A hundred years from now, a major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was during our current historical period. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
Okay, looking back on it, things weren’t so bad, there were problems in the world but there were also solutions, at least for some things:
Technology is evolving at speed. Paper is a rare commodity, as electronic screens become the medium of the message. It is the age of the internet. A future of real life avatars in the virtual world beckon.
Climate change is becoming a global issue, one where natural disasters occur and people are displaced. We can only watch as government funds and NGOs come to the rescue.
Sectarianism is rife, and wars are escaping from political resolutions, into tragedies of an epic scale, witness to the embarassment of the watching world.
At the same time philanthropism and collaboration from large companies form emerging industries which can solve problems in the developing countries.
Spaceships travel to Mars, where they find salt water and the Hubble telescope registers stars from galaxies away. An electron particle accelerator researches sub atomic activity which forms the basis of our understanding into dark matter and the beginning of the universe.
Music still has an ‘underground’ scene, the cutting edge formed out of computers’ algorhythms, as nostalgia relooks at other categories of historical note.
Cities are increasingly sprawling. Electricity powering infrastructure in the centres. And in the suburbs a strange symbiosis between nature and the built environment is taking place.
In art, the galleries exhibit the latest trends in the concepts of aesthetics, much like other eras.
The socio-economics of food is a contentious subject. One where disparity defines the context. As we veer towards the synthetic production and genetic modification of all food stuffs, to live out of packets.
Medicine is increasingly reliant on pharmaceutical drugs for physical and mental health, with new illnesses being written into diagnostic manuals each year. Hospitals remain the centre of care for surgery and rehabilitation.
Clothes are shaped to fit to the body as fashion redefines itself each year. In the year 2015 curves dominate over straight lines.
Okay, so there’s a lot more to add to this exhibition…enjoy looking back to see how far we have come!
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