We had a portrait session a couple of weeks back at the Nairobi Railway Museum. It was my first time there and I didn’t really know what to expect. Although in the back of my mind I kept imagining an old train station with shiny train engines, polished cabins and even a functioning restaurant in one of the dining cars.
Unfortunately what I found on that day was a group of primary school kids on a day out playing all over the rusty dusty trains. I have to admit it was a bit of a let down.
I mean, I am sure even the Egyptian do some repairs and maintenance on their pyramids once in a while. And unless you are keeping the historical artifact in a vacuumed glass box and touch it with gloved hands, I think the least you should do is maintain it’s original appearance.
I was a bit sad at the state of the outdoor museum and the maintenance of the trains. But maybe that is what adds more character to the place. A reminder of a past our generation would sooner forget in a pursuit of a brighter tomorrow. A reflection of how we live our lives today.
Out with the old, in with the new.
“FOOL, n. A person who pervades the domain of intellectual speculation and diffuses himself through the channels of moral activity. He is omnific, omniform, omnipercipient, omniscience, omnipotent. He it was who invented letters, printing, the railroad, the steamboat, the telegraph, the platitude and the circle of the sciences. He created patriotism and taught the nations war –founded theology, philosophy, law, and medicine. He established monarchical and republican government. He is from everlasting to everlasting –such as creation’s dawn beheld he fooleth now. In the morning of time he sang upon primitive hills, and in the noonday of existence headed the procession of being. His grandmotherly hand was warmly tucked-in the set sun of civilization, and in the twilight he prepares Man’s evening meal of milk-and-morality and turns down the covers of the universal grave. And after the rest of us shall have retired for the night of eternal oblivion he will sit up to write a history of human civilization.” -Ambrose Bierce
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