What if this was your last day? How would you live it?
I’ve been thinking about this, because today, 2020 May 10, marks the 50th anniversary of my Daddy’s death. So yesterday would’ve marked his last full day on earth, 1970 May 09. He was 31, married, and had three children: a 6-year old boy, a 4.5-year old girl, and another son in the womb soon to be born (me). I know some details about that last day, which I recounted in my poem from Mother’s Day 10 years ago: http://comicsand.blogspot.com/2010/05/day-to-remember.html. And I asked Mama to write up a character portrait of Daddy, which is just wonderful and will be shared sometime today, if it hasn’t already. But while, thinking about Daddy’s final day of life is the inspiration of this message, it not really about him as you’ll see.
What if this was your last day? Would you accept it?
Just thinking about those two words automatically invokes images from one of my favorite movies, Logan’s Run from 1976. In that film, in order to keep the population under control living in the sealed domed city, the citizens voluntarily went to Carousel on their 30th birthday. There they would don hockey/skull masks and white-body suits decorated with red flames, stand in a circle, and raise their blinking red life clocks (crystal palm flowers) to “Identify”. Then they would float up into the chamber until they exploded in a fiery display while their fellow citizen onlookers shouted, “Renew, Renew!” Why would anyone do this? Well, they were taught to believe they would be reborn and just get to live another 30 years of fun and pleasure. Those that didn’t believe the messaged lie realized that the people were actually going to their deaths. So in order to live longer than 30, they attempted to flee the city seals, becoming Runners. The City could not tolerate that sort of independent thinking, which would upset their control and delicate balance, so they enlisted Sandmen to terminate the runners. Logan was a Sandman, but later became a runner. Anyway, it’s a great movie from story to music to costumes, but again not the real subject.