Monday, 31 October 2011

How Would You Like To Be Remembered?

A friend sprang that one up on me unawares. I thought for a moment thinking on the lines of something grand. Something idealistic. And then it hit me.This planet now going to hit the target of 7 billion people soon will not be bothered to remembered puny human soul more or less.

It's such a comforting thought to think you'd be remembered. That your legacy would be passed on. But heavens, is it really? Do the living have that much time for the dead? And if they don't, who'd blame them?

"The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Awaits alike the inevitable hour;
The paths of glory lead but to the grave."

Is it really that important to be remembered? Achilles was ready to die in battle even though he knew his fate beforehand just because he wanted his name to withstand oblivion. What would you want to be remembered by or as? Or who would we want as our mourners?

Is it deeds and works or mere fame and wealth. What eventually is to be our invisible epitaph? 

"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And departing leave behind them
Footsteps on the sands of time..."

How many of us will be immortalised - - - when we don't have a Shakespeare to write sonnets on us.

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