- Aug 2, 2001
You could say that stairs, like roads and corridors are places of transition.
James Whitehead said:You could say that stairs, like roads and corridors are places of transition.
Dansette said:Here's a thought, though... stairs are relatively recent inventions, in Western houses anyway. I do believe that it was more common to find ladders in Tudor houses. Which may explain our trepidation?
mejane said:I would also tend to agree with the idea that stairs are a portal, so to be speak, between worlds, as are landings are corridors. Perhaps we sometimes half-glimpse a different world (and they us), rather than a past version of our own world.
Excellent point, never thought of that. Add that to the slight visual disturbance caused by using steps, and the possible minor disorientation, then it's no wonder stairs are such a focal point of strangeness.Chant said:I've always put in down to the fact that whichever end of the stairs you are at the other end looks darker, the walls enclosing the stairs make it look tunnel-like and presumably we all learned a long long time ago that tunnels which go somewhere dark (therefore inside, like a cave) are not very good for survival rates amongst humans.We retain many such instinctive fears
Mighty_Emperor said:I have to say not only am I not scared of stairs I like them. I have spent many happy hours playing on them (only last weekend in fact ).