I’m currently in Bremen, Germany, at a conference on Mediterranean migration. It’s quite a time for a migration conference, what with Donald Trump’s refugee ban, European countries making noises about paying off Libya to stop irregular migration and the shooting by an apparent white supremacist at a mosque in Quebec City (yes, Québec City!) that took the lives of six immigrants. More on that later.
But I did want to post this first. These are 12th-century bishop’s shoes from the Bremen cathedral museum. Once cloth-of-gold, now barely recognizable brownish gold dust held together by specialized lighting.
All human endeavour will look like this someday– that is, in the unlikely event it’s preserved. For every pair of preserved golden boots, thousands of slippers probably disintegrated.
So we’d better make the best of everything while it lasts.