The Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling
Ibn Battuta travelled more, seven centuries ago, than most people do today. In a age when most people believed the earth to be flat and the center of the universe, he set out to discover the truth for himself instead of accepting dogma and anecdotal evidence.
He travelled over Africa, Europe, and the far reaches of Asia for a period of three decades, hobnobbing with Sultans, Kings, and Emperors. He even spent time in the Maldives where he is known for reinforcing the traditions of Islam on the chain of coral islands.
The largest theme mall in the world is themed after his life and travels and that is where I became better acquainted with the intricacies of his voyages. While there are aspects of his life and thinking that might seem a bit dated in the modern context, it is a testament to his travels that we are still discussing his life’s journey.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“If you want to know whether you are destined to be a success or a failure in life, you can easily find out. The test is simple and it is infallible: Are you able to save money? If not, drop out. You will lose. You may think not, but you will lose as sure as you live. The seed of success is not in you.”
— James J. Hill
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta
“For they could not love you, but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do,
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”
— Don McLean