"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."
This idea of digital archeology has been explored by Graphic Designer Boris Meister from ECAL University of Art and Design, Lausanne Switzerland. The book, Above the Cloud is an atlas about social networks archeology, death and digital marks left in distress on the internet. Over 6 million Facebook accounts belong to dead people or ‘Ghosts’, and Meister explores how people continue ‘Semi-Living’ through interactions from friends.
Epitaphs are also explored through the last messages written on social networks before dying. An example is Taylor Sauer who posted: “I can’t discuss this now. Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha.” on Facebook one minute before she had a fatal car accident.
"Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books. Books make sense of life. The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people’s lives, never your own."
"Once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time."
Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (via simply-quotes)