« Beyond a certain point of time, the history was no longer real. Without realizing it, the whole human race would have suddenly left reality.
Anything that has happened since then would not be true at all, but we would not be able to see it.
Our task and our duty now would be to discover this point and, as long as we do not hold it, we would have to persevere in natural destruction. »
Are we sure to be the actors of this dream ?
« But Humanity, in its desire for comfort, had over-reached itself. It had exploited the riches of nature too far. Quietly and complacently, it was sinking into decadence, and progress had come to mean the progress of the Machine. »
We have only bits and pieces of information but what we know for certain is that we know nothing about the initial event.
Some talk about the result of pure and simple accident. An insignificant clumsiness resulting in an unstoppable chain reaction that would have led to a generalized catastrophe.
Others evoke a planned global attack similar to the massive bombing by the Versailles troops carried out on Paris on May 1st, 1871.
Others think that it is a slow natural collapse linked to the death instinct of each civilization.
Be that as it may, Paris, as we knew it at the beginning of the twenty-first century, has totally disappeared. Only palaces and ruined streets remain.
A marvelous spectacle for a wanderer of the future.