Language Portals

Micah G Walker
2011 AmeriQuests  
A few years ago, the scientific community decided to try to abandon speech. They had developed a way of information transference through portals in people's hands. The portals came out of our palms upon recognizing a certain frequency that was put out by other people's palms and information stations. These stations were linked to a massive database that contained basically all the information you could imagine. Everything from memories and emotions to quantum physics and the latest pop song was
more » ... able to be transferred. However, information was not transferred in words, spoken or written, but rather through an amalgam of processed emotions and images. This "breakthrough" in science was heralded as a new way of teaching children, a new way of learning, a new way of trying suspected criminals, a new way of bonding with others emotionally. The only problem was that, as is always true in this day and age, the scientists went overboard. They decided to take an entire community and equip us with these devices and run studies on us. All the participants consented to the study, but after weeks, then months, children began to be born. This was the plan from the beginning of course; the children were equipped with the devices soon after birth. Spoken and written language was never used around them, or any of us. We only used transference. Of course, the scientists got approval from the children's parents to do all of this. The experiment was going well enough that the scientists continually got funding. No contact from outside people, no spoken language. The first child was born at the end of the first year. His parents were incredibly excited. You could tell, not by their facial expressions, or their laughter, or tears, but rather by how frequently they were exchanging quick bursts of information. People exchanging quick bursts were either sharing their current emotional state, or making a request. For some reason, the use of facial expressions had begun to decline in the participants. This occurred around the sixth month. Something about the use of these machines to transfer emotions robbed the individuals of their ability to physically represent emotions. It may have also been problematic that the environment was completely sterile. There was never any waste. No gas, no stool, no urine. No food, come to think of it. How have we survived without food? Am I the only one that has noticed this? It was incredibly relieving to transfer information to the child. It was unique. When transferring with adults, or even teens, there was a point. You were able to understand the emotions. Not necessarily feel them, but comprehend them. It is similar to seeing someone going through a difficulty you have never gone through, nor thought of going through. It makes sense that it could happen, but it just doesn't click with your gut. When transferring with babies, you receive a blank emotion. But it isn't entirely blank. It has shutters of emotion and thought. Like a photograph of a blank canvas, but at the edges of the photo you can just see what may be a color on the canvas, the beginning of a picture. You aren't able to make out the color, and it just may be a discoloration in the photograph, but it seems like there is something there. Another advantage of transferring with a baby was that it seemed like there was no conflict. Sure, if the baby started crying, the emotion you were receiving began to shake, but there was no conflict. With adults, the received information was conflicted. It appeared 3D in your mind's eye. But it wasn't right. It was corrupted. There wasn't a true 3D, not a true reality. With the child, it was 2D with a shimmer of something... The main difficulty initially encountered was how the scientists were going to allow the child to interact with its parents. Were they going to let the parents hold the child? No one
doi:10.15695/amqst.v8i1.218 fatcat:vlo3ifydm5e2rj7526rlannpzy