It means don't go around thinking your **** don't stink, because sooner or later no one's going to know who you were.
No one is badass enough to never be forgotten.
Ahh... so my whole life I misinterpreted this poem =)
I always though it was something like a mere sculputor mocking the great kings by saying he could make something in the desert that would preserve his memory for longer than the great kingdoms of the kings would preserve theirs.
But it is actually a great king proclaiming his greatness, only his kingdom is no more...
I can't say if the program were accurate, and i'm not saying that it wasn't. However, if you were watching "The History Channel," that channel bears exactly the same relationship to history that Christian Science does to science.
Im almost sure that was the channel, but my memory sucks. Anyway, yeah, it does take off rather badly in some programs. But it is comprehensible... how are you going to tell history 24 hours a day without it ever getting boring? =)
But I think this kind of program is trustworthy. The ones to watch out for are the ones that go on speculating about the end of the world and stuff.