My Place in the Schemes of Things
I acknowledge the meaningless, puny nature of my existence in the face of the vastness of the universe, the scope of mythology and the expanse of human consciousness while simultaneously admitting the importance of my life in the perception of those around me. I will move through and beyond this life someday and the greater world will be largely unchanged, yet the smaller realm of this planet and this civilization will mourn the passing of my life. There will be those that will begin to erode my accomplishments and seek to remind others that I was merely a man. There will also be those, I most shamefully declare, that will seek to raise me above the professed humility of my life, but that is their right. After all, it is not for the dead that we remain faithful, but for the living.