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I love anything like this. A path that is no longer walked yet was walked so often for so long. A path that was in demand and over time the trend changed. The path wasn’t removed, it slowly faded as nature had time to thrive.

Whether a shipwreck, an abandoned building or even a whole town, I love the eerie-ness. The new silence. That a place can change so much, people not even noticing it was something below the weeds. I find religion is becoming more and more like this. The path is still there, there are just more that are slowly being beaten into the ground elsewhere with ever increasing footsteps. Footsteps in the form of forums and blogs, protests and books.

When I hear street preachers, I feel they are desperately trying to chop down all the weeds and point to the old path that is less and less appealing. Taking on a duty that would surely be that of the council, motivated by an emotional attachment to the path and hoping others feel the same, with the odd threat of the perils awaiting us for choosing a new route. I want to go up to so many of these people and just place my hand on their shoulder and let them know they don’t have to take on such a duty. The choice to actually walk with so many others down a new road is liberating and entirely optional.

Don’t be brainwashed by anyone to feel such a duty is yours, you don’t need to be offended when people find a new way. You can walk with them. It is not your duty to be emotionally attached to anyone else’s work. Some people are and will not be moved. Thankfully I know some people will be changed and not look back.


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    • I do too, nothing more calming for me 🙂 I also love seeing where humans had a presence, only for it to be abandoned and take over by nature. The silence and tranquility makes it even more beautiful to me.


  1. The thing with old…forgotten paths…

    Eventually the number of people who remember the vista from the hilltop become so scarce, that our perspective gets limited to the valley. Occasionally, a brave hiker will follow an old map, get lost, get found, and gradually work her way to the top. Only once she sees the view does she have a better knowledge of the purpose behind the old worn path she took.

    At the top, there are carvings in the rocks where travelers of the past left their mark. Below her, in the valley, she can see the masses all walking forward, in the name of progress. From her view on the hilltop, she can carefully map out where all of their obstacles are, and just how to move effectively.

    If you felt you knew the obstacles, wouldn’t it be your duty to make the map? To look from the hill? To take the path?


    • If this was the case, yes. What if the lady taking the old path found that there were people at the top that got there an hour earlier, telling her that she should take the new route next time, only for her to deny it would be more straightforward and efficient?
      This is how I see the world, ancient teachings cannot help us moving forward and will be used less and less as a tool to overcome such obstacles.

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      • Ancient teachings are, in essence, teachings. I think their usefulness depends largely upon context. Some ideas may be beneficial when applied to modern concepts. Some not. For example, a mathematical concept that is old might be reused and expanded upon.

        For example, the ideas of Zeno of Elea (490-430 B.C.) were expanded upon by Georg Cantor to create set theory. With which we get our Cantor Function, fundamental to complex dynamics, which gives us the Mandelbrot Set, and all of the various expressions in set theory.

        If it hadn’t been for the earlier foundations, arguably ancient. Something like this: Would have been impossible.

        The image itself, a fractal, could certainly be considered a spiritual image. A viewer could connect with that image on a conceptual level, or at a singular experience. Both of which could then be abstractly applied to other concepts to help us learn them.

        “Ancient teachings cannot help us moving forward…” I know you primarily meant religious teachings, not mathematical. But you did not state the difference. For some, there isn’t a difference. The divine constant comes to mind. Pythagoras as well. Even Einstein shaped his understanding of the universe based on his assumptions about divinity, loosely. Did you know Isaac Newton wrote over 650,000 words on alchemy? 1.3 million on theology?

        He stated of God, “actions [in nature and history], creating, preserving, and governing … all things according to his good will and pleasure.”

        This is not offered as proof of any God. That would be ludicrous. But it serves the point that our ancient teachings can drive us (or in the case of Newton) cause us to obsess about the workings of the world. From that…perhaps we can glean some useful knowledge?

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      • I agree with you and I retract my statement “Ancient teachings cannot help us moving forward’. Without them we wouldn’t have seen progression. Without certain teachings you could argue (without going against the points you’ve stated) they may have also held us back.
        A point I always try to make in my writings is that if we have to search for God he is unworthy of worship. I do however value ancient teachings, whether religiously inspired or not, to help us understand our universe.


  2. Yess I love abandoned places. (I feel like I missed the entire point of this post, but that was what stuck out to me as I skimmed haha.)

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