Posted by Sentimental Moments... on August 03, 2001 at 09:54:04:
I have always been very interested in ancient Romans and their culture. Recently, I visited Rome for the first time and was over-awed by the number of monuments which have been preserved, in particular, the Pantheon - over 2,000 years old and still being used as a place of worship!
What struck me most is the fact that everything was built without the aid of technology. Many of the buildings took decades to complete (the people who began the project knowing only too well that they would not be around to see it completed). The designs were intricate and the results magnificant.
Yes, I know that Roman culture left a lot to be desired but I for one cannot help but admire their numerous achievements.
What will future generations have to remember us by? We live in our consumer driven throwaway society - I don't think many of our buildings will be around in 100 years, let alone 2000! We are sacrificing alot to convenience (quality for quanity, beauty for glass and steel etc). Technology, and most especially the internet, has raised our level of expectation - we want everything now and at the lowest price possible. Of couse, we are now beginning to realise that 'cheapness' comes at a very high hidden price!
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