I Know What the Bird Cage Brings

I know why some animals can barely survive in captivity, much less breed, what I call the ‘exit strategy’ syndrome, aka ‘Plan B’, closely related to the ‘patch of blue’ syndrome, in which every prison cell needs a patch of blue from some upper corner to keep the prisoner happy. It saves on concrete, too. In some future underground city, elaborate mirror systems could bring that God-given blue color (450–495 nm wavelength/606–668 THz frequency) to where ordinary light would never reach, even if the real sky hadn’t been seen for years. Of course, enough light for photosynthesis would be nice, too, though our puny little future bodies could probably go long if not far on synthetic proteins carbs minerals and vitamins. Just add Viagra. When humans fail to breed, then we’re in trouble. Given current population levels, maybe that’s not so bad…

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