Water Boatman Family Badge
Possible Future Scenarios
#5 Scientific and Technological Utopia
There are so few animals left, that finding any non-human creature is a wonder. We prize our insects, keeping them in terrarium-globes as Household Gods. Due to world pollution, people wear protective body-armour based on the exoskeletons of insects. My family has been keeping small water beetles, called "Water Boatmen", for a few decades now, as our honored insect. When I get tired of virtu-interfacing with my colleagues, I love to watch them rowing about in the globe. I made this prototype for a family badge based on the Boatman, using silver, bronze, and moonstones, which I bought through teleport transfer. The glow of the stones conveys the wisdom of these versatile insects, and is appropriate, living on the moon as we do.