As it half term we've had family around to visit, and yesterday I thought we'd take my nephews to see Stonehenge ( click on picture for full view ).
Parts of the site date back between 4000 and 2000 years ago, and you can't help but marvel at the fact that any of it stands at all, let alone what it was for and the mysteries that surround it.
I tried to give my son a sense of the time by comparing to how old he was, but I don't think he quite 'got it'. But then perhaps I didn't when my father and mother took me ( I seem to remember being able to touch the stone and walk inside ). That's my personal perspective of time going past.
The problems we have today will melt away, even the economic ones, and perhaps something of what we are now will be left for future generations to wonder about from their point in time and perspective.
Yesterday was a great day for walking around, the position of the stones has fantastic atmosphere, especially such a bright day.
At the same time I could compare notes with my brother from the north west, where it seems to me the full force of the economic heart attack occurring in our country has yet to make itself felt. Shopping centres still open, business seems to carry on. Down here things are very serious, soon they will be everywhere else also.
I can't help but wonder what sort of shock is coming, is it the type that would have been a poor harvest 2000 years ago, or an unforeseen an irreversible shock like the Roman's invading.
We may have to stand back a bit in time to get the full picture.