I made another video ramble (perhaps my ego is slowly swelling). It’s about a building that I favour:
“Gratitude is one of the strongest pillars of a happy life.”
― Edmond Mbiaka
The script of the video:
the Qube building + pillars of life
This is one of my favourite buildings in Vancouver. It is a “qube” that perches on a small pillar. It was built in 1969. It’s one of the most earthquake-resistant buildings in Vancouver.
I like this building because it fills my mind with awe. How can such stature stand so assuring and sturdy on so little?
There is an explanation for this building, but in my head, it’s beating the odds. When I stand under it, I fear that it might fall and crush the life out of me.
I picture it tilting and falling, but it still rises from the air and seemingly floats on its one pillar, impossibly erect.
I like this building also because it reminds me that we don’t necessarily need a vast and huge foundation as humans.
Some people say you need a certain number of pillars in your life to be able to function, be whole, be peaceful, and be stable.
But this building demonstrates that it is quite literally possible to be strong and rise towards the sky with only one pillar, no matter how heavy your life is.
So maybe I don’t need a stone-strong foundation as a bare minimum to have a balanced existence.
Perhaps it doesn’t matter how much has been dug and ripped from underneath me in the past.
Perhaps it doesn’t matter how damaged I am, or how cracked, crooked, and broken are almost all of my other pillars.
I can still carry the weight of this life and not bend, hunch, or quake. With nothing, but only one pillar to depend on.
What do you think? Do you like this building?
P.S. If you know the physics of this building, please share it with me because I am really curious.