HOMINID OVERVIEW OF LOST ARTS: WELCOME TO HOLA! – Marilyn Armstrong

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 dying planet is impenetrable to us.

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.

Plastic oceans

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!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

13 thoughts on “HOMINID OVERVIEW OF LOST ARTS: WELCOME TO HOLA! – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Given that, of this moment, machines have been developed that use ‘neural net’ architecture to establish a computer brain that can learn by itself and evolve it’s own functioning; are capable of talking to one another in a language of their own devising that humans do not really understand; can repair and rebuild parts of their robotic bodies by themselves; are capable of writing their own programming and testing it for undesirable outcomes through millions of possible simulation scenarios and then improving it to better meet their own objectives; can observe and then replicate any operation of a human being (except the truly dumb ones like self-destructing) and can run on solar or wind generated electrical supplies, i would suggest that before the 22nd century the only operating intelligent life on this planet will be silicon based.

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      1. Fair point.

        Some seriously ask the question: “When will machines become smarter than humans?”

        From the evidence of SOME human ‘intelligence’ i hear on my night time radio (or see on the evening news for that matter) there can be no doubt our advanced machines have been smarter than a large portion of the human race for quite some time now.

        In just one example, name me any human that is better at mathematics than even a calculator?

        I found out that one machine recently solved (proved) a mathematical problem that has confounded our best human brains for the last 64 years (The 3 cubes problem).

        It took it 3 weeks from being set the question.

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  2. And the Swiss mountains just melted and are now the Helvetian Lakes. There are a few islands poking through of course: the Jungfrau Island Chain and surfing down the Eiger North Wall is the adventure of a lifetime.

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      1. Which in Spanish means “Hello” or in this instance HAALLOoooooooooo….Tap, tap, tap, is this thing on?

        Just saw a YouTube video on a new continent, the size of Australia, formed in the Pacific.., YEP! made of plastic, and there are three more just like it around the world. So what do WE do?.., ban drinking straws, and offer a choice of plastic or paper in supermarkets. Our favorite SciFi writers saw it coming and wrote about it, and wrote about it again inventing scary monster-like beings from outer space landing on earth to take over because their planet was dying. “We have met the enemy, and they are US”

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