Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Live Free or Die

Live Free or Die. You can't beat that for a state motto. I mean seriously, New Hampshire has "Live Free or Die", and Washington state has...um..."By and By". Bottom line, when it comes to state mottos, Live free or Die rocks. I've always thought so.

But the other day while looking at Ron Paul, car magnets, I saw some with the famous Live Free or Die credo, and the thought occurred to me that it's not an either or proposition. If I live free...I'm still going to die. If I live in horrible slavery....I'll die then too. In any case, the dying part isn't optional. If it was there would be multitudes of Methuselahs running around New Hampshire.

The reason my brain wandered down this train of thought is probably because of two books I've been reading lately: Hard as Nails by Justin Fatica and Be a Man by Father Larry Richards. Both authors write about how they were drawn to Christ- as young men they came to the realization that they would die. "You're going to die, so get right with God" isn't very PC and isn't something you hear a lot of from the pulpit in most places. But that doesn't make it any less true. I'm going to die. You're going to die. We all are, and after we do, our souls will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell. Either in glorious unity with God or fiery torment in Hell.

When you look at it that way, how we prioritize the limited time we have on earth really comes into focus. So that's where the name of my blog comes from: Live Free Memento Mori. "Live Free" because I'm very much in favor of freedom, as well as the sentiment behind Live Free or Die, and "Memento Mori" which is Latin for "remember death". That's my mission- keep my eye on eternity in the next world as I live my life in this one.

1 comment:

Mike Tomashewski said...

Cool. I too agree that NH has the best state motto ever. I was curious about the juxtaposition of your blog's name.