What will future archeologists (if there are any) recover in future history, perhaps a millennia or more from now, and what might be the “accepted” variation thereof allowed for public consumption?
What is termed in Indian scripture as the Kali Yuga (loosely translated as “the age of vice”) can be (very succinctly) identified with the worship of kama, which, in the most general sense is meant to be understood as “sensory pleasure,” regarding even the mind as a sense. This means in simple terms that a for civilization entering into Kali Yuga both its individuals and as societies, (and, more precisely, their value systems) will become more and more concerned with the gratification of that timeless entity that recurs in seemingly all of our cherished existential philosophies, religions, and schools of thought: that which is the Ego. More specific attributes for Kali Yuga can be found here.
It is interesting how much our current state of society is increasingly resembling (as our adventure along the temporal dimension continues) the Kali Yuga, and many of the objects that an archeologist will discover from this period will undoubtedly reflect this, i.e. objects that gratify the ego will be found all over: this includes but is certainly not limited to luxury objects which deplete resources, instruments that are made to enhance the power of certain privileged groups and individuals such as weapons of mass destruction and media transmitters, skyscrapers and other structures that affirm our maitrise of the forces of nature….
Furthermore, we can deconstruct this idea to show that on a more fundamental level many objects will reflect a worship of Dualism, as “Ego” reduces to none-other than “Dualism”–Ego if nothing else defines individuality of a given object or being by its separation from everything else; and so with the existence of Ego there can never be one single existence, but there will always be at least two: the individual and everything else.
As a matter of fact, even our present technologies and our means for for attaining knowledge are a reflection of the attachment to Ego in the sense that they reinforce Dualism: The backbone of the scientific method is a form of criticism which attempts to constantly evolve our methods to include lesser and lesser bias. Nonetheless, the only experiment that can be completely non-biased is that of the Universe in its entirety: an integral over all of space-time. Unity.
The current scientific method rejects the incorporation of pure Unity into its toolbox in that it refuses to recognize conscious experience as a valid means for information acquisition. Though, conscious experience is, without a doubt, to be included in the integral over all of space-time. Therefore, even our widely accepted form of information acquisition reflects our attachment to Ego and worship of Dualism, as it makes a distinction between the quality of knowledge obtained by unconscious and by conscious means. This is a shame, because, although technological developments are taking place at an extremely rapid rate, this rejection of a complete view restricts our access to absolute truth. Of course the archeologists will unearth the technological constructions birthed from this method and will be able to discern this fact for themselves.
Finally, let us consider what shall be the accepted consumption of Ego-supporting goods in the futuristic society of our cher archeologists. Let us assume the extreme case in which the archeologists will come from the next Satya Yuga (or “the age of truth”), in direct contrast with the Kali Yuga. The composition of its central value system includes absolute truth, pure consciousness, benevolent intention, and attainment and assimilation of knowledge.
It is almost certain then that the accepted consumption of Ego- and Dualism- supporting goods would be almost nil. Maybe it can even be conceived that Ego and Dualism would be reduced to foreign concepts or distant memories, for instance only appearing in the consciousness of society when objects are recovered from the past and analyzed for their intention.