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Requiem of the Human Soul, by Jeremy Lent
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In the late 22nd century, the living conditions of Primals are, for the most part, abysmal.

A lot like the living conditions for the 1-2 billion people who live in our current world on less than $2/day.

What is a Primal? 

A Primal is a human being who hasn’t been genetically enhanced. Like you and me. Everyone alive today is a Primal. Every human being who has ever lived in the past is a Primal.

But by the late 22nd century, only the global underclass are still Primals. And their living conditions are abysmal – even worse than today’s global underclass.

Proposal for the Extinction of the Primal Species (PEPS) 

In the late 22nd century, the d-humans have decided it’s time to get rid of the remaining Primals. But they’re too humane to kill us off. So the United Nations came up with PEPS – the Proposal for the Extinction of the Primal Species.

How can the UN – an institution that’s meant to protect against genocide – come up with PEPS? Because Primals are no longer viewed as the same species as d-humans, so we have barely more rights for protection than chimpanzees.

Primals on Trial

Harry Shields, the UN prosecutor for PEPS, has the Primals on trial. He’s holding us responsible for the terrible things done in our Primal history:

The PEPS hearing: it’s Harry Shields against Eusebio, our Primal representative.

Harry Shields uses NVRX technology – the Neurographic Virtual Reality Experience – to re-live some of the most sordid events of our Primal history:

  • Reflecting Water: a little American Indian girl caught up in one of the worst massacres in American history.
  • Warrigal Killara: an Aboriginal boy whose life is destroyed by Australian Christian missionaries.

But as the hearing progresses, Eusebio hits back: he accuses Harry Shields and the d-humans of being the ones responsible for these atrocities of history.

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