We crave to carve permanence from the elusive present. Etching daily reminders, we cling to children’s crayon drawings, ticket stubs, t-shirts, photographs, and videos. Our memories remain faint and fleeting.
Desiring durable monuments, we inscribe gravestones, chisel statues, and dedicate parks, public buildings, and entire cities. Nonetheless, cemeteries are forgotten, buildings fall, parks are redeveloped, and cities are abandoned.
Ancients erected obelisks and pyramids. Eventually they were buried in overgrowth or sand, their meanings forgotten over time.
Memories fade. Living things die. Civilizations fail. Stones crumble. Continents drift. Suns exhaust their fuel. Galaxies collapse, consumed by their cores.
Everything is ephemeral.