We were discussing the relevance of symbols and signs in religion, particularly from the perspective of Paul Tillich, as part of our subject, Philosophy of Religion. Differentiating a symbol from a sign, I listed all that goes into making a symbol. I explained how symbols are 'born' and not merely created overnight. Towards the end of the class I asked the students what would cause the 'death' of symbol. As I negated most of their answers one of them concluded the discussion, "When we die!"