Currently on the 7th chapter, and relearning what I have forgotten from my Humanities I and II and Art History. However, now I feel I am appreciating the journey so much more than when I was a younger - isn't that always the way?
So I have made it through the caves, onto Egypt, the Near East and the Far East, Greece and Rome to the Fall and now proceeding gingerly into the Dark Ages. I think we need to thank the hierarchy of the Organized Church (although they were a bunch of stinkers at times) for the preservation of much of what we have left today. No matter what drove the thirst for the acquisition of all those pieces of art, and the bodies left at the wayside from the crusades, the deed was done, and the art and wealth saved.
The Dark Ages lasted 500 years. Can you imagine the changes that occured to humanity in those 500 years? I know those folks didn't realize what they were living through. I imagine they were mainly worried about keeping the wolves and the plague away from their children and how to keep the potatoes on the table, not to mention how to keep a roof over the table.
Do you think we are currently in this type of epoch of change...maybe at the beginning of something that will have an impact and a legacy like the dark ages? Seems at times, these times are very dark indeed.
Could a renaissance be in our distant future?
See, this is what really ticks me off about dying. I know I gotta leave sometime. I get that. But I just hate the thought that I am going to miss a bunch of really great stuff...yep, when I think about all the changes during the past 40 years (egads has it been that long!) - the electric typewriter, and the microwave, the World Wide Web, home computers, bitcoin, Amazon, cable, the moon landing, and on and on. What will the next 40 bring? Will it be good or will there be devastation?
Another book that reflects the potential of a nuclear disaster that you really must read is "Alas Babylon". Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. Written by Frank Hart. Worth the read. You will not be able to put it down.
And that, dear reader, brings me back to art history. What will be spared and what will survive to stand on a dying planet? Will there be another hero epic in the making?
I sincerely hope I miss that scenero!