As of yet, in that weird and glittering quantum realm of possibility, there is an entire society waiting to be born. Somewhere in the not-too-distant future the settlers of Mars will have their own slang, their own accent, their own manner of dress. It’s simply a manner differentiation: Put a group of people on an island, give them 40 years, and they will spawn a unique culture. We see the same instinct in groups of children in high school; just imagine what we’ll do with a planet. We will refer to ideas as “being so Martian” or certain words or phrases as “sounding Martian.” Who will these people be? What will a Martian accent sound like? Will they wear their hair a certain way? Will certain jokes, phrases or symbols be uniquely their own? What will be the hallmarks of “Martian cuisine?” All these questions will be answered, all these things will manifest. We will forge new stereotypes, new archetypes; this will be an entirely brand new people, a new tribe among the many of humanity.
Who will be the first person to die on Mars? I was always taught that the first person laid in a cemetery becomes the protecting spirit of that place. Does the same rule follow for a planet? Who will be the first ghost on Mars? The first murderer? Who will launch the first prayer, the first spell; who will be the first god invoked on Mars? If there was intelligent life once there (and I do indeed believe there was) will “sensitives” pick up latent memories in the soil? Who will be the first shaman, the first priestess, the first necromancer or sorcerer? Will Papa Legba grin as cigar smoke and rum call him to the very first crossroads lain on Mars? Will he even need to be called or will he already be there?
For you see we, each and every one us, will carry the collective weight of all generations onto Mars; every individual will take within them a perfect copy of all our hopes, dreams, art, and culture, the entirety of our collective existence on Earth, within their heads.”
Dr. Bones is an 8 year practitioner of the Southern occult tradition known as Conjure, Rootwork, and Hoodoo. A skilled card-reader and Spiritworker, Dr. Bones has undertaken all aspects of the work, both benevolent and malefic. Politically he holds the Anarchist line that “Individuality can only flourish where equality of access to the conditions of existence is the social reality. This equality of access is Communism.” He resides in the insane State of Florida with his loving wife, a herd of cats, and a house full of spirits.
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