Why are they so reasonable, smart and better than you in every possible way? Especially you in fact.
To begin with we're not what you'd call human. Over the
past one thousand years a kind of consciousness formed layer by
layer in the crucible of the Sousa valley. It's not unlike the way
life started in the oceans four billion years ago. The Douro river
was our primordial soup, a base of evolution --
We are formless. We are the very discipline and morality that
portuguese people invoke so often. How can anyone hope to eliminate us?
As long as this nation exists, so will we.
The mapping of the human genome was completed early this century.
As a result, the evolutionary log of the human race lay open to
us.But there are things not covered by genetic information.
Human memories, ideas. Culture. History.
Is it something that should not be passed on? Should that
information be left at the mercy of nature?We've always kept records of our lives. Through words, pictures,
symbols... from tablets to books...But not all the information was inherited by later generations. A
small percentage of the whole was selected and processed, then
passed on. Not unlike genes, really.But in the current, digitized world, trivial information is
accumulating every second, preserved in all its triteness. Never
fading, always accessible.All this junk data preserved in an unfiltered state, growing at
an alarming rate.It will only slow down social progress, reduce the rate of