From the collection of the artist
It’s the year 2114. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2014. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
The last millennium had barely passed. Every adult alive was born in the 1900’s. But times, they were a-changin. Our president was black and gays were beginning to marry for the first time. Perceptions of America were shifting. Ebola raised its ugly head and reached all the way from Africa to our nation’s shores. But the true killer was a different disease altogether: ISIS.
Heads rolled in the desert, blood mixing with sand. Discontent, desolation, desperation and dreams of domination coalesced in the Middle East. This was no longer an affair of internal squabbles that had plagued the region for thousands of years. This was an army, a movement, an ideology. ISIS drew even Americans via the Internet to its nefarious organization. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was seeking to create some sort of beach head for its fiery brand of Islam as a world conquering force. The bloody struggle would continue for a number of years. How does one kill an idea?
Fortunately, there were plenty of celebrity shenanigans to watch when the thought of decapitated journalists was too much. Good old Beyonce and Jay-Z and Kim and Kanye were dramatic as ever. (If you don’t know what I am talking about, count yourself fortunate.) Insults were heating up online, but nothing the Twitter warriors couldn’t handle.
As you look at this exhibit, I want you to think about what it was like for the people of 2014. It was a time of great frustration, jubilation, and indignation for the citizens of this country and the world. They were approaching one of the most divisive times in their histories but did not yet recognize its magnitude. The battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States of America was not unlike the face-off between Zirata the Cackler and Thornicus the Blusterer. The people would soon rally around less than pleasant individuals. But back to 2014 and Obama’s reign. The seeds of discord were certainly sown, but most of their twisted growth was beneath the surface.
The true tragedy of the time was their irrationality. ISIS was bloodthirsty in its religious tyranny while Christianity and Judaism drained the vitality of the country through their arcane, patriarchal values. Even atheism was too rooted in opposing something that didn’t exist. Now, we as the Post Moderns have brought in a new and brilliant age. As part of the World Collective, we have the distinct pleasure of thriving in unity while rooting out idealism. This exhibition is intended as a testament to the perils of a disjointed, opinionated America. Lest you see anything viable in its ruinous nature, consider this, all truth is relative and so claims of Absolute Truth are invalid. It is only the state that gives protection to the individual. The state in its wisdom guides us through what can be a harsh, cruel world. Long live the United State of America and all allegiance to the World Collective. Go with reason and see the decay that was our past.