The Age of Buttons
26 April 2022
Of course, we’re all a hell of a lot smarter than all those idiots who lived in the past. After all, we know how to press buttons. We’re so advanced, that we don’t even need to know things – they work because we pay a monthly subscription. Those ancient savages figured out a way to let tonnes of wooden ships go around the globe using no more than the wind blowing into a sheet they rigged on wooden frames… we know how to order food in using only an app. It’s a good thing for them they don’t even try to compete. Could you imagine, one of those sailors having to go head to head with a marketing executive when stranded on an island? Folks… I think someone has to say it. We may be more cushy, and more ‘advanced’, and our toys are damn sure a lot better – but I do not think we are more inventive, more intelligent, more knowledgeable, more creative than several points of humans past. And we’re nowhere near as tough.

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.