Since I was a kid I have always wondered, what man would look like, a millennia in the future. How could I not? Since I first appeared on this earth man/woman has been essentially the same, arms, legs feet, hands, toes all in proportional alignment.
But in this lifetime, as a avid consumer of baby boom science fiction, I was raised to believe that man would have this Gigantic bald noggin with nasty veins that throb incessantly sticking out of his head. All to accommodate his enormous brain.
We were given to believe that man would become so smart, that naturally his head would expand.
Wrong!!! Not just wrong, but so far from right, that there is only left.
Man is going to look like Quasimodo. For those of you unfamiliar with the works of Victor Hugo, Quasimodo was the “Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
A big freaky looking guy with a hunch the size of a basketball between his shoulders. A dark furrowed brow and a vocabulary of a child. He was shunned by the world for his deformity and lived his sad lonely life in the abbey ringing the bells for the priests.
Let me make something perfectly clear- I mean no disrespect to any living being today struck with the terrible malady of Kyphosis nor any person of middle eastern descent, unfortunate enough to be blessed with one big eyebrow.
None what-so-ever. I wish you the best in your life and loves.
But we as a species, are pointed in that direction like an arrow to a target.
Don’t believe me? Let’s see if I can help elucidate this problem and then you can judge for yourself.
Let me know what you find out, am I right or am I wrong?
Everyday-wait no, every hour of everyday- here in my-used to be-fair city by the bay, I see hundreds of people walking around hunched over, completely oblivious to the world around them. Ears plugged, eyes bulging and squinting to see the tiny screen. All of them busy fingering what I could only describe as a form of tactile lover. Caressing it to the banishment of the world around them. This is how we communicate today. This is how we get information today. This is how we have sex today. This is how we will look tomorrow.
But the way… we will no longer have hands either!
What you say…Impossible! Outrageous!……No…The Future!!
Yup…we will no longer have hands, they will be replaced by these mitten like claws that only have opposable thumbs. Picture a lobster wearing oven mitts with a golf ball on it’s back and a caterpillar on its eyeballs.
The sad truth about the Quasimodo comparison, is that he was so hard of hearing, he didn’t mind ringing the gigantic church bells of Notre Dam, and by today’s standards most of Americans will also be that as well. They will be deaf to all around except for what they hear in their tiny little ear buds. Maybe it’s more like the Cybermen from Doctor who, only hearing the sounds their masters allow.
Speaking of masters, I was watching a cooking show last night-one where they actually cooked and not just ran around like a bunch of morons, all for the benefit of the camera.
Greater intelligence they said….????
But I digress….the show was broadcast from Kangaroo Island which is off of the south coast of Australia. They had just pulled some Crawfish out of a local river bed and were going to grill them “on the barbie”. Now these Crawfish, they were terrified. They knew something bad was going to happen when the big hand snatched them out of their peaceful lovely creek. The cooks that were fishing on the show, just laughed about their predicament and talked about how sweet their tail and back meat was going to taste.
Well needless to say they were cooked alive-as is tradition in that part of the world-and enjoyed by all. Well almost all!
But I wonder….is there some great hand in the sky putting us on the path for their barbie?
Will someone in our future say-Gee this hump will taste so sweet once we dip it into butter?