“We came into this world with nothing, and we leave with nothing”
Is there much truthiness to this oft-repeated conventional wisdom?
Methinks the classic refrain concerns itself overmuch with the material. For are we to believe the philosophers of tabula rasa, that each man is molded entirely by his world? Do we not bring our body and our genes, our unique personhood, our fallen-ness?
And what man can say just what it is we leave with? What cares and triumphs, what sin and what wisdom our souls have acquired in this lifetime? Are these too to be left behind?