Tuesday, 11 March 2014

On being remembered

In my previous blog, I mentioned being remembered by God as the basis for existence - perhaps persisting even into eternity. I should also note, in a similar vein, that the moto of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners is Littera Scripta Manet. This translates as The Written Word Remains. There is a certain immortality of sorts in this notion.

It is sometimes said that once something goes on the web it cannot be removed; it is there - somewhere - forever. I don't know how true that is but if it really is the case, one must be very careful - not least with spelling and grammar!

Another unattributed expression (or perhaps it is a quote, I don't know for sure) also springs to mind: Better dead than unread. A moto that seems to derive from a writer. This obviously plays upon what some Americans used to state during the cold war: Better dead than red (i.e. under communist rule). (NB This is a phrase whose provenance is not entirely clear. Click the phrase to read more. It will, in fact, take you to the inverse: 'Better red than dead'.)