We have seen a lot of pre-Incan ruins and artifacts during our time in Peru: the magnificent stone fortress built by the Chachapoyans at Kuelap, the vast treasures from tombs in Sipan, and the ever-expanding Las Huacas de la Luna from the Moche civilization, to name a few.
- Paint is the first thing to go.
- You can visibly see the impact of encroaching civilizations by the way a structure changes in style over the course of hundreds of years.
- People want to live forever, and if they can’t have that, they want to at least be remembered forever.
After seeing so many ruins over the past several weeks, we cannot help but think about our own lives and what archeologists of the future would say them.
What would the “artifacts” of your life say about you?
It works the same way with your artifacts. You may want to showcase the classic literature you have on your bookshelves that you have every intention of reading someday, but the most prominent thing archeologists may find in your home is your television or a king-sized bed.
“The people of this area spent many hours reclined in a flat chair. We think they had limited use of their legs and used a machine to see what was going on in the outside world.”
Even though we may laugh, it is easy to see how someone could make that mistake given limited information.
When we were discussing the idea for this post Warren asked a great question:
Do you live to be remembered or to remember?
As we stated above, we have noticed 3 common themes about ruins and artifacts, and they are pretty accurate for real life as well.
- Paint is the first thing to go. Don’t spend too much time on the decoration of your life until your foundation is complete.
- You can visibly see the impact of encroaching civilizations by the way a structure changes in style over the course of hundreds of years. We’ve said it before: You are like the 5 people you spend the most time with, whether you like it or not.
- People want to live forever, and if they can’t have that, they want to at least be remembered forever. The two of us know we can’t have either one, so how do we answer Warren’s question? We are going to live to remember – the people, the places, and the experiences and accomplishments of our lives – and let the archeologists fight over the meaning of our toothbrushes.
What do the artifacts in your life say about you? Do you live to be remembered or to remember?
Editor’s note: We are traveling in remote Peru this week with no internet access, so we will join in the conversation when we return. Please start the comments without us!