warnings for the future

An incredibly large radioactive waste storage facility now being constructed found itself faced with a fascinating question: since the deadly waste would last many many thousand years, there was very little guarantee who would be around to read the warning messages, and how to communicate with them.

So they got together a multidisciplinary group to try and work out how to warn the people of the future. Some of their ideas are pretty wild, in the form of oppressive monuments and so on.

This is the rough message they came up with. I find it somehow elegiac and beautiful.

This place is a message… and part of a system of messages… pay attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

This place is not a place of honor…no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here… nothing valued is here.

What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.

The danger is in a particular location… it increases toward a center… the center of danger is here… of a particular size and shape, and below us.

The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

The danger is to the body, and it can kill.

The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.

The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

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  1.   Scott
    May 23rd, 2006 | 3:25 pm

    Very cool – certainly made my morning more interesting. Fowarded onto some friends and the coolest comment that I got back was, “Well I guess we should take another look at stonehenge eh?”