Sometime after your death, the odds are that you won't be remembered. Unless you invent, discover, or write something (which, i'm sure most of us here at hubpages dream of) which has a significant impact on the world---you may not even be remembered in your own family after a few generations have passed. I've more to add, but I'd like to here what others have to add first. What are your thoughts?
To each their own, I've just always felt that it was important to be remembered. If you are not remembered, it's as if you were never here in the first place. The things that you have done, the bonds that you have formed with others, it's like they never happened. I understand that is quite an extreme thing to say, but it's thoughts like this that keep me motivated to accomplish great things and at the very least, live a respectable and honorable life while I have the opportunity to do so. If nothing else, forgotten or not, I'd like to leave knowing that I tried. :]
Every one has to die and that is the eternal truth. At the same time we all should be prepared that we will be most likely be forgotten by everyone but then why not do such things in life that can leave a name behind which will be remembered by all this depends on us only and no one else...
Let's not leave out the possibility that it could be us that forgets everyone we left behind, eventually.
God grants talents to each of us, it is up to us to use them as best we can to affect the world we live in. And I think there is no doubt that each of us affects the world during our lives. I think that's enough.
Actually, I should have said starving children have already affected the world more than you and I ever will.
They are helpless and mankind isn't cruel. A man or woman starving is tragic, but they aren't helpless. People would be far more willing to help someone who can't help themselves.
So, perhaps a missionary from the United States travels to Africa, meets a starving child, feeds him, and, over the years, watches him grow. The kid goes on to work in irrigation designs, and helps to feed the children of his village for generations.
The missionary goes home and tells his church about it. They are inspired to send more missionaries to help others.
And on and on it could go. Influence and positive change, all because of one starving child.
It only follows that if you do nothing for others that you will be forgotten. If you wish to be remembered actively go about doing something that will benifit others who are not in your paradigm to understand the world and eachother or try really hard to destroy everything instead. If you do something that manages to accomplish both at the same time... Go for it I guess.
I'm of an older generation so it doesn't bother me that much. Today, people are growing up with a sense that they're entitled to be noticed. I suppose feeling the need to be remembered is part of that.
To be remembered out of the millions and millions of people in this world, you need to be special. It would be egotistical of me to expect that I'll be one of those people. That's just life.
A psychiatrist was on a radio show, talking about "The Facebook generation". His take on it is that today's younger people see themselves as the stars of their own reality show. As for me, I've barely ever thought of whether I'll be remembered or not (but assume I won't be). That's fine with me.
@Marissa Wright I'm probably included in the younger generation that you're speaking of, and while there is definitely people my age who would like to be remembered in the egotistical sense, I'd like to clear up my opinion on the subject. I don't wish to be remembered for the sake of my self or my ego, but rather I think of being remembered as a sort of benchmark to know that I have done something significant for the world and for the sake of others.
Yes it does bother me a little... But then I remember my Mom who always said one of her grandfathers was the one person who was hugely influential Spiritually to her when she was a child. She passed that item along to us kids, so I actually "remember" that fact about my great-grandfather even though I never met him. Etc., etc. So I think we all have a huge impact on future generations, even if it's only in one seemingly small way....
There are 6 billion people on the planet. How many can you name? This is not MY world. Others are coming after me. Should I then just tear it up, turn it into a garbage heap so that those who come later have to clean it up? Walk softly upon the earth, and leave as little trace of your passing as is possible. It is the responsible thing to do.
I purposely used missionary as an example, and, for that reason, I guess I deserved your return fire. I'll give you credit for being worldly enough to know that organizations of all types have done the very things I've mentioned.
Religious or not, human beings are designed to want to help starving children. Even a child that dies from starvation could cause a major reaction from mankind.
But, back on topic, there isn't any human life that hasn't affected the world. Unless they lived in a closed environment all their lives. To think little of our basic affect on the world just by living in it, is to grossly underestimate the changes our actions and words can cause in other people.
If you are honestly dedicated in doing something because of which you can be remembered always even after you die then think fast in doing something because life has become so unpredictable that you never know when you are here or in the grave. Secondly rely never on any organizations do something small but do it personally as these organizations are like loud speakers an aid to shout and announce result is zilch in most cases. Exactly nowadays we all are so occupied in our stresses that no one wants to grieve for the ones who die for more then a minute, before answering your question could you please answer my question, How is a baby born? what i mean is have you ever thought about the 9 months the baby goes through different stages in order to become a full grown baby while initially he/she is just an egg ..... God is the one who gives us lives then who can be the one to put talents in a persons mind besides God from which millions have and are earning their livelihoods " be humble in using your talent because its not your creation but a gift of God which can be taken away from you when ever he likes". Starvation is perhaps one of the biggest realities in this world and we only talk about it on dinner tables and after that the chapter is closed always remember you can never feel the intensity of the flame of the fire until you get burned by it therefore starvation is a curse on mankind which takes place on a country due to its poor leadership / sins of the citizens that is why natural disasters are so common nowadays in every second country....
Yeah, because those kids they send over there to help dig a well or build a house or all about deceptively converting them. C'mon.
I didn't say they had the effect to end hunger worldwide.
God has provided enough food on this Earth to feed every human being living on it. Talking to you about God's gift of talents would be a wasted talk, since I already know you scorn anything that has to do with God, so why bother?
There is an ancient myth in India, about a creature that came out of the sea and taught the people there about agriculture. Spiritual forces or entities are often associated in different mythologies with the advance of agriculture. An extraterrestrial civilization wouldn't have to be that much older than our own to possibly have been able to intervene in our affairs. By the way Jason....the landlord is here, and the rent is due.
Fully understanding God will enable you to stop blaming God. I comprehend that you included yourself in the "WE". You blame God, whom you say doesn't exist. If he truly doesn't exist, then God is to blame for nothing.
What simple things can we do for others that will change the world, and why do we fear to do them?We live in a world today in which it is a surprise to find a stranger who will say hello. Many simple things are...