A single tombstone remains at a construction site of a skyscraper in the city of Taiyuan in China after the family of the deceased refused to accept payment for its demolishment.

A single tombstone remains at a construction site of a skyscraper in the city of Taiyuan in China after the family of the deceased refused to accept payment for its demolishment.

In an almost allegorical depiction of the conflict between tradition and modernity, a lone grave remains amongst the construction of a new skyscraper in the city of Taiyuan in the Shanxi province of China. Whether out of respect for their dead or otherwise, a family refused a payment of roughly $160,000 to have a tombstone belonging to one of their own removed. Against the march of rapid globalization and unrestrained development, we traditionalists are much like this grave. We ought to remember the world that came before ours and keep it alive for the next generation, rather than destroy it for short-term gain or profit.

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