Hubpages and Immortality


The oldest company in the world that is still operating was first created 1309 years ago in Japan, in the year 705. Just think about this for a moment. The creator of that company is still remembered by his descendants and surely that is the closest to immortality that any normal human being can hope to aspire. Jack the Ripper and Alexander the Great had their own ways and means of acquiring immortality but they don't count anyway.

Hubpages appears to be a successful enterprise and there is no reason to suppose that it shall not last for a thousand years, provided of course that we do not destroy our beautiful planet through our greed and our insanity. In consequence, all of us who write here on Hubpages for one reason or another actually have a shot at immortality. Every time we write something we reveal a piece of ourselves and we leave it here for all to see, especially for our offspring.

Can you imagine your great, great, great, great, grandchildren at infinitum reading the thoughts and cares you have expressed here generations before they were born? I find this possibility to be captivating.

Yet there are small-minded people who have actually spent time and effort putting up sites to project the opinion that Hubpages is a scam because it did not meet their expectations of making them wealthy through their literary talents. But that is a negative thought that I shall get away from forthwith.

Besides the potential of immortality, a more immediate benefit for me is the amazingly talented and/or truly kind, humane and generous people I have come to meet here. For example, because there is no justice in the world, Nellieanna Hay’s remarkable poetry will probably not be published in my lifetime, so I have already printed out her brilliant poems and told my wife that I want to be buried with them. The reason is that they are proof that even though we may be an accident of nature, we are something more than simply feeding and breeding animals. How is so much talent as Nellieanna's be possible in one human being?

Then there is the exceptional literary talent of Shadesbreath, which also reflects the man’s humanity, which gives one hope that all is not really lost. His descendants will have no doubt of their forefather’s literary talent when they read any of his stories and they will be certain of his humanity when they read his story ‘Sodomites, Vaginamites and Cockites’

In addition, my sweet friend Feline Prophet is proof that the great Gandhi came from solid stock and that he was no accident. As to kindness personified, who could be a better example than my friend Lee B? And how could I not mention sweet friends like Green Lotus, the intelligent drbj,my Internet spouse the amazingly talented Pam Roberson, my generous and gifted friend JamaGenee, the extraordinary Cris A,kindness personified VioletSun, my guilty thought Lisa Preston , my proof reader Gypsy Willow - and there is not enough room to mention so many others.

On top of everything else, they let me tweak the nose of The HubPages Chairman himself, whereby I more or less called the poor man a dubious character and a lot worse, but they still let me publish the Hub as I had written it:

"We followed the example of his secretary and we all approached him on all fours, touching our foreheads to the rug every five paces, as is the custom here. I wanted to do the civil thing and try to relax the tension by opening the conversation with some casual remark on the state of the crops this year and how pork bellies went up again, but I met his forbidding eye which had a similar expression I had seen once on a half boiled fish and I reconsidered the rash act. This man and his vast volatile brain were reading a newspaper and forty five minutes later he put it down and flicked his cigar ash on us in acknowledgement."


So how could I, or anyone else, possibly find anything to complain about Hubpages, a business which has given us a shot at immortality? Do they make money out of our little contributions? I certainly hope so!


Dimitris Mita

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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

Your words are going to enthrall generations for sure, DG...and thanks to you they may even stumble on some of our ramblings! :)


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I for one enjoy the idea of being immortal with my writing. I started a series called Big Nam, simply because my father is getting up there in years and his stories had a big impact in my life. The men mentioned in my series are gone now, so who else is there to tell their stories but us younger generations. I have seen people's claims that HP is a scam, and I think it is because of their failures that they want to place the blame on someone else. I hope HP sticks around for a long, long time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. :)


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Cris A 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

You're Greek and a god, why worry? You're immortal since you rose from the foam. What? That was Aphrodite?

Thanks for the mention btw, I now only read hubs that feed my ego. :D


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

FP, just meeting you here on Hubpages is enough reward for anyone ;-))


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

tlpoague, that's the spirit! :-)


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Cris, as of now I shall only write hubs which feed your ego ;-)))


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Mentalist acer 4 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

HubPages Memo:

Date:Sol 14th 1,000,000,000 APF (After Pink Floyd);

Payment:Dimitris Mita in the amount of *1,000,000,000,000 NanoBot Credits.

