One of my favorite shows is “Doctor Who”. It’s a sci fi show about a Time Lord who travels around time and space, subtly (and not so subtly) influencing events to get better outcomes.
Out of all of the episodes, one of my favorites is “Blink”. In this episode, a young woman named Sally Sparrow goes into an old house to just explore and, after peeling back some old wallpaper, finds a note warning her not to blink. It’s spine-tingling and has that wonderful twisting of time that makes me think of paradoxes and other, as the Doctor calls it, “wibbly wobbly time-y whimey stuff.”
At one point, Sally explains to a friend why she likes to explore old houses.
Kathy Nightingale: What did you come here for anyway?
Sally Sparrow: I love old things. They make me feel sad.
Kathy Nightingale: What’s good about sad?
Sally Sparrow: It’s happy for deep people.
I can really understand what Sally means. It’s sad to see once beautiful buildings fallen into ruins. However, with the passing of one thing, there’s always the birth of something else. All of houses that have been abandoned have a history, and it’s kind of fun sometimes to think about days gone by and think about the things that happened there. And sometimes, it’s good to feel sad about things that aren’t so personal. (It’s been a really emotionally trying time lately for quite a few of my friends, so it’s good to find something a bit more distant as a target for the sadness.)
When I saw the site The Ruins of Detroit, I couldn’t help but think about Sally Sparrow. The site is a collection of sad yet beautiful pictures of scenes in modern day Detroit. The pictures are heart-breaking in some respects, but they’re awesome too. Check it out!