I took a short set of flights (24 hours of travelling) to Greece and some of her islands recently. Fantastic place to visit. While in Athens, we saw all of the sites. The focal point was the Acropolis and specifically the Parthenon.
The Where's Waldo outfit was because my wife refused to tell me where we were going until I got to the airport. So I put it on for different photo's for my friends on Facebook. We saw it up close too.
But what does this have to do with TA right? At the New Acropolis Museum I learned the history of the Acropolis. It's pretty much done in a video that is very similar to the one that I'm about to link to. The Story of the Acropolis is occupation and destruction, then rebuild, then destruction. In 400 AD, Christians over ran the Parthenon. Immediately they removed and destroyed the faces of the Gods so that they wouldn't violate the first commandment. The entire outside of the edifice was the story of their gods leading up to them choosing Athena over Poseidon. All nudity was destroyed. They had conquered a nation and rather than seeking to change it's ways, they pissed on a beautiful marvel. They eventually erected a cross and then the Franks turned it into a church. After that the Ottmans turned it into a Mosque with a minaret and all.
Religion is so destructive. Not only socially, but in the scope of history. 1600 years after religion got it's hands on a marvel of the world, the Greeks are still trying to rebuild it. This is what a secular society will do. Personally it's against the religion of most Greeks to rebuild this place. They are making idols. Nevertheless, their collective history is more important to them. What religion tears down, Secularism can re-build.
I don't know how long it will take to rebuild it, but I'll look forward to taking my children to see it one day.
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