So I’ve started a trip to Egypt, but I’m not there yet.
I’ve been reading and watching documentaries in regards to the pyramids, the only ancient great wonder of the world that is still standing.
They are really incredible, and shows what can be accomplished with sheer will, lots of people, and the long term end goal in sight.
Think about it…the architects that drew up the original plans did so knowing that they wouldn’t be alive to see their work actually finished, carved in stone.
What’s even more interesting is that the pyramids were likely not built by slaves, but by regular citizens.
Recent findings have shown that whoever was actually building the pyramids were treated quite well, with good housing and they were served meat and beer, and also there is evidence of medical treatment from setting broken bones to even primitive forms of brain surgery!
It’s likely that pyramid building was a part time activity for most active citizens, similar to conscription, except this army wasn’t making war, it was building monuments.
Of course, while all the people who contributed to this gigantic effort would not have been able to predict how the world would see their efforts in the future, they must have known that it would have left people in awe at their achievements.
Whether we see it as a great achievement or a stupid waste of resources is for us to explore.