Two Buildings

This is from last summer. I want to republish it here:

There are two buildings next to each other. One has been there for 75 years. It is made out of wood. The other is just being built, it doesn’t even look like a building yet. It is made out of state of the art materials and is designed by forward thinking architects whose designs are based on the latest green technology. Termites have been at work in the first building for over 50 years. But nobody can see that. The other building, free of termites, not even finished, doesn’t even look like a building yet. In spite of that, people  want to buy space in the new building. They are willing to put their hard earned money into that investment even in an economy where there is too much building space available already. The have a vision that this kind of new green building will one day be the best for all concerned, even if they can’t see it completed now. They trust their gut that it is the right thing to do. Time goes by. The new building keeps getting built. The people who invested their all in it believe in it. The other building keeps moving clients in and out and selling space as usual, people coming and going without a clue of what is about to happen to that building. But, one day, the termites’ seventy-five year invisible rampage of destruction fully over, in one second, the old building collapses. Over time, the new building is completed. It’s elegance graces the skyline of the city. It just looks properly placed there, since it is much more in tune with architectural design and research that is current. This new building conforms to national and state codes that are truly current. That day – the day of the new building, what we are building now – is coming, and much faster than any of us has any idea.

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