Disarming Death’s Authority and Living A Full Life

Our dead ancestors recognized the ephemerality of life and used it as a springboard to live well

Richie Crowley


If no one at your table this week brought up Cryptocurrency, NFTs, or web3 let me be that guy. But only for a brief moment.

There is a new NFT art project called CryptoMories. It’s a collection of 10,000 adaptative generative skeletons pieces. The aesthetic of Dia de Los Muertos meets New Orleans caught my eye and I joined their Discord to eavesdrop.

CryptoMories on OpenSea

I quickly learned that CryptoMories was created to remind people that life is short, and must be lived to the fullest.

The project’s inspiration comes from the Latin phrase Memento Mori which translates to Remember you die.

The full text is “Respice post te. Hominem te esse memento. Memento mori!” — “Look behind. Remember thou art mortal. Remember you must die!

During the Roman Empire, after a military victory, the triumphant Roman generals would celebrate by parading through the streets of the empire in horse-drawn Chariots. The generals were idolized, viewed as divine by their troops and the public alike. There was not a more coveted honor.

In the Chariot with the general was a slave, whispering to him throughout the procession, “Respice post te. Hominem te esse memento. Memento mori!” A gentle reminder for humility, that this god-like adoration would soon end and the truth of his mortality would remain.

Memento Mori, originally a tool meant to invoke humility in moments of glory, is used today to encourage living to the fullest.

Traveling across periods we find more cultures that brought awareness to death.

In Egypt, excavated mummies, tombs, and pyramids reveal that remembering death was entrenched in ancient Egyptian culture. Egyptologists maintain that the preservation of dead bodies and the building of elaborate death chambers were an act of celebrating life, and a reverence for its ephemeralness.



Richie Crowley

Slowly building an audience by publishing original thoughts and ideas only when I have something of quality to say.