- Jul 2017
- Crows nest
Also the people who created these monuments live on in a way in the monument and become immortal. Yes, I know that sounds a bit OTT, but my thinking is that the body is ephemeral, just an eyeblink in the vastness of time, while at least the more sturdy of the monuments will last many hundreds of years, and some for millennia. It's conceivable that the largest pyramids will outlast us as a species, and may, even after geological eons have passed, be the only remnants left of us to show we had thoughts and could build.True, however there is a lot of space to be filled within a human soul. Without cultural creations, humans would have been much, much more empty, poor, and ultimately, less of what makes them truly human.
In the case of these medieval cathedrals, if they fall, then so falls those who built them and the countless numbers, millions, of people who worshipped there and who made pilgrimage to them. In the case of accident there's not much that can be done of course, but when it is done by design, then that is an act of malicious vanity by those who are here today and gone tomorrow and think only of their own petty desires. Stabling horses in a cathedral may make some puritan/revolutionary feel better about themselves, but all they are doing is belittling themselves and spitting on their own ancestors.
And here's me a "heathen" saying this...