Imagination is joyous. Free and free-ing. Oh, and bloody hard work.
I’m spatially challenged: Seeing what is no longer there is beyond me, for the most part. But that’s OK: There’s an app for that, at least for selected “ancient sites and wonders”. There won’t be a skill-testing question, but I encourage you to click on the twxxt and then we can meet–as the TV interviewers say–on the other side.
I can’t pick a favourite: I think it’s a tie between the Colossus of Rhodes and the hanging gardens of Babylon. Why hasn’t someone recreated those? But they’re all amazing, yes?
Yes, fersure. These are also amazing:
- The effort it took to establish with reasonable certainty what these sites looked like in their primes
- The effort it took to develop the expertise to recreate them virtually so that others could see what the historians and engineers and software developers could “see”
- The generosity of the impulse to do so, given the effort required
It made me think. Even in our little lives, we are so much more than that which can be seen in the moment:
- Old people were once children: wacky, bouncy, curious. Playful, at their best.
- Old people were once young adults: strong, eager, beautiful. Fearless, at their best.
- Old people were once middle-aged: adept, learned, prudent. Helpful, at their best.
There is no easy way to see all of another person. There is no app that brings the whole person to life, not even across all their dimensions and roles in *this* moment, never mind across their entire timeline.
That takes an act of imagination, fueled by an effort to learn and by an impulse of generosity.