Thursday, February 3, 2011

History Never Finishes

The Step Pyramid and Tomb Complex of the Pharaoh Zoser at Saqqara in Egypt, ca 2650 BC.

Entrance to Zoser's Tomb Complex with the Step Pyramid, Saqqara, Egypt

The Step Pyramid and Tomb Complex of Pharaoh Zoser is history's first major masterpiece of architecture designed by the first recorded master architect, Imhotep, the king's minister of public works. Stonehenge was still under construction when this pyramid, the first in Egypt, was completed. Imhotep's accomplishments were so celebrated in ancient Egyptian memory that later generations worshiped him as a god of medicine and the arts.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Egyptian people as they struggle valiantly to write a new chapter in the long history of their country, a country as old as history itself. I wish them success in their fight to take control of their own destiny, and to emerge at last out of the shadows of pharaohs, foreign conquerors, emperors, caliphs, sultans, imperial colonists, and dictators.

I have no idea what will ultimately happen, but I wish them well.


Unknown said...

My prayers are also with them. The kind of change they are espousing is breaking from the strong armed tactics of the old world into a more people centered country. I pray they succeed.

JCF said...

Me, too.