I’m not trying to reduce Europe’s impact on the world. It is well-documented and has served as the foundation for many of the world’s modern beliefs. I do, however, believe we can learn something from the simpler lives of the Sinagua. Their ruins tell the story of a life equal in richness and complexity to that of the Europeans of the same time period, albeit in different packaging.
It’s easy to become enamored by the “packaging” of modern life. And, it’s okay to want to advance ourselves. Learning is always good. The trick is to not get so caught up in our ability to chase something new, that we overlook or devalue what appears to be simpler.
I’m grateful I got to see the remains of both the Sinagua and early European cultures so close together. Both are beautifully rich. Both played an important part in history. Best of all? Both reminded me that lives well lived matter the most and can be defined in many ways. Our life stories are all equal - whether cathedral or cliff dwelling.