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Why I love history

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 22, 2014, 10:24 AM

There was a feature story in the paper this morning about Rome’s most beautiful cemeteries, and Keats’ grave was featured as a “literary pilgrimage.” I became inordinately excited because I’ve read so much of his work that I feel like I know him personally, so I’m sitting at the table reading the article and thinking, “Oh, my gosh, someone I know is in the paper! How cool! I’m so proud of him!” And then I had to stop because no, Keats was walking around 200 years ago and as far as I know, I was most certainly not walking around 200 years ago.

Though if by some happenstance I was around 200 years ago, I have to stop for a minute and pat myself on the back for looking so good at my age.

This is what happens when you get attached to history. You forget you weren’t actually a part of it. If you’re nerdy like me, that seems like it would be a sad realization. In reality, it’s one of my favorite feelings in the world.

Think about it: we can identify so strongly with certain figures that time ceases to exist, and suddenly, we’re there with them, writing odes with them, painting highlights and shadows with them, delivering speeches with them, walking barefoot with them. True immortality comes when you find the ability to see that human spirit is the only being in this life capable of transcending the decades and reaching out and forward to its fellows, one hundred, two hundred, three hundred years later. And when we reach back, we realize that we are not reaching for Victorians or Elizabethans or Romans. We’re reaching for peopleour people, who breathe just as we do and hate and fear and laugh and love just as we do. They are no different from us. They are us. They’re simply positioned at a different part of of the timeline, and one of life’s most beautiful rewards is discovering your ability to move fluidly across that timeline and connect with someone whose body may have expired but whose spirit is vividly, beautifully, eternally alive. You know it is so because you sense it in your own life.

For me, history has never been consigned to the past. It has never been statically pressed between the pages of books. It has always been alive: forever unfolding, forever dynamic, forever in conversation with itself, the present, and the future. Suddenly immortality becomes a tangible abstract. 

Keats wrote of the nightingale, “Thou wast not meant for death, immortal bird, / No hungry generations tread thee down.” The same can be said for us. We were not born for death. We were born to live with and for each other. We were born to hold eternal conversation with each other, across the decades and centuries and ages. We live because others have lived before and for us. And that is one of the most beautiful realizations in the world. 



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Muirin007
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WildConcertoWorld Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Just wanted to say that I love your POTO and Thor art! Well, I'm not at all an Erik/Christine shipper (don't shoot me), but... I like some of your E/C art. Though in some of your situations, I rather imagine Mme Giry or Meg in it... (don't listen to me) But still, keep on the good work! No, not good, BREATHTAKING! I love how you draw Erik.
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three-dollars21 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I love your PotO art and your art in general! It is truly amazing! Oh my gosh, I don't think I will ever get over how great your art is!!!! I love the expressions, the jokes, the colors, and aaahhhh, EVERYTHING!! Keep on drawing because you have talent and I hope to see your future works of art! (I found you because I recently watch PotO, 2004, movie again and I wanted to see people's art!) Have a lovely day! (It's over now the "Music of the Night~") Sorry that was long!
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I CAN'T STOP WATCHING THIS
www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Ykxl…
EVEN THOUGH MY CHEEKS HURT FROM LAUGHING.

It's even funnier to imagine they are Erik and Christine, especially because the guy says "KEEP SINGING." at the end of the video.
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jokersbitch95 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well hello there!:)
I just came here to let you know I'm totally amazed by your Phantom of the Opera art, and I'm so planning to get at least one on myself as a tattoo! If you wouldn't mind that, of course!;)
Breath-taking,seriously...and Erik is so close to my heart. Heart 
Keep up the great work,dear! :happybounce: 
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, my gosh, that is so amazing! Thank you! I wouldn't mind at all--I'd be incredibly honored and flattered, and if you ever do decide to get a tattoo of my work, I would love to see pictures of the finished product. Seriously, this is a wonderful compliment. Erik is close to my heart, too, and I'm so glad you think my work does his character justice. Thank you!
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jokersbitch95 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you so much, it made me relief you don't mind it!;) I will get the tattoo during autumn,by november I think (when I'll have the money and manage to get an appointment),and I will definitely send you a photo of it. ;D
Thank you again for you permission dear!

Have a wonderful day! :)
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m-vladimir Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
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LauranneSM Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  New member Student General Artist
I was looking at nothing and your drawings came out and, i have to say, i'm really impressed... i've watched your gallery and i think your work is amazing, so my congrats, and keep working like this!Love Hug 
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JWiesner Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Here's something worth getting hanged for.


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Almost works.



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Better. But not as pretty.
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