By Nora Thea
Life is full of steps. When we are babies we must take our first step in order to walk later. We learn that in order to become adults we must take small steps. First we are in grade school, then junior high and high school and finally we go to a university. In order to succeed we must study and learn so we can be educated, intelligent adults.
Societies also have steps. Success is measured by wealth in the U.S.A. which is not necessarily good or true. In Mexico it is obvious that class consciousness still exists. Mexicans are used to steps. Their entire life is based on steps.
If you look at their pyramids, you are reminded of their love of steps. Giant Steps, were the Aztecs and Mayans Giants. No, I don’t believe that, however. The pyramids are nothing but giant steps—built for religious reasons, and also for psychological reasons, no doubt. Any Mexican or tourist who climbed up the steps of the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan the great pyramid in Mexico City or the Great Pyramid in Uxmal, and especially the Pyramid of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza—, perfectly proportioned steps on top of steps, can no doubt understand, how it is that you must climb up to the top, to see the view. So, if you make it up to the top, you will be rewarded. Interesting Idea to think about?
Steps are man-made; nothing in nature is square, except crystals such as pyrite. “Fools gold” is a perfect cubic crystal and a few other stones, but most things on earth are round. Steps, however, are square, and definitely man made. Therefore, I have to surmise that the entire idea of climbing up steps, or up in society or life is a man-made idea.
If you visit cities like San Miguel de Allende, you can truly appreciate steps. The market is up several large portions of steps, Bella Arte and the theatre are all up many old and big steps. There is no getting away from steps. Guanajuato is full of steps, to and from their various levels and tunnels, and if you are willing to really see steps, go to buy silver trinkets in a city that is completely only steps, just up and down, Tasco or Manzanillo, with one hundred and one steps to the ocean from any condo. Yes, Mexico is full of steps, everywhere.
Music is based on steps. We call them octaves, but they too are steps. A singer needs to be able to read notes and translate them into notes, and when sung properly they do take steps.
Egyptians built as many as 110 famous pyramids in Egypt. In Gaza Plateau alone they built the Great Pyramid of Khufu and Khafre as well as the earliest pyramid which is called The Step Pyramid of King Djoser. Old Kingdom over 4,600 years ago took all types of steps in their lives to reach the top, as well as their death steps to eternity, which is shown on their walls, written in their symbols and script.
In July l969, astronauts landed on the moon and what did they say? Aldrin and Armstrong said, “One small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind.”
Steps are something we all have to climb and deal with each day of our lives. Run if you can, walk if you must and pull up with all your might to get to the top. For the view from the top cannot be seen from the ground.
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