First, a disclaimer: It has been suggested that one should refrain from talking (and in this case posting) about religion and politics when the audience is diverse. I was quite reluctant to post this photograph because of its religious overtones. It is not my intention to offend anyone.
Religion aside, one could ask: how many wishes and prayers throughout history have been brought in worship places such as this? Then, from a historical perspective, this kind of space connects us to the past and perhaps also to the future. It gives us an insight in our attempt to further understand the past that has brought us where we are today. And might be very helpful indeed when we try to imagine the future.
While I was attending the mass that day, I was reminded by certain passages from one of my favourite books entitled ‘The Social Animal’ authored by David Brooks. These are the passages:
So When Harold talked about Medieval life, he was trying to capture what it felt like to be a sort of person who lived at that time. As he puts it, he wasn’t describing the fish: he was describing the water they swam in (Brooks 2012: 355).
People in centuries past, he came to believe, devoted more energy to the sacred. They spent more time building sacred spaces, and practicing sacred rituals. They built ancient places and gateways – to ruins, cathedrals and holy grounds – more than any modern place or living city… Historians sometimes speak of moments of historical ecstasy, the feeling that magically comes over them when the distant centuries disappears. And they have the astonishing sensation of direct contact with the past (Brooks 2012: 358)
The cathedrals were not just buildings – they were like spiritual powerhouses, places where heaven and earth meet (Brooks 2012: 359)