The Great Native American Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh, once wrote a poem regarding the inevitability and the destruction of fear towards death.
“When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
I recently watched this film entitled “Act of Valor” illuminating the United States Navy SEALS and their constant sacrifices and acts of courage and bravery. Though fictional, the film was based on true operations and tactics f the SEALS. Once specific quote in the film really spoke to me in understanding the mentality of these warriors. This quotes reads, “If you fear death, you’re already dead.”. This quote also refers to Tecumseh’s poem. If one travels through life constantly fearing death, that person will look back on their life negatively, reminiscing on how they could have improved their quality of life. However, if one lives life without the fear of death in their minds, one will live life in the moment. In the SEALS’ case, these warriors cannot afford to fear death. They have to understand that death could come at any moment in any form. They know this, and are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for a cause in which they enforce.
Death is inevitable. It will happen to every human, animal, and plant. Every organism will die in some form or another. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated that “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”. Though perhaps extreme, my interpretation of Dr. King’s statement is that death will come eventually. Why not do something significant in your life. Your days are numbered. Make them count.
Mufti Menk on Death