This is a final prayer for the earth and its inhabitants. The mass extinction will include us; and how you live your life matters. Mine will be lived with strength and compassion. With dignity and love. I will pray to the god I do not believe in for the lost souls of this earth. To the gods in which I do believe, I offer nothing but apology and sadness for the terror my kind has bestowed upon them.

And what has it all been for, this destruction, creation and greed? Nothing more than baubles and comfort. And as Vollmann suggests, “who would deny the poor water-carrier, or the subsistence farmer, a little reprieve from their endless toil?” Not me. Hopefully not you.

And thus we ride into the darkness upon our petrol-fueled beasts.

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