Albert Einstein He described the humanity of his time as follows: "People who live in different countries kill each other at irregular time intervals, so that also for this cause anyone who thinks about the future must live in fear and terror."
This message was written by Einstein for mankind who lived in 6939. But why precisely this year?
A public relations of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Corporation called G. Edwards Pendray, passionate about rockets and science fiction writer, conceived a time capsule. A time capsule is an airtight container built to keep messages and objects from the present to be found for future generations. The time capsule expression has been used since 1937, although the idea is as old as the first human settlements in Mesopotamia (now Iraq).
This capsule created by Pendray would be buried for 5,000 years, until 6939.
It measured 2.28 meters, weighed 363 kg and had an inside diameter of 16 centimeters. Westinghouse named him Cupaloy, nickel and silver alloy, which is harder than steel.
At the Universal Exhibition, Westinghouse saved space by attaching ten million words in microfilm. They included, ironically, how to build a microfilm reader, because there was not one in the time capsule.
Some intellectuals and celebrities even lent themselves to writing messages to civilization that opened the time capsule. Thomas Mann He wrote bitterly: "We now know that the idea of the future as a" better world "was a fallacy of the doctrine of progress." Albert Einstein left the message cited above, whose full version reads as follows:
We live in a time rich in creative intelligences, whose expressions have to considerably increase our lives. Today we cross the seas thanks to the force developed by man, and we also use that energy to relieve humanity of exhausting muscular work. We learned to fly and we are able to send messages and news without difficulty to the most remote places in the world, by means of electric waves. However, the production and distribution of goods is completely disorganized, so that the majority have to live fearful of the possibility of being eliminated from the economic cycle, and thus suffer the lack of what is necessary. In addition, the inhabitants of the different nations kill each other at regular intervals, so also, because of this cause everyone who thinks about the future must feel fear and terror. This anomaly is due to the fact that the intelligence and character of the masses are far inferior to intelligence and the character of the few that produce something valuable for the community. I trust that posterity will read these statements with a sense of justice and the need for a change in the situation.
In 1965 a second capsule was buried ten meters north of the original. Both capsules are buried sixteen meters below the Flushing Meadows Park, which housed the exhibition.