"Civilization, after all, is but a thin layer of civility stretched across the passions of the human heart."
I have this reputation as the Egypt guy. I've been interested in ancient Egypt since I was a kid. My home is filled with Egyptiana and my office walls are covered with pictures of the Egyptian monuments.
I took my first trip to Egypt in 1996, expecting it to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Eight visits later, I'm hopelessly in love with the modern Egyptian people and culture as well as the ancient monuments.
I was fortunate to meet world-famous archaeologist, Dr. Mark Lehner, two years ago. Through an extraordinary set of circumstances, he helped me fulfill a lifelong dream to work with an archaeological team in Egypt. I've continued to work as a volunteer for Mark's organization, Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA) since early 2004.
I played producer/writer on a new website for AERA this year. We hope that it gives people a window into the important work that Mark and his team are doing at the foot of the Giza Pyramids. I'm grateful and proud to have played a very small part in helping AERA with business planning and development.
As a psych grad, I'm endlessly interested in the nature of passion. I can explain some of my attraction to Egypt and to aviation, but some of it remains a mystery. Why the art and iconography of ancient Egypt intrigues me more than that of ancient China, I cannot explain.
Some might say that it's because Western culture has some of its roots in the Near East and Mediterranean. But ancient Egypt's plethora of exotic deities and unusual cultural habits were strange even to Greek historian Herodotus in the 5th century BCE.
Passion for flight is easier to grasp. There is a discernible thrill and freedom associated with flight, even for passengers. There's a graceful beauty inherent in aerodynamic shapes. A fascination with Osirian mythology tweaks other neurons that are perhaps more difficult to map.
I'm sure it could all be dissected. I prefer to enjoy some mystery in it all. Have a happy holiday if there's one going on in your corner of the globe. Thanks, Owen, Mathieu, and Tom for reading and commenting.
You are very welcome - it's nice seeing the "human side" of those who mold the great product you all produce, and I'm glad I can provide further interaction of that human element. :-)
Interesting -- look what I ran across ;-)