The history of you
On Monday, a program at Davidson County Community College highlighted the sinking of the Titanic in honor of the 101st anniversary of the shipwreck. Students and historians congregated to examine artifacts left behind by more than 2,000 people who were aboard the ship April 15, 1912.
A century later, collections of personal efforts and photographs are all that remain to commemorate the most significant nautical disaster in history.
This begs a question. How will the next generation be remembered 100 years from now? I talked with the youth group at Unity United Methodist Church in Thomasville. Not surprisingly, these children — all of whom were born in the digital age — mentioned technological devices as a common theme. iPods and iPhones were at the top of the list.
One of the more inventive responses even suggested filming a trademark dance that became an overnight YouTube sensation.
Q: What would you place in a time capsule that 100 years from now would tell who you were?
For me, I would like to put in (the capsule) an autographed copy of something I drew. I draw anime, and I've been doing it for a little over a year. If we wanted to let people know what we were like, we could put a camera inside and a video of someone dancing, like maybe doing the Harlem Shake.
I would definitely include a giant poster of myself, like a painted portrait. If I could select someone to paint the portrait, I'd have someone like (a modern-day) Leonardo Da Vinci to paint it. Also, I would have a gold-plated Playstation with my signature, along with role player video games, like first-person shooting games.
I would place a picture of myself in the capsule for people to remember me by, since 100 years from now, I'll want people to know what I looked like.
A note of thanks
Thank you to the youth group who allowed me to talk with them during a church activity. The kids were placing red plastic cups in a fence to spell out ‘New Creation.”