[wikipedia]: A monument is a type of structure that was explicitly created to commemorate a person or event, or which has become important to a social group as a part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage, or as an example of historic architecture. The origin of the word “monument” comes from the Latin moneo, monere, which means ‘to remind’, ‘to advise’ or ‘to warn’.
Perhaps, monuments, as we know them, should be elevated above the concept of commemorating people or events that are political or state oriented.
This means all war memorials, fight or battle memorials, democracy or communism memorials, religious, race or gender memorials — should be downplayed in our human consciousness. After all, every one of those types of monuments represents a divisive line between people.
Instead why not raise monuments to scientific and technological discovery and progress?
- Where’s the monument to DNA?
- I’d like to see a monument to Penicillin, the Polio vaccine, the eradication of smallpox.
- How about a monument to the microscope, the telescope, the radio, the microwave, the x-ray, the rocket?
- Ohm, Volt, Ampere, and all the other measurement names we get from the discoverers.
There are hundreds of discoveries and inventions — and the discoverers and inventors — who should be commemorated above and beyond those we currently hold in high esteem; those we currently have built monuments for.
Put Science on display as a monument.
3 thoughts on “On Monuments”
It’s been written that small minded people talk about people (gossip). Medium minded people talk about events (the weather). And elevated minded people talk about ideas.
To me, science, and all of its manifestations, represent ideas. Maybe we only let the elevated minds determine which monuments get built and erected. (Fat chance right?!)
I vote Neil deGrasse Tyson for President of the Universe!
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In my country, we have a politician who has insisted on having her likeness translated into monuments all around the State. Can you imagine?
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There is a monument to DNA in Trinity College Dublin (a plasmid) and I believe in Cambridge University where it was discovered.
There are also a few science galleries/museums around.
I agree they should be celebrated more though
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