eternity’s monuments

William Faulkner, an author whose books have truly changed the way I see literature, said: “I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.” Even though each breath we takes brings us closer to our own death the lives we lead echo into eternity, whether we choose to acknowledge this or not. As Pericles said, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Another great William (Shakespeare) said that no legacy is so rich as honesty. It’s a simple sentiment and yet it really caused me to stop and think about honesty and what it actually means to lead a life free of deceit: a life that is simple, virtuous, unpretentious, and unsophisticated. The word “honest” has its origins in Middle English and was originally used in the sense “held in or deserving of honour”. I find this root of honour particularly interesting as it makes honesty so much more than just the best policy – it is the way we honour ourselves and those around us.

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