Aug 19 2012
There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.
For hundreds and thousands of years, generations of human beings have walked on and left this earth. It’s probably fair to say 99.9999% of them are completely forgotten. Many of us don’t know the names of our great-grandparents, much less the story of their lives. We’ve forgotten our own families less than 40 years after they’ve died.
But we can’t say they might as well have never lived.
Collectively, every previous generation, has brought us to the place we are today. Their thinking and toiling and parenting have made the world what it is now. We have them to thank for what is around us. If we only knew who they were! So the question for us may not be “how will you be remembered?” Because, in all likelihood, we won’t be. The question is: how will we be felt? When a 24-year old in the year 2093 marvels at the world around him on a Saturday night at 1am, it will be because of us. And he won’t know who to thank either.
Life is short. But there’s plenty of time to build our lives and this world into something that’ll blow that kid away. Everyone wants to live in a kingdom of good. That’s where our hands should be busy.