As incredible as it seems, today marks the 25th anniversary of the decommissioning of the infamous Berlin Wall. To me, it feels like those events are as recent as the evening news. Yet a quarter of a century slips by, and what was once a deadly symbol of the Cold War now lies in pieces. One of maybe a million of them is sheltered within a cheap display frame on my book-case. How strange a turn of affairs is that?
Yet what has the world learned in a score of years plus change? We've learned about homeland security and unmanned aerial vehicles. We've become informed on ISIS and the Taliban. We've weathered the Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Russia was our enemy, once our ally, is now our enemy yet again.
Some lessons we're still learning, of yellow ribbons and red poppies in particular.
And green. If you're curious, you can buy one of these 25-year-old cement chunks online for around ten dollars.