that has a prominent frontal genital display. Instead of being ashamed of this miracle of nature, we should rejoice at our great luck and accept our gift with gratitude and humility.
“Thousands of years from now, after humanity is gone, extraterrestrials from a far superior civilization might arrive here. They’ll be bound to find some remnants of buildings or artifacts that haven’t decomposed. If they’re endowed with superior intelligence, which they surely will be, having traveled so far, they’ll be bound to ask: ‘what happened here?’”
She held her hand on the knob, but hadn’t yet opened the door.
“And being very intelligent, many theories about the extinction of mankind will be hypothesized. After studying remnant cities, libraries and other depositories of information, they’ll accrue a great deal of knowledge about us. One bright astronaut might suggest a deadly, hypercontagious flu virus wiped out the humans to the last person. Others might propose a tremendous calamitous event, like the asteroid that caused the Cretaceous Extinction. Maybe population growth got out of control, and like E. coli growing on a petri dish, we simply ran out of food and crashed. Another ET might reason that the Mother Ocean died from poisoning – from using her as a cesspool, the Soylent Green scenario - and all life that relied on oxygen perished with her.
“But the most frequently proffered reason for the extinction of mankind will indubitably be that man couldn’t control technology, and some over-ambitious head-of-state dropped one atomic bomb too many. A nuclear winter destroyed all life touched by rain. Greed, arrogance, and lust for power inevitably caused the political leaders to lose control of the technologic genie.
“But me, Wayne, I truly believe I know the real reason why the extinction of humanity will happen. The ultimate reason that no ET will possibly figure out, no matter how intelligent and advanced the planet it came from. The reason, to my young and naïve mind, judging by all the crimes against humanity, crimes against nature, and above-all, the depraved, sadistic abuse of the animals from which we evolved, the reason consciousness will perish from the Earth is because powerful, misguided individuals couldn’t accept their phylogeny, the fact that our remote ancestors were worms and fish. They couldn’t accept their reflection in the mirror of time, without feeling shame and self-hatred.”