“If we must die, let it not be like hogs,
hunted and penned to an inglorious spot
While round us bark the mad & hungry dogs
Making their mock at our accursed lot”
If we must die, oh let us nobly die
So that our precious blood
may not be shed
In vain; even the monsters we defy
shall be honoured to constrain us though dead
– Claude Mckay
The poem above is one of the poetic pieces that has had the most positive effect on the way I see things.
We are humans, not immortals, nor aliens or even demi-gods. Death is inevitable but we also need to leave our footprints on the sands of history.
Have you ever wondered or thought about what you’d like to be remembered for?
You know, Benjamin Franklin once said,”if you want to be remembered when you’re dead, write something worth writing about”.
If we must die, we shouldn’t die like common peasants, who make no impact. We shouldn’t leave the world the way we met it. We should not say our last breath with pain, fears, anguish and failure in our heart.
If we really must die, we should die honorably, having our heroic deeds for generations unborn to ponder upon. We should only let our blood be shed for a noble and just cause that will stamp our names in the memory of history.
If we must die, oh, let our actions, words and deeds speak from our graves, years and years after we are long gone.
Die, we all shall. If we must die, let comets blaze forth at our demise and let nations stand still at our death.