by Joel Fernandez
There are times in life when it’s easy to forget that the journey is the destination. Of course it’s important to reach certain goals and milestones in life such as graduating from college with honors or publishing one’s first novel or mobile application. If you are a musician, composing a symphony is as good of a milestone as any. Perhaps you are a person who studies languages and wants to learn several by the time you are at a certain point in your life. Whatever your true situation is, please allow us to steal a moment of your time so that we can converse about the subject of memories.
If you are the kind of person that is capable of accomplishing any of the goals that are listed above, congratulations. If not, let’s just engage in a little bit of willful ignorance for the sake of this particular essay. Like most things in life, memory can be either a good or bad thing. There are moments that are so precious that they must be documented with with photos and souvenirs. While other memories are so bad that they are repressed into the darkest corners of the subconscious where they hopefully never see the light of day again. Unfortunately, such a strategy can only delay the inevitable moment when hard feelings come up at the most inopportune time. But that, as they say, is nether here nor there.
In the age of social media, it seems to have become customary to take pictures of everything. Everyone wants to feel like their treasured moments are worth the world’s attention on any given day. Some people even go as far as to buy followers on their social media platform of choice as a means to inflate their importance. But what truly makes a memory valuable? If you ask your friendly neighborhood psychologist, he or she will probably give you advice that is dripping in moral relativism. But if we pretend that being content with a Godless life will lead to anywhere but hell, there might be some merit in pretending that all world views are equal.
Assuming that you acknowledge at least one of the Abrahamic religions as being the path to heaven, your memories along the way should be valued as much as anyone else’s. In today’s world, it is not always popular to believe that one has an eternal soul that is going in either one direction or the other. But let’s assume that nobody who is reading this will make the unfortunate choice to bet against the Alpha and the Omega. The fact is that hell is full of people who made an impact on the world that is worthy of the history books. But it should be noted that many famous people ended up in heaven as well.
If we watch enough TV or movies, we are slowly but surely indoctrinated into the world of secular consumerism. That is why everyone has that one friend who habitually over-shares on social media. You know, the one who is always namedropping their D list Hollywood acquaintances as if they’re having a conversation but never gets acknowledged in kind. Or how about the one that only posts pictures of their exotic vacations as if that’s all there is to life? Anyone who truly lives in the public eye will tell you that privacy is paramount. That means that your favorite moments only need to matter to you and your loved ones.
In a perfect world, everyone would understand the fundamental value of being content with doing your best. But alas, we do not live in a perfect world. Everyone gets so caught up in trying to play the part of happy denizen of the internet that they become prime candidates for suicide because of the countless internet trolls who are probably tired of life themselves at this point. The inability to be content is the reason why people are overdosing on opioids in an attempt to emulate suicidal celebrities that seem to have it all on social media.
The truth is that there is only one place where every day is a good day. If you manage to show God true remorse before the end of your days, you can get to heaven and live out your wildest dreams for eternity. There will be people who seem to have it all in life, but not all of them will see the blessed realm. Some will, but others will literally burn or freeze for eternity while they are being quoted on social media. If you happen to know anyone who has literally fought and won battles in hell and has slain the devil and countless demons, you might want to ask them just how atrocious demonic decor really is.
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