How will this 2010’s decade be remembered? How will it go down in history, and how will we tell our children about it?
For people born in the 90’s like me, this is the decade where we are in the prime of our lives. We’re watching the Internet’s effects on humanity really take hold, the governments of the world start really creeping into a dangerous place with regard to their ability to influence our lives, technology is going far beyond our comprehension.
But further to the point, in telling people about this decade later in life, there are specific themes and details of this decade that would be lost on those who didn’t experience it firsthand. With rapid communication through social media, an unspoken understanding of things is common and people document things in a tangible form less often.
These memes, inside jokes, and mutual understandings necessary to understanding our current culture aren’t very resilient when it comes to preserving history (unless you have the ability to look at our surveillance data, which governments will be able to do in the future, of course).
So here’s an Agorist idea for how to preserve the story of the 2010’s decade: what if people created time capsules of various forms and made their contribution to documenting this decade?
To solidify what a person considers meaningful and put it in a time capsule today, it’s probably a good idea to screencap social media posts and print them. This might seem a little weird, but if you’re making valuable memories with social media, how else are you going to preserve them? Articles you read, social media posts, whatever it is: print it out and put it in a binder. One day it will be useful.
For the activists and thinkers out there, you could take a notebook or binder and write out some timelines for every year in the 2010’s decade. Off the top of my head as a person who would be interested in this, I can name several different events that I consider important in shaping the collective feelings of activists in 2013 for example.
There was Sandy Hook at the end of 2012 which got a lot of activists talking about false flags at the beginning of 2013. Then there was the Boston Bombing and I remember that being vital to the discussion and activists’ climate at that time. The Edward Snowden leaks happened the same year, ect.
I remember all those events and how they influenced the social climate during those years, so if we want our children and people to remember the knowledge we acquired and understand how things came to be, they need to chronologically understand it as we did: so if we write simple timelines like that, we can make our contribution.
In conclusion, I guess if everyone made something like a time capsule to represent this 2010’s decade, we’d all be making our contribution to teaching the next generation how things came to be when they ask why the world is how it is.
A time capsule could include:
– A timeline of this decade’s significant events
– Photos, pictures, printed out social media posts, and other documents representing the decade
– Music made this decade
– Film made this decade
– Books, hard-drives filled with videos made this decade
Also, the time capsule doesn’t need to be sealed and not opened for years. It would be a great idea for any free thinker to back up their info this way.
If people want to build their own resilient, strong culture of free thinkers, it would help to practice activities like this.
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