Memento mori is a Latin phrase that can be roughly translated as, “remember your mortality.” It is a universal concept that exists in many ancient faiths and philosophies, a perspective that our time in this life is limited, so we must remember to make the most of the fleeting moments we have. When we consider how our time is not guaranteed, even the smallest and most mundane moments with family and friends can be transformed into the most precious and beautiful blessings. For this reason, the essence of memento mori is its counterpart memento vivere, “remember to live.”
A healthy and balanced attitude towards life comes not just with treasuring blessings, but also with making peace with its inevitabilities. When there is death, there is life. When there is pain, there is healing. When there is sorrow, there is joy, and there are a full range of states in between and beyond. Sometimes loss hits closer to home than we expect. Sometimes change occurs, which can be scary. How do we cope when times get tough? How do we make sense of the pain we experience in life, and how do we bring joy back into our lives and the lives of others? How do we remember to keep our lives in perspective so we can live it fully with balance?
“With every difficulty comes ease” is assured in the Quran (94:5-6). “We do not burden any soul with more than it can bear...” (23:62). “Believers, respond to God and His Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life...” (8:24). These are just a few of the many passages from the Quran that demonstrate how Islam approaches the ultimate questions of life to give its practitioners hope. Surely, billions who follow various other traditions and philosophies also find hope and empowerment in their teachings. How do these teachings compare and contrast when it comes to dealing with the reality of mortality?
How do you plan to make the most of your time? How would you capture the essence of truly appreciating life? Be creative! Projects and submissions with the most creativity and insight will receive the highest points. Remember, this theme will encompass all of the MIST competitions and workshops at both the regional and national levels. If you have any questions regarding this theme or anything else MIST-related, please do not hesitate to contact us!