We live in a world where almost anything is possible. Technology has given us the ability to alter and create what we feel is an ideal world.
Last spring, I traveled to Prague. It was always a dream of mine to travel to this city I have read so much about. My first sight of the city after emerging from the metro tunnel was mixed. This city was absolutely beautiful as I had expected with its gold ornamentation and beautiful colored buildings. The deeper we traveled to the center of the city, my mind started to become confused. For a moment, I felt as though I entered into an imaginary fantasyland, and not because of the beautiful people and wonderful smells. It was because of the buildings. They looked so familiar and I made direct associations to pictures I have seen in Disneyland. In America, we all have seen images of Disneyland even if we have never vacationed there. What threw me was though that I knew Disney Land was constructed in 1954 and opened in 1955. Prague was built hundreds of years ago, with the Prague Castle being built in the 9th Century. I have been waiting my whole life to go to Prague, and unfortunately I became slightly depressed because I felt as though I had seen it all before. I had to remind myself that this was the real thing, this was the original, this has character and this has authenticity. I had to remind myself that Prague was built of sustaining strong materials, where Disneyland was built quick, cheap and most likely not to last for hundreds of years. I started to understand the importance of this grand city and its authenticity in the world. I then began to question authenticity of other things as well.
I feel that because technology has given us so many opportunities most people would never have, it almost hinders us from seeking out the authentic. As if we just settle for the imitation. And for those who try to find the original, are sometimes left with an anticlimactic feeling. This is seen from plastic surgery to Las Vegas with its imitation Eifel Tower and Sphinx. I do agree that technology has produced some “fake” materials that do help us such as laminate flooring that looks like wood. This provides a good service in a home where one may have a pet and does not want to pay a lot of money to have natural wood floors that need a lot of maintenance when they can buy a substitute for less. There is a division between things that are fine to replicate, and things that should stay original to keep their grandeur and importance in the world.