You Will Forget Me When I Am Dead
A look at mortality and what, if anything, we leave behind!
YOU WILL FORGET ME
WHEN I AM DEAD
Many would say, NO - NEVER, if someone said to them 'you will forget me in time' but sadly the day will come when we all die and what memories we leave behind, or the things we have done in our lifetime, will fade away. So this raises the question regarding as to what have we done that will truly count when our time is up - if anything?
This of course is something most people will think about in various ways over the years, and although not one of the most important topics of note for some people, it still does raise a few interesting thoughts.
We may often think about the benefits of having a family to look after us in our old age, or working and being creative in some way so we have some form of security and comfort when we retire, but do we really think about being remembered when we are gone, or for that matter, do we even care if anyone will remember us or not when that time comes?
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In comparison to the population of the planet I would imagine that only a very few 'a small percentage' of people would worry or strive to leave something behind to be remembered by on the whole, but then again, even a small percentage can be a million or more people who care about such a thing.
Maybe it was not an intentional thing, at first, to think about leaving something of note about themselves behind, more so as a younger person would not concern themselves about their mortality at that point in their lives, but for some who are now facing less years in front of them than are now behind them the thought of maybe having done nothing of note, or maybe nothing of value, throughout their lives could be the motivation for thinking, and maybe doing, something about it before it becomes too late for them.
At this point it is worth noting that being a bad person does seem to be a good way of getting people to remember you for a very long period in time to come if you have been a mass murderer, dictator or someone who has done something so controversial that it has outraged public opinion in some way, for example, although such notorious individuals may not have had the thought of being remembered in such a way at the time I would imagine.
Many people will be remembered for all sorts of reasons for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to come and often due to events beyond their control rather than some form of pre-set plan on their part but for the rest of us our efforts will come to nothing, or at best, will fade in time. >>>
>>> Even world famous film stars will fade into the mists of time as new generations of film fans follow their own movie stars of the day.
The only true thing about leaving something behind is not the work you have done or the things you have created, as such things will become archived and forgotten as new fashion trends and thoughts replace such things, but the memories that they will have of you, often until they die themselves, for many years to come.
Something's will of course trigger a persons memory of you, such as a book that you may have written or maybe another person making a passing remark about something relating to you, but in the passing of time those who knew you will pass away themselves, and with their own passing, the memories of you will go with them.
Maybe due to this situation, the human race, when all said and done is a race of storytellers who attempt to keep the history and memories of others alive for as long as possible.
Maybe when all said and done you will not forget me when I die after all - only the passing of time will truly tell.