Hvorfor skal vi tenke på døden hele tiden? Hvorfor må kunsten minne oss på vår egen dødelighet? Kan vi ikke få lov til å glemme man’s doom en stakket stund?
Filosofi for folket-nettsiden philosophersmail.com svarer:
Every age should be in search of effective ways to keep death in mind. (…) The task of art is to give us access to experiences it is otherwise hard to get hold of and to render their moral vivid to our distracted imaginations.
The images [of the dying] are desperately sad but not necessarily depressing. Rather than try to crush us with the remembrance of death, they are on the side of life, they give us new determination to make sure the coming days are not wasted like so many others have been.
It no longer matters quite so much whom we squabbled with and what our anxieties may currently be about. With death in mind, we are set free from things that shouldn’t constrain us in the first place: our fears, wrong preoccupations, false values.
Og i en tidligere memento-mori -sak:
We can’t avoid a dark truth: the routines, habits, hopes and ordinary bother of life can be severed at any point by an utterly unpredictable – but hideously real – freak event. We need to be drawn back time and again to this profound fact. For it has the power not only to stir our fears, but to strengthen our resolve, to appreciate more fully, and use more wisely, the present moment; to reform our priorities and to prompt us to kindness and seriousness today, in case tomorrow never comes.