Ruins, A Photograph of Advancement

It seems, in fact, that the more advanced a society is, the greater will be its interest in ruined things, for it will see in them a redemptively sobering reminder of the fragility of its own achievements. Ruins pose a direct challenge to our concern with power and rank, with bustle and fame. They puncture the inflated folly of our exhaustive and frenetic pursuit of wealth.”
– Alain de Botton

2 thoughts on “Ruins, A Photograph of Advancement

  1. Swami Tommy August 14, 2014 / 11:57 am

    I didn’t get the connection between the caption and the photograph until I read the quote by de Botton then it made perfect sense. Nice work.

    • One Street Shy August 14, 2014 / 12:00 pm

      Why thank you. It makes me wonder also if that isn’t why we as humans have such a fascination with ancient ruins – so as to see the fall of advancement in a way. And also to know it’s not the end of the world when it does fall.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s