Saturday, September 13, 2014

To Watch, With Honor

They watch, loyal forms of stone.  Over the great city of culture, of love.  They watch without end, solemn and silent, for they were made to be guardians, and they do their work well.

 “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” Sophocles

We, the makers, do nothing so well as the gargoyles.  We have freedom, not purpose, we are made of flesh that dies, not stone that remains, for ages. We pursue leisure, treasure, pleasures, while they stand watch, never failing.  

“Fail to honor people,they fail to honor you; but of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, 'We did this ourselves.'” Lao Tzu

I believe that living with honor is a result of having a belief in your actions having purpose, and what you do echoing into memory of the past.  Living without honor is easier than not.  But life has meaning, especially when lived with purpose.  

“Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.” Akhenaton 

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