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Our deepest fears are the big and heavy clouds of doubt and shards of worry from the talebearers' experiences that have beclouded our imagination. It is the thoughts of what could go wrong and us leaving the chances of what if it could go right. 

If it was left to an extensive thinking process, it would be ok to think, worry and then find a possible avenue out of the crashing end we had envisaged, and then have zero thoughts of worries, but no! That is not the case. 

Law 29 from the best-selling book “48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers says "Plan all the way to the end." That rings a different bell every time I consider it, and just like today’s topic, which has its uniqueness, today’s article will explore your mind and give better meaning to things you least considered. 

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What is Memento Mori? 

Just for clarity, Wikipedia says memento mori is an artistic or symbolic trope acting as a reminder of the inevitability of death. The concept has its roots in the philosophers of classical antiquity and Christianity and appeared in funerary art and architecture from the medieval period onwards. 

What about Memento Mori? 

While drawing up this post, I was skeptical about the topic since it appeared a little dark, and people tend to avoid things that scare them. But then again, the most recent update on the news is scary, from war to climate change, famine, flooding, mass killing, and all that makes the heart thump. 

Funny as it may sound, the knowledge of death eventually is more soothing than the unlikely process of the world turning out as seen on the news. 

Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that means “remember that you must die." It was a usual practice in Rome at some point when slaves chanted these words when they accompany their generals on the victory parade. 

Should memento mori be a thing of fear? 

Well, in the end, it depends on how you look at it. A good movie is always worth watching, but how can you tell when the only way to know is to see the end? It’s a chain reaction; they are inseparable. Using the popular analogy of a cup with water filled halfway, while others term it half empty, some call it half filled. 

Fear is only a function of perceptions shaped by talebearers’ experiences. But who says life is all scripted? So, why go through fear twice before the action, even when it could turn out pleasant for you compared to the general saying? 

Memento Mori should be a banner for us all as humans. 

How Memento Mori should be seen 
Most times, humans surf the surface of the earth buried in activities that keep them engaged so that they pay less attention to time, their purpose, personal goals, and possible considerations of how best to manifest. 

Away from religious views on the purpose and afterlife, I think it is only fair to leave a footprint in the sands of time as an individual. Please, not just childbirths and increasing the population index as the case is, people need to find meaning in their lives as game changers or influencers who stood for something. 

My point? You need to understand that life is short and you only have one life to live. Every other thing is not certain. 

So, go ahead, position yourself for your dreams, fulfill your destiny, do things that scare you, do life, live life [moderately], take on those jobs, be exceptional, love passionately, and start that business. There is a whole lot of energy you have inside that is waiting to erupt. You are the lid! You could let it out or stay safe. 

Safety is not fulfillment in some contexts. A good example is a ship at the harbor; yeah, it is safe from the storm and possible shipwrecks, but hey! Ships are not meant to stay forever at the harbor; they are designed to be deep in the sea. 


Our deepest fears remain with us and our becoming. Memento Mori is a monument to what the end looks like. For many people, it is a thing of fear, but for an athlete, it is a sign of the finish line, and if you do it so well, you’ll get a trophy. 

Moral: Live life now and enjoy the process. Tomorrow is never promised. 

  Nov 16, 2022     by Oluwafemi Smith     131 Views     0

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