The artist Gavin Aung Than has created over 180 cartoons, each with an inspirational quote to guide it. Although each one is meaningful and has a message, number 111 really spoke to me. The quote used in this one is from Jack London, an American writer in the early 20th century (however, Than acknowledged that the quote may be embellished by the literary executer). The quote and cartoon is titled “I would rather ashes than dust”; it basically means exactly what you would think it does. The cartoon depicts an alien that is gifted with this disk that allows him to preform amazing, heroic acts. During the illustration of them he says how he would rather “burn out in a brilliant blaze” than die sedentary and by “dry-rot”. But, the alien realizes that the power has a limited time, and in the end he does “burn out in a brilliant blaze”. However, the disk was passed on to earth and someone found it and now has that power.
I really like the meaning behind this quote (and the illustration that goes along with it). As Than describes in his little summary at the end, the “power” the alien has is something we all have. Everyone has the opportunity to do something amazing in life, rather than remain still and waste away. And like the disk had a limited time, so do we. The amount of time we have is unknown, but it is limited and we shouldn’t waste it. I also really like the ending, the alien passing on the power. The idea of leaving something of you behind once you’re gone really speaks to me. Doing something important for people to remember you by or passing on your knowledge to others is important to me and hopefully I will do just that when my time is up. I think the concept behind the cartoon is important and should be strived for throughout life.