Halloween Memento Mori – 21st Century Stoicism

memento mori stoic

“Memento Mori” means ‘remember you will die’, Halloween is a feast of the dead, or at least the wandering souls of the dead… It is a night of horror and darkness, a time for some scary fun. But it’s also the day before All Saints’, when we seriously remember those who have departed. Just as we will some day.

The motto ‘memento mori’ has been used for centuries not as some dark, morose term, but as reminder to actually live. That we don’t have that long to do what we plan to do so we had better get on with living right now. Humans are frightened of death, especially their own, because it is the greatest, darkest secret which none of us are, yet, privy to. But it comes to us all so there’s no point in pretending it doesn’t. Face your mortality and embrace life.

Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens.
On location in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit http://www.edwardotoole.com

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