We die with the dying:
See, they depart, and we go with them.
We are born with the dead:
See, they return, and bring us with them
– TS Elliot, “Four Quartets”
Everyone wants to leave a legacy behind for the ones we love. In a way, I think we all sense what the ancient Egyptians believed, a sentiment the graffiti artist Banksy also shared:
“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”
Is there life after death? Perhaps we will never know for sure, but what really matters is our legacy. This Earth is our home — our only home — and when our children’s children remember us, hopefully they can say we did everything to make it a better place.
Then when they speak our names with pride, we will live again.
- “Don’t Forget” – Daily Post (dailypost.wordpress.com)