posted on May, 14 2011 @ 02:26 AM
Originally posted by zatara
Where does this saying come from and how should I understand this?
I mean, for some people I can have enough reasons not to respect them....in life or when dead.
Voltaire said, “We owe respect to the living. To the dead we owe only truth.”
Davy Crockett said : "We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance
of the living."
Respect for the dead is a cultural thing and varies widely. SImilar phrases can even be found in ancient Egyptian texts and all throughout
history.Mourning ritual and death ritual have been around since the dawn of man. Where I grew up in New Orleans I believe that their reasons and the
origins if the local brand of respect for the dead was born out of a fear of the dead.. or the spirit of the dead. I only think this due to certain
practices. Many christians believe that respecting the dead is owed due to the person having been made in Gods image... "image" being interpreted
wrongly I think
Look through every culture and ever age, social or cultural demands concerning respect for the dead in one way or another is to be
found and for a plethora of reasons.
For me, much more emphasis is put on remembering certain dead.. maybe thats a type of respect, but Im definitely choosy with who I wish to
"respect".. living or dead
How should you understand it? Anyway you want. As thinking beings we do not have to be tied down by cultural demands
if we do not wish.