By Bruce Weir
First, do the math: add 50 years to your current age. Second, take your pulse. Now, answer this question: are you going to be alive in 2062?
Your response to that existential query will determine how you approach Talk to the Future, the Calgary Public Library’s time capsule project that is part of its centennial celebrations.
Until Oct. 31, anyone (those under 18 need a parent’s permission) can write, doodle or draw their thoughts on the bookmarks that will be available at all library branches. But this is not an anonymous exercise, so those who expect to still be drawing breath half a century from now, might want to refrain from cursing a blue streak, defaming their equally youthful boss or complaining about their neighbours. Those who are not counting on dramatic breakthroughs in the science of longevity are free to indulge their darker impulses.
All submissions—”libraries are not about censorship,” says CPL spokesperson Grant Kaiser—will be added to the capsule, but while you’re free to write or draw whatever you like, we urge you to project the best image of yourself into the future.
Kaiser says the capsule will be built after organizers see how many submissions they receive. Kaiser hopes it will be on display at the Central Library and then the new downtown building until 2062.
For more information on Talk to the Future, check out dearfuture.ca. (You can also submit you thoughts—maximum 900 characters—on the site.)