Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Dissing Our Ancestors
I always find it curious when people use "Bronze Age" as some kind of put-down, usually directly more or less obliquely at the Judeo-Christian worldview, and attempting to deliver some kind of blow to it by implying that anything and everything that came out of the Bronze Age would necessarily be of inferior value to anything that we have in our more supposedly enlightened era. Human beings have created two substances that, for all practical purposes, are permanent (will be around until the sun subsumes the Earth): bronze, and plastic. The Bronze Agers left us breathtaking sculpture, useful tools, beautiful adornments, and yes, weapons.
What are we Plastic Agers leaving the future? Garbage. Tons and tons and tons and tons of garbage, made of one of the two most permanent substances ever devised by humans, taking over the land, the seas, threatening to subsume the Earth before its time. Which age seems wiser? Things that make you go "hmmmm". . . .
Somebody else musing about the use of a previous historical era as a put-down, and proposing one of his own: