Sydney March 2014 (4 photos)
“They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” – Banksy
According to Wikipedia, Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based, graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. After a bit of searching around, I discovered that this quote attributed to him is actually a paraphrase of the following original quote…
“Some day soon, perhaps in forty years, there will be no one alive who has ever known me. That’s when I will be truly dead – when I exist in no one’s memory. I thought a lot about how someone very old is the last living individual to have known some person or cluster of people. When that person dies, the whole cluster dies, too, vanishes from the living memory. I wonder who that person will be for me. Whose death will make me truly dead?” – Irvin D. Yalom, Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy (1989)
Irvin David Yalom M.D. (born 13 June 1931) is an American existential psychiatrist who is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, as well as an author of both fiction and nonfiction.
This is just a glimpse of some forgotten or abandoned memorials I found whilst walking through a cemetery on a recent rainy day. Seeing the ruined and overgrown plots, and fallen/broken statues made me recall the quote by Banksy. Here’s a colour version for a bit more atmosphere: