One hundred thousand years
ago in a parallel universe, Ugg looked out across
an African plain.
He had no way of knowing
that his tribe, comprising less than five hundred
homo sapiens, contained the only highly advanced
intelligent life on the planet. He could not have
conceived that his group included the only
creatures with the potential to progress from
hunter-gatherer expeditions to journeys to the
Ugg spoke to the assembled
tribe elders. Were here today to
discuss the plan proposed by my brother, Ogg, to
leave this place and explore what lies beyond our
The group muttered and
murmured, then Igg spoke. Why should we go
anywhere? The weathers good. Weve all
the food we need, and our numbers remain constant
from generation to generation.
Agg, its nice here.
I though it might be
fun to have a bit of adventure, explained
Ogg. We could have a continuing mission to
explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life
and new civilizations and to boldly go where no
one has gone before.
Grapes and grain
might not grow properly beyond the mountains,
said Ugg. Now that Agg has discovered how
to ferment alcohol, Id miss getting rat-arsed
cannabis makes me feel like Im flying over
the mountains, joked Agg, so
whats the point in wearing myself out
walking over the real thing?
The elders all laughed.
I suppose youre
right, conceded Ogg. Spreading out
would just make life complicated. If we split
into other tribes, wed probably just end up
Were all agreed,
then, concluded Ugg, well just
stay in Africa.
Today in the same parallel
universe, Uggs modern descendent, Ugga,
looked out across that same African plain.
Dyou want a
beer? said his brother, Ogga.
No thanks, Ugga
replied, I think Ill roll another
Agga joined them, and they
all watched the sun as it set behind the
mountains. Do you ever wonder what lies
beyond those hills? he asked.
Ugga and Ogga in unison.
Neither do I,
Its nice staying in