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Joseph Grijalva

4/26/05

 

            Life is treated far too lightly in today’s world.  With all of the violence contained within TV show and Movies, we have become slightly desensitized to death.  However the fact remains that too many people die needlessly.  Over 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year out of a disrespect for their own lives.  “Psalm of life” is a joyous poem that celebrates the good that is life as well as life’s ability to conquer over death.  People who have lost respect for life would do well do read it. 

            Though I have never felt myself in a position where I have wanted to commit suicide, I often find myself worrying about dieing.  Even though I know I am healthy and that I live in a good environment, the nagging fear of death still creeps up on me when my mind is blank and quiet.  “The Psalm of life,” helps me to remember that death is not the ultimate goal of life.  Rather we are supposed to make the most out of life while we still possess it.  We cannot get caught up in the past, fearful of moving forwards.  Our purpose is, “But to act, that each to-morrow, find us farther than to-day.”  If we live strive to live a noble life we can lead a legacy on earth with those who survive us.  Thus, as long as we are remembered, we are never truly gone from the earth.  Also, by leaving a legacy of goodness, we can inspire others to follow our “footprints in the sand”.  Even when we are dead, we can still be role models for living, inspiring them to continue to make the world a better place. 

            Whatever happens in life, we need to remember to do our best.  Only when we give in to defeatism, and stop striving to live life to the fullest, are we truly dead.