Memento Mori

The Idea

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Reminding yourself of your own death can give meaning to your life today.

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Memento Mori is a Latin phrase meaning 'remember you must die.'

One day, we all die. What sounds obvious often isn't in our minds. We tacitly assume that we will live forever — that we will have enough time to do what we want to do or to tell someone what we want to tell them. While we fear death when we think about it, we act like immortals in what we desire and do.

But our finiteness is the only truly certain thing we know of. We simply don't know when our time will be over — it might be later or sooner than we expect. But it will be.

This finiteness gives meaning to what we do today. It adds a sense of urgency to paying attention to what matters — because we won't have infinitely more opportunities to do so.

We might thus use death as the ultimate reminder of that how we spend our time every day is what matters.

"I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it."

— Epictetus

"Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time."

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.”

— Marcus Aurelius

Explore

➞ Start with this video to get a quick understanding about the value of being mindful of your own mortality.

➞ Watch this video section and fully feel the inspirational power of 'Memento Mori'.

➞ If you want to understand how Eastern religions and traditions make us of death reminders, read this section on Wikipedia.

Resources

If this idea resonates with you, some of these resources might add value to your life.

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Hermann Hesse
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, And Joy
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John Brehm
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Jonas Salzgeber
The Prophet
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Khalil Gibran
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The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck
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Mark Manson
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The Obstacle Is The Way
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Ryan Holiday
Ego Is The Enemy
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Ryan Holiday
Waking Up
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Sam Harris
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Thich Nhat Hanh
Man's Search For Meaning
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Viktor E. Frankl
The Story Of Philosophy
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Will Durant
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Zhuang Zhou
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Leo Babauta
The School Of Life: Eastern Philosophy
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Christ Williamson
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Lex Fridman
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Ryan Holiday
Philosophize This!
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Stephen West
Philosophy For Our Times
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Kurzgesagt
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Pursuit of Wonder
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Academy of Ideas
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Einzelgänger
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Daily Stoic
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