There is no future in the end of days. But lo! The portal still stands. It's stones are greatly eroded and soon the dolmen will collapse, the bridge will fall as the portal closes, and the fate of the city will be sealed. We can go no further forward in time in this dying world. Where did it all go wrong? Evolution made some people this way and the program here has failed. 'Survival of the fittest' has run its course and ended in error. Nevertheless, the program has another thread.
Why did they abuse their ideologies so badly? Why was religion used to make war? Why was 'capitalism' used to create inequity? Why was technology used to enslave humanity? Are such things really so inevitable because evolution created a flawed race? Alas! The elites could not escape from their own mental illnesses and the Beast took control of them. The Beast says 'All the wealth of the city can be yours if you do my will.'
Do not envy their power, for it has brought the World to ruin. Let them keep their baubles and trinkets. Do you recall Merlin's deeds in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Vita Merlini? King Rhydderch wanting Lord Merlin to stay and rule his people, ordered people to bring Merlin many gifts, to entice him to stay. They brought him 'clothing, birds, dogs and swift horses, gold and shining gems, and cups that Weyland had engraved in the city of Segontium'. Merlin rejected these gifts, saying, 'Let the dukes who are troubled by their own poverty have these, they who are not satisfied with a moderate amount but desire a great deal. To these gifts I prefer the groves and broad oaks of Calidon, and the lofty mountains with green pastures at their feet. These are the things that please me, not these of yours ... '. There is greater beauty hidden in Calidon, but a beauty that those who seek with honest intent and open eyes may behold in part. The gift of such a vision is far more precious than all the financial power in the puny, empty world of human business. Leave the billionaires to their emptiness.
If you seek mundane gold and narcissistic glory, then by all means stay in the city and take a chance and you may be one of the 'lucky' ones who succeeds, but don't deny others what they seek. Don't destroy the things that matter to me. A sword should be a sword a horse's shoe a shoe. Of all the people in the city some get lucky, and one or two get lucky often. If you are one of these, then you too may attribute your success to your own strengths and skill, whilst attributing the ill fortune of others to their intrinsic inferiority. This is a common attribution error that many make. Even if your own resource made you a city elite, then it would be wasted.
So why did such inequity arise? Why did the elites justify the suffering of others? Why do they thirst for such empty cups? Is there an ancient secret all those in the city forgot? Perhaps if we go back to where it all began, back in time, back to the Source, then we may find an answer. With the Elixir of Time perhaps this future can be avoided.
Come with me, if you will. I know a place where the waters of life still flow in abundance; a place where a veritable Cornucopia still exists. Some call it the Fountain of Nature, others the Garden of the Philosophers. There are infinitely more wonders and powers there then you can ever know. The virtual billions in the banks of the city, all of its property, the wealth of its elites and the greatest of its financial institutions are but arid constructs. Why desire such barrenness? Take only what you need from their impoverished world, then travel beyond.
Let us escape this world of desolation.