Hadrian’s wall was on Jeopardy and I didn’t remember anything about it, history minor notwithstanding.
So, I looked it up.
A.D. 122. The Romans are in Britannia and want to keep the Barbarians out. So they built a wall.
The Great Wall of China is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
Neither of these historic walls serve their original purpose— to keep outsiders out.
Nearly a million people a year visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It’s part of the Jewish Temple destroyed by the Romans and also protects the Muslim holy site: The Dome of the Rock.
The Vietnam Memorial is a 2 acre wall of names— names of those who lost their lives in service to this country. It’s a monument to their sacrifice. And a reminder of the currency politicians ante with their posturing.
The Republican Party has come a long way from the days when President Ronald Reagan’s admonished Mr. Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
Walls remind me of the folly of man— they are like levees, destined to break against the inevitable shifting of the river.
And yet, we crave them. We rely on their structure to keep us safe from the elements and to avoid discomfort.
Even when camping, we set up a tent.