Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Everything’s borrowed, when you think about it. We come in with nothing, and however much we accrue during our lives, it all gets left behind when we snuff it, returning to the giant ocean of human stuff to be treasured, ignored, used or abused by someone else.
This isn’t something you’re likely to appreciate when you’re young. Owning is very important: a house, money, all those goodies that supposedly make life easier. And there’s no doubt they do. But as you get older, you start to realise that enough is enough: that in the end, your genes and the person you are – your influence for good or evil – are the only things you ever really own in perpetuity.
This is particularly obvious with the very rich (need I say) who knock themselves out making money and using it to surround themselves with the best of everything. But in the end, they’ll be just as dead as I’ll be when the time comes, and I can guarantee that their dust or ashes won’t smell any sweeter than mine, and that all that money won’t have bought them a cushier niche in the hereafter from which to watch what they thought were ‘their’ possessions scattered to the four winds. Or possibly held tight to the chests of heirs and assigns wondering about a benefactor who never had time to know them.
One of the silliest examples of trying to hang onto worldly goods was the gold casket in which Carl Williams was interred. (Or not. Burying it would have been an invitation to every crim in Melbourne to dig it up again.) Williams was Melbourne’s one-time drug kingpin, bashed to death in prison when he was three years into a life sentence for four murders. (The four of which he was convicted. He was suspected of at least six others.) All the money he’d ‘borrowed’ didn’t save his hide, and I don’t imagine the gold casket saved his soul. But there it was, imported from the US for the occasion to set him apart from lesser corpses. I don’t’ know for a fact, of course, but I do strongly suspect that it didn’t make a lot of difference.