So, where does one start with a new blog?
Let’s go back, let’s go really early, let’s go to the beginning…
Pandora’s Box is a fascinating myth. The box–actually a clay urn–is opened by Pandora, the first woman on Earth according to Greek mythology. This releases all the forces of evil upon the world before she can manage to close it. (Sound vaguely familiar?) But the urn is not empty. What remains inside is the spirit of hope.
This allegory seems exceptionally relevant to human cultural evolution and may be compared to a large number of major defining leaps in our technological journey. SCIFLIESBLOG will discuss many topics concerning technology and the evolution of the arts and societies, but all will loosely relate to the allegory of Pandora’s Box….you open the box and you must react to the circumstances.
So, the beginning?
Once upon a time there were hominids on this earth that roamed unclothed, without language as we know it, or any recognizable technology. Perhaps a giant monolith appeared and zapped our early brothers and sisters, prompting one to pick up a a bone and use it as a tool–a weapon. Maybe a supreme deity presented it to us as a gift. I prefer to give us credit for stumbling on to this mighty achievement on our own after a long period of chance, observation and experimentation. However it happened, that clay jar in the head of those early hominids opened and out of it poured a new future–if one wants to interpret that as evil, that is a possible choice. Evil or not, it triggered a long chain of amazing changes reaching to the screen I a looking at right now–and the screen, phone or pad you are now staring at as well. We became hooked on technology, inseparably committed to a new and forever unfinished path.
We have taken this ride as a species but the rest of the planet must travel with us. We have opened more and more clay jars, each unleashing an unstoppable wave of change, at times a tsunami, at times a slow tide…but all reach back to that first stone, that wooden or bone club.
Have we struggled with the forces we have unleashed?
Certainly. And we will continue to open Pandora’s jars–for better or worse–and yes, we will continue to find that in the jar is pervasively and miraculously still a wonderful hope.
Thus begins our discussion of Pandora’s many jars here at SCIFLIESBLOG.
Ken Mazur 1/06/2013