posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 05:36 PM
There is a very old Chinese classic, from the BC era; I can't remember which one, not The Art of War but something from around that era. At
any rate, I remember a passage in the book dealing with the rise and fall of city-states.
The book compared a thriving city-state to a meeting between two caravans of merchants in a wilderness field. The two set up camp, and start to do
business. For awhile, there is a sense of vibrancy and solidity: rows of dwellings set up, the smells of grilling food, people sitting around
campfires at night telling lively stories, and haggling over goods in the day. The whole thing seems like a real community for a short while. But once
the deals have been done and the trades have been made, the caravans pack up their tents, say goodby, and . on their way. All that is left in the
field is a few scraps of garbage and maybe a straggler or two picking through the leftovers.
The point the author was trying to make was that even very wealthy and strong cities, that seem to have real permanency, are not solid "be-ings."
Rather, they are "do-ings," hubs of commercial and other activity. Once the activity dries up for whatever reason, the city becomes a shell of its
former self. Even ancient China was littered with the bones of such dead and forgotton communities.
Detroit and others are no different; this is an eternal aspect of the dance of time. The "do-ing" that held the city together (the auto industry and
related persuits) has stopped, so the city is in the process of vanishing and people are moving on. Same as any other ghost town in history...