Re: Mortality and our fleeting legacy
I think most people above the subsistence level (and maybe some who aren't) want to think their lives have meaning. Some find it in religion, some in art. Some never find it, though they want to believe.
I think what it comes down to, is this; each of us means the world to a few people, more or less, but to the world, we mean nothing. That's probably fine.
Good on you, Polly, for cataloging your mom's work.