I would rather be ashes than dust!

Credo

This scene prompted me to search for the origins of that quote. I found that it was attributed to an American novelist named Jack London, in a piece called Credo. The full text showed a clear picture on what the author defines as living, and not just existing.

Would you rather be ash or dust?

What does it mean to be ash, and to be dust? Ash is the end result of a burning material. For something to become ash, it first needs to be consumed by fire. Dust, on the other hand, require no such thing. When a material disintegrates through time, its particles become dust. When we think about dust, we think of something that settles in our things and that we need to clean.

Is a long life a better life?

The credo asks us: would you rather be a brilliant meteor, or a permanent planet? Is living for a long time preferable to living a shorter one but one that glowed and shed light on the world?

The choice is yours alone

This isn’t to say that you should live your life constantly on the edge, pursuing your passions and dreams endlessly. In the end, the life we live is ours alone, and the choices we make depend on where we are placed in this world, and how we make use of it.

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I am a web developer that also likes to write about life lessons, personal development, and Stoicism.

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Marvin Baltazar

Marvin Baltazar

I am a web developer that also likes to write about life lessons, personal development, and Stoicism.