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Monday, February 17, 2003
An observation on authenticity
I attended an exhibit of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls today at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was an educational experience, although perhaps only because I knew very little about the Dead Sea Scrolls before today.
What I find interesting is how the exhibit is attractive because of artifacts that are in no way essential to the exhibit. Quite frankly I could have learned as much if I hadn’t see a single scrap of scroll. And yet, since I could learn even more by reading a book or visiting some websites on the topic, where would the fun in be in that?
For most humans there is some illogical seemingly magical quality involved in artifacts that probably is related to the desire to eat “authentic” food and listen to “real” music. Maybe it isn’t the best quality, but it certainly isn’t one of our worst.