It has been over 18 months, since I started this post. As a result, it has gone through some (though not really extensive) internal reviews and modifications. I have no doubts there will be more comebacks and reviews and edits to this topic.
On Sunday, the 10th of December, 2006, the grandmother of my wife died – almost three days after she had a cardiac infarction.
She was a kind, calm, warm-hearted old woman. She was just a little bit over 79 years old.
What did she leave behind?
She had brought up and educated her children and grandchildren to be People. None of her offspring went the way of crimes, or even disrespect towards others. The likes of her children could form a quasi-ideal ethical society, with no exaggeration – given she would be able to teach and bring up all of them.
She served the society well, working as a psychotherapist at a hospital. She helped people regain peace of mind, she cured mental diseases in the best way she could. She happened to meet her old-time patients in the street from time to time, and they expressed gratitude for her help.
She left a memory of a good, reliable, helpful person. This memory lives with all the people who were lucky to know her.
Death is the final evaluation for the person’s deeds during life.
What are the measures for this evaluation? What is really important? What matters after death?
First, it appeared to me that human memories are what matters. Memories of good deeds, memories of helping others, memories of being valuable for the society and mankind. “To put the mark on history” and “to be placed on record” are the expressions of the desire to have people remember someone even after death.
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