Ashes over Dust

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.

Cartoon here:


2 thoughts on “Ashes over Dust

  1. I LOVE THIS COMIC AND I HAVEN’T EVEN LOOKED AT IT YET!! The way you described it, and what it says, is so simple, yet it has and will continue to stretch over centuries, bounding into the lives of those daring enough to make life worth living, and remind them of what it means to live vibrantly. I love it! What a beautiful reminder it is to use our lives to their utmost potential; to have lives burning with a bright passion and flame that find enchantment in the darkest of chasms and light the path for others. What’s best is that when our wick burns down and our flame finally goes out and only ashes fizzle and crack, the sizzling remains will hold their heat and lead others to the light. Because of our audacity, the beautiful pattern will continue. Thoreau said “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” I think it wise to remember such words. May your fire burn bright for eternity🍷✨


    • Im glad you find the message just as important as me! I think they definitely words to live by and remember throughout life. (and the quote you used is memorable and just as important) May yours burn bright too *cheers*

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