Built in September of 2016, the
Dignity sculpture is a stunning combination of art and history.
It is located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near
Chamberlain, South Dakota. The stainless steel, 50-foot-tall statue
was specifically designed by sculptor Dale Lamphere to honor the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota people. “Dignity” is defined as the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed.
"Good choices come from experience. Experience comes from making bad choices.” - Author unknown
Some Ancient History
"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. He speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out.
Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life's final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression.