Nietzsche warned that the society of the last man could be too barren and decadent to support the growth of healthy human life or great individuals. The last man is only possible by mankind having bred an apathetic person or society who loses the ability to dream, to strive, and who become unwilling to take risks, instead simply earning their living and keeping warm. The society of the last man is antithetical to Nietzsche's theoretical will to power, the main driving force and ambition behind human nature, according to Nietzsche, as well as all other life in the universe.
The last man, Nietzsche predicted, would be one response to the problem of nihilism. But the full implications of the death of God had yet to unfold: \"The event itself is far too great, too distant, too remote from the multitude's capacity for comprehension even for the tidings of it to be thought of as having arrived as yet.\"
Sheppard runs there, and activates the projector, where an aged McKay materializes. He tells Sheppard that he is a hologram of himself from 25 years since Sheppard was missing. He also relates that Sheppard was involved in a freak accident involving a solar flare, similar to the one where SG-1 was transported to the year 1969, but instead of traveling back in time, he went forward in time, by 48,000 years, likely making Sheppard the last man alive in the Pegasus Galaxy and quite possibly in the entire universe.
Holo McKay: There's not enough power for you to gate back to Earth, and without a MALP, going anywhere else would be far too risky. It is entirely possible that you are the last human being alive.Sheppard: You're not doing a very good job of cheering me up here.Holo McKay: Oh, consider yourself lucky, young man.
Tommy Gallagher and his dad love football. The 12-year-old is a defensive star for his local team. His dad taught him to play: \"Tommy found the fastest route to the ball the way the GPS in your car found you the fastest way home,\" he would say. At every game his dad would sit alone in the corner of the last row of bleachers away from the crowd, concentrating, without distractions, on the game. Good or bad. Win or lose. Following the game, he and Tommy would always discuss every move Tommy had made.
These affairs destabilize the government, leaving it unprepared for the plague heading their way from war-torn Turkey. The effect of plague is intensified by a series of natural disasters, including a black sun, earthquakes, and tidal surges that submerge half of England. Anarchy ensues, and seeking refuge, the characters head for the Mediterranean, where the sublime landscapes beloved of the romantic poets provide the backdrop as, one by one, they all die of various causes, along with their several children by each other. (This too is autobiographical. Mary lost three children in quick succession; then their father died in 1822, followed by Byron in 1824. Most of their lovers and their children died as well). In the last chapter, Verney swims ashore from a final shipwreck, realizes he is the last man, and vows to spend the rest of his life wandering the earth and writing the book we are reading.
By the turn of the last century, however, things were somewhat more complicated. The sum total of human knowledge, of creation (or was it \"nature\") and its beasts and flowers, of the world's peoples and tongues, of technical and mechanical questions increased more prodigiously and at a greater pace during the reign of Queen Victoria than it had hitherto in any comparable span in history. Meanwhile the mass of theological and philosophical speculation continued to pile up and the unmanageable glut of literature did its best to satisfy a growing popular readership. An exceptionally clever man like Henry Adams confessed himself hardly equal to the task of understanding the latest modern experimental science when there was so much to know about French ecclesiastical history.
It hardly seems likely that the life of an obscure Anglican clergyman should recommend itself to the attention of a modern biographer; the shelves of second-hand bookshops are the sepulchers of many an Essex parson's dutifully compiled Life and Letters. But Sabine Baring-Gould happens to have been the last man who knew everything.
Agent 355 wakes up in the middle of the street and initially thinks the woman standing above her is Fran, the mysterious Culper Ring mentor she's searching for (and who was the figure seen in last episode's flashbacks). She visits Mann in a greenhouse and hears that mice and bunnies are next on the list of animals to go extinct. Mann can tell from Agent 355's bare feet that she's been sleepwalking again, and Agent 355 explains that the only thing that's ever kept her from doing it is tying a ten-pound sandbag to her arm. Agent 355 says Janice has offered them two ATVs, which should make their journey easier. When Mann remarks that Yorick will be disappointed to leave, Agent 355 bluntly responds, \"He'll live.\" 781b155fdc