It must have been strange
to live before i-phones,
to have to have watched TV
on those big public two dimensional screens
or to have called someone
you couldn’t even see
on those weird wired phones
they have in the museum.
I look at these ancient people
on my history pad. They actually
look the same as we do.
So it makes me sad when I visualize
how narrow, how barren their live must have been.
It’s like when our ancestors
encountered, in Northern Europe,
the Neanderthal, and thought strongly
of annihilating them
to put them out of their misery.
Oh, that’s not really so. The thought may have been there,
but they were unsuccessful. It looks now like they interbred,
that at least 2% of our genomes come from Neandertal.
Maybe even more in Asia.