Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This Egyptian Mummy is All of Us in 4,000 A.D.

I’ve been on this ancient art meme-making kick lately. 

I’m not the first person to do this of course; there are dozens of Instagram accounts devoted to the concept. But I’ve jumped on the bandwagon because it turns out to be a great way to space out, get creative, and learn a little something new. 
Here are a few I’ve posted/made:



















Turning old art into memes had proven a good way to relax and distance myself from current affairs, until I stumbled on this ancient Egyptian mummy:





Because let’s face it. This mummy is ALL of us in 4,000 A.D.

If you read about the two-day long eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.—which buried the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in a cloud of molten rock, hot ash, and pyroclastic surges and released 100,000 times the thermal energy of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings—you’ll see artifacts of objects and people "frozen" at the time of their deaths, including this viral discovery of a dude seemingly squeezing in one final wank before his demise:



And this is what I think we will all look like to future generations of archaeologists, frozen in time at the moment that Trump and Kim Jong-Un finally finish their game of chicken.

We will all be at our computers or phones, tweeting and texting and trying not to be enraged by the whole world. We’ll be reading hot takes and comment threads, trying to parse reality from conspiracy and tying our own hands up with rope to resist writing something that will piss off some random cousin and ignite a family feud that results in our moms not speaking to us for three months.

Although none of us will be here to see it, mark my words: This is how they’ll find us.

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