Tuesday, April 23, 2013

off the rails

Looking things over, it is hard not to reflect on the effort expended to lay the rails ... the hopes and uncertainties, the literal and metaphorical blood, sweat and tears expended, the sacrifices and false starts that led to an industrial or religious or philosophical system that redefined and improved what had gone before.

Straight and true and perfectly aligned, guaranteeing a swift, successful bit of travel.

God! What an accomplishment!

What an accomplishment that, bit by bit, becomes the norm.

The trans-Siberian railroad. The Orient Express. The Emancipation Proclamation. Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism. E=mc2. A house to call home.

Laying the rails.

And having laid the rails, sometimes through unimaginable effort ... what is left but to go off the rails?

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