(RISE OF THE SCREENS)
Acrlics on Canvas
Look at what we’ve built. We who are at the pinnacle of human progression so proudly present our legacy. With our extensive knowledge and amazing leaps of technology we have amassed a mountain of electric screens. Back in ancient Babylon those primitives built towers of bricks and mortar to appease the gods. Today we erect binary skyscrapers of information, electric zeroes and ones soaring upwards to the heavens, well not the heavens as such, no spiritual ideas allowed in a serious report, were living in a rational age you see. Traditional religious ideas are secular blasphemy; we have evolved far far away from our hairy ancestors who worshipped shiny things as gods. You know the sort of tragic figures they dig up on Time Team, manky nut-jobs who cowered from the thunder in mud-huts and worshipped little statues and trinkets.
But if our twenty-first century society was suddenly wiped out, and people from a future society dug up our dwelling places, what picture would they build up of us. See our pitiful skeletons huddled in rooms round our televisions and laptops, clutching our mobiles. Except the future society will not run on our versions of electricity, nor will they know our language and symbols, they will simply find a people besotted with a mountain of glass and plastic boxes. Not even the most fanatical monks in a medieval shrine revered their saintly icons as much as the twenty-first century adored their screens; these boxes stamped with the pantheon of expensive deities they called logos, the future time team will not know what SONY or APPLE means, they will assume them to be the gods we worshipped. To the eyes of the future we may be the most primitive bunch of the lot.
This is after a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, he painted this five hundred years ago and it shows the Tower of Babel, which was built thousands of years before that and is known mainly by its history in the Old Testament. It was a tower built by the mighty king Nimrod of Babylon in an effort to reach the heavens. From it we get our word babble and babbling, blether, blather and all the rest of the Babylonic confusion.