Memento Mori: “Remember you must die”.
In this episode, we discuss stoicism & in particular the reason why it’s essential to embrace your mortality to live your life truly. The Stoics believed that for someone to have no regrets in life they must live a life built on good character, which includes gratitude and a life of purpose. The Great Stoic Philosophers spoke about the importance of acknowledging your mortality to truly live a life that is worth living. The way that is done is by making sure that you are doing your best each day to live not in the past or in the future, but in the present.
Memento mori literally means “Remember you must die”. The early Puritan settlers were particularly aware of death and fearful of what it might mean, so a Puritan tombstone will often display a memento mori intended for the living. These death’s-heads or skulls may strike us as ghoulish, but they helped keep the living on the straight and narrow for fear of eternal punishment. In earlier centuries, an educated European might place an actual skull on his desk to keep the idea of death always present in his mind. (source: Merriam-Webster)