THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT THAT IS LEGACY

“They say you die twice; once when they bury you in the grave, and the second time is the last time that somebody mentions your name.”

Dr. Irvin D. Yalom

Wikipedia will define a legacy as something that is handed down from one period of time to another; a sort of ancestor-down-to-predecessor agenda.

In more loose terms a legacy is more widely understood as a personal heritage established throughout one’s life by virtue of their actions and achievements; a living entity of sorts, of someone that is left behind beyond the doors of dead to be revered and remembered with fondness and respect. The concept of ones legacy is a deeply rooted aspect of our society today, across a multitude of cultures. You will often here people say, “What will people remember of you when you die?”. Whether its East Africa or South East Asia or Europe, human civilizations have help value in the need to lead a life deemed honorable and be remembered.

World over, a diverse list of individuals who have left a great legacy not only on their communities and the list can be accumulated at a moments noticed by many. Nelson Mandela is remembered for his contribution to the end of Apartheid in South Africa as well as his humility and his call to reconciliation of a deeply divided multi-racial society.

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A young Nelson Mandela

Albert Einstein is remembered for his contribution to physics in aspects that have made many of today’s scientific breakthroughs possible, most fascinating and popular being being his Theory Of Relativity. These and many others are figures highly respected and adored by many communities and act as role models to ensuing generations.

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Albert Einstein

It is the general norm that living a life worth remembering means upholding the morals of the society and engaging in ‘good deeds.’ Values such as kindness and generosity are highly valued by the society as well as bravery and courage in the face of adversity. Great achievement in one’s field of profession or other aspects is also commendable. One’s legacy is also a spiritual matter, especially for communities that practice the belief in the afterlife, whereby a worthy life led and legacy left garantees happiness beyond death while the opposite means suffering in the life hereafter.

I believe the concept of a legacy is important in the sense that it sets a bench mark for people to try and live their best lives in which they fully realize their potential and and at peace with one another and the community. In the effort to leave a good legacy, individuals and civilizations alike act as fruitful role models to subsequent youthful generations to act upon.

However, I feel that many a time the tight knit presumptions of society may not be the best guidelines to deem one’s actions and efforts towards causes they believe in as honorable. Therefore I deem it essential for one to have , to a certain extent, a sense in individuality and willingness to discern for themselves what is honorable and what is not.

“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” Kofi Annan

This blog post was part of the August 2018 #UgBlogWeek

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5 thoughts on “THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT THAT IS LEGACY

  1. The need to create a legacy makes you put forward concrete mechanisms in place to go through ramifications in life. We all strive for to leave something the next generation is going to remember you by.
    Good talk Ludger🤝

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  2. Well said Uri, at times Society may want someone to do something that is not honourable, and one shouldnt be driven into doing it just with the aim of leaving legacy

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  3. The need to create a legacy makes you put forward concrete mechanisms in place to go through ramifications in life. We all strive to leave something the next generation is going to remember you by.
    Good talk Ludger🤝

    Liked by 1 person

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