WELCOME TO HOLA! — HOMINID OVERVIEW OF LOST ARTS

The horrors of the late 21st century were — as we all know — at the root of the collapse of hominids as Earth’s dominant species. It is a cautionary tale for every species — two, four, six, or eight-legged.

Insults to Earth had accumulated over many centuries. It would be unfair — and inaccurate — to lay the entire blame for the disaster on earth’s twenty-first century humans. Nonetheless, it is equally impossible to excuse their failure to take measures that could have short-circuited the holocaust. To this day, their silence in the face of their demise is impenetrable to us, the remaining species of our planet.

what the frackThe final breach of the planet’s integrity was the corporate sponsorship of “fracking.” Cracking the earth’s core caused major instability everywhere it was practiced. History tells of the violent earthquakes which destroyed entire regions. The loss of North America’s West Coast and the formation of the Kansas seacoast are permanent reminders.

One of our most popular exhibits is a virtual trip through the submerged cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles. If you are interested in this tour, please sign up at the Activities desk in the lobby. Participation is by appointment only.

The birth of active and highly destructive volcanoes was another direct result of fracking. Newly born volcanoes burst from the ground in regions like New England and the Midwest. The desolation of cities and farmland, the concomitant poisoning of aquifers, wholesale elimination of other species, the demise of bees and other pollinators resulted in global defoliation and total crop failure.

Most noteworthy, the loss of the life-giving Amazon rain forests made it impossible for humankind to make a comeback as a species. I know there are those among you — especially our canine citizens — who mourn the loss of humans. We share your pain. We believe other cross-species relationships will fill that gap. Apes, monkeys, elephants and other creatures stand ready to help you through this difficult time.

Some progress has been achieved by reinventing tennis balls. Please note the big green ball bins located throughout this building. You are free to grab as many balls as you can carry in your jaws and are welcome keep them as souvenirs on your departure.

Despite the evidence before their eyes, human beings remained absorbed by their petty concerns. Hooked to devices and mobile gadgets, they ignored the world around them until the world was no longer there.

These artifacts from the peak of human inventiveness are a poignant reminder of what can happen to a dominant civilization. The banning of electronic communication (2074 and afterward) was insufficient to restore human culture. Even the replacement of internal combustion engines with vehicles powered by sun, wind –and in the case of dirigibles, hot air — were not nearly enough.

Too little, too late. How sad the community of nations failed to act in coördination until the glaciers had already eliminated so much that can never be restored.

We at the Hominid Overview of Lost Arts (HOLA) work to uncover remnants of human civilization wherever it lies buried. Whether under the glacial plains of Europe and North America or in the rubble pits of the Indian Subcontinent, our army of archeologists is ever-busy. Someday, we hope to understand the entirety of the calamity.

Welcome to our exhibit. Please remove your shoes at the door. Our rugs are soft and comfortable. Sound boosting equipment is available free from the Courtesy Desk.

Please remember your company manners. Rude, annoying, loud, or obnoxious individuals will be forcibly ejected without warning.

Thank you, and welcome to HOLA!


From the Collection of the Artist – A hundred years from now, a major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was during our current historical period. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?



Categories: Ecology, Humor, Sci Fi - Fantasy - Time Travel

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31 replies

  1. Gosh, I almost overlooked this. That’s a scary and very well written post about our self destruction. Hola fasten your seatbelts…we are going down. Brilliant post Marilyn. I just bookmarked it and will reblog it in a few weeks (with your permission so I hope).

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    • Feel free to reblog. I keep hoping a few people will wake up and realize there need to be big changes to the way we treat our planet — or we won’t have a planet. Everyone thinks it’s someone else’s problem, but it is everyone’s problem.

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  2. love, love, love this post!

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  3. I’m glad you got the bees in there. (‘Glad’ being used ironically.) I wish we could file this under “fiction” but… excellent post.

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    • I’m afraid of bees, but I understand how critical they are for survival. Of everything, everyone. So I guess that gives me mixed emotions. Though I’ve been bitten by every bee I’ve ever met (there’s something about the way I smell or something), it doesn’t mean I want them all to go away!

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  4. Reblogged this on North of Andover and commented:
    Words fail me — I have nothing clever to say, nothing to add to this. My blogger-friend Marilyn wrote a ‘look back’ on the time when humans last roamed the Earth. You should read it.

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  5. I would like to be a little more optimistic

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  6. We have the same concerns here with fracking too. Food for thought

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  7. I like the writing. I have more faith in our species, but I do like the writing. 🙂

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  8. Yes, well, I think we almost went in the same direction. I heard last week that large sources of gas have been found in South England, where my family are. My first thought “please no fracking” so one day perhaps London will no loger exist, but they will have gas of course.

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  9. This would be highly amusing (especially the bit about the poor humanless doggies) if it weren’t so likely to come true 😦

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  10. SO…, I guess we look for a new planet to plunder eh?

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  11. I am so impressed with the content and it excatly reads like a quality brochure. I would love to see the submerged cities. Book me now 🙂

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