Living Heritage

by horngyih

Culture is buried in the gestalt of its representative community.
Cultural heritage therefore resides in the community and not the stone and mortar of its residences.
When the residents are removed and dissipated, so to diminished is the culture they represent.

Owning a heritage building that is devoid of its residents
is akin to owning the husk of living culture –
subjected to entropy,
the very last vestige of culture finally disappears
when even the echoes of its residents
are no longer heard in its hallways.