Field Trip: 1

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” – http://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/wit-wisdom-quotes.html

Today has brought to light all the “stuff” that we leave after we are long gone. We as humans have left bits of ourselves behind on the country side for thousands of years- all the hard stuff (such as pottery, cement, tiles etc) that cannot disintegrate, litter the landscape in their own hidden world of history that many of us shall never be aware of. It’s everywhere! Britain is brimming with history, from neolithic sites and roman settlements to war grounds and castles to fragments of pottery and bones, our landscape is scarred with memories and evidence of those who walked this land before us. Without this history our present and future would not be possible, for it has carved our paths into the very life-cycle of the earth itself, by looking back on the landscape we can see the future of it and from this we can live our present. In short, we were looking at how the landscape was formed and more importantly how it bares witness to mans’ activity on its surface in the basic form of ruins and marks. We also saw a landscape in miniature too in the form of detritus and trash left behind many thousands of years previously.

The landscape was there before us and shall be there after us yet it adapts with us as we mould it to suit our current lifestyles, for we cannot remove from it those of our ancestors doing’s, just as our descendants shall not be able to wipe our existence from their version of that very same landscape. Britain has one of the most archival topographies in the world and we are lucky enough to be creating our own individual segments of history this very moment. It is hypocritical of us to lambaste others for their destruction of environments that we deem too important to change when we have been changing our own landscape for centuries – it is the way of life, part of a cycle that we are momentarily leaving our mark on, soon to be part of the environments history and making.

“If any question why they died/ Tell them because their fathers lied…” Rudyard Kipling questioning the Edwardian attitudes to war after losing his only son.

http://paulgrahamarchive.com/a1.html#a

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