All great civlizations are based on a mausoleum.
The mausoleum of the Ancient Egyptians was the pyramid. And the mausoleum for the Babylonians was a huge monumental structure. And the mausoleum for the Mayans was also a large pyramidal structure.
And for us our mausoleum is the church, at least ever since God died in the 19th Century. And filling our mausoleum for God are old people. I think it is interesting they are attracted to mausoleums. Perhaps they would like to be in a mausoleum themselves.
And since then deaths have been coming thick and fast. The book died in the last half of the 20th Century, and we buried it in a mausoleum called a library. A library is where books go to die.
And about the same time art died as well, and we bury art in the mausoleum called the art gallery.
In fact I am sitting in our national mausoleum for books called the Australian National Library. It's a perfect mausoleum in marble in the style of an Ancient Greek temple. And very popular with old people.
And just across the way is the National Art Gallery - our mausoleum for art - it's where art goes to die - and it is very popular with old people.
And just across the lake is our palliative care unit for the dying, facing both the National Library and the National Gallery.
The monks of the Middle Ages kept a skull on their desk to remind them of where they were going, but today we have our public mausoleums.