Pops wrote:I like the running water analogy, aqueducts were one of the things Six pointed to as making the Romans superior to later other "dark age" societies.
I got a bit off topic with the Roman stuff, thanks for indulging me. My main point is that as with those aquaducts, there could come a day when future Americans look up at a clover leaf highway interchange and wonder what the hell it was for.
Thinking about infrastructure..
You know Pops, a lot of our infrastructure sucks right now. There's a History channel series called "Crumbling of America" or something like that. The whole show is one guy going to all these roads, highways, and bridges and pointing out how shoddy they are and they're falling apart. Turns out a lot was built in the WWII years when materiel / labor were short and they're just shoddy. Even in the 60s and 70s a lot of bridges were badly built, part of the problem with this old stuff is they didn't intend for it to be used so long without being rebuilt. We see that over and over, even nuke plants -- they were built with an operational life, but why didn't anyone think about what happens *after* that?
At the end of the day.. Roman roads and aquaducts will stand long after the interstate overpasses have crumbled to dust.