Sneezing Vespers Until Midnight
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
- George Eliot (1818–1890)
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Sneezing Vespers Unit Midnight
Inspired by George Eliot (1818–1890)’s quote, “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”. The titled responsion is…
A friend recently told me that he was thinking about the meaning of life and death. He said that, in his view, the meaning of life is “something we do, and not something that we do, or are”. I thought this was very good and thought that we might talk about this more when we got a little older. Of course we will, but as long as our children live long enough to make comments on our philosophy, I feel fine with that. However, for those who don’t, I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.
We should remember that our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. What we are doing when we remember is remembering what we need, when we need it and why. We are not remembering what we’ve lost, and in fact, many times we will be better off forgetting what we’ve lost. The best way to remember our dead is to forget them. I am reminded of the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Dead Shall Have No Fear.” He wrote it more than a century ago, but there is some truth to what he wrote then, and certainly some validity to it now. It seems that we need to forget our dead in order to remember our living ones.
It can be very scary, to think that we may lose our dead. Often, when we first realize our mortality we do everything we can to avoid it, and I’m not trying to condemn this approach, but sometimes it’s hard to avoid it. For those who do avoid death, it’s not only their dead but their living ones too, that they are afraid of losing.
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