by Jake Block
Building a room is simple, actually. All you need is a floor, four walls, a ceiling and a door. Anything else is a modification. Add windows… add a bed, and you have your basic bedroom. You want a bathroom, you can either put it into that basic room or cut a small door in that basic room and attach 3/4 of a room structure and put it there… compliment it with a toilet, a tub and shower, wash basin, certainly a water source, heated and cold, of course, decorate it nicely, and while we’re at it, let’s cut in a door or a pass-through to another smaller 3/4 structure, add shelves and drawer units….you can put your clothing there and whatever accessories (modifiers to your style) that you might enjoy and (voila) the room becomes an “en suite.”
If this is as far as you go, you can build individual shacks or elevate that structure to share the same glories as your average 1950’s style strip motel somewhere out on some lost highway winding through the southwestern U.S.; of use to no one, save the occasional transient, rat or wino in search of shelter for the night. Two dimensional thinking at it’s finest, to be sure, but consider the glory to be gained in thinking in THREE dimensions.
Thinking in three dimensions is the domain of physical and mental architecture. Going UP in one’s architecture and one’s thinking can lead to new vistas, new horizons and new dreams beyond that which can be seen or even comprehended by those who are content with the simple (and safe) world. When one reaches up and out, one must confront age old cultural and personal fears, using and even inventing tools to build secure structures for further growth and exploration. One’s mind must then expand and fortify itself to handle the new parameters and new boundaries, realizing that in recognizing them requires still further expansion and fortification, as one step begets another and another and another. Soon, the mind recognizes that there are no limits, so long as one can envision alternatives to any status quo and the tools to make a new vision and a new reality come to pass.
All the while through this endless round of physical and mental expansion, the wise learn to bolster their structures, their foundations, with facts and with truths that can be trusted to stand yet another round of building. As well, one must learn to recognize the need for reevaluation and change without egoism, when current wisdoms and examinations prove that there are cracks and faults in the foundation that must be remedied before further expansions upward and outward can be put into place. Perhaps one might reach the extent of their physical and intellectual abilities, based on what they have been taught or what they have discovered and it is time to rest and let another with fresh eyes and ideas take the lead.
One thing that we must resist is the urge to stop our building and expansion, for there lies stagnation. There likes inertia. There lies the tyranny of “can’t.” The Tower of Babel threatened the realm of God because man had the vision and drive to make it so.
“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”
— The Bible, Genesis 11 5:9
Learn and grow, but speak your vision and your method to those who share the will and the drive to succeed. You all stand on the shoulders of those who have come before. Honor their wisdom and vision, because they did not accept the limitations placed upon them, but found the strength and the wisdom to move onward and upward. Keep them in mind as you work to finish your section of the tower, because in reality, as long as there are those who will not accept limitations and have the drive and intellect to keep on building, the sky and heaven itself is no limit.
While thinking in three dimensions is the domain of the Architect, thinking in the fourth and beyond is the domain of the Magician.