Reflections on old powers and new powers, continued.
Inside the Veteran’s War Memorial in San Francisco, one of the two targets of Glenn’s investigations, there is this long corridor, like a line of fire:
Toward the end of the corridor, one comes to this locked and very heavy door:
We slipped a very thin remote camera under the door while the guide was distracted. This is what it picked up inside:
This is the signing of the UN charter, which took place in this very building. As Flyss pointed out, it gives one the shivers to imagine that ancient powers have reached forward to plant their hand on the nearly present day.
Outside, in the building proper, there is this artist’s rendition of the same event:
Notice who has been inserted into the scene in this rendering (or was she removed from the standard version?) Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured here at a moment of handoff of power. She is bright, intelligent, and larger than life compared to the grey men around her. Does she represent the older feudal aristocracy, in the form of “old money?” Or, at least, an older kind of power than the bureaucratic one to come?
From the statue of Ashurbanipal through an ancient shrine, through old moneyed aristocracy, to the United Nations.Time moves on and powers supercede one another. But what if there are Immortal powers who move through them all?
Excuse my attempt at eloquence. I should probably avoid it and stick to facts. But Flyss is egging me on.
[NOTE: In a comment to this post, a reader noted that a woman is in fact present in the photograph. He or she is correct, and I had missed her. But that woman is submissive in posture, and does not carry the force of Eleanor Roosevelt.]