I collect skulls, the one above is from a friend of mine it was made by Friday Gibu from the Bronze Age Foundry.
When people come into our home, they often ask if I or we have an obsession with death? The answer is, I don't and that is exactly the problem.
I want to live forever.
We all believe that we will live forever, at least you think that before you are 40 or 50 :). We live in a culture where we hardly have to deal with death, well not directly at least, we don't dig family graves anymore, we do not handle the bodies of deceased loved ones. All of that has been outsourced.
Our culture worship youth and every mosturiser commercial tells you, that you will never have to look old. The magic 3D animation shows how the tiny beads pushes out wrinkles to make you look 14 again.
Memento Mori, 'Remember you will die'
Get up, Keep going.
My skulls, and my Memento Mori portrait reminds me to live well. To be happy, to enjoy my work, my family, my city. It reminds be to be a better person, to live morally and be kind.
It reminds me that I have limited time, that I have something to add to this world and that I better add it before it is too late.
In a society obsessed with youth and immortality, contemplating your own death every once in a while is probably the best thing you can do.