There are things that we believe will last and last, for all succeeding generations. Yet these may be the things that crumble and dissolve the most quickly, like the feather,stones, and rock above. The rock is the basis of the planet but the stones show that everything can be worn down to its component parts given enough time. The feather is the least likely to survive for generations however the quill pen has written uncounted words and has left a legacy of the desire to write. Though they have no purely physical presence we think of words going on and on and lasting forever, certainly long after the person who spoke or wrote them is no longer writing, or telling stories, or is here to do so. But the essence of the words changes and is lost almost immediately. As soon as the words pass from the author to the listener and reader they have changed and lost or changed some of their meaning. Two people can be looking at the same book, the same phrase, the same words and come away with entirely different ideas of the meaning. The impressions they take away may also vary greatly from the author’s impression of his own words. Incredibly hard and incredibly soft words do not survive into posterity, but then neither does anything else. If you look at the relatively short time words have been around you can see that words are intrinsically expressions of intangible ideas of things. Assuming that posterity, meaning the generations of people, will end before the universe does; or assuming that the end of the universe means the end of everything words and their ideas can no longer persist. At least not in any of their familiar forms. If the words don’t last , and even the quill is gone, maybe a new form of ideas will persevere and go on to create new universes of words in a newer and more universally understandable form. Would you like to see a newer form of the word/idea relationship?