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History Of The Longest Man-made Wall

The journey of a thousand miles begins at one's feet

Good morning people. I hope you guys are doing well. Do you know that the crusty stuff you get in the corner of your eyes when you wake up is the remnant of your dreams and the color tells you what you dreamt about. Yellow means you dreamt about friendship or love or anything that releases serotonin. Brown means you dreamt about death, green about wealth, colorless about fame and black means nothing in particular.

To get on with today's topic, the Great Wall Of China wasn't exactly build by one ruler like most of monuments. A 13000 mile dragon of earth and stone, winds its way through the countryside of China with a history almost as long and serpentine as the structure. The great wall began as multiple walls of rammed earth built by individual feudal states during the Chunqiu period to protect against the nomadic raiders which descended north of China and each other. When Emperor Qin Shi Huang unified the states in 221 BCE, the Tibetan Plateaus and Pacific Ocean became natural barriers, but the mountains in the north remained vulnerable to Mongol, Turkish and Xingu invasions. To defend against them, the Emperor expanded the small walls built by his predecessors, connecting some and fortifying other. Dude was playing Minecraft. As structures grew from west to east, they collectively became known as The Long Wall. A lot of soldiers and commoners, not always voluntarily, were chosen for this task. Under the Han dynasty, the wall grew longer still reaching 3700 miles. Forced labor continued under the emperor Han- Wuxi. This also turned into a kind of cemetery as when workers died, due to accidents, hunger and exhaustion (I feel like someone should inform the person who manages school that people can die from exhaustion), they were buried in nearby graves. As a result, The Great Wall Of China attracts many paranormal believers.

The wall was formidable but not invincible as both Genghis and his son Kublai Khan managed to surmount the wall during the Mongol invasion of the 13th Century. After the Ming dynasty gained control in 1368, they began to refortify and further consolidate the wall. But in 1644, northern Manchu clans overthrew the Ming to establish the Qing dynasty incorporating Mongols as well. Now the wall was ruled by the very people it was made to keep off. For the second time. If you ever feel useless remember this. This however doesn't mean that the wall's job was over.

During WW2, China used sections for defense against Japanese invasions. Some parts are still rumored to be used for military training but I highly doubt that. Otherwise it would have made a great spy movie. Don't you think?

The Wall's actual purpose today is cultural. This wall was granted UNCESO's world heritage status in 1987. Originally built to keep people out of China, the Great Wall now welcomes millions of visitors each year. Though it is often acclaimed as the only man-made structure visible from space, that's not all true. In low Earth orbits, all sorts of structures, like bridges, highways and airports are visible. An amazing fact is that new sections of it are being discovered every few years and no one actually knows how big it is.

And I would like to conclude by saying that we are freaks, we are fragile and life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.

Goodbye and see you next Sunday.

Love Scarlett 😊


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