#ThoughtExperiment – The ‘Dickens Process’ But Worse / 06.05.19

Disclaimer: this is quite unpleasant if you think through it properly.

Imagine the far future
Imagine yourself long gone.

Imagine the person that you’re with
The person that you love (we assume?).

Imagine them
On their deathbed
Old, fragile, perhaps a little senile
Life ebbing away
Life flashing by.

In their delirious last hours
As they cry out your name
What would you want them to say about you?
How would you want them to remember you?

Resolve to be more like that person from now on.

Photo by arriba 

#Idea – A Short, Incomplete Argument for Bringing Back the ‘Memento Mori’ / 04.04.19

Without regular reminders
On the shortness of life
And, as a result
The imminence of death 
You’re liable to undervalue life
Your life, the lives of those you love, and living beings in general.

Never was the phrase ‘taken for granted’ apter than here.

Of course,
When seen through the wider lens
Of sheer cosmic improbability
Life, death, our entire planet.
It’s all of almost no importance
And yet, it is all we have.

It would seem useful
To make a point of remembering this every day,
If you can.

“Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death, life is insipid.” – Muriel Spark