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Friday, December 10, 2010

Death and What We Leave Behind

IMAGINE mosaic, at Strawberry Fields, in New York's Central Park

Written on Dec. 8th, 2010
Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s senseless murder. I think that very few people go through life planning what they will leave behind as their legacy. The fact that he was cut off at what appeared to be a re-entry and resurgence of his creative output makes his demise all the more tragic. Most people go through life doing the best that they can. Some people leave behind more than most, and Lennon was one of them. At times, he led a torturous and tormented existence . . . which might have been the font of his creativity. Regardless, when creativity is cut off at the knees, as it as appears to have been in this very public event, it is all the more awful. Everyone’s existence on the planet is valuable in some fashion. Whether we recognize it or not is up to us and is a measure of our value.
— John Katz


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