Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a human-like alien stranded on Earth roughly 125,000 years ago. The entire Journal to date is on my author website, including the last two weeks, which I did include on my main website. A somewhat longer version of this post is on my main website.
I dreamed last night.
I don’t dream very often, but the bodies leaping in the firelight, the flash of feathers and body paint, and the singing and drumming that accompanied them followed me into sleep. This morning I looked again at the things they had given me, and again I was impressed by the fact that everything these people make is ornamented in some way.
My people love beauty. Perhaps once more than a very few of us could create it, for what we brought with us from R’il’n is more than we can create in these times.
Could it be genetic? I know the stories of lost R’il’n: that there were two suns in the sky, and astronomers warned that the smaller would eventually collide with the larger. It was already disrupting our orbit. We had star flight, and it was agreed that we should split up and search for another place where we could live. Art and culture – the creation of beauty – received very little attention, I suspect, in those years when we were building the great ships that might save our people.
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