“Decay, corruption, falling apart, memory, traces of the past: these are all aspects of life that are with us every day. They may hint at failure, ignorance, or some other imperfection, but they are a significant dimension of all kinds of life, including our own interior experience.
When I entertain memories, I see plenty of ruins: failed marriages, dead relatives, houses no longer in existence, careers ended in their prime. A melancholic mistiness may surround these memories, but that, too, is an important part of life.”

Thomas Moore,
The Re-Enchantment of
Everyday Life