en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schindler#/media/File:Schindler,_Oskar.jpg and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amon_Göth#/media/File:Amon_Göth-prisoner_1945.jpg
Through one of my regular Brownian-motion browsing of Wikipedia while looking for something completely unrelated, I came across a reference to the well known Schindler’s List, the classic 1993 film about the Holocaust. The real story of Oskar Schindler, like many others during WW2, has some incredible turns, and his status as hero has been cemented with that film. Likewise, Amon Göth’s status as a real world villain has also been spread far and wide. In retrospect, it is easy to see who were the heros and villians; but what about the unseen heroes and villains of today?
A few weeks ago, the question of retrospective abominations and amusements was put forward. There are plenty of wacky things going on in our society, and for sure, some of those things will be vilified. Likewise, some people who live unremarkable lives (by “modern” standards) may be glorified, and those in high places may be seen as monsters (“the last shall be first, and the first, last“).
- Will there be an equivalent Nuremberg trial for anyone in America, if things “go south”?
- Who are the modern day Schindlers? Who are the modern day Göths? Environmentalists? Industrialists? How will the future treat Internet billionaires?
- Extravagant movies may be a thing of the past, if collapse goes quickly. Yet stories will remain about our world. What sort of tales will be told?