The Greek number myriad means literally ten thousand, and that’s roughly how old our civilization is. 10,000 years ago, the ice sheets were retreating across Europe and North America to be replaced by forests, and in the Middle East the first civilized people were learning how to farm.
That may sound a long time ago in comparison to a single human lifespan, but as civilizations go, we are still in our infancy. That’s why I’ve decided to celebrate our first myriad.
Like a one year old child, we’re beginning to walk and to explore our world, in a wobbly, uncertain way.
We’re not yet saying a lot that makes sense, but we’re starting to make babbling noises that sound like we might one day say something truly interesting and intelligent.
And we’re learning a huge amount about our small corner of the world, and starting to interact with it in a clumsy way.
We have a long way to go before we mature, and I’m sure we’ll make a lot of mistakes along the way, but it’s going to be an amazing journey. In another 17 myriads, we’ll look back and wonder at just how far we’ve travelled.