I was just reading The Independent's article about the pending The Mile High Tower - 'to be built in a "mini city" near the Red Sea port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, [which] will be about 1,600 metres tall – seven times the height of the Canary Wharf tower in London Docklands, or four Empire State buildings on top of each other.'
The Mile High Tower is set to beat Burj Dubai, shown in the picture above, as the tallest building in the world.
It could just be the fact that I spend 10 years in a Methodist mission school - but the first thing that comes to my mind is the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel.
The article is interesting, because it states that we actually have the technology to build really high building - but often it's the money and the practicality of it that stops us.
It is just not practical to build a building too high. Imagine an elevator ride that takes 3 hours. It's like being stuck in traffic vertically. In fact, we are not meant to go too high:
There's also we frail humans to consider. If an express elevator – at speeds up to 25mph – went from the ground floor to the top, we could pass out due to changes in the air pressure.
Imagine telling this to your boss: "I am late for work because I passed out while taking the lift."
There is no logical explanation for wanting to build a tower that high - except the very human condition of egoism - because we can.
Once again, the story of the Tower of Babel comes to mind.