Doors of Perception

Doors. What’s the go? How did they come to be a thing? I mean, they make practical sense, don’t get me wrong. But surely they could have come out differently. Like, they could take the form of a spherical boulder that’s pushed out of the way to reveal a circular hole. Or they could be more like a manhole, forming an entryway via the top of a dwelling.

Okay, fine. Those ideas are way less efficient than the doors we know and love. The point I was arriving at is really just that I need a new one, and I’d love to get something out of the ordinary. Why not make entering your home a novel experperience? The trouble is, I can’t actually think of anything, beyond aesthetic things like adding panels of inlaid amethyst or a handle shaped like a hand.

Everything keeps coming back to the inescapable fact that the most practical and durable hinged doors are made of timber or aluminium. Door replacement companies may offer a few different options that set them apart,  but ultimately, it seems, a door is a door. Like any attempt to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, reinventing the door is a fruitless exercise.

I guess my amethyst panels are the way to go, then. Presumably, they’d work best in a timber door. Or black onyx would be a better choice – if I know my crystal lore, then that probably bodes best for keeping out unwanted visitors.  Perhaps I should do a matching timber window installation. Melbourne being the fashion capital I’m sure I’ll get some suggestions from friends. 

How do you keep your home safe and secure? Do you have lockable windows? An alarm system? A large statue of a clown by the front door with a motion sensor that causes it to scream chillingly when someone walks past? Or do you rely on crystal, like me?

It’s entirely possible that I’ve lost the plot. Stranger things have happened – the invention of doors, for example. As some guy once said, there are things known and things unknown and in between is the door.