Yearning for permanence, and who wouldn’t?
Longing to believe it will last forever,
But what does? Nothing I know of.
Even the things that seem to stand still
Flow slowly into other forms.
The beloved’s first and only lesson:
Everything that is, becomes.
"The highly mediated selfie (online self‐portrait) is our digital‐age representation on the online stage. However, once it is uploaded to the internet, we relinquish control over our self‐image. Enabled and encouraged by the devices of the ruling modes of production, others can photograph, tag, download, edit, surveil or trade our image. The carefully constructed online identity becomes subject to any manner of manipulation. Its trace remains forever, vulnerable to appropriation.”
Seeing myself as an insignificant being in a purposeless universe inspires me to say: I am here for this little bit of time, I should make the most of my existence and make meaning in my life by the meaning of my actions. I find it far more humble to believe that than to assume that the universe was made for me.