Something for Scouts to do, that doesn’t involve being eaten, infected, or stuck in a 500,000 pre-Ancient booby trap with 10 minutes left to live..
An interesting biological phenomenon. It leads to small spots in the Amazon rainforest that are dominated by one and only one kind of tree.
The Solomani refer to them as Devil’s Gardens. I’m sure that the all-will-conform Vilani would have a more positive name for them… and will study them closely, looking to see if they can replicate the pattern elsewhere.
“Reducing galactic species diversity by over 99.98% will have untold production benefits, greatly boost sophont control and management, end entire categories of dangers and risks, insure financial stability and predictability, and not only make detailed, effective multi-millennial planning a possibility for both the Imperial Government and Imperial Megacorporations, but even open the door for age-scale planning!”
— Marquis Syadd von Dagukimikhan, to the Imperial Ministry of Colonization, 101-1016 Imperial
The Pure Vilani way to reduce unnecessary, costly, and inelegant complexity and diversity — “All that repulsive, distracting, and uncontrolled CHANGE!” — involved large amounts of nuclear explosives and asteroid impacts. But with the rise of the Mixed Vilani (and their hook-up with Solomani biotech culture and skills), other, more cost-effective tools are at their disposal.
Age = a time period of millions of years
Epoch = tens of millions of years
Period = about a hundred millions of years
Era = hundreds of millions of years
Eon = half a billion years or more.
Yes, the Imperial Period is only about 4,500 years old, dating from the start of the First Imperium. Add another 10,000 years for the small Vilani interstellar civilization that existed before the formal Ziru Sirka.
The Vilani have big plans for the galaxy. Bigger than a mere 10,000 years will allow. Much bigger. But to bring those bureaucratic plans to fruition, they need stability.
Deep time, in modern scientific parlance, refers to the millions of years that have passed since the Big Bang.
Deep time is a minimal necessity for large-scale, microbe to man unguided evolution. As I have no intellectual need to evade the implications of an intelligently designed universe, I don’t need deep time to be set in our past.
But, as a Christian, I am confident that there is deep time is be set in our future. “Whenever we like it, or not.”
I intend to welcome it with open arms.
But the definition of “I” is going to shift somewhat. My life and thoughts as a three-inch-long child in my mothers womb is radically different than my life as a 5-year old boy, which is different than how I am today.
Assuming great advances in cybernetics and biotech, there is a very-thin-but-real possibility that I can live to 5,000 years of age before I die. It’s much more likely that I’ll perish at around 80, though… and I will be different at that time, than I am today.
And life in the New Heavens and the New Earth will be different, yet again. But at that time, those measurements of Deep Time – ‘ages’ and ‘periods’ and ‘eons’ are actually going to mean something, and be put to work just as we use minutes and days and years… and sometimes decades.
I’d like to take a look at the tools that will be used by Christ & Company to work with, for those time scales, in that Far Future. And the goals those tools will be used to reach.
And, assuming my salvation, I wonder what “I” will be three million years from now. Someone very interesting and very noble, I pray!
But for now, “one day at a time”, as the grand old hymn goes.