There is nothing ancient in America. We have nothing that is truly old. Our oldest and most esteemed buildings are decades old, not centuries. It is hard to truly appreciate this until you have been someplace that is truly ancient.
Within moments of landing in Rome, our guide shared that we were driving through a gate in the old walls of Rome built by Hadrian in the 4th century. Later we toured churches, and other monuments that were were older than the Constitution. Frankly, I laughed out loud when our tour guide discussed the original church that was built in the 300’s on the current site of St. Peter’s Basilica. That building was torn down in the 1500’s to build the “new” building that is the current church we have all seen. Our guide asked why I was laughing and I said… “This is the new building? It is older than the Plymouth Colonies”
Why is this important? Simple. Humanity does not change. (more…)