The year is 2061 and Jasmine Warren is the oldest person on the planet following several decades of social upheaval, catastropy, and war. She has become the last historian and tells the story of humanity's transformation once predicted by the ancient Mayans.
I have been hired by my own child’s son to tell this story. I am the only one left who will or even can. My name is Jasmine Warren and I am 89 years old. It is the year 2061. I am here to tell you the story of how I came to be sitting in this cottage thousands of miles from where I was born. It may not seem interesting to tell only one person’s story, but to tell you mine, I must tell you about every person on this planet.
I was born in 1971, to a mother and father who were skating just close enough to the counter-culture of the sixties to understand it, but not close enough to be devoured by it. My mother always told me she was not a hippy, but I’ve never believed that. When I was 13 years old, she had what they called in those days a nervous breakdown. She stopped sleeping and started behaving very erratically. She was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder and you must keep in mind that, at the time, we knew nothing of these types of behaviors in our society and we were afraid of them, afraid for them and for ourselves. She had been awakened very early compared to the rest of us. She and her counter-culture hippies were some of the very first.
Of course, for thousands of years, there have been a handful of awakened people. They were killed out of fear, studied, worshipped, medicated, hospitalized, imprisoned, or simply forgotten. But something changed in the sixties. When I was younger, we used to consider that a cliché, but now I see it was true. A few more humans began to see the truth and each other for the first time. I didn’t truly understand my mother until I was 40 years old. It was then, in 2012, that we all began to awaken. It was quite painful in those years; the paradigm shifts were impossible for many to endure.
You may have heard stories or read books about the suicides of 2020. One full year of our planet’s population, every living human that was 18 years old, simply ended it for no apparent reason. We thought it was a quantum virus at the time, but we’ll get to all of that soon enough. In the 30’s the world was still in shock, wild with theories to explain the mysteries; and factions of various opinions and beliefs began to form. Several benign groups with good intentions for correcting the course were formed along with several others that went down very dark roads. Then of course were the 40’s, which we don’t have to discuss yet, it is part of who we all are now. We have come so far in the last 10 years. There are so many of us now and although most of you are quite young, we have decisions to make now that must be correct. You will be the fate of this thing called a human being and you need to know how we got here.