I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out
in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom
of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
Jack London’s Credo
The belief in the legendary bird that is reborn from its ashes existed in various ancient peoples like the Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese. In every mythology the meaning is preserved: the perpetuation of the resurrection, the hope that life never really stop.
For the Greeks, the phoenix was sometimes linked to the god Hermes is represented in many ancient temples. There is a parallel with the Phoenix sun that dies every day on the horizon to be reborn the next day, becoming the eternal symbol of death and rebirth of nature.
The Egyptians had the “Benu” and was always related to the star “Sothis,” or five-pointed star, blazing star, which is painted on your side.
In ancient China the phoenix bird was represented as a beautiful and transformed into a symbol of happiness, virtue and intelligence. In its plumage, the five sacred colors shine.