I believe that animals were the first thing to use to mobilize materials for such constructions. Like the example in the text book, the pyramids were worked on by slaves. Well, after that I would imagine that horse, dogs in some parts of the world, maybe even elephants. But once you get to bigger monumental architectures, you are talking about truck, cranes, and other things that require power, gas, or even hydraulics to exceed height limits of ordinary buildings and structures. The first thing my mind when to when I read the discussion question was the Statue of Liberty. I am sure there will be other people’s minds that will automatically go there as well. But that is because it is so Monumental to each and everyone of us. The power that the Statue of Liberty has, is amazing. Imagine; instead of the world trade centers, imagine the pain, the anger the hatred everyone would have felt if the went for the “heart” of America, instead of maybe the shoulder, or arm. Here we are 12 years later, and I find myself getting upset because that would have been not just bad, it would have been the ultimate slap in the face, and a big middle finger to the United States. But that would mean not a lot of people would have died, and we wouldn’t have known about the world trade centers, but that stand alone fact, that the Statue of Liberty a gift to all americas, symbolizing our undying freedom. Once a symbol of friendship between France and the US, has been associated with a symbol of Power, the power to vote, the power to your own beliefs, the power to be free from slavery.
I believe that his one monumental statue reaches every society, every race, every gender on a personal level. Everyone has different views about many, many different things, about politics, about religion, about abortion. I can’t think of one person, or one group of people that don’t have a similar feeling about the Statue of Liberty. It crosses over nations, countries, social groups, it commands the respect that it originally was given from. The respect that France showed to us by giving this as a gift is unbelievable.
But France didn’t just do it once, they constructed 3 Statues of Liberys. So we can only hope that everyone, on both sides of the Atlantic, remembers what she stands for - Friendship, Freedom and Peace.
I think egalitarian societies, bands and tribe don’t really construct monumental architectures because that might tie them down to a certain area, and when food sources have move, and seasons come and go, having a structure of some sort, might not make since.
My reply: (please excuse the errors, I was FUMING!)
I have to respectfully disagree with your viewpoint on the Statue of Liberty. If she had been destroyed by terrorists instead of the Twin Towers, there would have been far fewer fatalities - you acknowledge that, but go on to call her the heart of our nation and refer to the buildings that went down as “shoulders” or “arms”. I agree with your statement about her being a symbol of freedom but feel that your statement was rather insensitive.
I am sorry you feel that way, but you have to realize is that is the Twin Towers did not fall, and the Statue of Liberty did instead, we would have know the blood shed, or all the lives that were taken. Everyone would be still alive. We would not have known of it. All we would be looking at is the fact that they took the “gift” of friendship and our symbol of freedom. I am not trying to be insensitive, I am trying to get people think about if the Twin Towers never got hit, and those feeling of it, were focused on the Statue of Liberty, how would you feel?
[Lucifer], I hope that clears this up a little. Thanks for your post.
it’s not that I don’t understand where you are coming from. All I am saying is that people did die and because of that, your “what if they hadn’t died” musings are, in my opinion, inappropriate and insensitive. You have no idea who may have been personally touched by the 9/11 tragedy that may have read your post. Imagine what it might feel like for them to replace the despair of losing a loved one with the idea of losing the Statue of Liberty. Don’t you realize how upsetting your post might be to some people?
We shall see if he has anything further to add… my only regret is that I can’t make fun of him for his ideas about gas powered cranes being used in the construction of Lady Liberty. D’oh!