Source: The Atlantic. A six-floor villa sits alone in a construction site in the central business district of Shenzhen on April 17, 2007. Choi Chu Cheung, the owner of the villa, and his wife Zhang Lian-hao, refused to accept the compensation offered by the developer who plans to build a financial center on the site. # Paul Yeung/Reuters.

A few days ago I had to Google images of war because I had forgotten what it looked like. We used to have SS textbooks containing these PG-rated pictures – recall the Iraq-Kuwait conflict and the little section on the Highway of Death, but no accompanying photos of actual charred dead bodies. It makes you feel like war is just about tanks and explosions but never people.

Here is a picture to remind us what “modernization” looks like.