Was just at SI.com, reading a story about the Broncos receiver who committed suicide earlier this year. The story said he will never be forgotten.
Truth is, we will all be forgotten. Well, 99.9999% of us. I can go on and write 15-straight best-sellers. Doesn’t mean anyone will remember me. And, factually, they’ll have to have forgotten about me 200 years from now, since everyone who knew me will be long dead.
I just find “never will be forgotten” to be a lazy way of saying, “We’re incredibly sad someone is dead, and hopefully we can learn from his life and live our own with passion.” Because no matter how optimistically we think of our own legacies, they don’t last. We all die. And with our deaths, what we did fades away.
As it should.