Blogging…The New Petroglyphs

Petroglyph Provincial Park / Nanaimo, BC

RECORDED HISTORY

“People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.”             James Baldwin  (1924-1987)

“The internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”  Bill Gates (b. 1955)

I have always been fascinated by petroglyphs and pictographs. To me, these represent the single-minded efforts of someone conveying an idea by literally chiseling it into rock or mixing pigments with egg and painting it on stone – and these are efforts worth seeking out, wherever they are. Granted, most of these images are already centuries old and yet, when encountered in person and in the context of their surroundings, they are still incredibly powerful. Most depict man in the natural world, record important events, illustrate animals or mystical beasts that were revered – and oftentimes they also touch on the supernatural. In essence, wherever you encounter a pictograph or petroglyph, you are also in the vicinity of a sacred site and by virtue of that sanctity, historical access was often limited to tribal chiefs or shaman – leaving the common man out in the cold. Fast forward a millennium or so to the late Middle Ages and the advent of the printing press, and we still  seem to be focused on the spiritual (The Gutenberg Bible was the first mass-produced book) and the natural world – with the latter evidenced by the many elaborate flora and fauna folios produced, such as the 1565 Kandel Botanical.  Unfortunately, those few handmade books and folios were usually the exclusive property of the privileged class and academics, and even if they had been more widely available, literacy was still a barrier. Which brings us to today’s topic: Why do I bother writing a blog for an already saturated worldwide web?  That all important reason is that gardens, or at least the lessons we learn from them, are definitely more relevant than most of us give them credit for. Which is why I take the time to chisel my occasional epiphanies on the virtual stone that we know as the internet. And while a blog may appear to be quite ephemeral when compared to the printed page or petroglyph, it still has more potential to reach people on a global scale than all of our previous efforts. Keeping in mind that only recorded memories become history – the rest are just forgotten.
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One Response to Blogging…The New Petroglyphs

  1. Janis says:

    Great writing. Superb use of words.

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