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Monday, February 13, 2012

Premortem Memorandum


Remember to:
Clean up all of my things
And become good.
Organize. Plan.

Remember not to:
Forget important matters
And fail everyone.
Despise. Lust.

But who is there
Who will remind me
To remember?


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4 comments:

  1. Relying on ourselves is hopeless. Good message to remember...pun slightly intended.

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  2. The simple answer: God, through the Bible, is there to remind everyone to remember.
    Great poem.

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  3. Thanks, Carrillos.

    The Bible is the revelation concerning Jesus Christ, the God-Man and the Savior of the world. It is not, I do not think, God's way of reminding people to be good. I don't even think its particularly helpful as far as that goes. Besides, one can't really be reminded to "become good." That line was supposed to thud with a sort of blunt irony: no one puts "be good" on their to do list. Yet we must be good -- perfect as He is perfect. And we are, though only because we are clothed in the robes of Christ's righteousness. This is kind of hard to believe, though, so we go through life in disbelief, preferring our own works instead, but always finding that they're pathetic. Yet as much as our works in no way improve our standing before God, they are the means by which we serve our neighbor. As Luther said, "God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does."

    So, no, I don't think the Bible really reminds us to remember. There is always a gap between the reminder and remembrance, because we're fallen. The last stanza is supposed to gesture towards the infinite regression that can easily follow from such a hope.

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  4. I understand what you are saying, and I actually think Peter would agree with you. I would more say that Christ is the example rather than the reminder of how to be good. He's more...what good looks like and what we should strive for, with the realization that it's hopeless and He is good when we can't be.

    I still like the way you represented it though. :-)

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