The driver's name was Razi. He was from Casablanca and has lived in the US for 20 years. Being an immigrant myself, I am always fascinated with the stories of others and learning about their journey. Somehow our discussion went from Moroccan influence on Spanish architecture, to the contributions of other civilizations over several millenia. Though he didn't say so, I suspect he follows an Islamic tradition, and we discussed Arabic contributions to our English numbering system...an important thing for us engineers. That's when he made an interesting comment, about how each civilization's contributions makes the next one better, and so on. Were it not so, he said, it would be as if all the flowers look the same and are the same color.
I had visited the Denver Botanic Gardens earlier, and Razi's comment brought the deliriously beautiful displays back into my mind. It is true, you know. As I wandered about the Gardens and the tropical conservatory, I was treated to a vast array of plants, insects...and yes, lovely colors.
Visiting a garden such as Denver's, and meeting philosophers like Razi are truly the spice of life. Especially when we are faced with the tragedy of the shootings in nearby Aurora, Colorado (which occured not long after I left Razi's car), it is good to be reminded of the beauty of our world
See the links below for more information on the gardens.