Acknowledging one’s mortality

William T. Robinson, Jr.

While we are caught up in the daily occurrences of our lives, whether good or bad, just how many of us literally acknowledge that our time here on earth is limited? Acknowledging that our time is limited should help us in maneuvering in the decisions we make during our walk in life. It is easy to get caught up in the here and now, divorcing ourselves from the reality we are not destined to live forever.

In the scope of time, we are only here a short period, like the blowing of a breeze that eventually subsides. Our actions and contributions to making a difference while we are living should be of great concern to us when we consider (like most people who are religious and spiritual) that our actions here on earth determine our outcome once we transpire. That being said, this should help us in living a life that is commendable and praiseworthy—committed to the humanity of others. The belief that we will be held accountable for our actions and decisions while living should be motivation enough to help us follow a moral compass to navigate through life, doing what we know to be true and righteous.

It is when we realize as individuals that it is not about us personally but about loving and serving other people unselfishly without looking for something in return that we realize the true purpose of living. Unfortunately, too many people are absorbed in self-indulgences and blatant debauchery that make them apathetic to the pain and suffering of those less fortunate. In fact, we are presented with the scenario of the ‘have and have nots’ in which the haves, manifesting a life of privilege and acquired wealth, all too often show little or no empathy for the poor, down trodden, or the suffering occurring around them.

We have people caught up with power, greed, and materialism acting as their guiding force. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that these things are only temporary. In the end, one has yet to see anyone taking homes, cars, jewelry, or financial, social or political power with then when they die. Common sense dictates that only what you do to make this world a better place is important while you are here on earth.

As you get older, your mortality kicks in and a lot of us try to make amends, waiting for the final judgment that is inevitably pending. But going to church and acknowledging religious tenets that you don’t follow once you leave church is futile. The ability and propensity to know what is right and follow through is inherent in all of us. But it is ironic how so many people make decisions contrary to what they know is inherently right. They feel they somehow won’t be held accountable in the end.

This point is magnified in the political, economic and social decisions made by many citizens (especially politicians) forsaking what they know is morally and ethnically right. They don’t advocate for what is right for all people. Instead, they promote an esoteric group or particular political party. Willingly violating one’s personal morals or convictions for personal gain brings with-it far-reaching consequences. Do they honestly believe they won’t be held accountable in the end, or do they simply not believe in an omnipotent God? I don’t know, but I know they must be cognizant of the mantra ‘You reap what you sow.’ We all know ignorance is no excuse when you know better.

Without question, the ambience of prestige and grandiosity makes some people think they are better than others. Their position, title or acquisition of material wealth makes them feel superior. But a divine and spiritual tenet proclaims that ‘when much is given, much is expected.’ In the end, what purpose did you serve in making this world a better place? Did you contribute to the humanity of others in some capacity?

Take note that we are all destined to die, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. When all is said and done, did you make a lasting difference? Is this world a better place because of your existence?

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