The word 'Cemetary' comes from the Greek word "kimisis" ie to sleep...Join me on a walk in a cemetary in Athens, where I share the Stoic teaching of "Memento Mori" Memento Mori is Latin for “Remember death.”
The phrase is believed to originate from an ancient Roman tradition in which a servant would be tasked with standing behind a victorious general as he paraded though town. As the general basked in the glory of the cheering crowds, the servant would whisper in the general’s ear:
“Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!” ie “Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man! Remember that you will die!”
Such reminders and exercises take part of Memento Mori—the ancient practice of reflection on mortality that goes back to Socrates, who said that the proper practice of philosophy is “about nothing else but dying and being dead.”
“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.”
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