I often think about a question asked of people designed to motivate them into accomplishing their dreams:
What if you had one day to live? What would you do? What would you want to accomplish before you go?
The question is designed to help motivate people to think about what’s important to them and what they want to finish before they pass away.
This is often followed up by the next statement:
Live your life everyday as if it was your last, because chances are you won’t know when it will be the last day.
This is meant to be the Carpe Diem moment for people. To spur you into making the most put of your life by taking advantage of every moment available.
There is a problem with this wisdom: Most people panic and are driven into despair at the thought of dying. Many would engage in terrifyingly risky behavior figuring that they won’t have to live with the consequences of their actions. Think of the ring of Gyges (spelling) as an example that can happen.
People who think there is no tomorrow might murder, rape, and pillage, thinking there is no repercussions for their actions. They might drink themselves senseless thinking that its pointless to try anything for fear of not completing it.
So I think it’s poor advice the longer you think about it. Certainly the initial wisdom is great, but the more one reflects on the frail nature of man, the more one has to reflect on the naivete of such advice.
Perhaps Memento Mori is a better way to tell people to be decent and live life to the fullest and most morally upright.
Anyway, that’s my two cents worth of opinion..