It's a momentous time. Art has been revolutionized by the invention of "perspective"...and also of "funding." A picture used to be worth a dozen or so words; these new ones are more like a hundred. Oil paintings have gotten so realistic that you've hired an artist to do a portrait of you each morning so you can make sure your hair is good. Busts have gotten better too-no more stopping at the shoulders; they go all the way to the ground. Science and medicine have advanced. There's no more superstition; now, they know the perfect number of leeches to apply for each ailment. You have a clock accurate to within an hour and a calendar accurate to within a week. Your physician heals himself, and your barber cuts his own hair. This is truly a golden age.