It had been 400 years since most of humanity left Earth. The air was breathable once more and the tourist trade on humanity’s former home rose. Joann took her daughter Darcy around to visit the old ruins.
They stood before a crumbling mosque in Turkey while Joann tried to explain Earth’s ancient culture.
“It was a church,” said Joann. “People went there to fill up on happiness when they felt worried or sad.”
“You can get happiness from a church?” wondered the 8-year old.
“No. It’s like I’ve always told you, happiness is a choice. People didn’t know that, so they thought churches would give it to them.”
“Oh, right. So that building in Manhattan was a church too, right?”
“Well, not really.”
“But you said people went there to fill up on happiness but it didn’t really work.”
“I did, Honey, ” sighed Joann. “People just called that building a Bank.”
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