Monday, July 8, 2013

What's Past is Prologue

When many of the world's greatest churches and cathedrals were being built, the idea behind the architecture of these churches and cathedrals -- with their flying buttresses and vaulted ceilings -- was to be a grand express of God's awesome power.  St. Paul's Cathedral is no exception.  Its intimidating dome looms over the London skyline, while its innumerable columns support its massive structure.

After spending time at the Cathedral, I walked over the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern.  This art museum is arguably one of the best modern art collections in the world.  The building that houses the art is abruptly modern, with very little decoration.  No surprise that it is a former power plant.

I spent a couple of hours in the museum, and as I walked out, I looked over the Millennium Bridge at St. Paul's Cathedral.  The bridge connects the ancient and the modern.  Each day, quite literally, people travel back and forth between the past and the future.  The bridge reveals a stark rendering of a choice we have to make almost daily -- How much of the past will I carry with me as I move forward?  Or will I move forward at all?

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