Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I’ve always liked walking through cemeteries. It’s quiet, people are respectful, and there lots of reading material- what more could you ask for? Cemeteries have a way of putting everything in perspective. The truth is, and most people don’t like to think about it, but it’s a very short stay. It’s interesting to see the graves in disrepair- it only takes a couple generations before people begin to let the grave go. What was once the most important thing, our individual lives, mean little- life has moved on. This may seem depressing but it shouldn’t be- it’s a reminder that we are here for a very short time and there isn’t time for nonsense like hate and doing what you aren’t passionate about or waiting in line at starbucks. Kelly and I took a long walk through Pere Lachaise to put it all in perspective- here are a few of the people we met that are remembered because they lived passionate lives.

Oscar Wildes

Eugene Delacroix

Edith Piaf


Francois Raspail

1 comment:

Pelmo said...

Since you like to visit cemeteries, there are two grave stones you might get a kick out of.

One is in Chicago. It is a simple head stone with the inscription of came and went, instead of born and died. And below it, "I told you I was sick".

The other is here in Central Illinois. Here a round ball lists the date of death as the 31st of February. The strange thing is every time we have taken a picture of this stone, there is always a faint glow behind it.