Editorial: Bridges

The first edition of PonderingTime must be a special one. Symbolic, interesting, attractive, even epic. And surely with a theme that can summarize well our central objective for this magazine.

We are a group of amateur and professional authors, working in different countries, cultures and continents. With this newspaper designed in three languages we want to appeal to readers from all over the world, we want to bring cultures together, highlight similarities and make connections. That is why it is important for us that this first issue of PonderingTime has to be “Bridges”.

Bridges are helps to get in touch

Bridges are constructions that unite places that are geographically separated. Bridges create roads and accesses where there were none. Bridges are helps to get in touch, to be able to make exchanges. Bridges are, themselves, a meeting place.

Bridges were always constructions of strategic importance to the infrastructure of large – and successful – empires.

Wooden constructions systematically surpassed rivers and canals in the Chinese Empire.

Romans developed the bridge as we know it today, with a bridgehead and durable materials such as stone or bricks.

The Incas made totora strings and armed with them the hanging bridges that crossed deep ravines and rivers with strong currents, to ensure access to the provinces.

At that time goods and people travelled on those roads and bridges. In addition to talking about the transit of people and goods, today we also talk about the transit of data. This also requires a good infrastructure, needs a good transport network. Transit or data transmission, however, is nothing other than information exchange, that is: communication. The most well-known form of communication, without being the only one, is the spoken language. And language itself already creates a connection, a bridge from one to the other, from the self to the you.

PonderingTime aspires to be a bridge, wanting to bring together the separate, create paths and access to cultures and people, promoting the exchange. We see the newspaper itself as a space where authors from different countries meet with readers all around the world. We want to meet you through this newspaper, through this communication channel, in this linguistic bridge. We invite you to browse, to read, to communicate, to learn. Give us something of your time, in order to unite people who are in separate geographical places and to spend, together, time to read, write and think.

We believe in a world in which we humans can exceed limits and highlight similarities. We believe in the human being, in his dignity, in his goodness.

We believe in you, dear reader.