In the future, historians will reflect on these strange days,
amazed at those of us who happened to live through it all,
no doubt appalled at what we’ve left for our enduring legacy.
When we hear the stories of times gone by, we may wonder
how people managed to thrive without TV, cell phones,
automobiles, guided missiles, or in-home central plumbing.
Somehow life finds a way, as astounding as that may seem
to those of us who can’t imagine a world without texting,
500 satellite channels with which to satisfy our wishes,
or produce flown in by planes from all over the globe,
only to eventually rot in the back shelves of our fridges.
Those future historians may scratch their heads and question
what fools would poison their own farmlands, drinking water,
and the very air they breathed for the sake of a momentary
bit of profit, of wealth concentrated in the hands of the few.
They might also be confused about the religions preaching
love and peace which so often were the cause of the opposite,
as believers threatened each other with the fires of annihilation,
their children’s minds corrupted with fear, hate, and retribution.
The extreme levels of collective cognitive dissonance might
surprise and even shock those who review the media archives
still existing from these current times, as technological progress
far outstripped the peoples’ ethical and moral constraints
until the inevitable and irreversible planetary collapse began —
to be known forever more as the Great Mass Self-Extinction.