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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Caves of Palestine

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Nothing is sadder than a human living in a cave...

Even the simplest mud hut is a palace when compared to a cave (or something that looks like a cave). A human can find no peace or reach the deepest parts of sleep while sheltered by a cave, sheltered by something shaped entirely by natural forces. This understanding, of course, is what saves the ending of Melancholia...


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That rectangular entrance was formed by non human forces?
Posted by michael bell on February 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM · Report this
I'd rather live in a cave than a mud hut. (and I have lived in a mud hut) If nothing else, you don't have to worry about Chagas in a cave.
Posted by zonod on February 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 3
I think Charles has been drinking early again...

A cave gives better protection from harsh weather, better regulates temperature during extremes and is more defensible than "the simplest mud hut". All of which would make me sleep peacefully and soundly.

But of course, none of that serves your attempt at depth.
Posted by Cracker Jack on February 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Foghorn Leghorn 4
Caves have been working just fine in Cappadocia for 3500 years or more...…
Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on February 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM · Report this
So long as condensation isn't dripping on you all the time, I would imagine caves to be ideal for sleeping: dark, quiet, dry (with the caveat above), protected from the elements and readily defensible. They worked for our ancestors for several tens of thousands of years, and I have no doubt they would work just as well today.

Sure, there's not going to be any Internet, room service, electricity or running water (although with a sufficient amount of ingenuity and initiative, at least some of these obstacles could be overcome), but then as a general rule one doesn't occupy a cave with the intention of turning it into a Michelin 4 star accomodation, either.
Posted by COMTE on February 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 6
Not to deminish in any way the suffering of those in peril of their lives, but to point out certain absurdities of making blanket statements:…
Posted by thatsnotright on February 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM · Report this
You might like the story about the Sassi cave dwellers in this month's Smithsonian. The sad part is these people were forcibly relocated from their caves until artists and outsiders reclaimed them:…

Posted by mitten on February 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM · Report this
seandr 8
How about nests? No human should have to live in a nest.
Posted by seandr on February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
I have stayed in caves, and they are far better than mud huts, OR Apodments.…
Posted by CATSPAW666 on February 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Seattle_1_scientist 10
Once again Charles spews nonsense on these pages. This piece is a joke, like the most of his other work. I mean, he actually expects people to believe this shit?

"A human can find no peace or reach the deepest parts of sleep while sheltered by a cave, sheltered by something shaped entirely by natural forces."

Fuck off, Charles. If it wasn't for caves humanity would have been hunted to extinction by wild animals.
Posted by Seattle_1_scientist http:// on February 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM · Report this
seandr 11
The island of Santorini in Greece has some pretty nice cave dwellings. My wife and I spent a very lovely week living in one.
Posted by seandr on February 18, 2014 at 10:24 AM · Report this
The Mudede anti-Israel article of the month.
Posted by sarah70 on February 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM · Report this
ScandalMgr 14
Charles, nothing is sadder than a reporter who had to watch Melancholia, probably one of the worst movies ever.
Posted by ScandalMgr on February 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Dougsf 15
Ah, are you coming around on that movie then, Charles? Whether he intended so or not, Von Trier beautifully illustrated the inescapable depths depression can have on one's world, and the world of those close to that person.
Posted by Dougsf on February 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this
I call bullshit. Caves are nice, naturally insulated places to live. Lots of people in China live in caves. You can make a cave very nice to live in...
Posted by Anonymous Cowar2 on February 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM · Report this
Must agree with @4 and others, I spent a lovely time in a cave hotel room in Cappadocia--admiring and touring many other cave dwellings in the vicinity. My room did have plumbing and electricity, however.
Posted by crone on February 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM · Report this

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