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Man Jumping over the Tower
Bin Shi Shu
Li Ling Huang
Man Jumping over the Tower Summary: The earthquake happening on the 21st of September 1999, attracted the worldwide attention for its tragic result of the death of 2500 people in Taiwan, inspired me to look into the relationship among Earth, it surface and life. Human beings on the earth are no different from the ants. If looking from the outer space, no ants, no human beings, even no whales, the largest mammal on earth are visible. Therefore, the littleness of those lives can only be stood out by the accumulation of time and persistence. The rule of the universe is the never-ceasing change. And since Earth is one of the members in the universe, it should follow this rule as well. In addition to this, the scientists who traced the change of ecological systems on Earth have also came to the conclusion that no stable, unchangeable ecological system exists in Nature. Everything changes in spite of the fact that mankind interferes or not. Since change is the rule which is inevitable, the variation of the geographical and cultural landscape, is consequently the small part of the rule. Comparing to the change of Earth and the universe, the change of the lives on earth is too insignificant to notice. The earthquake, volcano, drastic difference of the climate, melting of the iceberg, one of which happens can take away as many lives as it can. Even though the environmental protection groups emphasize over and over that people should protect the earth and reduce any environmental destruction, the truth is that they obviously overestimate the ability of mankind, for it is impossible for human beings to disobey the rule of the universe and to keep unchangeable. If the earth can treat mankind with tenderness, then the virtual world in “Matrix” may come true. At that time, today’s Great Wall of China will be considered as the mountain, the broken part of the architecture will be the hard rock, the mountain of trash will definitely be the ever-lasting symbol of our civilization, and the lost city will be treated as the fossil in the natural landscape. Based on this, this essay begins from various viewpoint of the universe which developed at different stage of human history, then to explore the changing facets of the geographical and cultural landscape resulting from the inhabitation of mankind, and ends with geographical and digital arts.
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