u cannot mean that it is given you to know the future?"
"It is given not only to us," was the answer, "but, so far as we know, to all other intelligent beings of the universe except yourselves. Our positive knowledge extends only to our system of moons and planets and some of the nearer foreign systems, and it is conceivable that the remoter parts of the universe may harbor other blind races like your own; but it certainly seems unlikely that so strange and lamentable a spectacle should be duplicated. One such illustration of the extraordinary deprivations under which a rational existence may still be possible ought to suffice for the universe."
"But no one can know the future except by inspiration of God,'9 I said.
"All our faculties are by inspiration of God," was the reply, "but there is surely nothing in foresight to cause it to be so regarded more than any other. Think a moment of the physical analogy of the case. Your eyes are placed in the front of your heads. You would deem it an
This is an excellent "answer" to Alan Cogan's story "In The Cards." Over a century old, the story concerns an astronomer who has a fit one night and finds he has been transported psychically to Mars where he has a conversation with a Martian. It seems pretty lame at first, the the conversation is mind-expanding.
Martians (and all other intelligent races except humans) can foresee their future, and so live their lives looking forward, rather than to the past, as humans do. The ramifications of this simple ability affect every part of their lives and civilizations.
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