For many years I have written down every food I ate in a day, my blood sugar reading and my weight. I add how long I walked, or sometimes reminders about what I should do tomorrow.
I have done this to try to control my blood sugar as I teeter on the edge of being pre diabetic. But recently I changed to doing the same on an app on my phone. I think this new habit is preferable for the person who clears up all my junk when I’m dead. Who cares about notebooks with scrawly handwriting and meaningless numbers in them? They are not even a historical record.
Everytime a generation dies out, tons of real historical record gets trashed by the next generation. Papers, diaries, writings, film and possesions disappear forever. As an historian, that seems a pity. But it has ever been that way. The only records that remain of ordinary people, are the records of unordinary people, the ones that ‘left their mark’ so to speak.
The new woke culture want history trashed. History is white history that has been written by the elite they say. It is biased. And of course thats true. History is recorded in writing. It is mostly made by the unordinary, the rulers, the kings, the priests. It is the written recordings of events. Papers, documents, diaries, literature, philosophy, etc. If a civilisation has writing, it records its history whether it be European, Chinese, Egyptian, Asian, whatever! Without writing, history is oral, unreliable, prone to become myth or legend or superstitions.
So, this morning, a thought assailed me as I typed in my morning blood sugar reading on my phone. Everything has become digital. Even books.
What are future generations going to discover about history should our digital age go ‘poef’ for some reason? What will archeologists find out about OUR civilisation?
By that time, I think Western Civilisation as we know it now, will have gone ‘poef’ from internal rot. There might not be terribly much to discover. But if the digital age goes ‘poef’ everything else does too.
Am I worried about Climate Change this morning? Am I worried about Greta Thunberg? Am I worried about Black Lives Matter? Am I worried about Covid19?
No, not really. I’ve got better things to contemplate. A world without computers would be a REAL disaster.
Have a nice day!