We have time....


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Brother Bryan, I knew there was someone important I forgot to mention! :-))


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California

My ears were ringing, so I thought I'd come by and see what's up! :D

I do love that idea of immortality. In fact, your idea gives me one, that I will give back to you to host if it amuses you. How about a De Greek's "Letter to my great, great, great, great grandson contest." You could collect them all, and put a voting poll at the end or something. Or have a judging panel that picks ten, and then have a poll. Or just have people write them. Or maybe suggest HP host it.

Anyway, I do ramble. I love your idea, I totally agree about Nellieanna's remarkable talent. Thanks for the props, and here's to living on forever through our prose!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Dimitris! With such a tribute as that, I would hardly ever need another mention or shot at immortality! You're a precious friend and the composition of your hub is something to behold! Your list of worthy hubbers is wonderful, too.

If my poetry is to be buried with you, 1) that means you've read it - hallelujah! and 2) I hope that won't happen till many decades in the future! For one thing, I'm going to be around and writing for several more decades at least & will need your encouragement! (2 And for another, my mind is boggled to think my poetry will make it to the Greek islands with you - and beyond! wow! That's what I call immortality of a high order! I love it!

I can't agree more that it is a pity that there are folks whose perception and vision goes only to the end of their fingertips, enough to criticize and complain about the entity which offers them a fantastic opportunity to try their hands at writing and sharing it with intelligent readers who take time to give praise where deserved (even for the effort!) and occasionally to offer valuable criticism. I still think about your caution to me early on that my prose hubs were often too lengthy. Not that I always heed it, but I do check the word count and think about that! Thank you! It was done in a caring, gentle way which gave me nothing but help and attention!

May I share my Christmas greeting with you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwj1S_e51V4

I hope yours and Natalie's is a wonderful Christmas and New Year, dear Dimitris!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

ps - thanks for the link to Shades' hilarious hub! That is priceless!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Friend John, your idea sounds wonderful and I wish you would go ahead with it yourself. For me, almost everything I want my descendants to know is either on Hubpages or will be in the book I hope to be able to complete one day.

Because we are likely to drop dead at any time, I wanted to take this opportunity to say that meeting nice people like you and the other friends here has been the best part of being on Hubpages. ;-))


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Sweet Nellieanna, you are not a good poet, you are a UNIQUE poet and one day people will wake up and truly appreciate you as you should be appreciated. ;-)


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Thank you for including me. :) I hardly write nowadays in Hubpages but have nothing but good to say about this site, and will always come back. I formed many friendships here, and learned to write better, so I am thankful for the opportunity given.

I agree Nellianna is talented! She is not only a poet but an artist, and can easily publish a book of her poetry.


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Lee B 4 years ago from New Mexico

YOU are too kind to mention me in such exalted company! Yes, I agree, Hubpages is a little bit of immortality. It's also given me a chance to communicate with people like you and Nellianna whom I never would have had a chance to know. That really makes it meaningful to me.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I have always been immortal, but with hubpages someone else will know that! Neat idea.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you, Dimitris. For me, to know that people whom I actually know enjoy it means more than "once-removed" appreciation of faceless unknown people. It is quite personal to me, much of it written in private for private reasons just for myself. No thought or intention of achieving fame had anything to do with it. But since I've shared it on hubpages with folks I know and can "meet" first-hand here, the horizon has broadened to include a bigger still private and personal audience. Still is a BIG step for me. And you were quite literally my first encounter here with meeting someone who responded to it, expanded that horizon and encouraged me to venture forth. It was a heady experience! :-) Thank you.

I'm honored and overwhelmed by the kind comments about me and my work right here on your hub! Thank all of you!

And I so agree with Austinstar that personal Immortality is in progress. For me it is The Eternal Now. The sharing of it expands that awareness. Hubpages is a great arena for that to occur!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

What you say is very true, and you should be near the head of the queue, when it comes to immortality. Nobody can really expect to make a fortune on HubPages, but it is a perfect forum to recieve appreciation, from some very talented individuals, and a great place for being able to read some of the most exciting writers on the internet today.

Thanks for that. Have a great New Year.


