I was never a sci-fi fan, apart from watching Star Trek on television with Leonard Nimoy and the rest. But, I now find myself in an alternate universe … at least, I suppose that’s where I am. I remember dying in my bed a few nights ago … or what seems like only a few nights ago, though it might have been only minutes, or it might have been years, for time has ceased to exist.
At any rate, I remember dying peacefully, thankfully, and then the next thing I remember is being … here. Wherever ‘here’ is. I suppose it must be another planet in another solar system somewhere, for nothing here resembles Earth. There are numerous species of beings here, some very similar to the foxes, squirrels, and birds found on Earth, but others being completely alien to me. But, the wonderful thing about this place is that there are NO HUMANS!!! There is a species of being called Namu that is very similar to humans, but with only the good things like opposable thumbs, and none of the bad!
Here, there are no churches, no religion, and nobody making up ridiculous laws that drive people into crime. The Namu walk upright like humans, have very human-like movements and speech, but are covered in a very fine, soft fur, of a variety of colours, making them far more attractive than humans back on Earth. But there is no difference made, nobody to say that, “Oh, this fur colour is superior to that one.” There must be genders, for otherwise how would the species continue, but I’ve seen nothing to distinguish ‘male’ from ‘female’, and they all treat one another exactly the same. It’s … simply amazing! The sort of world I’ve always wanted to live in!
When I first dropped into this planet, I didn’t realize that I looked just like the other Namu, for I thought I was still a human. But oddly, when a couple of Namu came walking toward me, I felt no fear, and when they spoke, I understood everything they said! Thinking … or not thinking … that I needed to find out where I was and how I got here, I asked the pair to “take me to your leader”. They laughed the most delightful laugh I think I have ever heard! And then the Black one said, “You must have been a human on planet Earth in your last life, am I right?”, though in Namuian which, by some quirk of fate, I understood perfectly well. He then proceeded to tell me that there are no leaders, that on this planet/nation of Neebos everyone is the same, we all help each other, nobody tries to hurt another or take that which doesn’t belong to him, and thus there is no need for government, police, military, or any other body to make rules.
My head, by this time, was swirling and I had so very many questions to ask these people! How does your economy work? How did I get here? Where are your houses? What do you eat, and where do you buy it? And the burning question: Does anybody have a cigarette I can borrow???
In time, I was to get all the answers … all but for the last one, for it seems that Namus do not indulge in either smoking or drinking, and in fact they were fascinated by my description of both. Perhaps I shouldn’t have shared that knowledge with them … I hope I have not begun the momentum that leads them … us … down a destructive path, but I don’t think I have, for they are pretty smart, level-headed creatures.
With time, my questions were answered, mostly by sheer observation, sometimes by Namus were willing to listen to what must have seemed the ramblings of a madwoman, and talk to me, explain life on their planet which I now know is called Neebos.
I am told that in just a short while, my memories of my past life and place will be gone and it will be as if I’ve never known another way of life besides being Namu, so I am trying to hurry, for I want to let you all know about this place, and that a species with a developed brain, thought processes, skills, and even opposable thumbs can be kind, compassionate, non-competitive, helping, non-political, and all the things I wished for when I was a human earthling. I’ve been here only a matter of … what … hours? What seems like hours, or maybe days … and already I love this place. This is the sort of world I always hoped humans would work toward, but … they let their arrogance and greed get in the way, they saw people as inferior to them, they were taught to follow false prophets and adhere to rules made by men for their own purposes of power and greed. And ultimately, they decided to simply kill those they feared and loathed. Where I am today, wherever this place is, brings so much more joy that I hope some day you, too, can come to Neebos, where there is no hatred, no bigotry, no politics and no war. Better yet, perhaps somehow you can change humans to be more like the Namu.
It’s true, my friends … it’s all possible. If a Namu falls down, every other Namu in sight rushes to help him up. If he is in need of food, all his neighbors will bring him food. There are no schools, for Namu are born with perfect knowledge of their history, the science of life, and much more. As I write, I feel my memories of being human fading … I cannot quite remember what I looked like, why I was so angry all the time. So, it is time for me to end this letter that I hope will find its way back to Planet Earth, to let you know that … that … there is a better way of life, but you have to want it, have to … have to … work for … it … and now, I must go … Hasta la vista my friends.
Note to readers: This is purely a work of fiction that popped into my head from who-knows-where!