1966 was the first appearance of Galactus in the Marvel Comics universe. Galactus is a being who consumes living planets for his nourishment. He thinks of the living beings on those planets the same way you or I might think of the bacteria growing on our meals.
I wish to be worthy to receive a game-changer
This is a more detailed summary of the tale, but I am only interested in certain aspects. In Fantastic Four #48, despite the efforts of Uatu the Watcher, Galactus comes to Earth, planning to consume it. The Fantastic Four resist him, but are nowhere near as powerful as Galactus. It seems that the Earth is doomed, but the Watcher explains that there is a device upon Galactus’ home planet that could stop him. The Watcher boosts the powers of the Human Torch (one of the Fantastic Four) so that he may travel at unimaginable speed to Galactus’ planet and retrieve the weapon they need.
In Fantastic Four #49 and #50, some things happen that give the Human Torch just enough time to return with this weapon, the Ultimate Nullifier. It doesn’t look like much, but as you can see, even Galactus fears its power. When Reed Richards threatens to use it against Galactus, the planet-eater agrees to spare the Earth and leave if Reed gives him back the weapon. True to his word, Galactus leaves. As life returns to normal, the press dismisses the Galactus event as a hoax.
Why am I sharing this with you? In this story, it seems that the Earth is doomed. Appeals to logic, reason and conventional morality were irrelevant to Galactus. Even Earth’s mightiest heroes were no match for his power. But the Watcher gave humanity a game-changer in the form of the Ultimate Nullifier.
There might be someone reading this and thinking “Douglas, didn’t you say the Watcher was forbidden to interfere in human affairs?” Indeed I did. I have thought about this from time to time. The Watcher engaged in a form of cosmic civil disobedience. He faced consequences for this, but that is another story.
I am sharing this with you because I believe our world is heading in the wrong direction. It is depleting its resources. We are destroying our environment. Humanity is affecting the world’s climate. We have ignored countless warnings. I wish to be worthy to receive a game-changer. But there seem to be certain requirements. I must be adequately aware, discerning, attentive and discreet to receive something important. I don’t claim to have attained to this, but I’m working on it.
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