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

VioletSun - Marie, you are such a sweet girl taht I am truly honored to know you :-)


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Lee B - How can I ever thank you enough for your great kindness to me? :-)


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Austinstar - You have made me laugh out loud, Child! Bless you :-)


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Nellieanna my love, sometimes I think that you do not realize yourself what a great and unique talent you have :-)


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

christopheranton - Friend Christopher, you are simply another example of kindness and friendship that I have found here on Hubpages, for which I thank them :-)


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

DG, thank you sooo much for mentioning me in the same hub as the truly gifted Nellieanna. I certainly don't expect you to take any of MY pennings to your grave, but it does give me a tingle that you might someday be reading them in sunny Greece!

As for the letter to a however-many-greats-grandchild, I won't be writing such a letter, either. Like you, everything a descendant of mine will ever need to know about me can be found in my hubs, in my comments on the hubs of others, or at my blog.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! ;D


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

JamaGenee When I think of the help you have given me, I wonder how anyone can be so lucky as to meet so many nice people in a lifetime ;-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

You are so generous! Hugs. . . (*(*(DG)*)*)

http://youtu.be/rJnlQSYIyr0


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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

yes it truly is scary writing from the heart since you are as you rightly say always baring a part of yourself and letting it merge with the collective consciousness.I am forever flirting with the banal since i a deadly scared of what people will think when they really really see me.So i guess mortality is my fate but well, I realize i do not have the guts to take a shot at immortality so this will have to do.Goof one Dimitri.

as for the connection between Feline and Gandhi- welll , errrrrrr , i meaan - hic to that!!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Friend neeleshkulkarni, if we do not agree about FP, shall we then agree that in India one finds a very good gene pool? :-)))


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for the mention, dimi. Intelligent? Now I really will have to concentrate more on my spellink and grammer.

And thanks, too, for reminding me of the possibility of immortality - through writing hubs, that is. Intriguing thought!

Happiest of holidays to you and your family.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hope you don't mind, DeGreek - I just quoted you from this hub on my new hub about Mass Destraction! This is just too quoteable...


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

You have given me a wonderful Christmas gift with your mention. I am humbled and delighted! A recently departed (no not dead) hubber onced asked her readers what we each would put into a personal time capsule. Really,what is more fitting than our own collection of HP writings? EVen if HP disappears, the Internet is notoriously famous for retaining just about everything,everywhere. Cheers!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Friend DRBJ, kisses from us ;-))


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Austinstar, quote away with my belessings! ;-))


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Green Lotus, our very best wishes from this end ;-)


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting thoughts and ideas. Well done.


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you friend HH :-)


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lisadpreston 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Your thoughts, ideas, kindness and writings will be eternal and always in my heart. I love you, friend.

Lisa


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi there Lisa. No teasing this time? :-)))


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Amanda Severn 4 years ago from UK

Hi De Greek, I was casually flitting through the Hub Feed when a hub entitled 'Hubpages and Immorality' caught my eye. I thought, 'hey, this might be entertaining' and quickly clicked on the link, only to discover that my eyes were playing tricks on me. It wasn't immorality, it was immortality! I've yet to do anything immoral on HubPages, but as to HubPages immortalising my words, well only time will tell. It's quite a notion!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Amanda, we do not do immorality very well here :-)))

Thanks for passing by :-)


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Lita C. Malicdem 4 years ago from Philippines

Brother De Greek, I just left my last goodbye to our mutual friend Cris A in his poem- Sinner, the moment I read your note for me, the last comment he made in which is only few days ago. So sad, we lost a friend in Cris. I still believe that immortality applies here at HubPages. Cris' poems and writings here will be immortalized, his legacy leaves on and on!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Sister Lita, I am still in shock, wondering how a sweet boy like Cris could leave this earth so soon. At least we shall have his writing to go back to on occasion. Thank you for passing by to let me know that you have read my message. Kiss you.


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Lita C. Malicdem 4 years ago from Philippines

...and I stand corrected here please- "Cris' poems and writings here will be immortalized, his legacy LIVES on and on!" DG, you're one hubber with a heart! You're a great friend of everybody here. Hugs? hahaha!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Sister Lita. Kiss you :-)

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