ruins

“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, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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