So much technology is becoming obsolete right now. Our current time mirrors the Industrial Age for changes to mechanics, industry and our daily lifestyle.
I wonder how much we take for granted from the lifestyle of people before the Industrial Age. We imagine them like ourselves. But, think of the simple changes in our own life from cell phones. Wrist watches, pay phones, cameras and other gadgets and tools we relied on are now seldom used and, in the case of pay phones, rarely seen. This changes how we live, how we communicate too.
How different, therefore, would it have been for people living in earlier times? Their lives would have been different in ways we can’t imagine. We don’t have the experience to know the mannerisms, idiosyncrasies, the words and phrases they would have used for what was common then – forgotten now.
So many little things like the how a watch fob was used, the proper use and handling of a parasol, how to write with a quill and ink pot… we don’t really know (except in theory or descriptions from old records still existing). Even the old information only covers the resources and knowledge of that individual writer. We can’t assume they were all experts and, how much did they leave out, assuming their readers already knew?
We can’t bring the unknown from the past into our writing. But, we can wonder about it and wonder about our own future and what will be obsolete and forgotten then.