A letter to the future

The oldest known prehistoric art, drawn over 64, 000 years ago, in the Spanish caves, are probably mankind’s earliest example of wanting to preserve things for future civilisations. Those were the people, tired, hungry, thirsty, and scared, reaching over thousands of years, grabbing for our attention, and saying: “look, I saw this, I was here, don’t forget me.” They knew that there would be a future, and they wanted to be a part of it.

And while time moved on, and the industrial revolution happened, one thing hasn’t changed. People today still want to leave a mark, however big or small. In that spirit, the ‘Environment and Young Scientists Club’ put together a time capsule yesterday, on November 1st, 2022, with artefacts including coins, Covid-19 face masks, hand sanitiser and messages in a bottle to name but a few.

The time capsule is intended for the generation that should happen to stumble upon it 50 years from now. And who’s to know what battles the people of 2072 will be fighting, all we can hope is that USB ports are still a thing, and that they will look at the contents of this capsule and know that we saw these things, we touched these things, we were here, don’t forget us.

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