Babies are born daily. As you are reading this article now, someone is giving birth to a baby. The truth is that someone has just died somewhere. Those two are beyond our control. We have very little power when it comes to controlling that.
I have been asking myself this question for a while now. The question is why do we honour the dead? All my life(22 now) I have been wondering why we honour the dead more than we do to some people who are alive. Most communities worldwide give the dead a “befitting” burial.
I wonder why Someone dies and the first thing we do after crying is that we gather as family or friends to plan how the burial of that person is going to look like. We even get to write eulogies and tributes.
We spend much money to buy them an expensive suit if it’s a male and a beautiful gown if it’s a woman. Some even go as far as embalming the bodies of the dead one with perfumes and ointment ma so that they can have it kept in a tomb. All this is so that they can have it as a memory for other generations yet unborn to see.
I kept asking myself this question wondering why we do all these! Besides they are dead. Even that madman walking down the streets has more value and life in him. For God sake their lives have ended; they even won’t have it back. They are perpetually “useless” so why all the formality and treatments that we give to the dead?
I have two answers I can propose to this question. After a long time of asking many people why they do that! Before I go further I want to state it clear that I am not against you honouring someone who dies. As a matter of fact, some cultures are designed to honour those who die.
If you happen to be someone who believes in the honouring of dead people, then this piece is for you. Even if you don’t believe in it, this article will give you an understanding as to why people honour the dead. Are you set? Let’s dive in
We do all we do to dead people, to honour the great memory
Most people leave amazing memories in our head so much so that we don’t want to lose those memories in a hurry.
We do all that to honour the sacrifice and input they made to our lives
hope you liked it. this is my take as to why we honour the dead. if you have always asked that question, hope you have an answer now.