Creatures higher than a Man (1939)

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Development (phylogenesis) of organic world have not ceased on the Earth, especially development of a man. A thousand of years ago he was not the same as he is now, 5,000 years back – he was even simpler, 10,000 years back he was close to animals, and 100,000 years ago he was a relative of apes. Going further back, we will reach mammals, reptiles, fishes, worms and bacteria.

 And a man has passed through all these stages, before he became the nowaday “tsar” of animals. It is clear that in 1000, 10,000 years he will be a different creature, of a higher type. Since before we saw only his progress in regard to weight, complexity, intelligence, knowledge and power, in future we could not expect it to be otherwise. So, we expect for higher creatures on the Earth. On a million of billions of another planets there also must be animals. What are they? On the Earth their height depends on their generical (phylogenetic) age, and so is on another planets. But age of the Earth is extraordinarily young, particularly, age of humankind. Babies, in general, are the fewer in numbers, the less they have lived. So, there are not so many of such infantile planets as Earth in the Universe. Most of planets, in particular, their humankind, have attained mature age, so will the Earth – in course of time.

 In this mature age, animals must be perfect as to body, feelings, mind, knowledge and power.

 This power must be enormous. Even now a Man hopes not only to subdue nature, but also to travel among planets and stars of the Universe, so how inconceivably high will his real power be – and, the more so, power of mature planetary creatures?

 Here you are: the first category of higher animals; almost all creatures in the Universe are of this kind.

 But these creatures are not identical; the same as animals and people on our planet are different. All people will be high, but the degree of this highness is far from being unvaried. Similarly, perfection of habitants of any planet is not equal: the select few are higher than ordinary ones. But on each of the planets there are different levels of selection – someway, different “commanders”. All these people vary in degree of merit. The highest degree will belong to the very last one, chosen from the chosen, the most eligible creature of the planet. He, together with a council, manages the entire planet. How high must he be?! It will happen on the Earth; it took place on vast majority of planets long ago.

 Here you have the second large stage of higher animals of the Universe. But every planet is tiny in comparison to the space surrounding a sun. A planet uses one-billionth part of sunbeams’ energy. Why waste it?! Might of planetary habitants allows them to use all the radiation energy of their sun. They take possession of circum-solar deserts, build their dwellings there, adapt to new conditions and propagate conformable to surrounding solar energy. Their population increases billionfold compared with that on the Earth. At the same time grows the number of successive elections, and so does perfection of the last one elected, i.e. the president of a solar system.

 Well, here you have the third large stage of higher creatures: rulers of solar systems. The number of them in the known Universe (space) must be equal to the number of suns, i.e. a million of billions.

 Wouldn’t the nearby groups of suns unite? They can have joint activities and elect a council with its head.

 Spiral nebulae (milky ways) can also unite and provide electees of their own. The entire Universe can unite under leadership of one creature.

 You may say: it takes a stream of light 200 million years to travel from one end-most spiral nebula to other one, which is at the diametrically opposite point, i.e. through all known Universe. What kind of communications can be here, what decisions, what instructions? They are always late, and it is better to deal with issues locally, in local council, for example, planetary or solar one.

 But, firstly, time is a relative concept for any creatures – what is much for us, for others is nullity. Secondly, aren’t there any agents more resilient than luciferous ether, known to us? This new environment can distribute radiation energy millions and billions of times quicker than known ether. Time is endless. Consistent with it, surprises of the Universe also are infinitely various, wonderful and never-ending.

 Of course, all these creatures influence one another and exist in mutual dependence. On every mature planet most authority – with an ordinary citizen – has a (conditionally speaking) rural council, which the citizen personally votes for, and its president. Less influence is exerted by the president elected not by him, but by subordinate presidents he elected, etc. The least interference into affairs comes from the supreme president of the planet. But planetary presidents are not totally free: planetary affairs are sometimes influenced by the solar council, etc. The most rare intrusion hails from the general president of known Universe. We do not know, what sort of intrusion of an endlessly unknown Universe it is – but it probably exists, although it is possible to say that it is extremely rare. In general, the mightier and higher the leader is, the rarer his power shows up. But yet his power is unimaginably great.