“We build too many walls and not enough bridges” – Isaac Newton –
There have been many analogies about bridges such as “Don’t burn your bridges” or “I will cross that bridge when I come to it” as well as songs such as “Bridge over troubled water” and the well known children’s song “London Bridge is falling down”. In many ways bridges represent a link between past and future; between generations; between peoples. Bridges capture the imagination. They are a testament to human engineering such as the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Bridges allow us to traverse the widest rivers and make driving around cities easier through the use of overpasses. Bridges are connecting structures and it is easy to see why they make a good metaphor in resolving human conflict. As the Judds sang, “love can build a bridge between your heart and mine”. The beauty of bridges is that there can never be enough, metaphorically speaking. It is my hope that humanity will continue to build bridges and abolish the walls that separate us on every level.