Saturday, January 4, 2014


A friend of mine who knew I wouldn't have seen it on facebook ( because I am not on it ) wrote and told me he posted this hoping a certain person might see it and perhaps a dialogue would ensue or there would be some kind of acknowledgement. He discovered however that the person had unfriended him instead.

Hmm, so much for sociable media. I wonder if humans are evolved enough to handle the immediacy of carelessness with which our modern technology affords us. It is a sobering thought that we as a species may not actually be ready for the Internet.  Powerful interactive tools make instant information available to one another without any guarantee there's enough inner wisdom and integrity to handle it. When this happens, things start to come apart.

The running joint in a dry stone structure such as Skara Brae may eventually become a problem, perhaps after a few more 1000 years.  Relationships by contrast are far more fragile. There is a serious disconnect that runs though the structure of our media-driven community that will need repairing before it's too late.


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  3. What is interesting about this stonework is that it is very simple and yet has remained intact for thousands of years without budging EXCEPT for the running joint, which has encouraged the wall to disconnect along this line and slide outwards a bit. So there's two ways of looking at the wall.... fist, that it has stood up for thousands of years with little change DESPITE this error, or two, that it would have remained perfectly intact had this error been avoided and, if it ever does fall down, it will most likely be because of this error which, again, could easily been avoided with little forethought. As I see it, these are two interesting commentaries that should encourage discussion amongst colleagues and ultimately entice builders to think about how they can use this to build better in their own work (for example, I see two other running joints that are acting as hinges to facilitate the failure). Regardless, it should not be seen as two opposing camps. I applaud the original author for sharing his observations during his travels and suspect his motives were to encourage dialogue. As for social media, I have learned (too many times, it seems), that if 50 people read a message, there's is a 100% chance that 10 of them will interpret it completely differently than your original intentions, and can end up doing more damage than good, this comment included! This is unfortunate, but one day it struck me that (a) life's too short, and (b) passion takes many forms. So... it's all good, right? Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks John. I think that is a very fair assessment no matter who decides to take it the wrong way