: a (future) scenario
what would the world look like if everyone had their golem?
to begin with
Aspirations and intentions of this future scenario? Who does it impact? Who‘s actions does it change? What do these actions change?
intentions: This scenario should free the mind. What if we include even ‚unrealistic things‘ in our thoughts. What if these visions become alive? Could it create a new belief system that is a more positive one?
aspirations: It is challenging the prevalent material/object culture and belief-system of humans (western world), in a playful way. who‘s affected (explained in detail afterward): humans (economy and the socio-cultural world), golems, the material world, architecture, plants, (...)
When and how did we get there*? *the scenario which will be presented in the following
Once upon a time or once it will have happened (Future II). In a very, very scientific world, one day, or to be more precise, in the year 2088, something absolutely incredible happened. The fact that children like to dig in the dirt is nothing new, nor was little Anna. In retrospect, her parents often told journalists that she always played and lived in her fantasy world. When she was playing in the mud she always formed her playmates. But one day one of them came to life. His name was Alf. Alf, a huge walking loam figure made the whole world gasp. (To be fair, many were also very scared, I have to add; except Anna, she thought it was great.)
That hit home.
No one ever expected anything like this to happen.
But it was not supposed to remain the only living earthen figure.
More and more children, and later on adults as well, managed to bring their fantasy creatures made of loam to life. Almost a century later, it was quite normal that everyone had their own personal loam golem*.
Everybody formed it on his/her own, of course. With lots of love and a boundless imagination (!), they could breathe life into their own golem.
More and more, life adapted to this situation: At birth, the children received valuable lumps of loam from all corners of the world. However, the loam from the immediate surroundings remained the best.
Claypits became bigger and bigger, deep dark holes in the landscape became
a common sight.
The loam industry grew and grew to make a good business out of selling loam. The original cheap, partly even free material gained more and more in value, the prices rose, and thus, loam became an unattainable commodity for many people.
Once technological milestones such
as artificial intelligence or robotics, on the other hand, lost interest, since they could now be easily replaced.
Laws regulating the use of golems have been adapted. In political terms, the golems were not uninteresting either, and so, they quickly became representatives of power and money.
The golems also changed the way people relate to the things that surround them. Science was no longer the only variable to be fully believed.
There was a new kind of thought inspired by animism**. Things were no longer just objects that surrounded people. They developed emotional connections to them, even love relationships in some cases. Golems became more and more independent beings behind which some people even tried to hide (Similar to avatars from the digital world, where it doesn‘t matter much who‘s hiding behind them).
Initially, the golem had the role of a mediator between the human- and material world, but later this role became more and more superfluous as people began to understand their environment again by themselves.
Loam had changed the whole world... but it‘s doubtful if it changed in his favor.
* A golem is a figure of Jewish literature and mysticism. It is described to be a silent, human-like creature made of loam, often of enormous size and strength that is capable of carrying out orders.
**In animism it is believed that non-human beings have spirits and souls.