We have an innate desire to be remembered and leave a legacy. The things we do to have our existence be marked somehow. The need to be thought of even if we aren’t around to witness it. It’s the carving your name into the playground bench reading ‘Maddie waz ere’. To plant something that’ll hopefully pass the test of time.
With maturity comes the need for legacy
I am starting to understand the compulsion with age – wanting to leave your mark. I mean we want to be missed, don’t we? When we leave a job, we don’t like knowing that come Monday, everyone else will be waking up just the same, working just the same and leaving work – just the same. That your absence doesn’t really cause a destruction in whatever you leave behind. It will continue to work as it should – smoothly.
Is it the subconscious realisation of the ever-hovering guarantee of death? The understanding that if we didn’t make a mark here, for all the months spent here, even in death, we won’t create. It makes our remaining days truly finite.
It’s a lonely feeling. Or is it something lesser, like our need to be recognised, or famous or some kind of vanity?
It can even be explained by ancestry – our innate need to pass on our genes, something of ourselves. I mean a shiny statue of yourself can never compare to a walking, talking, breathing human that shares half your DNA. Can it be reduced as simply an extension of maintaining our gene pool?
Even as a society, we place significance on being remembered after death. Singers do well in this – their music may be timeless, we think of them every single time we hear the song.
Thought Leaders leave a legacy
To make an impact, right? Imagine someone bookmarks a post of yours – to read regularly. That’s incredible, right? Someone you don’t know shares your words not because you asked them to but because your words made an impact. They want someone else to be impacted in the same way.