Have you ever looked at a large building and felt that feeling of awe and wonder?
I know I did. I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and like all other tourists, I went to visit the famous Petronas Twin Towers also known in Malay as Menara Petronas. They are the twin towers that you can find in any Tourism Malaysia advertisement. Looking at those twin towers gave me that feeling of awe and wonder. It made me feel small but also gave me the impression that humanity is amazing. Looking around, I saw people having that same moment of wonder, mouths open and eyes wide especially with children. It is something about large and tall structures that made us all fall in awe.
It was also not the first time that I felt this feeling. Recently, I had a cycling trip with a friend of mine and we went all around the East side of Singapore visiting the many tourist attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, the Marina Bay Sands, the Gardens By The Bay, Marina Barrage and the Esplanade to name a few. These buildings also gave me that same feeling of wonder and amazement. The grandeur of the Marina Bay Sands was clearly seen in the midday sky with the sunlight bouncing off of the windows somewhat making it sparkle, the cool bluish tint of the laminated glass of the Singapore Flyer was clearly seen and the famously tall, eco-friendly Super Trees at Gardens by The Bay. Therefore, it made me wonder, why are we so drawn to such structures? Aren’t we already satisfied looking at similar structures especially for city-dwellers like me?
I personally think that these structures show that humanity is capable of so much. We are able to utilise the knowledge that we have gained throughout the years, in this case, engineering and architecture combined with modern technology, to build something that the people of the past cannot comprehend. It shows that humanity as a whole can achieve great heights (pun intended) when we put our minds to it. It amazes me every time looking at those structures to know that humanity has progressed from discovering how to cook to building mega-structures that literally scrape the skies.
Not only that, by building high and mighty structures, humanity is able to show its superiority and power. I’m sure all of us get that feeling of when we see a tall building that whoever this building belongs to must be powerful. I’m sure that that is one of the reasons such buildings are built. It puts across the unspoken statement of, “Look at what we can build, can you do the same?”
Looking back, these are one of the few things that I find amazing about humanity. We never give up in the face of adversity. We learn and gather knowledge and we implement that knowledge into solving our problems. When we set our minds to something, we go out and do it. However, it is unfortunate that not all of the single unit of humanity, an individual, is like that. Some are still lazy and unimaginative while some are goalless. If only all of us are more a part of humanity rather than flowing with it.
As of 2010, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with a height of 828m. It is situated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and I’m sure more of such buildings will be built in the future. Humanity will continue to progress and create things that in the past we can never imagine happening. It just goes to show that humanity can do amazing things if we go all in. If only we have the same enthusiasm when approaching to solve the world’s largest problems.