A cluster of associations, degrees of familiarization, and collections of differences lay scattered throughout this world, as either beacons of light or tombs of darkness. Knots of illumined galaxies find comfort together, in a magnificently tenebrous universe. Botanical creatures conglomerate towards their source of life, health, and beauty - towards the light, or towards the darkness.
How are we, as humans, any different? We concentrate ourselves in various poleis - city-states, metropolises, capitals, kingdoms. Whether by our will or through influence of it, we ask to share something in common with those radically different from us.
Architecture soars high into the lowest part of empyrean to stand as markings of our desire to be together. Populations filter in and out of these steadfast buildings, as the durable material remains uniform as always. Its very presence creates a gravity which rivetingly draws the human nature.
But, without us, the stone is an empty ruin - a useless, lifeless, and colorless landscape of empty mortal ambition. We bring the stone to life, but almost require its presence to activate participation and communion. And thus, a city stands as the product of man’s natural desire to be loved - to feel, and be felt in return. The buildings are built for the purpose of inhabitance. Inhabitance occurs because of the buildings. Both have served each other equally through centuries. A puzzle is only completed when its individual, unique, and unrepeatable parts are placed together. Those parts are made for no other purpose but to be together. Thus, their purpose and the purpose of the puzzle is complete when they are together. Perhaps humans are similar - we are quite unrepeatable, but amidst our lovely individuality, the only way part of our purpose is completed is to utilize our unrepeatable nature, to become something united and synonymous. Quite like a city. But, we must ask ourselves... Will we be the radiant galaxy in the tenebrous universe, or the bats who cluster toward the innermost darkness of the cave? Which form of communion shall our cities take?
This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are - Plato
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King - Psalm 48:2
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