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Letter from Middle Earth

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Dear earthlings,

Where I live, we have neither electricity nor cars. We do not have access to the internet, and we actually do not need it. We usually do not have money, although we are not poor. We have more food than we need. We talk to each other every day, we till our farms, we write proverbs, we discuss the meaning of life and the origin of man every day. We are a society full of life.

But times have changed. Nowadays the chief has a mobile phone, although he has to travel two ridges away and climb a hill in order to use it. Once a month he goes to the city to have it charged and serviced. We understand that this is one of your technologies that you would want us to use, but why should we?

Our biggest invention here was when my third cousin invented a smoke to internet signal converter. This meant that we could easily send smoke signals to the internet, as your computers are designed to work like our smoke signals; using only two digits. And that is how you can read what I am writing today.

Why we are Reaching Out

Let me go straight to the point.

The world we live in is a world that is changing, and the change has a lot to do with you more than us. We have not changed much in the last 4000 years, while you have really been changing in the last 150 years. It is common-sense that the changing people must be responsible for the changing world, and that is why all fingers are pointed at you.

Our rivers are drying. Strange diseases have come up. The air does smell. The rains do not come on time. When they come, they are usually angry.

Sometimes the heat becomes unbearable and Middle Earth does not feel like home anymore. We feel like we need to act urgently, but we do not know what to do. Should we stop eating beef which we have been eating for the last 4000 years? Should we stop using firewood, yet we have no other means to cook. Besides, we only use dried up trees.

There seems like there is little that we can do. That is why we are hoping that you can find a solution to what is happening, or even be the solution.

Right now, our goal is to stay alive.

Hoping to hear from you.


Middle Earthers.

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