According to our calendar and scheduling, we will present you one more cover to start a new edition this year. But since that will be on December 31 and thus introducing the first issue of 2013, we believe we can safely say today’s cover is pretty much the last one in 2012. So this is it. Another year gone by with a lot to look back upon. It’s been quite an exciting year with events that will forever be documented in our history books. But what makes 2012 so extra special as a year is the event that has yet have to happen, and that might, give and take, make history books completely irrelevant. We are referring of course to 21 December. The day the world is supposed to end.
Now I don’t know about you, but it hasn’t occurred to me that many people really anticipate the possibility that our planet will stop turning barely a week from now. Everybody seems to be doing their own thing, living their own lives as we have always done before. And that is how it should be of course. Because besides that ancient Maya calendar there really isn’t anything that indicates some kind of dramatic Grand Final. But humor me here. What if we really are rapidly moving towards an all ending event for us? Shouldn’t we do something? I mean, what if a few of us survive, would it not be a waste if they do it with no memory of what so ever happened in all those millennia it took us to come to this astronomical date?
If you have followed my musings here a bit, you probably know we are located on the largest open square in the French capital, and that currently this square is being turned upside down in order to modernize it and make it a beautiful, contemporary square for the future. Given the nature of this article, that is already ironic, but let’s move beyond that, shall we? So we were thinking, since currently this place resembles nothing lesser than a muddy war zone, how cool would it be to slip in at night, dig a whole and bury a time capsule. Some kind of box with some items that, once someone or something finds it in the future, they will have a pretty good idea of what our lives were like. The Place de la République was laid out during the Second French Empire and has, besides the introduction of metro lines underneath, not seen such a large scale renovation ever since. So the chance anyone will find that capsule anytime soon is relatively small. But then again, is there really a point to it. The ones who come after us might have very different ways of communication and not be able to understand it a anyway. Besides that, maybe we should offer them the choice to do their own things. Make their own mistakes and successes. Just like we did. In which case, I could very well use my time and efforts in preparing some more articles for after December 21. After all, who knows, we might just wake up on December 22 and start another day, just like we have been doing since the beginning if time. And if that happens, we wouldn’t like to be unprepared now, would we? –BM-
Cover photography: Dylan Rosser. Model: Piotr Kopertowski.
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