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 frack

The 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. The tragedy was that it need not have happened. Had the community of nations acted together, they could have averted the return of glaciation. So much 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!

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

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7 replies

  1. Don’t get me started. We, as hominids are STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. The day we left the decision to heed science as a measure of the way we treat our planet to politicians, was the day our planet, or at least life upon it, was DOOMED. I’m sorry but the oft used term “too little, too late” shows its ugly head again. Basically we’re in deep doo doo with little universal support globally. Saving the environment has to be a worldwide effort to succeed.., and that’s what we don’t have, and might never.


  2. Well done, Marilyn. Where can I get tickets? Or is it too late for my species?


    • I just keep watching the woods and enjoying our little home for wildlife and wondering how long it will last. Maybe we should BUILD HOLA! Find some old, big house and set it up so idiots can see what they are doing and where we are going. And, worse, where we are NOT going. I’m not feeling really optimistic about the future. But I haven’t felt good about it in a long time and nothing I’m seeing now has changed my mind. Garry can’t even talk about it. It’s too depressing.

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