Salt of the Earth
Quincy recently visited an 800 year old salt mine in Turda, Romania. While it was decommissioned 30 years ago, it has been reopened as a surreal amusement park of sorts where a person can do anything from enjoying a ride on a Ferris wheel to playing ping pong with a friend while hundreds of feet below the surface. The architecture and lighting in the mine is akin to something you would expect in a futuristic science fiction movie. Ironically, we forget that salt was a commodity of extreme value for centuries and was the cause of wars. While we take things "with a grain of salt" these days this shift in value makes us wonder what will become the surreal amusement parks of our not so distant future- oil fields? Strategic military bases? What else? And what will replace them as a commodity so precious they are worth killing for?