In 2012, I went to Washington, DC for the first time. One of our first stops on our walking tour of the city was the Library of Congress. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the inside of the main Library building, and it felt like I took an hour just taking pictures of all the beautiful architecture and decoration. You can see that the builders had in mind that visitors would be “transported” to a higher plane than just the mundane, so they did their best to help us to see how important the Library, and learning, are to our shared American Culture. They took quotations from ancient and modern philosophers, and illustrated them. I was awed, and I think I was meant to be.
Ascend, indeed. All these plaques carry basically the same message, that people are meant to learn, and use their knowledge for good, and pass that knowledge to their progeny. Just think of all the work that went into those plaques! You’ve heard the phrase “Onward and Upward with the Arts”. Embodied here.