The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 was a major event in modern history. This week CNN replays US President Ronald Reagan's famous challenge, "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall." The anniversary got me reminiscing on that field trip to Central Mindanao University museum where I saw a piece of the Berlin Wall. The piece was a bit wider in circumference of an old Philippine peso coin. It looked extremely ordinary that if not for it's historical significance, I wouldn't have stared at it longer than ten seconds.
Thousands of miles away from Germany, a wall is not torn down but decorated. It's the entrance wall of an apartment on Sukhumvit Road in the Bangkok Metropolitan area. I don't know if it's coincidence that the staff beautified it around the Berlin Wall anniversary. Below are some snapshots of the wall, and while I'm at it I think I may as well accompany them with quotes that involve walls.
“Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.”
“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”
~ Ronald Reagan
"All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken” ~ Thomas Wolfe
"Home" is any four walls that enclose the right person”
~ Helen Rowland
“If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter”
~ Margaret Mead
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”
“This indictment of Christianity I will write on all walls, wherever there are walls - I have letters to make even the blind see” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
~ Irish Blessings
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