I visited the Terracotta Warriors recently, for the 21st time. Each time I see them I am blown away by the concept, the workmanship and the sheer size of the mausoleum.

Qin Shi Huang Di was planning for his future when this was constructed. His idea was to have the same comforts and protections of ‘home’, of this world with him in the afterlife. I doubt he thought that 2000 years later that tourists would be trooping through is mausoleum marvelling at his army and wishing we could see the next 100 years of excavations.

I look around our world today and wonder what people will be digging up in 2000 years and marvelling at.  What fascinating works will we leave behind, what will our great- great- great- great … descendants  be seeing.  Right now, I can’t see too much that will astonish or move them in its beauty or conception.  I see so much more that will be seen as shame for us – pollution, destruction, environmental disasters … the list is endless.

We may be proud now of our technology, but that will be by-passed.  There are some lovely architectural elements – especially in Spain.  Will they still be extant, or will we have torn them down sometime in the next 100 years, as part of our drive for ‘new’ and ‘modern’?  Will our philosophical insights be shaping the future the way those of our forebears have shaped much of our thinking?

In a world filled with ease of communication, will we be seen as having become less informed, more insular and more afraid of difference?  Are our descendants going to call our era the “Age of Fear’?

How do we begin to move towards leaving something wonderful behind, something to be marvelled at?