Speaker for the Dead
Well, call me out for being an idiot or something, I don’t care. I’m doing the right thing even if it is extremely messed up.
I can’t really say that this is an eulogy for Itou Makoto. To be honest, I can’t really say anything good, and whatever good I could say would most probably something mildly disparaging and insensitive to the dead. The words below are most probably the best I can say without offending everyone too much. Again, quoting Scripture isn’t my style, but unfortunately it’s also the most appropriate thing to say.
For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
-Ecclesiastes 9 : 1-10
Do I hate the deceased? Maybe just a little bit. Even considering all the cultural factors that led to such a tumultuous chain of events, personally, I feel that he should never have strayed. I suppose it’s a matter of perspective and personal values, but at the end of the day, after examining my own feelings, I can only say this: only his actions were detestable, and he has been fairly punished for it, even if he was of immoral character. Let that memory lighten grief.
As for Sekai, I’ll most probably have to do one in the same vein (hopefully with less Scripture-quoting). But give me some time to mourn and grieve.
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