Monday, 14 December 2015
Brotherhood And Order
However, the fact that humanity is only three decades away from the Second Dark Ages is sufficient proof that the UN attempt to build a single sane world civilization has failed. Instead of uniting, Earth is split between Oriental Kali worshipers and Occidental protechnological puritans. The latter sound like a legacy of the earlier Pilgrims. Complicating matters further:
the Kali worshipers are only one branch of the Ramakrishian Eclectics;
there are pro-Technic Asians and Kali-worshiping Americans;
there are also Husseinite Moslems and a New Christendom.
Earth is in a mess. A spaceship captain consoles himself by reflecting:
"Thank all kindly gods that there were men on other planets now! The harvest of all the patient centuries since Galileo would not be entirely lost, whatever happened to Earth."
-Poul Anderson, Cold Victory (New York, 1982), p. 234.
And, indeed, the rest of the Psychotechnic History is about humanity outside the Solar System with only two brief passages set back on Earth.