Building the Great Wall

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a colleague and to illustrate my point I mentioned how the Great Wall of China was built.  There wasn’t a master plan to build one continuous wall from A to B, progressing smoothly mile by mile as the wall extended.  It started as a series of fortifications, which eventually were connected.

English: The Great Wall of China
Image via Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia, the Great Wall is made up of 6,259.6 km (3,889.5 mi) sections of actual wall, 359.7 km (223.5 mi) of trenches and 2,232.5 km (1,387.2 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.

The point that I was making is that we don’t always need to have a detailed plan before we get started on something.  In some cases, if we (metaphorically) build our fortifications at the points of greatest need, we can come back and join things up at a later stage.

Of course, sometimes there IS merit in standing back and spotting where it would be good to make the connections.

Subsequently, I was also intrigued to find that a new section of the Great Wall has recently been discovered using Google Earth.  The harmony of ancient and modern?

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