Day 381: Expanding with Understanding

When I quit my last job I got a farewell gift. It was a book about the town I have lived in for many years now. It covered the history of the city – from its foundation until today. The last few days I have been reading it and it has been fascinating. Because even though I have been living in this town for the majority of my life, I have known very little about what happened in the past, and what have shaped the town and its inhabitants.

For example, my town was founded because of military strategic reasons. It was built in a inaccessible marsh that surrounded by lakes in order to slow down troop movement. The city streets were designed to allow for counter attacks if a enemy would be able to push through the walls. Hence the roads stretches straight through the entire city. This would allow cavalry and men to move swiftly and charge through the town. Furthermore, the city has been through many, many changes. It has been owned by two different countries and have swapped hands a couple of times. And the inhabitants have at times been forced to pay debilitating military taxes because of the many wars.

After having read the book I have begun to view my town differently. I could better understand why the inhabitants today are the way they are and why we have certain weaknesses and strengths within our township. My connection to the town have deepened. And I have realized that this type of research is something that I should commit to in all parts of my life because of how it supports me to expand my horizons. And there are many aspects of my life that I take for granted and that I have not researched at all. How cars work, the nature and ecology around my home, my own body and its processes – there are so many functionalities to look into.

I imagine that in the past, when life was more simple, people had a general understanding of how things worked. If something broke down, they could repair it. The world was not as big. People knew their local village, how it came about, who lived their, and had a personal connection to the earth that sustained the community. Today it is different. Not only do we have access to more information. There is also many more things to become informed about and understand. We are further away from the core of the inventions/processes that make our life possible. Almost every aspect of our day is moved by complex mechanical inventions. It easy to forget all of these high tech mechanics. From the sanitation systems that keep our cities and houses clean, to the electrical systems that provide energy for all of our modern facilities. They are all extremely important for our day to day living, yet few of us have a relationship with/understanding of these points, which is obviously something that would be supportive to correct.

Personally, I have during recent years committed to learn more about carpentry and gardening and that has been a intriguing journey through which I have also come to expand my abilities in math, physics and chemistry. There are still many parts of my life that I wish to explore and reading this book reminded me of that. When I learn, my world expands, and I expand with it – and that is something I love to experience.


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