Steampunk is cool because . . .
5. The birth-pangs of Industrialization sacrificed the lives of millions of workers in the service of the machinery of capitalism; mill workers, coal miners, piece workers, painters of ceramics, sewers of seams, and countless more, slaved from childhood to premature death at 14-hour works days, six days a week. Their labor should by rights have led us into a better future than the one currently ruled by the internal combustion engined. With Steampunk, the visionaries of fiction offer us, instead of diesel fumes and engine noise, the stately dirigibles, the brass and rosewood machines, the clever and comprehensible gears and wheels, to show us what we might be, and what all this civilization is for.
4. Steampunk offers us a chance to rabbit down legs of the trousers of time that we didn’t take; legs that seem a lot more fun than the current messes we are entangled in. Steampunk, in all its endless iterations, hearkens back to an age when we were able to be naive enough to believe that civilization meant more than exercising control, when there were still vast unspoiled wilderness to explore, amazing discoveries to be made, and when progress trotted along at a comprehensible pace, rather than flipping pages on the world every five years as it does today.
3. Steampunk hearkens back to an era when human interaction was governed by a certain ceremony, and one’s station in life was defined as much by one’s mastery of a code of conduct, than one’s birth or one’s job. Formality as a lifestyle, can be stultifying, but what we sacrifice for our present-day uninhibited insouciance is the grand gesture, the bow, the salute, the action that gives an exalted meaning to the things we do.Read More...