Humanity’s fear and goad: having brought nothing into the world…. to leave nothing behind….. ‘ Is this why Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel? Is this why ShahJehan built the Taj Mahal? Is this why we strive for immortality in our lives – albeit through our children and grand children.
We are forever trying to achieve fame and fortune, even at the expense of family and friends. Some of us give our whole lives to a charitable cause, e.g. Mother Theresa, is it because of the fear that we are not immortal and must somehow achieve it.
What is it that makes us so driven to tirelessly peruse any avenue that will make us remembered throughout history? The ancient cultures built enormous and complicated structures, but as a people, no individual was given credit for the incredible achievements. Not until the pyramids do we see structures erected that will last through posterity, and the associating of these extraordinary feats of architecture with a particular Pharaoh. The Romans and Greeks built numerous triumphal arches each commemorating a ruler giving him a chance at immortality.
Standing at the porthole to the 21st century I must wonder is nuclear power our misguided effort to achieve immortality. We cannot be so stupid as to expect to only destroy the enemy and survive. We should be instead looking for constructive ways to waylay our fears.
Humanity’s folly and arrogance: having brought nothing into the world… make sure there is nothing left for our children to further our culture, language, ideas, philosophies and race.