Do You Want to "Live" Forever?


Will anyone remember you when you are gone? Should they?

Have you ever contributed to something larger than yourself? Have you ever helped build something that will exceed your lifespan?

One organization that is selling bricks to support their cause says they will "Put your name in the History Bricks."

You may have noticed if you walked across the pavers at some special memorial or landmark, many of the bricks had names and dates on them. One way in which some organizations raise money to support themselves is sell space on bricks.

Some might consider this a middle class bit of vanity. Unlike the ultra wealthy we cannot afford to build huge monuments to ourselves and plaster our names all over them. And so we participate on the cheap by buying bricks with our names on them.

It might be cool to go to a place you helped pave to show your friends and family your very own bricks, but let's be serious. The hundreds or thousands who trod upon your namesake still won't know you from Adam.

Still, I think it would be a bit of coolness to put my name down on the footnotes of history in obscure corners of the word. And remember the way the world works. If the history of man is long enough and if the bricks and their inscriptions last long enough, some wag will write a caustic tale of ridicule about the silliness of 21st century bourgeoisie trying to capture a place in history on the cheap. And if I am lucky, while some know-it-all twerp is busy making fun of me he will show a close up of my brick and give me the notoriety I desired!

If you want to participate in whatever it is we are doing with the bricks, start in your local community. Ask the schools, libraries and churches if they are selling bricks and if you are moved to do so, buy one.

Leaving Your Mark

What is the best way to leave your legacy?

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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

I want to spay and neuter so many cats that the ones that are left are truly wanted and valued. That would be an awesome legacy.

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poetryman6969 23 months ago Author

FlourishAnyway, I guess that would be kind of living legacy. Have a blessed day!

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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Funny, but raises a serious point about legacy! Already, I have children.

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poetryman6969 23 months ago Author

MsDora, sounds like you have the best kind of legacy. Have a blessed day.

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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

I voted in your poll to have children although we do not have any. If they go on having children and value their ancestry, one will be remembered for perhaps a few generations. I got a kick out of some of your other choices. Yes...some people become famous for doing corrupt things like robbing banks or being a serial killer. That has no appeal for me. Ha!

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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Peggy my goal in life is not to have a disease named after me. What more can a man want in life!

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Julie K Henderson 22 months ago

I enjoyed this article. I hope to leave a legacy in ways which don't involve bricks, but perhaps I am missing out on a fine opportunity.

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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Julie I used to wonder why people were into the bricks. Now I know a little bit about why. It should probably done only in away and at a place and time that is special to you.

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Julie K Henderson 22 months ago

I agree.

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the rawspirit 19 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

Well, I was not sure how to vote lol... I will just have to read more of your hubs, so I'm following you. Have a blessed weekend. You have great sense of humor. Bobby

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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Robert you just vote as the spirit moves you. Blessings on the day.

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