To be forgotten? - Reflecting on the hysteria to obliterate America's history: After all is said & done, what are we but memories? When we die, how long do you continue to exist? I believe in an afterlife, hopefully in Heaven; however, earthly wise, when the last memory of you fades from those you left behind, what becomes of who you were? We as Americans, we as country, are but a compendium, a cornucopia of all things gone before. If we are to lose those shared memories, their ripples coursing across our society, ...we will have not only lost who we are but would have been. We are, for now, all that we were, good & bad, which if forgotten leaves us nothing of value, with no steerage from the past. We would be lost, adrift, alone, directionless ...a passing moment in time, forgotten whisps, without meaning to the future. I, for one, want to be remembered, if not for myself but for the trail of heritage from which I was born and which I follow. -- rfh.
'But what has been will be -
First memory, then oblivion's swallowing sea;
Like men foregone, shall we merge into those
Whose story no one knows.'
-- from Thomas Hardy's 'The To-be-forgotten'"
Biography: Thomas Hardy, poet & novelist, England, (1840-1928)
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