Teaching prehistoric art history and looking at mighty ruins of once
fabulous temples. Watching a TV program on the seven wonders of the
world, all gone now. Remembering how the poem ends ",,,look on my
works ye mighty, and despair."
Up until today I knew what I would do for Friday's class to wrap up
pre-history. I have just returned from Italy and saw the Venice
Biennale. The Japan Pavillion is an installation of lighted McDonald's
signs. The big ones that are beacons along our highways. I took slides
of the installation to use for this particular class, as the MMMMMs
are in a ring, like Stonehenge. You walk around and underneath them
with a sense of awe and wonderment. Well, anyway, you get the idea. I
was going to challenge the class to come up with the one cultural
artifact that would be found by archaeologists in 4001, all over the
world. A powerful symbol that might suggest striving toward the
heavens, a possible linked faith that everyone shared back in 2001. Of
course I was hoping that the students would guess those arches, just
like the arches found in churches of "earlier times."
The lesson just doesn't seem so clever now.
Pray first for our leaders that we won't end up "bombed back into the
Stone Age," as we used to say.