How to Write About the Future

Imagine someone living, say, a thousand years ago visiting our culture. Which aspects would they have the most difficulty with?
Our godlessness?
Our demonising of violence?
The prevalence of a high standard of living, of wealth & longevity?
Our ability to control the environment?
No doubt modern technology would see us all branded witches & warlocks.

Extrapolating forward, what would be the equivalent challenges to our own values?
A culture disinterested in the economy, justice & human rights?
A culture that doesn’t privilege education, intellect or the written word?
Perhaps we’d be shocked by their physical size.
Perhaps children will have won the vote.

Homework: Compare & contrast the cultures of the developing world with those of medieval Europe.

 

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