I recently read an email from The Daily Stoic that challenged my current mindset.
Currently, my focus is on longevity - doing everything I can to maximize the chances I will get to live as long and as healthy as possible.
As a result, I am trying to make my decisions for the long run.
This is necessary in order to choose kale instead of Pringles.
But it may have a weakness. If we take long life as a given, then we (I) can be tempted to defer items to later point.
So does this mean I should eat the Pringles, because who knows if I’ll be around tomorrow?
The ‘memento mori’ mindset is not a new one. I hadn’t realized that there was a whole genre of artwork that has the nearness of death as a theme. “Vanitas” paintings had skulls somewhere in the background, along with elements like hour glasses for time and flowers for life.