Now, only one person remains who was born in the 19th Century.
She’s Italian. Emma Morano is her name. She turned 117 last November.
When she dies, expect me to be a bit quiet. I had sought out people born in the 19th century as a child, not understanding why, but feeling a weird link to that era that I never fully understood until I was much older.
Soon, there will be nothing left but the debatable memories of those of us who only remember second hand, if indeed we truly “remember” anything apart from extraordinary cases of cryptomnesia. That world, that time, has reached the horizon, and relentless entropy will not stay its hand for even our most impassioned pleas.
Telos ‘o Khronos apaitei.