By Stanislaw Lem
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However the second the forces no longer of Nature yet of cause direct a message at us, the placement adjustments thoroughly. the person who despatched out the letter used to be inspired through a objective that was once certainly no longer detached to lifestyles. From the 1st, what I feared the main used to be a false impression. i used to be certain that we weren't being despatched an tool of homicide; yet every little thing indicated that what we had bought was once the outline of a few tool – and it's popular what use we positioned tools to. Even guy is a device for guy. conversant in the historical past of technological know-how, i didn't think that there has been any excellent defend opposed to abuse. All applied sciences have been, in the end, thoroughly impartial, and shall we assign to anyone of them the objective of dying. in the course of that unimportant yet determined conspiracy – silly, without doubt, but through impulse inevitable – i assumed that lets now not anticipate Them, simply because They it appears had no longer been capable of foresee what we would do with the knowledge mistakenly. The safeguarding opposed to what used to be deliberate and planned – that i'll think; yet no longer opposed to what constituted our blunders or our filling within the gaps with defective substitutions. Even Nature herself, who for 4 billion years had steered organic evolution in find out how to keep away from "errors," the way to function below the security of all attainable protection measures, couldn't keep watch over life's molecular slips and twists, its aspect streets, lifeless ends, and improper turns, its "misunderstandings" – facts of which was once the innumerable degenerations within the improvement of organisms, akin to melanoma. but when They succeeded, that intended they'd long gone a ways past the perfection, not possible for us, of organic structures. i didn't recognize, even though – how, certainly, was once I to have recognized? – that Their platforms, more beneficial than the organic, have been so universally sure, so hermetic: opposed to trespass by way of the unqualified. That evening within the large corridor of the inverter, bending over the sheets of scrawled paper, I had felt a surprising weak point, a second of dizziness, and it had grown darkish sooner than my eyes, not just as the dread putting over my head for all these weeks without notice melted away; but additionally simply because in that fast I skilled, palpably, Their greatness. I understood what a civilization may be in accordance with, and what a civilization might be. we expect of an incredible equilibrium, of moral values, of emerging above one's personal weak point, after we pay attention the be aware "civilization," and we affiliate it with what's most sensible in us. however it is, specially, wisdom, an information that from the field of attainable events gets rid of accurately these (common, for us) like this one: the place the best brains out of 1000000000 beings deal with themselves to the duty of sowing common loss of life, doing what they'd fairly no longer do and what they stand towards, simply because there isn't any replacement for them. Suicide isn't any substitute. might we've got replaced one bit the process additional study, the invasion of steel locusts from the sky, had the 2 folks killed ourselves?